Department of Neighborhood Advancement
To seek answers to questions or
to request an inspection,
please call (757) 393-8522 or fax (757) 393-5108
The City of Portsmouth enforces the Virginia Maintenance Code. Other codes relevant to property maintenance include, but are not limited to, Chapters 17 and 23 of the Portsmouth Code of Ordinances. These codes require a minimum standard that owners must maintain.
These codes address the protection of wood exterior surfaces by
painting, leaking roofs, deteriorated or damaged structural
members and interior damage to name a few of the areas.
When a violation is discovered the property owner is notified
and given up to 30 days to correct the condition. If the owner
is unable to correct the condition in the 30-day period, but
submits an acceptable time schedule for the repairs extensions
may be granted.
If the owner takes no action or is not declared a "hardship
condition" by the Housing Board of Adjustments and Appeals, he
can be issued a summons to court where he must answer to the
If you have a concern or wish additional information contact
the inspectors at 393-8522.