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.
- Hoarding Task Force: An interagency team whose mission is to coordinate all City actions related to severe hoarding cases in the City of Alexandria .The Task Force must balance the rights of the individuals against the safety of the community in developing strategies to deal with hoarding cases and ensure consistency in approaches among all entities involved in each individual case.
- Vacant Building Registration Program: This program tracks structures that have been unoccupied for a period in excess of a year that are not in violation of Code. Data is collected about the property owners and vacant properties must meet minimum exterior structural standards to avoid nuisance issues. Staff conducts inspections throughout the year to ensure that the buildings are maintained in a safe condition.
- Vacant Building Registration Form
- Residential Rental Inspection Program: The Maintenance Code Team conducts annull inspections of rental properties. The inspection identifies possible violations of the Virginia Maintenance Code and the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code regarding exterior and interior conditions of rental structures. The goal of the program is to ensure that property managers maintain rental units to the minimum standards of Code as defined in the Virginia Maintenance Code and the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code.
- Residential Rental Inspection Application
- Unfit Property Program: The Maintenance Code Team tracks properties that have been declared unfit for human habitation. These properties are monitored for progress in correcting cited conditions to return the housing stock to the minimum standards established by Code.
- Virginia Maintenance Code enforcement: The Maintenance Code Team enforces the which provides minimum standards that all buildings and structures are to be maintained to.
- Alexandria City Code Nuisance Provisions: The Maintenance Code Team, in conjunction with the Department of Transportation and Environmental Service, Planning and Zoning, Alexandria Police Department,Alexandria Health Department, and Alexandria Fire Department - Fire Prevention and Life Safety Section enforce various provisions of the Code of the City of Alexandria relating to general nuisances.
- These can be reported to the Department of Code Administration at 703.746.4200, or by Email to the Permit Center; or through the Contact Us service provided on the Alexandria main web page.
- Improper waste disposal requirements
- Solid waste collection requirements
- Solid waste containers requirements
- Solid waste collection requirements
- Private solid waste removal requirements
- General Nuisance
- Tall Grass and Weeds
- General Nuisance
- Derelict Buildings
- Spot Blight
- Rental Inspection Program
- Vacant Building Registration
- Inoperable motor vehicles on private property
- Virginia Health Department Lead Programs
- Bed Bug Information
- The Virginia Landlord and Tenant Act is not enforced by Code Administration. However, click here for information about this important Virginia law.
- Landlord and Tenant Act
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Virginia Maintenance Code Appeals
- Appeal Form
- Appeal Instructions
City Receives Potomac Champion Award for Litter Enforcement Work
On Friday, October 18, the Alice Ferguson Foundation honored the City with the Potomac Champion Award for its work during Litter Enforcement Month in April. This award recognizes the commitment of several City agencies to protecting the Potomac watershed by targeting littering and illegal dumping in Alexandria.
Code Administration’s team worked closely with Police and T&ES to identify and address areas for dumping and trash accumulation. Inspectors conducted 203 proactive inspections and serviced 63 complaints for improperly stored or accumulating trash. The Sheriff’s Office deployed its Inmate Work Detail to collect litter on the grounds of the Beatley and Burke libraries, Van Dorn Metro, and Hammond Middle School, and along Mount Vernon Avenue, in Hume Springs and Four Mile Run Park, and at the cemetery on North Breckinridge. The four-man Inmate Work Detail, under the supervision of a deputy, collected approximately 900 pounds of trash and completed 194 hours of work.
Representatives from the Code Administration Department, Police Department, and Sheriff’s Office attended the Foundation’s Trash Summit at the University of the District of Columbia’s David A. Clarke School of Law. Code Administration Division Chief Philip Pugh, Deputy Sheriff James Velez and Police Sergeant Nick Ruggiero were proud to accept the Potomac Champion Award on behalf of the City.
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.
- Keep an eye on vulnerable areas, such as dead-end streets, vacant lots, abandoned buildings and parking lots.
Create a sense of activity on the block so dumpers stay away.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 Abatement Hotline at 703.836.0041.
For questions related to hazardous materials/storage regulations or to report hazardous material violations, call 703.746.4200 (business hours) or 703.836.0041 (after business hours
A list of eligible and ineligible items for disposal, and proper preparation information, is located online at alexandriava.gov/SolidWaste
or by calling 703.746.4410.
10 Fall and Winter Home-Maintenance Tips to Prevent Costly Fixes
With the fall and winter months upon us, now is the time to do some routine maintenance around your home to prepare for the changing weather ahead. Taking the time to do some work now may save on some major expenses later on. Some of these maintenance jobs can be performed by the homeowner, and some may need to be done by professionals. Many homeowners may not know where to begin when trying to figure out what type of routine maintenance needs to be performed on their homes. Hopefully, these tips will give the homeowners a place to start.
Tip #1 - If you have outdoor furniture, make sure to clean all parts of the furniture, including the cushions, prior to putting it up for the winter. If your furniture has metal frames, make sure to check for rust damage and repair it, if necessary, prior to putting up. It is recommended that outdoor furniture be put inside for the winter, if possible. Just remember that if you cover your furniture to allow for airflow so no mold or mildew forms.
Tip #2 - If you have a fireplace, make sure you have the chimney checked out by a professional chimney cleaner before starting the first fire. All chimneys should be checked out at least once a year prior to use to look for any damage and to have it cleaned. This maintenance will prevent possible chimney fires.
Tip #3 - Check your home around windows and doors for air leaks. An easy way to check for leaks is to move a lighter around the window or door frame and see if the flame moves with a breeze. If you find a leak, you can caulk it or you may have to replace the wood frame. If you are unable to repair the leak around a window frame, you can buy a plastic sealing kit from any home improvement store that can be placed on the outside of the window to prevent air from getting in. For door leaks around the bottom of the door, you can put on a new door sweep. By having these leaks repaired can save you money on your energy bill during the cold months.
Tip #4 - Make sure you have proper insulation in both your attic and basement. While checking your insulation, if you see any dark, dirty spots, it may indicate you have air leaks coming into your home. You will need to try and locate these leaks and repair them.
Tip #5 - Fall is a good time to do some indoor painting. The weather will still be warm enough outside to leave windows open to ventilate during painting. Most of your professional painters are not as busy in the fall months as the rest of the year. You may be able to get a good price to have your home painted. After the painting is done, make sure your leftover paint is stored in a heated area of your home, like a garage, to prevent it from freezing.
Tip #6 - You will need to drain the gas out of your gasoline powered equipment during the winter. If you are unable to drain the gas, there are products available in home improvement stores to put into your gasoline for the winter months.
Tip #7 - Make sure you have enough wood cut and stacked to burn during the winter months. By making sure you have enough wood now will prevent you from running out and having to pay a higher price for it later. Always make sure you have a small stack close to your home to have quick access to if there is a lot of snow on the ground. When buying wood, make sure it is not "green". Green wood will not burn. If you buy green wood, you may have to buy more that can be burned before your green wood dries out. If this happens, you are paying double for your wood for the winter.
Tip #8 - If you have a gas powered generator you keep on hand for possible power outages, make sure you have containers of gas for the generator. Keep the gasoline stored in a garage or outside storage unit. Never store gasoline inside your home. Test your generator and make sure it is in good working order.
Tip # 9 - Make sure your snow shovels and/or snow blower are in good shape. Check your shovel handle for possible cracks or breaks and replace if needed. Now is the best time to buy a new shovel. If you wait until a snow storm is approaching to buy one, there may not be any available. Have the routine maintenance performed on your snow blower.
Tip #10 - No matter how you heat your home during the cold months, you need to have your heating unit checked out to make sure it is working properly. If you use a kerosene heater for backup heat, make sure you have kerosene on hand and make sure the heater is in good working order with no leaks. If your kerosene heater is leaking it can cause a fire. It would be best to buy a new one if there is a leak.
By performing these routine maintenance measures now, you can prevent possible problems later on during the cold months. If you have to have repair work done during the colder weather, it could be more costly than having the maintenance work done now.