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.
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.
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
All accessory structures, including detached garages, fences and walls shall be maintained structurally in good repair.
Exterior of Structure
All wood and metal surfaces shall be maintained in good condition. Peeling, flaking, and chipped paints shall be eliminated and surfaces repainted.
Each structure shall display assigned street numbers of at least 4 inches in height and 1/2 inch width.
Shall be maintained plumb and free from opened cracks and breaks.
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.
All cornices, terra cotta trim, wall facing and similar decorative features shall be maintained in good repair.
Shall be maintained structurally safe, sound and in good repair. Exposed surfaces of metal and wood shall be protected against the elements by surface treatment to prevent decay or rust.
Handrails & Guards
Every handrail and guard shall be firmly fastened and capable of supporting normally imposed loads and shall be maintained in good condition.
Windows & Door Frames
Shall be maintained to be weather tight.
Al glazing material shall be maintained free of cracks and holes.
Every window, other than a fixed window, shall be easily openable and capable of being held in position by window hardware.
All exterior doors and hardware shall be maintained in good condition.
Swimming Pools, Spas & Hot Tub Enclosures
Private pools, spas, and hot tubs must be completely surrounded by a fence or barrier at least 48 inches in height, with self-closing and self-latching gates and doors. Pools must be kept clean and sanitary.