Property Maintenance Tips and Reminders to Help Keep Virginia Beach Neighborhoods Vibrant and Beautiful

Monday, March 25, 2019

​Spring is officially here and summer is just around the corner. To help keep our neighborhoods vibrant, safe and beautiful places to live, Code Enforcement wants citizens to keep a few property maintenance requirements and tips in mind, especially during this season and the warmer months that follow:

Property Maintenance & Lawn Care

  • Unkempt lawns and weeds are not only unsightly, but they can also serve as an inviting playground for rodents and vermin. To prevent potential infestations, residents are required to keep their yards maintained in accordance with the city code. Grass and weeds taller than 10 inches must be cut, and all trash, junk and debris stored on your property must be properly disposed of using the waste disposal guidelines listed below.
  • Improperly maintained swimming pools can provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which can spread disease. Be sure to maintain your swimming pools and filtration systems to prevent mosquito infestations during the warmer months.
  • Code Enforcement recommends residents have the health of large trees on their property evaluated by a licensed professional on a regular basis. Proactive and consistent maintenance of trees can help prevent costly work and removals when trees are deemed hazardous.

For more information on the city's property maintenance code requirements, contact Code Enforcement at (757) 385-4421 or visit

Waste Disposal

  • Exercise proper waste disposal practices when cleaning out attics, garages and sheds. Regular bagged household trash can be placed in city-provided trash carts. Place containers at the street by 7 a.m. on the scheduled collection day.
  • Curbside collection of yard waste is provided on your normal collection day. Grass and leaves (no dirt, rocks, mulch or root balls) should be placed at the front curb of the residence in up to 25 clear plastic bags, not more than 25 pounds per bag. Please do not block drainage. Limbs up to four feet long and six inches in diameter will be collected in two piles not to exceed 4 x 4 x 4 feet.
  • Think donation first! Charitable organizations throughout the city allow for easy and convenient ways to donate items, such as furniture and household appliances. For collection of items that can't be donated, call, email or visit the Waste Management website to schedule a bulk item collection for your next scheduled collection day. Place items on the curb, free of obstructions such as overhead wires, cable boxes, tree limbs and vehicles. Unacceptable bulky items include: building materials, carpet, doors, cabinets, toilets, sinks, rocks, dirt, concrete, vehicle parts, tires, paint cans, glass, propane tanks, hazardous materials and more. Residents can safely dispose of these items, free of charge, at the Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center located at 1989 Jake Sears Road.
  • Reduce, reuse and then recycle. Blue recycling carts are provided to residents who receive city-provided waste collection. Recycling carts are collected every other week on your normal collection day.

For more information on waste disposal regulations and approved recyclable materials, contact Waste Management at (757) 385-4650 or visit

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