Property Maintenance Code

The International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) 2018 edition is the current code adopted by Virginia. It applies to all existing structures and all existing premises. This code delineates the minimum requirements and condition standards for premises, structures, equipment and facilities for light, ventilation, space, heating, sanitation, protection from the elements, life safety, safety from fire and other hazards, and for safe and sanitary maintenance; the responsibility of owners, operators and occupants, the occupancy of existing structures and premises, and for administration, enforcement and penalties.

Property Maintenance Workflow (PDF)

Requests for an Extension

Extensions for the time allowed for correction of violations of the USBC may be granted if necessary repairs are temporarily delayed due to practical difficulties. A written request addressed to the Code Compliance Division, including the address of the property, brief explanation of why an extension is being requested and a reasonable estimated time frame for when the completion of repairs will be made must be received before the time allowed for compliance has expired.

  1. Maintenance Requirement
  2. Decorative Features

Maintenance Requirement for Existing Dwellings, Buildings & Properties

The following excerpts from the maintenance provisions of the USBC are not complete or intended to be all-inclusive. Other code requirements may apply to a particular property.

Exterior Property Areas

Accessory Structures 

All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls shall be maintained structurally in good repair.

Exterior of Structure

Exterior Painting

All wood and metal surfaces shall be maintained in good condition. Peeling, flaking, and chipped paints shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted.

Street Numbers

Each structure shall display assigned street numbers of at least 4 inches in height and 1/2 inch width.

Foundation Walls

Shall be maintained plumb and free from opened cracks and breaks.

Exterior Walls

Shall be free of holes, breaks, loose or rotting materials, and maintained weatherproof and properly surface-coated where required to prevent deterioration.

Roofs & Drainage

Roof and flashing shall be sound, tight, and not have defects that admit rain.