Maintenance Code Division
The Maintenance Code Division assist in maintaining a safe, healthy and livable quality of life by maintaining the City’s housing stock through the administration of the Virginia Maintenance Code and local ordinances. These regulations and ordinances regulate structural soundness, minimum facilities, building maintenance, heating and cooling requirements, life safety, trash and debris, inoperable vehicles, tall grass and weeds, rodents, insect infestation and structural deficiencies. Inspections are conducted by staff throughout the City on a pro-active and complaint basis. Refer to the Nuisance Complaint Matrix for city departments responsible for specific type of complaints.
- Address: 301 King Street, Room 4200; Alexandria, VA 22314 (Alexandria City Hall, 4th floor)
- Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. (except holidays).
- Contact Us: 703.746.4200
- To file a complaint, Call 703.746.4200
- Email the Permit Center or through the Call.Click.Connect. service provided by the City of Alexandria
- 24-Hour Nuisance Abatement Hotline: 703.836.0041 (Report nuisance concerns, such as illegal dumping, hoarding, overcrowding, rodent problems, and fire safety violations.)
- Report Graffiti here.
The Maintenance Code Division Programs
Proactive Inspection Program: Code Administration strives to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of the city of Alexandria through proactive inspections, surveys, and comprehensive investigations of possible code violations. These inspections are performed to ensure that properties meet the minimum standards of the Virginia Maintenance Code and the Code of Ordinances of the City. Inspectors combine enhanced customer service skills, education and outreach to assist citizens with code compliance solutions.
PREVENT ILLEGAL DUMPING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Over the past several months we’ve received formal complaints and discovered through proactive surveys, discarded mattresses and other bulk furniture items dumped in the alleys of Hume Springs. Together we can prevent illegal dumping. Please use these helpful tips to help us stay ahead of illegal dumping and defeat the problem.
Create a sense of activity on the block so dumpers stay away.
• Keep an eye on vulnerable areas, such as dead-end streets, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and parking lots.
• Contact the City of Alexandria Police Department at 703.746.4444 to report areas vulnerable to illegal dumping.
• If you witness illegal dumping as it happens, please note the description of the vehicle, company name, and tag number if visible and call the Police.
• Talk to your neighbors and share information about how to effectively report illegal dumping (i.e., complete description of the person, vehicle, items dumped and other information).
• To report a location where illegal dumping has occurred, call the 24-hour Nuisance
Nuisance Abatement Hotline at 703.836.0041.
Spring Home Maintenance
Too many homeowners believe spring maintenance is all about the cleaning. Sure, spring cleaning comprises a big chunk of any spring home maintenance schedule, but maintenance aimed at various structures, appliances, and systems within the home is, arguably, just as important. Nearly all homeowners love to see spotless windows for that first sunny, 70-degree day, but you can't forget your roof and the possibility that ice dams formed over the winter. Indeed, just as much as that first spring day should provide an excuse to go for a hike or a picnic, it should also provide a reminder that your outdoor spring maintenance is waiting. Follow this spring maintenance checklist to ensure your home is in optimal condition for the rest of the year.
Spring Maintenance Checklist
Gutters and downspouts: Pull leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. Reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house. Run a hose on the roof and check for proper drainage. If leaks exist, dry the area and use caulking or epoxy to seal the leak.
Siding: Clean siding with a pressure washer to keep mold from growing. Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure. If wood is showing through, sand the immediate area and apply a primer coat before painting. If paint is peeling, scrape loose paint and sand smooth before painting.
Exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace if deteriorating. Scrape out all of the eroding caulk and recaulk needed area.
Window sills, door sills, and thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint or replace if necessary.
Window and door screens: Clean screening and check for holes. If holes are bigger than a quarter, that is plenty of room for bugs to climb in. Patch holes or replace the screen. Save bad screen to patch holes next year. Tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint. Replace broken, worn, or missing hardware. Wind can ruin screens and frames if they are allowed flap and move so make sure they are securely fastened. Tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.