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On May 11, 2023, the U.S. Coast Guard advised the City of Chesapeake that a spud barge struck the underside of the southbound span of the Rt. 168 Bypass Bridge, damaging one of the girders underneath the bridge. On May 12, City crews and structural engineering consultants inspected the bridge and confirmed the damage, then closed the outside lane.
Yes, the bridge is safe to drive on and engineers are continually inspecting it to make sure it stays that way. The single lane closure helps to relieve additional weight from the affected area to avoid causing further damage to the structure.
Fixing a bridge of this kind is going to take specialized professionals who will likely need to travel from out-of-state. At this time, we do not have an exact timeline for repairs, but it will likely take several weeks to a month. Contractors are already working on design plans to prepare for the repair.
UPDATE: The U.S. Coast Guard has granted the City's request for limited bridge openings at the Great Bridge Bridge. The Great Bridge Bridge will remain closed to waterway traffic (open to road traffic) Monday-Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. At all other times the bridge will operate as normal. Please note that federal regulations require that the bridge open at any time for red flag vessels so this could still lead to bridge lifts during those periods.
The U.S. Coast Guard has granted the City's request for limited bridge openings at the Centerville Turnpike Bridge. The Centerville Turnpike Bridge will remain closed to waterway traffic (open to road traffic) from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. At all other times the bridge will operate as normal. Please note that federal regulations require that the bridge open at any time for red flag vessels so this could still lead to bridge lifts during those periods.
Tolls on the Veterans Bridge go towards repayment of the bonds that were used to fund construction of the bridge and there are strict guidelines around when the tolls can and cannot be lifted. The bond indenture precludes lifting tolls in this situation.
Traffic Engineering staff are regularly monitoring and adjusting the traffic signals on all of the alternate routes. Adjustments are being made both remotely and on-site. Keep in mind that traffic signal adjustments can only have a minor impact on overall traffic flow.
The City is working alongside our engineering consultant to determine the necessary vehicle weight restrictions on the bridge during the repair project, as well as developing traffic plans to allow as much traffic as safely possible on the bridge when no work is underway. Out of an abundance of caution while these determinations and plans are being prepared, we have closed the outside lane of the southbound span to traffic until our analysis and work plans are complete. More information on changes to the traffic plan, including the potential to reopen the second lane at select times, will be released as it is confirmed.
When setting up lane and road closures, traffic engineers must follow regulations from the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Because of the speed and configuration of the road at that point, the closure has to start that far back.
The City will pursue full reimbursement for repairs by working through its process with Chesapeake Risk Management and Finance staff, as it does any time there is damage to City infrastructure.
No. Due to weight restrictions and narrow traffic patterns that are in place, trucks are not permitted to utilize the southbound 168 Bypass Bridge until repairs are complete. "No Through Trucks" signs will be posted to notify trucks to utilize alternate routes. In this case, "trucks" includes anything that is a dump truck or larger (garbage trucks, semi-trucks, etc.) Smaller work trucks, box trucks, recreational vehicles, buses, and personal pickup trucks are all okay to continue to use the bridge.
No. The bridge can only have two lanes of traffic open when no work or inspections are being done. Work will generally only be done on weekdays but this is subject to change. The number one priority is getting the bridge back open to full capacity as soon as possible.
Virginia’s 4 PM Burning Law is in effect from February 15 through April 30 each year. It is important to note that some localities may have even more restrictive regulations on outdoor burning than the state’s 4 PM Burning Law. All burners are encouraged to check with their locality before starting any outdoor burning.
The 4 PM Burning Law bans open-air burning prior to 4:00 p.m. if the fire is within 300 feet of the woods or dry grass which could carry fire to the woods. Burning is allowed between 4:00 p.m. and midnight as long as the burner takes proper precautions and attends the fire at all times.
It is critical that burners take precautions before using fire, as there may be legal and financial implications. Even if a person takes all proper precautions and obtains any locally required permits, whoever started the fire is responsible for suppressions costs should the fire escape. Violation of the 4 PM Burning Law is a Class 3 misdemeanor with a fine of not more than $500.
Debris burning is the number one cause of wildfires, closely followed by intentionally set or “arson” fires. The 4 PM Burning Law was adopted during the 1940s to reduce the number of wildfires which occurred each spring, when Virginia has traditionally seen an increased number of fires.
Fires are more likely during late winter and early spring because winds are usually elevated, the relative humidity is lower, and the fuels on the forest floor are extremely dry, having “cured” all winter without the shade of tree leaves. After 4:00 p.m., winds usually calm down and the relative humidity levels rise, both of which reduce the potential for a debris fire or any outdoor open-air fire to escape.
This law does not apply to charcoal or gas-fired barbeque grills. Users are still encouraged to take proper care and precaution by clearing all flammable material from around the grill and stay with it until it is completely extinguished or turned off.
If burning operations are greater than 300 feet from the woods or flammable grass/vegetation that would allow the fire to spread to the woods, the 4 PM Burning Law does not apply. Otherwise, there are few exceptions to the 4 PM Burning Law.
However, Prescribed Burn Managers certified by the Virginia Department of Forestry can apply for exemption permits to complete specific types of burning during the restricted period.
Violation of the 4 PM Burning Law is a class 3 misdemeanor punishable with a fine of not more than $500.
This law does not apply to charcoal or gas-fired barbeque grills. Citizens are still encouraged to take proper care and precaution by clearing all flammable material from around the grill and stay with it until it is completely extinguished or turned off.
No, however, building contractor and road construction jobs can apply for an exemption permit through the Chesapeake Fire Marshal's Office to complete specific types of burning during the restricted period.
No, active-duty military personnel, who are here solely by reason of military orders and legally reside in a state other than Virginia, are exempt from the City License Fee upon presentation of their current LES (Leave and Earnings Statement) to the Commissioner of the Revenue.
Active-duty military personnel should notify the Commissioner of the Revenue of the exemption by providing that office with a copy of their LES (Leave and Earnings Statement) annually as proof of out-of-state residency.
As a convenience, active duty military personnel may also send their proof of out-of-state residency via facsimile transmission or email:
By adopting a park, your Volunteer Group agrees to visit that area a minimum of 4 (four) times per year to help clean and maintain the park and makes notes of any condition at the park that requires the attention of the park maintenance staff. Some Volunteer Groups would prefer to adopt a "spot" such as a specific area within a larger park, a walking path or hiking trail, a courtyard at a library or municipal building, or a planting area around a community center. By adopting a park or a spot, your group helps to keep City facilities clean and maintained. It also allows park maintenance personnel more time to focus on major replacement and repair work, special events, and other improvements that benefit all citizens of Chesapeake. Most importantly, your Volunteer Group will be able to take pride in the fact that you will be helping to keep Chesapeake one of the most desirable places to live in the country.
The type of cleaning and maintenance activities to be carried out can vary by location, but the following activities are generally and typically involved:
The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will provide trash bags, gloves, brooms, rakes, hand tools, paint, paint brushes, and other supplies/equipment needed to clean and maintain an adopted park.
First, adopting and caring for your neighborhood park builds a positive image for your organization. The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will have an Adopt-A-Park sign made identifying the Volunteer Group and erect it at the adopted park or spot.
A Volunteer Group interested in a program or project must complete the application and return it to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department. Once returned, applications will be reviewed for eligibility and safety, relative to the park or spot desired for adoption. Parks, Recreation and Tourism is available to assist in selecting a park appropriate for the Volunteer Group.
Upon approval of its application, the Volunteer Group will be provided with, and must execute, an Adoption Agreement before performing any tasks. Volunteer Safety Guidelines and Waiver Forms must also be completed and signed by all volunteer participants on the day of the activity and returned to the Department. The Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department will provide information packets for distribution to volunteer participants. City staff may hold a safety and orientation meeting with the Volunteer Group prior to the first activity.
We are not currently conducting home studies for prospective adoptive parents. If your specific interest is adoption, please contact a private adoption agency.
To become a foster/adoptive parent you must meet the following criteria:
The home study includes the following: home visits to your home, three or more interviews, three references per adult applicant, federal, state, and local criminal checks, child abuse and neglect checks, Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) checks, tuberculosis (TB) tests on all household members, physicals on adult foster/adoptive parents within the last 12 months, financial paperwork, background paperwork, fire escape plan, disaster plan, proof of marriages and divorces, animal shot record and license, and other information.
Yes, you can inform your social worker during the home study process what type of child you prefer or if you will consider a sibling group. The family services specialist will find out what disabilities, if any, you will accept. The family services specialist will obtain very specific information from you.
The agency will provide a monthly payment for room and board, clothing, and other expenses. An enhanced maintenance payment may be provided for a child who has special needs and requires extra supervision, support, and services by the resource parent. A yearly clothing voucher will be supplied based on the age of the child. Medicaid is provided to cover medical and dental costs.
Adult Foster Care offers a supervised, 24-hour living arrangement in an adult foster home for up to three people who are unable to continue living independently in their own homes. The reasons for needing adult foster care may vary. Persons in need of adult foster care may have a developmental, physical, or emotional disability. Care may include assistance with personal care hygiene, medication management, transportation, recreational activities, and nutritional meals.
Referrals for placement are made by Human Services staff who match the individual with the most appropriate foster home. As a foster care provider, you decide if you would like to consider a particular individual as a resident for your home.
A Family Services worker is available to guide you through the certification process and provide ongoing support.
The division of property located wholly within an agricultural zoning district for bona fide agricultural use and not for development purposes, provided that: the original tract of land is divided into parcels consisting of no less than 15 acres each, including the residual of the original tract; no new or extended public streets or other public facilities are required to serve the parcels as divided; the plat depicting the division contains a note stating that the property is to be used for bona fide agricultural purposes only; all parcels created by the division conform with applicable minimum development criteria set out in the city's Zoning Ordinance; no portion of the original tract of land is further subdivided for a period of one year from date of recordation of the plat depicting the agricultural division of land, unless such property has been appropriately rezoned for development.
The minor adjustment or vacation of property lines which reallocates or consolidates land area of contiguous lots or parcels, provided that the adjustment or vacation of property lines does not: result in the creation of any additional lots or parcels of land; result in any increase in density or increased impact on public infrastructure; involve or give rise to the need for the dedication, construction, or extension of a public street; or create a nonconformity or increase or aggravate any existing nonconformity as to minimum development and use criteria set out in the city's Zoning Ordinance.
Adopters must be 18 or older with a valid ID. Adopters and anyone living in the same household may not be convicted of animal cruelty, neglect, or abandonment. Chesapeake Animal Services Unit reserves the right to refuse adoptions that are not in the best interest of the animal or community.
Our team is committed to making best matches for your home and your new companion.
Dogs/Puppies, $110 and includes spay/neuter surgery, DHPP and Rabies vaccines appropriate to age, dewormer, flea prevention, heartworm test, and microchip implantation.
Cats/Kittens, $75.00 and includes spay/neuter surgery, FVRCP and Rabies vaccines appropriate to age, dewormer, flea prevention, FIV/FeLV/HW test, and microchip implantation. If you adopt two felines, the second adoption fee is waived!
Adoption fees for senior animals, dogs with heartworm disease, and animals who have special medical needs are discounted.
For companion animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, small reptiles, livestock, etc. fees vary depending on the species.
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Yes, we offer dogs, cats, exotics, pocket pets, poultry, and livestock. When an application for adoption is done, you will need to provide current rabies vaccination and City license information (if applicable) for the animals that you own.
Dog adoptions are $110 and cats are $75. If you adopt two cats, the second adoption fee is waived! Exotics, pocket pets, poultry, and livestock vary in cost. Services for cats and dogs include spay or neuter, microchip, initial vaccinations, rabies vaccination if appropriate to age, FeLV/FIV/Heartworm test (cats), and heartworm test (dogs 6 months and older).
Visit the shelter or view animals available for adoption on this site.
Adopted animals must be spayed or neutered, microchipped, and rabies vaccinated before they can go home, unless they are too young. They may be scheduled for these services, when you adopt, and a date set for you to pick them up at that time.
CAS does not offer any medical or veterinary services to the public. Please see our resource link for low-cost veterinary services offered in our area.
Citizens interested in surrendering a pet for euthanasia should call the office, during operational hours, at 757-382-8080 option 1 to schedule an appointment. Owners are not allowed to be present for this service. There is a minimal fee, per pound, for disposal unless private cremation arrangements are made by the owner.
Visit the shelter and make sure to bring a photo of your pet. Let the front office know that you are missing your pet so they can direct you to areas of the shelter to look for your pet. If your pet is not here, then ask to file a lost report. Please see our resources page for other avenues of locating your pet. Our website also has photos posted of strays.
You can either bring the animal to the shelter during operational hours, call dispatch at 757-382-6161 for an Animal Control Officer to pick it up, or call the office and file a found report at 757-382-8080 option 1. If a found report is done, then make every effort to have that animal scanned (for a microchip) at a local vet or at the shelter. Please see our resources page for other avenues of locating an owner.
Please call 757-382-8089 and leave a message with your name and contact information. There is sometimes a wait for a trap rental depending on the need, but someone will contact you about your request. If the trap cannot be securely chained for use then a $35 deposit is required for a trap.
The front office sells City licenses and exotic permits. If your rabies vaccination information is not current with the Treasurer's Office then you will need to have a current certificate to purchase a City license.
New exotic permits must first be approved by the City's Development and Permits Department before CAS can issue one.
CAS takes volunteers and fosters! You must be 16 to volunteer in the shelter. Learn more about our volunteer opportunities and sign up!
All complaints or concerns that would require an Animal Control Officer (ACO) response must be called in to the police dispatch non-emergency number at 757-382-6161.
ACOs must prioritize their calls accordingly. These are the types of calls from the highest priority to the lowest: aggressive animal, injured/sick animal, livestock loose, stray, animal cruelty (can also be higher priority depending), surrender, and nuisance wildlife. The police dispatcher may be able to get an estimated time of arrival (ETA) from the ACO on duty, if requested.
Every city is different in their overnight availability for animal control services. In Chesapeake ACOs start responding to calls at 8 a.m. and until 7 p.m. However, there is always an ACO on-call from 7 p.m. to 8 a.m. for emergencies. Often police will verify emergencies overnight when available.
Overall, staffing is optimal during the weekday time.
ACOs only respond for wildlife when the animal is aggressive, injured/sick, or orphaned.
It is best to leave wildlife alone if they appear healthy and are acting normal. Evaluating your yard to reduce food and/or shelter resources can lessen the amount of wildlife traffic in your yard. See the resources page for more wildlife resources.
ACOs do not respond for these types of wildlife calls and traps are not offered for nuisance wildlife. Traps are only used for domestic animals and/or injured wildlife. You would need to find a company that offers removal services for wildlife in these situations.
ACOs do respond for any wildlife inside of a home or dwelling. Any type of confinement of the animal, into an area, until they arrive will increase the likelihood of removal. ACOs do not respond for a snake in your yard, but every situation where safety is a concern is considered.
ACOs will call you on this to make sure you did not pick up a fledgling! Most bird species must get on the ground to learn how to fly. They are very vulnerable during this lesson and easily scooped up by concerned hands. Please see the resource page for more information on fledglings.
ACOs do not respond for barking complaints. Citizens can file a complaint online through the Police Department, call the CAS office, or the City's Customer Contact Center at 757-382-2489 (CITY). All of these complaints are routed to CAS and two letters, per calendar year, are sent per location to let the owner know that there have been complaints filed about barking dogs. Please see the resource page for the online reporting link.
No, but all complaints for defecation are handled just like barking. CAS also sends letters for animals at large, but only two letters, per year, are sent and you must know the owner's address.
If you are not in physical control of your animal while it is off of your property, then it is at large. This applies to domestic, companion, livestock, fowl, exotics, and wild animals in captivity. The one neighbor may not mind your dog visiting, but other neighbors can still complain.
Just because something has not happened yet, does not mean that it won't. It could be another dog that causes a problem and then your child could be in danger. It is never a good idea to allow children to walk any dog that they might not be able to control in any situation.
Chesapeake does have a Harboring code which makes it unlawful to harbor an animal for more than 14 days without reporting it as a stray. Feeding animals after that point makes you responsible for them. If a neighbor is complaining about the cats running at large and an Animal Control Officer (ACO) witnesses that offense, then yes, you can be issued summons for that.
All owners are required to have a rabies vaccination for dogs and cats and a City license. City licenses cost $4 for cats/dogs that are altered and $10 if they are not altered. Rabies vaccinations must be administered by a licensed veterinarian.
Exotics are required to have a permit. More City Code information for exotic animals can be found within the Chesapeake Municipal Code of Ordinances (Municode). Information for exotics is on the resource page.
Visit the How to Apply page.
Visit the applicant site.
You need to have an applicant account to retrieve your username. If you forgot your username, click on the “I forgot my username / password” link on the login page. You will be asked to provide the email address you used to create your account and your username will be emailed to you at that email address.
If you need additional assistance, please email Chesapeake Human Resources Department.
You need to have an applicant account to reset your password.
If you forgot your username, click on the “Forgot your username or password?” link on the login page.
Enter your username under Forgot Password and click Set New Password. This will take you to the screen where you can reset your password.
Clicking Set New Password will prompt you for the correct answer to your challenge question before you can update your password. Complete your Challenge Question, New Password and Confirm New Password fields, and click Set New Password. You will see a green banner confirming your password has been reset. No email will be sent for password resets.
Visit the applicant site to apply.
After completing and saving your application, you will have the option to either manage or edit your application in the menu on the left.
If you click the “Manage Applications” link, next click the option to “View your application." In a few moments the entire application will appear in a new browser window.
If you click the Edit Application link, you will be able to navigate through the pages until you reach the final page (with the certification statement). Click the link that says, “Preview Application” (you’ll see it above the “Save” button) and in a few moments the entire application will appear in a new browser window.
Once your application is displayed in the new window, click “File: Print from your browser menu” to print the application. When you’re finished printing and ready to return to the online employment site, click “Close Window.”
To be considered for a position, you must create an application. In order to start an application, select "Apply for this Job" on the posting. Required information is indicated with an asterisk (*). However, the more information you provide, the easier it will be for potential employers to effectively evaluate your skills, abilities, and qualifications. Make sure to include all relevant job history in your application. Failure to do so could result in you not being considered in the final applicant pool.
The following document types are accepted:
The system cannot process documents with signature boxes, watermarks, password fields, or other security features. Remove these features by printing and re-scanning the document.
You can provide requested documents four different ways. The first method is to upload the file from your computer by clicking Choose File. You can click Write [document type] to create a document using the system’s rich text editor. Some document types will allow you to provide a URL by clicking Link to[document type]. Finally, you can upload a document you have used for a previous posting by clicking Use Previously Uploaded [document type].
No – there is no limit and you are welcome to apply for as many positions as you like.
Candidates that are selected for interview will be contacted by the Hiring Department by telephone or email to arrange an interview.
Applicants may obtain their status by logging in to the applicant site and going to the screen labeled “My Applications.” Only candidates who have interviewed for the posting should expect personal communication regarding their status.
Yes. A plumbing permit (PDF) is required as well as a test report.
Yes. If it is a testable backflow preventer, then annual test reports are to be submitted to the Cross Connection Inspector.
The proposed new drainage ditch on the south side of Murray Drive to be constructed by the City of Chesapeake should have little to no impact on the ability of the drainage ditch on the south of the golf course to accept contaminants from the site.
Once a plume of contaminants develops in the groundwater, drought conditions must be severe and prolonged to alter the flow of groundwater in a manner sufficient to impact the ability of the drainage ditch to accept contaminants moving south of the ditch.
The report says that it used the construction drawings to determine the location of the fly ash on the site. The construction drawings do not show the actual location of the fly ash. This has led to some confusion about the reliability of the conclusions in the report.
The most important data regarding the fly ash is the amount (approximately 1.5 million tons) and the general distribution. Since we used a distribution pattern which covered the width of the golf club, the model should be accurate and scientifically reliable without knowing the exact locations. The anomaly found in data results from the southwest corner of the site may be explained by the hills on that corner which may contain fly ash.
At this time we have no data indicating the ditch is contaminated. As a plume develops under the golf club, it is likely contaminants will drain into the ditch which will become contaminated. However, it is difficult to determine at this time whether contaminants will reach a detectable level in the ditch.
CDM examined the golf club site and the neighborhoods directly south and east because of the general direction of groundwater flow in the area and because the ditch to the south should act as a barrier to contaminants moving away from the site via groundwater flow.
Public Works' project schedule:
If your bicycle is ever stolen and then found, the police can trace its serial number and return the bike to you. A license for your bicycle costs only $1 and it lasts for as long as you own your bicycle.If your bicycle is ever stolen and then found, the police can trace its serial number and return the bike to you.
You may purchase a bicycle license on a voluntary basis; it is not mandatory to have a bicycle decal.
Bicycle License Form (PDF)
The Chesapeake Police Department will assist you if your bicycle is stolen. Call their non-emergency line at 757-382-6161.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is a seven-member quasi-judicial body appointed by the Circuit Court charged with a specific limited mission as defined under Section 15.2-2309 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended. The Board is authorized to hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative officer in the administration or enforcement of those items covered under Article 7 of Title 15.2 of the Code of Virginia. In addition to this review authority, the Board may grant certain variances from the requirements of the Chesapeake Zoning Ordinance, provided a hardship, as narrowly defined under Section 15.2-2201 of the Code of Virginia, is clearly evident.
A Zoning Ordinance cannot provide for all conceivable situations to which it must apply. Provisions must be made to balance the strict application of the ordinance with the purposes and intent established by the ordinance. The primary function of the BZA is to vary the specific terms of the zoning ordinance so that practical development problems of the community may be met within the provisions of the ordinance. In effect, the board acts as a "safety valve." Without this body to decide on such matters, solutions to these development problems would have to be accomplished by amendment of the ordinance or through a lawsuit.
Variance and appeal applications use the same form (PDF). Instructions, filing fees and general information are included in the form. If you have any questions, please call the Board of Zoning Appeals Secretary at 757-382-6466 or 757-382-8454.
There are many variables that effect the exact time for a bridge closure; however, most do not exceed 10 minutes.
During restricted rush hour periods, lifts are limited to commercial vessels with a 2-hour reservation. For security reasons, it is required that our bridge operators (the Public Works employee who controls the bridge opening) always allow vessels transporting hazardous materials to transit the waterway at any time without any reservations. These vessels are more commonly known as "red flag" vessels. The same policy also applies to Coast Guard, police, or any boat that has declared an emergency.
For restricted periods for each bridge, please consult the individual bridge's webpage or the bridge brochure (PDF).
Please note that a restricted period of (for example) 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. means that the last opening for a waterway user may occur just before 7 a.m. (and run until all vessels waiting at the bridge have passed), but the next bridge opening will not begin until 9 a.m. (unless there is a commercial vessel with a two-hour advanced reservation or a vessel carrying hazardous materials). The City makes every effort to keep lifts within the designated lift times.
Bridge lifts for commercial vessels with two-hour advanced reservations during restricted rush hour periods are normally communicated to metro traffic radio and other media outlets.
If a pleasure craft is present at the bridge awaiting an opening when a commercial vessel with a two-hour advance reservation passes, the pleasure craft is permitted to transit also.
When we are notified of a vessel that will take longer than the normal amount of time to travel through the passageway, the Bridge Administrator notifies the Public Works Information Coordinator who then issues a travel advisory. Travel advisories are emailed to various media sources. When possible, the information is also posted on the City of Chesapeake Travel Advisories page and sent out through the Public Works Twitter page.
Bridge openings are Federal regulations and are enforced by the Coast Guard. The City may request a change to a bridge restriction schedules, but it is the Coast Guard that must approve any changes.
The VA Department of Transportation (VDOT) operates the High Rise Bridge carrying I-64 over the Elizabeth River. The Army Corps of Engineers operates the Deep Creek Bridge (U.S. 17 Business over the Dismal Swamp Canal) and the North Landing Bridge (Mount Pleasant Road over the Chesapeake and Albemarle Canal).
Yes. Our area has what we call the "snow bird" seasons. These last from approximately late April to the end of May with boats heading north for the summer and from late October to the end of November with boats heading south for the winter. Many pleasure craft (non-commercial) vessels travel back during these periods. Bridge lifts with more than 20 vessels passing through at one time are not uncommon.
Yes, certain bridges and overpasses throughout the City have weight restrictions. The Bridge Condition Rating and Weight Restrictions Map has this information mapped out.
All boaters are asked to keep their radios tuned to Channel 13 in order to communicate with bridge tenders.
The Proposed Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets are presented to City Council in March. Technical corrections and amendments are presented to City Council for action in June.
The Operating Budget runs on the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30). The Capital Improvement Plan is planned over a period of 5 future years.
The Operating Budget is a plan of financial operation embodying an estimate of proposed revenues and expenditures for the fiscal year. The Capital Budget is a plan of proposed capital expenditures for buildings, parks, utilities, etc. and their financing sources.
The budget documents can be viewed on the Budget Department’s website. Copies are provided at each Library. The Library also provides computer access for viewing documents online, as well as access to printing for a fee.
To request a Bulk Trash Collection, call the Chesapeake Customer Contact Center at 757-382-CITY (2489) by 5 p.m. the work day prior to your scheduled collection day or fill out the online Bulk Trash Pickup Request by 11:59 p.m. the day prior to your scheduled collection day.
Appliances, boxes/bags of household dry goods, furniture, mattress/box-spring, patio furniture, small garage clean-out. Remove doors from refrigerators/freezers and tape all glass surfaces. Items that are not allowed include hazardous waste, carpet, wood and fencing, construction and demolition debris, manufacturing process debris and loose or dangerous refuse. Hazardous waste requires proper disposal at a Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) Transfer Station.
Bushes, shrubbery, tree branches/limbs and large yard trimmings. Tree limbs, branches, sticks must not exceed 6 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter. Items that are not allowed include tree trunks/logs/stumps that exceed 6 feet in length and 6 inches in diameter and any limb debris trimmed/removed by a contractor. (Please note that lumber and fencing is considered household bulk waste not yard bulk waste.)
Note: Grass clippings and leaves can be bagged in clear plastic bags or paper compostable bags and placed at the curb on your scheduled collection day without a bulk reservation. Limit is 30 bags per week per residence (except in November and December when the limit is 50 bags). For more information, visit the waste disposal guidelines page.
Bulk waste cannot be placed at the curb for collection any earlier than three work days prior to your regularly scheduled collection day.
Bulk waste should be placed as close as possible to the curb or roadside and 3 feet away from any obstructions such as mailboxes, telephone poles, garbage containers, etc. Do not place items underneath overhead wires or tree limbs. Do not block the passage of vehicles, pedestrians or drainage. Household items must be separated from yard waste piles as these items are disposed of at different locations.
Bulk household waste is limited to one 4-foot wide by 4-foot high by 10-foot long pile per residence per week and is limited to 12 collections per calendar year. Bulk yard waste is limited to one 4-foot wide by 4-foot high by 6-foot long pile per residence per week. Your household pile should always be separate from your yard waste pile.
Bulk Household Items are limited to 12 times per year per residence. Bulk Yard/Tree Debris collections are not limited.
The resident is responsible for cleaning up any small debris (debris that can fit into a garbage bag or a clear yard waste bag) that is left behind following a bulk pickup.
For items that have glass (windows, doors, tables, stoves), all glass surfaces must be extensively taped to prevent shattering. The resident is responsible for cleaning up any broken glass debris that may result from the collection of those items.
While we do not offer special collections for excessive garbage generated by moving, you can schedule a bulk trash collection and note the items you have at the curb. All rules and restriction still apply.
Due to Virginia Department of Environmental Quality regulations, SPSA Transfer Stations cannot accept vehicle tires, and therefore tires are not eligible for bulk trash collection. Residents can dispose of automobile tires by bringing them to the SPSA Tire Processing Facility located at the Regional Landfill at 1 Bob Foeller Dive in Suffolk, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A cave-in occurs when groundwater infiltrates into a separated pipe joint or into a crack in a stormwater pipe and the groundwater carries soil with it. Over time, as the soil around the pipe infiltrates into the stormwater pipe, the ground surface or pavement above the pipe sinks. Cave-ins also occur around manholes and catch basins where pipes enter the structure, between the basin and the concrete lid, and where the installers of the basin failed to fill temporary weep holes in the walls of a basin.
When we receive a phone call about a cave-in, we ask the caller several questions to determine the location and public safety risk caused by the cave-in. If the reported cave-in is large and within the right-of-way, we will request that the stormwater crews fill the cave-in immediately without doing a field investigation. Otherwise, we conduct a field investigation and dispatch a work request to Stormwater to perform a first-stage repair. A first-stage repair is done by digging down into the hole, placing filter fabric in the hole, and backfilling with stone and/or soil to create a level surface. If the cave-in re-appears, we ask that the citizens call the Call Center (757-382-CITY) to report it. We will generally refill a cave-in at least twice before adding it to the list for cave-in repair. We do this to ensure that further settlement is not the result of the fill material settling.
In general, cave-ins that are less than four feet deep and not in difficult-to-reach locations are repaired by City crews. If the cave-in is large, located in a high-traffic area, or under a building foundation, it is placed on the contractor's list.
Cave-ins are repaired by several methods:
We often run a pipeline video camera through the sections of the pipe where cave-ins are observed to determine the extent and cause of the pipe failure. In many areas with older stormwater piping, we find that multiple joints within a section of pipe have cave-ins. For this situation, slip lining or pipe replacement is often the most cost-effective repair method. If only a few joints have failed, excavating around the leaking joints and wrapping them with filter fabric, or pressure grouting the joint from within the pipe, are the preferred repair methods. The filter fabric prevents soil from being carried into the pipe by groundwater flowing into the leaking pipe section.
We rank the priority of the cave-in requests as follows:
Depending on the depth, pipe size, location, etc., the cost of repairing a cave-in varies from a few thousand dollars to $100,000. The average cost is $20,000 to $30,000.
In the mid-1990’s Public Works began requiring that all new stormwater piping placed in the City have every pipe joint wrapped with filter fabric. Public Works engineering inspectors monitor building activities to make sure that this is done. The Stormwater operations group provides assistance to the engineering inspectors by running a video camera through newly installed stormwater piping to look for defects before the City accepts the stormwater piping into the City system.
If you suspect a cave-in, call 757-382-CITY (2489) and report the problem. This will start the cycle as described above.
The Certificate of Appropriateness is to provide for the review of all significant exterior modifications visible from a paved public street within the Chesapeake Historic and Cultural Preservation District. Certificates of Appropriateness may be needed for work on additions, roofs, chimneys, doors, windows, siding, fences, walls, and color changes, and must be approved by the Review Board as being architecturally compatible with the historic area, landmark, building, or structure itself.
Application Deadline is by 5 p.m. 10 days prior to the first Thursday of the month. When the 10-day submittal deadline falls on a week where there is also a City holiday, the submittal deadline will be 17 days before the first Thursday of the month. View the Historic and Architectural Review Board Meeting Schedule.
The final inspection approval or approvals may serve as the Certificate of Occupancy for any addition or alteration to a structure for which a Certificate of Occupancy has already been issued.
All new residential and commercial structures are required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy prior to their occupancy or use.
A new Certificate of Occupancy is required for existing structures when changing the occupancy or use of the structure or a portion thereof.
A building permit must be issued in order for a Certificate of Occupancy to be obtained. At minimum, a site plan and a copy of the floor plan must be provided for evaluation of the permit application. Additional information may be required depending upon the nature of the request.
All work associated with the building or structure must be complete and approved prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy.
Final inspection approvals are required for the building permit and all associated permits including electrical, mechanical, gas, plumbing and fire protection systems.
If the property is in a flood hazard area, a FEMA Flood Elevation Certificate must be submitted and approved.
The approval letter from the Health Department is required for structures on private sewage disposal or well water systems.
Any requirements specified on the permit by other city departments or agencies including, but not limited to, Fire Department, Development Engineering, Development Construction, Public Utilities, Planning, Zoning or the Environmental Coordinator must be satisfied prior to issuing the Certificate of Occupancy.
For all new buildings, commercial pools, or relocating a new business to an existing building, the fee will be $50 (normally, the fee is assessed at the time of permit issuance), plus 2% state levy.
If a pump station connects directly to existing force main, a Flow Acceptance Letter is required. If gravity flow is less than 2,000 gpd, a Flow Acceptance Letter is not required.
If a Flow Acceptance Letter is required, then a Certificate to Construct (CTC) (PDF) and subsequently a Certificate to Operate (CTO) are required.
CTO - If the project requires a CTC, then a CTO is required.
Consultant submits construction plans to Department of Development and Permits (DD&P), Mr. Mark Curry, Development and Engineering, 306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322.
HRSD review and approval of construction plans is separate from any flow acceptance requirements and required whenever there is a proposed connection to an HRSD line or construction requires a contractor to work near an HRSD main (crossings and working in close proximity).
DEQ Approval – DEQ will issue the CTC and CTO upon application. As of 2008, DEQ no longer performs a separate review of the engineering plans.
When an applicant wishes to appeal a decision of the CBPA Review Committee, a CBPA Appeal application may be submitted to the Planning Department for review by the Wetlands / CBPA Board.
5 p.m. two weeks prior to the first and third Tuesday of each month.
Apply online using eBUILD
When an applicant can demonstrate that the application of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area (CBPA) ordinance to a lot or parcel located within the CBPA District would unreasonably restrict the utilization of the property under its current zoning classification, a CBPA Exception application can be submitted for consideration by the CBPA Board. All prohibited development within the Resource Protection Area (RPA) of the CBPA District shall require the submittal of a CBPA Exception application.
Certain encroachments in the RPA are either exempt or require CBPA Committee approval only. All applicants shall consult the Planning Department to determine which CBPA Exception Application is required and to identify any potential problem areas.
Please bring the required items to the 2nd floor of City Hall.
Rainwater falling on rooftops, pavement, and other impervious (solid, non-porous) surfaces runs off in greater quantity and contains more pollutants than rain falling on unimproved forests and grasslands. In developed areas, this runoff must be managed to keep it from causing flooding and to remove the pollutants before it is discharged into streams and rivers. The revenue generated from the Stormwater Utility Fee is used to maintain public ditches, piped systems, and other stormwater structures, and also to ensure that pollutants carried by stormwater runoff are removed before the runoff reaches our waterways.
The Stormwater Utility Fee funds the Comprehensive Stormwater Management Program (CSMP), which is mandated by state and federal law. This includes things like the maintenance and repair of public ditches, stormwater pipe systems, and other drainage structures, water quality and flooding capital improvement projects, investigation and prevention of pollution discharges, and more. It’s important to note that with more than 2,700 miles of open ditch, nearly 1,100 miles of underground pipe, and nearly 37,000 drainage structures throughout the City, the Public Works Department must prioritize stormwater system maintenance and repair.
There are both public and private ditches throughout the City. A private ditch collects water from private property only, such as those located between houses. The maintenance of a private ditch is the responsibility of the property owner.
Chesapeake City Council reviews and approves the Stormwater Utility Fee rate, with input from the Stormwater Committee and City staff.
In May 2022 as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 Budget, Chesapeake City Council approved an increase to the Stormwater Utility Fee in order to enhance the level of stormwater maintenance provided by the Public Works Department. This increase was the first in more than a decade, with the last increase taking place in 2010.
Every property owner in the City of Chesapeake who has any kind of improvements (buildings, parking lots, driveways) on their property is assessed a stormwater fee. Agricultural or undeveloped property is not assessed a stormwater fee.
All single-family customers pay a flat fee based on the current monthly rate. The current monthly rate is listed on the bill. Multi-family units are charged the current monthly rate per ERU. An Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) is equal to the average impervious area determined from an evaluation of all the residential parcels within the City. For Chesapeake, 1 ERU equals 2,112 square feet.
Commercial and industrial customers' stormwater bills are calculated as follows:
Total annual fee = the (total impervious area) ÷ the base ERU (2,112 square feet) × (current approved rate/ERU/month) × (12 months)
The stormwater fee rate is reviewed and approved annually by City Council.
Best Management Practices (BMPs) are devices used for on-site control of stormwater runoff and provide water quality improvements. Examples of BMPs include wet retention ponds, dry retention ponds, grass swales with check dams, and infiltration devices. Non-residential property owners who use BMPs can apply for a credit in stormwater fees.
If you have questions about your current stormwater bill, you can contact the Division of Stormwater Management at 757-382-3330.
Applications are accepted at Chesapeake Social Services Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by applying online at the Common Help website through the Virginia Department of Social Services.
The requirements are as follows:
Yes, Child Care Services may be available to you. Please visit the CommonHelp website. You will be notified by the client communication form when and how to contact your assigned Child Care Specialist to set up an intake appointment. Should funds not be available, you will be notified that your case has been placed on a Waiting List based on your application date, until funds are available. Once funds are available you will be contacted by your assigned Child Care Specialist to schedule an intake appointment.
The most commonly recognized types of abuse and neglect are physical abuse, physical neglect, emotional abuse, emotional neglect, and sexual abuse or exploitation. Signs of abuse and neglect include:
Child Protective Services becomes involved only when there is a legitimate complaint that a child is a victim of abuse or neglect by the child's caretaker (parent, guardian, etc.).
Virginia state statutes do not set a specific age after which a child legally can stay alone. Age alone is not a very good indicator of a child's maturity level. Some very mature 10-year-olds may be ready for self-care while some 15-year-olds may not be ready due to emotional problems or behavioral difficulties. In determining whether a child is capable of being left alone and whether a parent is providing adequate supervision in such situations, child protective services (CPS) will assess several areas. These areas include:
It is also helpful to have a Safety Plan, including the parent's phone numbers, the arranged neighbor's name, address and phone numbers and other pertinent information written down and posted somewhere visible in the home.
The Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Board of Directors is a 12-member citizen board that provides policy and administrative oversight for CIBH.
All twelve board members are appointed by the Chesapeake City Council. Appointments are for three years, and a Board member can serve for three consecutive terms. Anyone interested in appointment to the Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Board of Directors can make an application through the City Clerk’s office.
Most appointments to the Board of Directors are made in December with a January start date. However mid-year appointments are made if there is a vacancy on the Board.
As designated in state law, one-third of the Board of Directors must be identified as individuals who are receiving community-based mental health, substance abuse, or intellectual disability services or family members of individuals receiving services. At least one of the members must be an individual receiving services at the time of appointment. No employee or board member of an organization that receives funding from any CIBH can be appointed to the CIBH Board of Directors. The Board cannot be composed of a majority of elected or appointed local government officials.
To be an active participant on the Board of Directors takes a great deal of time. Expect to spend at least four hours a month in Board meetings or subcommittee meetings and at least 2 to 3 hours reading materials in preparation for the Board meeting.
The issues the Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Board of Directors deals with are very complicated and a knowledge base about certain subjects has to be developed over time. Based on this, the Board is very strict about requiring that Board members attend at least 75% of scheduled meetings, or a minimum of 9 meetings a year.
If your incident is an emergency, call 9-1-1. If non-emergency, call 757-382-6161.
No, If a crime took place outside of the City of Chesapeake, VA please call the police department for that city.
If this took place on a state highway, please call the Virginia State Police (Division 5 in Chesapeake is 757-424-6820 or 800-582-8350).
The CCPA is a 14-session course designed to acquaint Chesapeake citizens with the many facets of our Police Department. Applicants for CCPA must be at least 18 years old, a Chesapeake citizen, and pass a criminal background check.
Classes are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There are also 4 Saturday sessions that meet from 9 a.m. to noon.
Classes are held throughout the City, under the direction and guidance of the Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy, depending on the subject matter.
Subject Matter Experts from the Police Department, including command staff, Commonwealth Attorney's Office, and Sheriff's Department present interesting, thought-provoking, and eye-opening presentations of their particular area(s) of expertise.
Topics typically covered are:
Please note: All tours and classes are subject to availability of personnel, emergency situations occurring, weather, and other matters, and are at the sole discretion of the Police Department.
The Academy is offered annually. Please keep an eye on this page for future application announcements. For more information on the CCPA please contact the Chesapeake Police Academy at 757-382-1525. Download the Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy Application (PDF).
At the completion of the course, participants are awarded a "Certificate of Completion," typically presented by the Chief of Police at a graduation ceremony.
Graduates of the Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy are eligible for membership in the Chesapeake Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CCPAAA). Meetings are held monthly to hear guest speakers, enjoy social activities, keep abreast of police activities, and receive updated information on volunteer opportunities. Individual volunteerism within the Police Department is encouraged.
The Chesapeake City Council is comprised of eight Council Members and a Mayor elected at large.
Find your council member's contact information in the Directory or contact the City Clerk's Office at 757-382-6151.
The Office of the Municipal Clerk serves as the professional link between the citizens of Chesapeake and the City Council, the governing body. The City Clerk represents the affairs of the community by keeping records and maintaining archives for posterity and ensures that decisions of the legislative body are properly recorded.
The Office is responsible for the preservation of the official actions of the City's legislative body by recording and publishing Council minutes, ordinances, and resolutions. The Office also serves as a conduit of information by handling inquiries from citizens and other municipal departments, assisting the Council with correspondence, managing the appointments to the City's Boards, Commissions and Authorities, and handling research requests. The office is designated as a Passport Acceptance Facility by the U.S. Department of State. Further information on applying for a U.S. Passport
You may access the Current Agenda online for upcoming City Council meetings.
This information is posted on Friday prior to the Tuesday meetings. Free copies of the docket are also available from the City Clerk's Office.
The City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second, third and fourth Tuesday of each month in the Council Chamber on the first floor of City Hall, 306 Cedar Road.
The City Council Work Sessions and Meetings can be viewed live on Chesapeake Television. Meetings are retelecasted on Chesapeake Television at the following times:
You may address agenda items and non-agenda items at the second and fourth Tuesday meetings. On the third Tuesday, City Council deliberates on land use applications and only those issues may be addressed at that meeting. Citizens who wish to speak may register on the date of the meeting in the City Council Chamber before 6:30 p.m. Citizens may also pre-register by calling the City Clerk's Office at 757-382-6151 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. before the Council meeting. Speaker Forms will not be accepted for the Council Meeting after 6:30 p.m. Any material you wish to distribute to City Council Members must be reviewed by the City Clerk before the start of the meeting.
Speakers appearing before City Council will not be allowed to:
Speakers who violate these rules will be declared out of order and immediately yield the floor and be seated.
Copies of resolutions and ordinances approved by the City Council are available at the City Clerk's office. Call the office at 757-382-6151 or come to the City Clerk's office to obtain copies.
Town Meetings are an opportunity for citizens to present concerns and express opinions on an individual basis. They are not intended as forums for public debate or City Council deliberations.
Town Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of February, June and October from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Town Meetings rotate throughout all areas of the city. They shall be held in the City of Chesapeake's high schools on a rotating basis. Should a high school not be available on a set meeting date, the meeting may be held in the closest available community center, public library, or other facility having appropriately sized and accessible meeting space. Town Meeting locations and times are listed on the Council's Meeting calendar (PDF).
Fill out a Boards and Commissions application and return it to the City Clerk's Office, 306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322 via fax at 757-382-6678 or apply online.
Yes, Chesapeake residents will be charged a City License Fee.
Yes, the City License Fee will be included as a separate item on the annual Personal Property tax bills sent by the City Treasurer.
The amount of the City License Fee has not changed. The fee is determined by the amount of the vehicle's gross weight. See Rates for Chesapeake Motor Vehicle Licenses.
The City License Fee is due on or before June 5th, or as indicated on your tax bill.
Along with the annual Personal Property taxes, the City License Fee can be paid by personal check or money order and returned to the City Treasurer by first-class mail. From your home, it can be paid online by credit card or E-check. Additionally, it can be paid in person at any one of the four Treasurer's Office locations.
If the City License Fee is not paid on time, a late-payment penalty of $10 will be added to the City License Fee.
If the City License Fee is not paid in the current year, then, according to Virginia's Attorney General, it will remain due and be collectible.
Yes, according to Virginia's Attorney General, the City Treasurer is authorized to charge the owner for outstanding City License Fees dating back three years.
You should notify the Commissioner of the Revenue's office when any of the following events occur:
Yes, the City License Fee is now included on the annual Personal Property tax bill. If, due to the PPTRA tax credit, you do not pay Personal Property taxes, you will still receive a bill for the City License Fee.
No, the City License Fee is charged to each vehicle garaged in the City of Chesapeake between January 1st and June 30th of each year. It will not be charged to any local vehicles purchased after June 30th of each year until the following year's annual Personal Property tax billing.
No, under the new ordinance, there is no refund for moving from Chesapeake or for the disposal of a vehicle. As well, there is no transfer of the City License Fee to a newly acquired vehicle.
No, active-duty military personnel who have legal residence in a state other than Virginia are exempt from the City License Fee. However, they must provide a copy of their LES (Leave & Earnings Statement) annually as proof of out-of-state residency to the Commissioner of the Revenue.
The City Council voted to adopt Filing by Exception in October 2005, which became effective in January 2006. Essentially, once you have filed a Personal Property tax return with the Commissioner of the Revenue, then you are not required to file again until there is a change in location or status.
Each December, the Treasurer mailed a decal application / vehicle registration form to each vehicle owner. The form was required to be signed and returned to the City. Using Filing by Exception, the City will continue to obtain vehicle registrations by receiving the information weekly from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles match, but the decal application / vehicle registration form will no longer be mailed. In addition to receiving vehicle registration information from the DMV weekly, a citizen may come into the office of the Commissioner and register their personal property. Effective January 2006, you will no longer be required to annually file with the City unless the location, status or ownership of your property has changed.
Weekly, the City receives information from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles about newly acquired vehicles garaged in Chesapeake.
After the change in location or other triggering event, you should contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's office within thirty (30) days:
Any notifications received in the Treasurer's Office will be provided to the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue.
Upon installation of the fire protection or hazardous materials system (See Fire Permit for list of systems) (note: pre-final hydro / air test and visual inspection required prior to covering aboveground or underground sprinkler piping and underground hazmat piping and tanks)
Also, Fire Inspection is required for most buildings for issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy
(See Permit Application for Systems that require a permit prior to installation)
Submit 3 sets of plans with Fire Permit application to Fire Prevention for review and approval. Pick up the approved package from Fire Prevention when notified and pay for and obtain a permit from Development and Permits
Must submit the complete Special Inspections to the Plan Examiner:
Statement of Special Inspections Form
Special Inspections Guidelines & Procedures
The City will make every effort to provide inspections on your requested date. However, please be aware the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code allows two working days from the date of request to perform the inspection.
You can request your inspections by phone or online.
Please provide the below information when requesting inspections:
All requested inspections should be directed to and processed by the City's Customer Contact Center at 757-382-CITY (2489). You may also submit your inspection request online via the City of Chesapeake Customer Contact Center or online via eBuild.
Next-business-day inspection requests by phone must be received by 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Any requests after 3 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will be scheduled for Tuesday.
The developers or their authorized representatives shall submit a written request that states the type of bond required. The request must be on a company letterhead that includes the company address, phone number, or by email that shows the official company address.
The bond estimate is prepared by the City. The bond is intended to cover the required improvements shown on the approved construction plan and plat. In order to establish consistency for all project estimates, the City has prepared the below Unit Price Worksheet to be used for calculating bond figures which is updated / adjusted every year based on the inflation factor in the ENR Construction Cost Index.
Complete Unit Price Worksheet (XLS)Includes:
Development Construction will determine the total cost of the improvements (100% incomplete) as the basis for determining the performance, ancillary and defect bond amounts. Then, the total amount is adjusted based on the extent of completed improvements according to the following credit schedule.
The following conditions will apply in determining the bond figure:
Straight To Activation
Straight To Defect (100% Complete)
Straight To Defect (with Ancillary Bond)
To start service please complete the online water and sewer service application. It must be submitted with a copy of each applicant's driver's license. Supporting ownership or lease documents may be required. If you are uncertain about what documents you need, call 757-382-6352 to speak with one of our Customer Service representatives.
After you have completed your request for water service you can complete a Release Form (PDF) to request water be turned on without someone present. Please ensure all faucets are in the “OFF” position before you return your request. This form can be emailed to our Customer Service division or faxed to 757-382-8546.
Chesapeake Public Utilities and Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) issue a joint bill named the Hampton Roads Utility Billing System, or HRUBS. The residential bill covers two months of water use and sewer collection by the City, and two months of sewer treatment by HRSD. Most commercial accounts are billed monthly.
You can make your payment by using any of the following options:
The most convenient method of payment is with AutoPay. AutoPay automatically deducts the amount of your bill from your bank account. To begin this service, or to learn more about it, call 757-460-2491. Please check the HRSD website for the availability of AutoPay.
Yes, your account balance, the date of your last bill and the date and amount of your last payment are available by phone 24 hours a day. Dial 757-460-2491 and follow the instructions. Enter your 10-digit HRUBS account number located on your bill when requested.
For most customers, water use is measured in hundred cubic feet (CCF). One CCF equals 748 gallons, which is also called one consumption. For some customers, water use is measured in 100 gallons and converted to CCF. Please review your statement to confirm your unit of measurement.
The cost is $47.56 for the first 600 cubic feet (CF) every two months and $5.36 per consumption above that amount. Your rate for water is made up of two components: a minimum service charge and a consumption charge. Residential water use is billed bimonthly.
The City Code, Chapter 78, Article IV, Sec. 78-88 describes Utility service charges and rates.
The sewer collection cost is $23 for the first 600 cubic feet (CF) every two months and $5.09 for each additional consumption. There is a minimum service charge and consumption charge for sewer collection based on the water used. The service charge helps to cover ongoing costs for sewer collection and treatment.
Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD) has a charge of $6.39 per 100 cubic feet of water or a minimum of $ 0.30 per day (whichever is greater) for sewage treatment based on metered water. HRSD charges residential customers a flat rate of $52.20 monthly for sewer treatment when water is unmetered (or per request). See HRSD for details.
Some costs are ongoing regardless of the amount of water used. The minimum service charge is to help cover the fixed costs of our water system which include water quality, system readiness, distribution system upkeep and customer facilities maintenance. Your service charge is determined by the size of your water meter.
The minimum bill from 0 to 6 consumptions is $70.56. This does not include the HRSD sewage treatment charge.
An average bill based on 12 consumptions for two months is $133.26. This does not include the HRSD sewage treatment charge.
There are some things you can check for yourself. Look inside and outside your house for dripping faucets and repair these, if necessary. A leaky toilet is easy to detect also. Put a few drops of food coloring in the tank and do not flush. After about 15 minutes check the toilet bowl for color in the water. If color is present, you have a leak. Toilet leaks can waste hundreds of gallons of water. To request a free leak detection kit, email your address to Public Utilities or call Public Utilities Customer Service at 757-382-6352 and ask for a leak detection kit. The kit contains a dye tablet and additional information and suggestions on detection and repair of leaks in your home.
After the leak in your home has been repaired, contact Public Utilities Customer Service at 757-382-6352.
If you have repaired a water leak, you can apply for an adjustment. An adjustment is only considered for consumptions above average use. The average bill is to be paid by the due date while the adjustment review is pending.
Bulk household waste is limited to one 4-foot-wide-by-4 foot-high-by-10-foot-long pile per residence per week and is limited to 12 collections per calendar year. Bulk yard waste is limited to one 4-foot-wide-by-4-foot-high-by-6-foot-long pile per residence per week. Household piles should always be separate from yard waste piles. Learn more about bulk trash collection.
Bulk yard waste is limited to one 4-foot-wide-by-4-foot-high-by-6-foot-long pile per residence per week. Learn more about bulk trash collection.
Development and Permits may be contacted at 757-382-6018 and press option 2 to speak to a representative. Development and Permits handles building permits as well as code violations and zoning issues.
The Treasurer's Office is the official collector of the City's receivables. It is responsible for collection of personal property taxes, real estate taxes, stormwater fees and solid waste fees. They can be reached at 757-382-6281.
You may find out your total amount due by calling the Treasurer’s Office at 757-382-6281.
The Chesapeake Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Select does not take phone calls. Open to walk-ins. All inquiries need to be directed to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles in Richmond at 804-497-7100 or at their website.
For a complete list of DMV Select services, visit the DMV Services page.
The City's solid waste is transported to the Southeastern Public Service Authority (SPSA) transfer station located at 901 Hollowell Lane, Chesapeake. The phone number for the transfer station is 757-961-3943. The regional landfill is located at 1 Bob Foeller Drive in Suffolk off Route 58. The phone number for this location is 757-961-3682. Please visit the SPSA website to view hours of operation.
You may reach Public Utilities at 757-382-6352 and press option 1 to speak to a representative.
Contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office to obtain business licenses at 757-382-6738.
Vehicle purchases or sales should be reported to the Commissioner of Revenue's Office at 757-382-6455. Visit the Commissioner of Revenue's Vehicle Services to learn more.
You may reach the Voter Registrar's Office at 757-277-9797.
Chesapeake Clerk of Court Handgun Permits.
Text "DCBridge" to 888777 to receive traffic alerts and project milestones.
The project, conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, (USACE) will replace the federally-owned Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (AIWW) Deep Creek Bridge; a functionally obsolete two-lane split leaf bascule bridge; with a 144-foot long, 60-foot wide five-lane drawbridge. The project includes improvements to the approaching roadways.
This project is an USACE project and the contractor performing the bridge replacement is contracted with the USACE. Please visit the USACE’s project page for more information. AIWW Deep Creek Bridge (army.mil)
The City of Chesapeake will be in a supporting role to the USACE throughout the duration of the project. As the phases of the project continue, the City will continue to monitor traffic volume and traffic signals in the area and will make adjustments if needed. In addition, the City will report lane closures/lane shifts during construction to the public throughout the duration of the project and will communicate questions and concerns received by residents to the USACE and the USACE’s contractor.
Construction began in Fall 2023 and the expected completion date is Fall 2026.
We understand the closures and modified traffic patterns associated with the Deep Creek Bridge Replacement are contributing to major traffic backups in the area, as well as commuter frustration, but the closures are an unavoidable part of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE’s) project. In addition to replacing the existing bridge structure, there are also improvements being made to the surrounding intersections. All of this work will require various lane closures and traffic shifts to allow room for work and for the safety of those working. In addition, subsequent phases of the project will involve further restrictions in the area that will continue to impact traffic.
The USACE and the City of Chesapeake will continue to make you aware of lane closures and traffic shifts as they are planned by the USACE’s contractor for this project. To receive lane closure information directly to your phone, text DCBRIDGE to 888777 or visit https://www.nao.usace.army.mil/About/Projects/AIWW-Deep-Creek-Bridge/.
Tolls on the Veterans Bridge go towards repayment of the bonds that were used to fund construction of the bridge and there are strict guidelines around when the tolls can and cannot be lifted. The bond indenture does not allow us to lift tolls in this situation.
Traffic Engineering staff are monitoring traffic signals and traffic flow through the project area. We have updated our signal detection at the intersection to allow the signal to better respond to actual traffic demands. However, it should be noted that traffic signal adjustments only provide minimal congestion relief in these circumstances.
The concrete barricades are required to establish appropriate "clear zone” and are put in place by the USACE’s contractor prior to the work beginning. The area behind the barriers will be used as storage for excavated material, and with the narrow dimensions of the area, the work will abut the roadway very closely. Establishing the required clear zone for motorists necessitated placement of the barriers into a small section of the beginning of the turn lane, which then gradually flares back toward the shoulder as the lane continues onto northbound George Washington Highway North. These barricades prevent motorists from driving accidentally into an area where active excavation will take place. Unfortunately, due to the work occurring immediately adjacent to the west end of the bridge, there simply is not enough available shoulder area to set the barricades back further, and therefore they must occupy a section of the turn lane itself. The barriers are expected to remain in place to the end of the year, 2023.
Yes! The new south span of the bridge will be built first while the current bridge is still in use. Once the south span is completed, traffic will be diverted to that span, the old bridge will be demolished, and the north span will be constructed in its place.
A number of development standards apply to the development of property. This includes the construction of principal and accessory structures on a lot. Those standards include general site standards. Site standards include minimum lot size, minimum lot width, a front yard from the street, a side yard from a lot line perpendicular to a street, a rear yard across the rear of a lot, lot coverage of all buildings and roofed structures, maximum building height, and off-street parking.
For safety reasons, a set back is the minimum required distance between the property line and the building line.
Once the zoning district has been determined for your property, you may find out the required distances from building on your property to your property lines.
The Chesapeake Zoning Ordinance (CZO) establishes development standards for each zoning district.
If any deviation is desired, then the following exception procedures may apply:
Contact the Zoning Office for determination.
If not a permitted use, then either a Rezoning and / or Use Permit Application is to be filed with the Planning Department for approval consideration at a public hearing which includes Planning Commission and / or City Council.
Rezoning - A rezoning is required when the proposed use of the land is not permitted by the current zoning classification. Contact the Zoning Office to determine. (PUDS included)
Conditional Use Permit - A Conditional Use Permit is required for land uses listed in the Chesapeake Zoning Ordinance as a "conditional use." Certain land uses in the Ordinance require intensive review to determine whether appropriate.
Street Closures / Street Closure Application - The Zoning Office will determine if the property lies within one of the Overlay Districts that have additional development standards.
Overlay Districts - The Zoning Office will determine if the property lies within one of the Overlay Districts that have additional development standards.
City Code Zones - Zoning Office to determine what standards of other City Code zones may apply.
Although a development may not require a public hearing at Planning Commission and/or City Council other applications may be required and reviewed by each department with comments presented to the applicant through the Administrative Plan Process.
Development Plan Approval - After the Preliminary Phase is complete or it has been determined that the development requires no action from the Planning Department, a Development Plan prepared by a professional engineer may be submitted to the Development Engineering Department of Development and Permits.
At any time during the process. The Building Permit will not be issued until the Final Site Plan is approved.
Once the Development Plan is approved, then the developer may obtain permits issued by the Permit Engineer, Development Construction, Department of Development and Permits.
Prior to plat recordation, the subdivider may execute a Subdivision Agreement with a Performance Bond assuring completion of proposed improvements. Contact the Development Construction Administrator for the bond amount and plat processing fees at least two week prior to plat recordation.
The Building Permit Application may be obtained at any time from Zoning allowing the Building Plans to be reviewed concurrently with the Construction Plan. Once the Construction Plans are approved and the building plans are approved then building permits may be issued.
Building Permit - The Building Permit process ensures compliance with building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, landscaping and zoning requirements.
Public Utilities can be activated once all utility improvements have been installed and inspected in accordance with the Activation Procedure.
A Certificate of Occupancy indicating completion of the work shall be obtained prior to occupancy.
The following must be satisfied:
A valid veterinarian certificate showing the rabies tag number and expiration date is required. When applicable, please also include documentation showing that the animal is spayed or neutered.
Yes, the fine for "Failure to Obtain a License" is $25, plus any court costs. If a license has been purchased but the dog / cat is not wearing it, there is a $10 "Failure to Display" fine, plus any court costs.
Dogs or cats that are four (4) months old or older are required to have a license.
Yes, the animal needs a license, but there is no charge for a dog that is trained to assist a visually or hearing-impaired person. (A “hearing dog” is a dog that is trained to alert its owner by touch to sounds of danger and those sounds to which the owner should respond.)
December 31st of each year.
The license is valid for one calendar year (January through December). Animal licenses are purchased annually and expire December 31st of each year.
Yes, if you do not notify the City of Chesapeake, an automatic renewal will be sent to the address on file. You may notify the City of Chesapeake by email or by calling 757-382-6281 or by visiting any of our four branch locations in Chesapeake.
If you email our office, please provide the following:
Yes, if you do not notify the City of Chesapeake, an automatic renewal will be sent to the last known address and may delay your renewal. You may notify the City of Chesapeake by email or by calling 757-382-6281 or by visiting any of our four branch locations in Chesapeake.
A kennel or cattery is any place used for the breeding, boarding or keeping of five or more dogs (kennel) or five or more cats (cattery), according to City Zoning Ordinance 3-403.
Please contact the Department of Development & Permits for zoning requirements and qualifications.
You need a Dangerous Animal License if your dog has bitten, attacked or inflicted injury upon a person (or companion animal) and the courts have declared it a dangerous animal. This license is $50 per year (in addition to any required dog or kennel license) until the dog is no longer alive.
According to Section 3.2-6529 of the Code of Virginia, veterinarians are required to forward within 45 days a copy of the rabies vaccination certificate or the relevant information contained in such certificate to the treasurer of the locality where the vaccination occurs. The treasurer must forward the vaccination information of an animal residing in another locality to the local treasurer for that locality. After review of the veterinarian reports, if it is determined that the vaccinated dog has not been licensed, the treasurer shall send an application to the owner and request the owner to submit a completed application and pay the appropriate fee.
Your vehicle was driven on the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge toll road and three invoices were previously mailed to the address listed on file with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). These invoices have not been paid. As a result, the unpaid amount has been transferred to the City of Chesapeake Treasurer's Office for delinquent collections.
Please follow the instructions on the collection notice to make payment by the due date. Failure to pay this invoice within 45 days will result in the Treasurer's Office taking legal action to collect delinquent fees, which may include a hold on your DMV vehicle registration.
You may also have current toll transactions if you continue to use the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge toll facility. To prevent your current charges from being transferred to collections, please go to the Dominion Tolls payment website to make payment. Remember, each vehicle has its own account number so if you have more than one vehicle you must check them all. If you need assistance with obtaining account information for your current toll transactions or if you would like to make a payment by phone, call 855-813-9123.
Open a Virginia E-ZPass account. There are no maintenance costs or fees to open an account. You will pre-pay your tolls by funding your account with $35. Using a registered, funded E-ZPass account to pay your Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge tolls will save you $2 per trip and will not include any invoices, late fees or further collection measures. You must register your E-ZPass (to include the license plate numbers of your vehicles), keep your E-ZPass account fully funded and properly mount your transponder on your windshield. For help, call Virginia E-ZPass at 877-762-7824 or visit their website.
Sign up in person at any E-ZPass service center location. If you need a transponder for a passenger vehicle (two axles, four tires) you can purchase an "On the Go" transponder at local retailers or Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices. You must register your "On the Go" transponder with E-ZPass as soon as you get it. You can do so online on the E-ZPass VA website, by phone 877-762-7824 or at one of the E-ZPass service centers. Vehicles 7,000 pounds or 3-plus axles must visit an E-ZPass service center or call E-ZPass directly (877-762-7824) to obtain an E-ZPass.
No, there is no fee for the transponder. To obtain your E-ZPass, you pay $35 in pre-paid tolls.
There are no discounted toll rates; there is only the E-ZPass rate and the higher toll-by-plate rate. The toll rates were set at the lowest possible amount to cover the cost of constructing the facility, operation and maintenance of the facility, and repayment of the debt required to finance the facility.
It can take up to 48 hours for Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge transactions to post to your E-ZPass account. Be sure to check your E-ZPass account and confirm there were funds on the account at the time of the transaction and your vehicles are updated. If your account is in good standing, contact E-ZPass to see if there is another situation that may need to be addressed with your account.
Yes, if you do not have sufficient funds in your E-ZPass account you may be sent a bill for the full toll amount. However, if your license plate is properly listed on your E-ZPass account, our system will attempt to deduct the E-ZPass toll rate from your E-ZPass account for a total of 10 consecutive days after you drive through the facility. If funds are not replenished within that time, the transaction(s) will be invoiced at the higher toll-by-plate rate for the transaction. Please note, it can take 24 to 48 hours for your E-ZPass account to update when you add funds. Sign up with E-ZPass for email and text notifications to ensure your account maintains the proper funding.
Tip: Sign your E-ZPass account up for auto-replenishment to prevent your account from falling into an insufficient funds status. It's simple and convenient. All you have to do is select auto-replenishment and provide your credit card or bank account information. Every time your account reaches a low balance threshold, E-ZPass will add more funds to your account automatically.
Yes, E-ZPass customers are required to have their transponder properly mounted in their vehicle when going through a toll facility. However, we will attempt to deduct the toll from your E-ZPass account using your license plate information. To ensure the toll can be deducted from your E-ZPass account, please register the license plate information for each of your vehicles and maintain a positive balance in your E-ZPass account. It is strongly recommended that each vehicle that uses a toll facility regularly has its own transponder.
You can find answers to all of your E-ZPass questions at the E-ZPass VA website or by calling 1-877-762-7824.
Dominion Boulevard tolls will be collected through "open road" tolling, meaning there will be no stopping at toll booths. Everything will be electronic. Motorists will have the option to pay via E-ZPass transponder or by mailed invoices. Sensors have been placed on an over-head structure to read transponders or license plate numbers. If you received an invoice, you may pay your bill by visiting the payment website or by calling the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge Customer Care Center toll free at 1-855-813-9123.
If you do not have an E-ZPass and you go underneath the toll gantry, you will be charged via mailed invoice. A photo of your license plate will be recorded and you will be billed. Tolls via the mailed invoice method are more expensive than using E-ZPass due to administrative costs associated with invoicing. It is strongly suggested that frequent users get an E-ZPass transponder.
Paying by mailed invoice instead of E-ZPass transponder requires additional administrative costs that are covered with the higher toll rate. The City does not make any additional money from mailed invoice payments. E-ZPass payments are better for both motorists and the City.
No, the toll cameras are narrowly focused on the front and rear bumper sections of the vehicle and used for license plate identification only. The image is purged once the transaction has been paid.
If you are paying the toll via toll-by-plate, a bill will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle as recorded by the Department of Motor Vehicles. (It is important to keep your information up to date with the Department of Motor Vehicles.) If someone else was driving the vehicle, you can dispute the charges within 14 days of the first invoice if they meet either of the following criteria:
Visit the payment website to download the Affidavit.
Please note, all disputes must go through the payment website and cannot be handled at any of the walk-in locations.
Yes, the electronic tolling equipment incorporates multi-angle camera images which capture all vehicles in all lanes, including shoulders, to determine their class, read E-ZPass transponders and capture license plate numbers.
All Dominion Blvd Veterans Bridge transactions are captured through photographic images. If you have a valid E-ZPass account with available funds, the transponder in your vehicle and the license plate on your E-ZPass account at the time of passage, you will only be billed for your trip at the current E-ZPass rate and the image is discarded. If you feel that you received an invoice in error, please contact the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge Customer Care Center toll-free at 1-855-813-9123 or you may visit Pay Dominion Tolls to dispute transaction(s).
The roadway has been developed as a toll road due to a lack of transportation funding from traditional state and federal sources. The construction, operation, and maintenance of the facility is wholly funded by the tolls collected.
See the multi-year toll schedule. Toll rates will increase on July 1 each year.
No cash tolls will be collected. This is an "open road" tolling facility, meaning there will be no stopping at toll booths. Everything will be electronic. Motorists will have the option to pay via E-ZPass transponder or by mailed invoices. Sensors are on an over-head structure to read transponders or license plate numbers.
For the lowest rate possible, motorists just need to have an active E-ZPass account with the transponder mounted on the windshield, license plate properly listed and funds in the account. There are no discounts for commuter/local, veterans or students. The base toll rate has been set at the lowest level that still supports the operations, maintenance and debt repayment for Dominion Boulevard.
The toll collection equipment has been installed on overhead gantries located just north of the new bridge over the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River. Only drivers crossing the Veterans Bridge will pay a toll.
The speed limit does not change as you go underneath the toll gantry. It remains at 55 miles per hour.
The traffic count on U.S. Route 17 near the North Carolina line is roughly 12,000 vehicles per day. In contrast, the volume of traffic on Dominion Boulevard between Cedar Road and Great Bridge Boulevard is roughly 33,000 vehicles per day. The lower traffic volume at the state line would not generate sufficient revenue to support project financing.
Yes, vehicles will be tolled for both northbound and southbound trips.
The debt is anticipated to be paid off in 2051. At that point, the City Council can consider removing the tolls.
No. The improvements to Dominion Boulevard were financed by the City of Chesapeake and the project is owned and operated by the City as part of the Chesapeake Transportation System. 100% of the tolls collected on Dominion Boulevard and the Chesapeake Expressway are used to operate and maintain those facilities and to repay the debt issued to finance the projects. Unlike Public-Private Transportation Act (PPTA) projects, there is no private developer/operator that is entitled to a portion of the toll revenue.
All toll invoices are mailed to the registered owner at the address where the vehicle is currently registered. You may sign up to receive emailed invoices. For assistance with invoices related to a different home of record or deployed service member, please contact our Dominion Boulevard Customer Care Center by phone at 1-855-813-9123. You may also send an electronic communication to the Customer Care Center.
No, our E-ZPass toll rate is the lowest toll rate and available to everyone. However, the Department of Defense offers a mass transit benefit program for military commuters designed to help reduce traffic congestion and air pollution. As of January 2014, Department of Defense (DOD) members are eligible for transit benefits up to $130 per month. Learn more about the Transportation Incentive Program or contact Navy Regional TIP Coordinator Herb Pittman at 757-322-2836.
Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge will appear in the top left corner of your invoice and the Chesapeake Virginia logo will appear in the top right corner of your invoice. Your invoice will display the amount due and a detailed list of transactions as well as other helpful information.
If we are unable to deduct the toll(s) from a valid E-ZPass account based on the E-ZPass transponder read, we will make multiple attempts to deduct the toll(s) from an active E-ZPass account using your license plate number as long as the license plate is properly listed on the account. If we are unable to deduct the toll(s) from a valid E-ZPass account, the license plate will be processed through the DMV to obtain the registered owner's address for invoicing. A Toll Invoice will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle fourteen (14) days after obtaining the DMV information. Failure to pay the invoice by the due date (30 days) will result in a Toll Violation Notice and the assessment of a $10 administrative fee. Failure to pay the Toll Violation Notice by the due date (30 days) will result in a Final Notice and the assessment of an additional $10 administrative fee. If the registered owner does not pay the Final Notice, it will be sent to collections.
Note: Your E-ZPass account must be in "good standing" with an active transponder as well as accurate plate information to allow for the successful deduction of the toll amount due from your E-ZPass account. If your account has a negative balance, your E-ZPass transponder is invalid and/or your license plate is not properly listed you will be invoiced at the Toll-by-Plate rate.
Available payment types: Check, Money Order, Credit/Debit Card (Visa, Master Card, AMEX, Discover)
In most cases, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) database services are utilized to identify vehicle registration information based on the license plate number used to cross the bridge. The invoices are mailed via the United States Postal Service to the registered owner of the vehicle using the address provided by the DMV. It is each driver's responsibility to ensure vehicle registration data is accurate and up-to-date to facilitate timely invoicing.
Special note to drivers of leased vehicles and members of the military: Toll invoices may be sent to the leasing company or home of record address if that is the address provided by the DMV.
As per Virginia Code 46.2-819.3:1 and 46.2-819.1, the registered owner of the vehicle is responsible for payment of the specified tolls and fees. Failure to pay your invoice will result in an issuance of a Toll Violation Notice and an assessment of a $10 fee. Failure to pay a Toll Violation Notice in full by the due date indicated on the notice will result in the issuance of a Final Notice and an assessment of a $10 fee. Failure to pay the Final Notice by the due date indicated on the notice will result in your account being referred to Collections and may result in the suspension of Department of Motor Vehicles vehicle registration privileges.
Invoices are mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle at the time of the toll transaction. Please contact Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge Customer Care Center to review any billing concern you may have with a Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge invoice. Excluding most federal holidays, customer service representatives are available on weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., eastern time (excluding federal holidays) by calling toll-free 1-855-813-9123. You may also send an electronic communication to the Customer Care Center.
No, these are all separate facilities. For more information on the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge visit the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge website, and for more information on the Elizabeth River Tunnels visit Drive Elizabeth River Tunnels.
You can Download the Application (PDF) here.
No, you must be attending or accepted to Norfolk State University.
No, you must be a full-time student at Norfolk State University.
Yes, as long as you are a full-time student at Norfolk State University.
Scholarship payment would be applied to your fall semester, not spring.
Yes, if you plan to work in the public government sector, e.g. a nurse with Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare. No, if your plan is to become a medical doctor or psychiatrist at the hospital.
No, this is strictly for tuition as a full-time student attending or accepted to Norfolk State University.
Yes, the selection committee will carefully review each application and will make a determinations based on each applicants qualifying criteria
The Easy Pay program allows Chesapeake residents the ease and convenience of pre-authorized monthly tax payments. Payments are automatically deducted monthly or on the due date from your bank account as you direct for real estate taxes, retiree insurance premiums, or stormwater fees. Never worry again about missing a due date.
Upon completion of the authorization form, the City notifies your financial institution of the amount that will be debited from your account. Your financial institution withdraws this amount as you direct and forwards it to the City.
If you authorize monthly payments, the debit will occur on the fifth (5th) of the month. If you authorize payment on the due date, your account will be debited on the due date of the bill.
Sixty (60) days. It takes 30 days for the pre-note verification (bank account verification), and the following month your account can be debited.
The Treasurer's Office configures your monthly debit based on your yearly real estate taxes in order for taxes to remain current and assure payment in full.
There is no charge from the City. In fact, you will save by not paying for checks or money orders, and you will save postage costs if you currently mail in your tax payments.
The automatic payment plan works like a check in every way. Instead of receiving a canceled check with your monthly bank statement, the payment will appear as a line item on your statement in the same way that automated teller transactions appear.
The City will treat this the same as a returned check. A $35.00 returned item fee will be charged in addition to any fees your financial institution may charge. After two returned debits, you will be removed from the Easy Pay program.
Contact the Treasurer's Office in writing prior to the first of the month to ensure that changes are made to the current month's debit. Please provide your new savings, checking, or credit union account number, or your address change information. If your Easy Pay debit is declined due to a closed account, a $35 returned item fee will be assessed to you in addition to any fees charged by your financial institution.
We will notify you in writing that your tax amount has changed.
Written notification must be received prior to the first of the month to ensure stopping the pre-authorized debit.
Applications are accepted during open enrollment in April, May, and June. Monthly debits are deducted from August through May for current-year taxes. Quarterly debits are deducted on the due date for each quarter.
If your application has a valid email address for the Contractor or Applicant, you should receive an email when the inspection is completed.
In addition, you can access the inspection results through the Inspections section of the record information page.
A third option involves using the Inspection Summary reports that can be found at the top of the page when you’re logged in and go to the Building tab.
If you need to modify the details of your application, send an email to Permit Support with the new information and a City staff member will update it for you.
Send an email to Permit Support and be sure to include your permit number.
Your permit application requires review by staff. You will receive notice when it is ready or if additional information is required.
In most cases, the permit fees are not added to the application until it has been reviewed and is ready to be issued.
You can go to your list of records and click on the “Pay Fees Due” link under the Action column, or check the box to the left of the permit and click the “Add to cart” link:
Or you can go into the record info page and select the Fees tab from the Payments menu:
After the payment is made, a copy of your permit can be found on the Attachments section of the record info page.
Your eBUILD account is not properly linked to the contact on the permit.
If your permit application is withdrawn and you did not request to withdraw it, it is most likely because you applied for the wrong permit type. You should have either received an email from the plan review staff instructing you on the correct application type to select, or your information was transferred to the correct application type and you can find it in "My Records." Examples include a Residential Accessory Structure that should have been a Zoning Accessory Structure or a Residential New Building Permit that should have been a Residential Alteration Permit.
The address might have been corrected by plan review staff. Check “My Records.”
Your eBUILD account is not properly linked to the contact on the permit.
The revisions required may be found in three different locations based on your application type.
Go to the Attachments section on the record info page and select the orange Add button. If you do not see the Add button, your eBUILD account may not be linked to the application.
If there is nothing attached to the email itself, attachments can be found on the Attachments section of the record info page.
To start the application process, either use the “+NEW” dropdown menu at the top of the page, or go to the appropriate tab for your application type and select “Create a Building (or Development or Planning or Zoning) Application”.
Try entering only the street number and street name. Do not include the street type, direction, or unit number. If there are multiple addresses that match the information you entered, the system will return a list and you can pick your address from there. The Parcel and Owner information will also be automatically populated based on our GIS Real Estate database.
These notices are only for your information and to alert the review staff that additional items may be required. Unless you see a Hold or Lock status, these conditions should not stop you from submitting your application.
A homeowner can pull a permit for any work on their own property. The Licensed Professional / Contractor / Tradesman section is not required if you are pulling the permit as the homeowner. Simply complete the Applicant information and select “Continue Application.”
The system is set up to allow application submittal, even if your license appears expired in our records. Your contractor and business licenses will be verified as part of the application review. If you see a system message saying you cannot continue because your license is expired, please email eBUILD.
There are no provisions in the Code of Virginia that require a warning to the taxpayer. The Code of Virginia §58.1-3912 (see Legal Collections page) addresses the mailing of bills. Prior to mailing the lien, the original tax bill and several delinquent notices are sent to the taxpayer. This gives the taxpayer the opportunity to pay or contact the Treasurer's Office to make acceptable payment arrangements.
All names that appear on the registration are equally liable for payment of taxes.
This is not a garnishment; Code of Virginia §58.1-3952 (see Legal Collections page) gives the Treasurer the authority to take such action without going through due process.
Upon receipt of the lien. The taxpayer's lien clearly states: "If you do not want your employer to deduct, you must pay immediately." The employer must take deductions from the first pay period following receipt of the lien. Tax liens have an issue and return date. Some taxpayers incorrectly believe that they have until the return date to pay or that their employer can wait until the last pay period to deduct the amount owed.
In order to prevent the employer from deducting the lien amount, the taxpayer must pay this amount immediately by cash, money order, or certified check.
The employer should begin withholding on the next pay period after receipt of the tax lien. The taxpayer must contact their employer's payroll department to find out exactly when the deduction will begin.
Employers should deduct 100% of the net pay from each paycheck until the lien is paid in full. If the taxpayer resigns and the employer did not withhold the full amount available from each paycheck, the employer can be held liable for payment.
Yes, however any amount agreed upon will have to be deducted by your employer. The taxpayer should provide the name and the fax number of their payroll department to the Treasurer's Office so that we can notify the employer of the correct amount to deduct per pay period.
Once the lien has been issued, the payment must come directly from the employer.
On company letterhead or on the lien notice, indicate the date of termination, last known mailing address, any contact information, and the name and address of the former employee's new employer, if known.
City of Chesapeake Treasurer's OfficeP.O. Box 16495Chesapeake, VA 23328-6495
Connection fees are required for all new service locations. Water and sewer connection fees are based on water meter size and whether the City or a developer extended the water and/or sewer mains for a new service. Chesapeake City Code Section 78-86 lists the water and sewer connection fees.
Chesapeake City water and/or sewer are considered available if the property borders a City right-of-way or alley where there are City water and/or sewer lines installed in the right-of-way or alley are adjacent to the property. The parcel to be served must be wholly within the Utility Franchise Area.
(See Utility Availability in Development, Land Use and Construction.)
Contact Chesapeake Public Utilities at 757-382-6671 for information.
See Utility Availability - Right-of-Way in Development, Land Use and Construction.
Yes. Chesapeake City Code Section 78-52 requires all properties that border a City right-of-way or alley where City water and/or sewer has been installed to pay the connection fees and connect to City water and/or sewer.
If Chesapeake City water and/or sewer is not available to a property, water and/or sewer must be extended to the property in order for City water and/or sewer to become available. This can occur in several ways.
Contact Public Utilities Engineering at 757-382-6050 for further information.
In most cases, developers extend City water and/or sewer for their projects. The City may extend water and/or sewer by way of a City Capital Improvement Project or Cost Participation Program for areas on the Unserved Areas List.
Refer to the current Capital Improvement Budget to determine if City water and/or sewer is planned to be extended to your neighborhood.
Backflow is the undesirable reversal of flow of non-drinkable water or other substance into the public water system or consumer's drinking water system. A cross-connection is any connection between a public water system or consumer's potable water system and non-potable water or other substance. An example is the public water system and a homeowner's landscape irrigation system.
Only through cross-connection controls and backflow prevention can we be assured that other substances are not contaminating our water system. Chesapeake Public Utilities has an inspection program to ensure these protections are in place in commercial buildings and businesses. Homeowners may purchase devices for their outside hose faucets from hardware stores.
For more information about backflow and cross-connection contact Public Utilities Engineering at 757-382-3414.
Virginia 811 is a statewide program to mark existing underground utilities of all kinds before excavation. This program helps reduce the incidence of accidental cutting of cables, water and sewer lines.
Once the elevator annual inspection has been performed, the third-party inspector will upload the report to the eBUILD system, indicate if the inspection is passing, passed with conditions or failed and pay the $50 annual fee.
The Development and Permits Department will send the Certificate of Compliance to the Responsible Party on file for the elevator when a passing annual inspection report is provided. If the inspection passes but with conditions or is "safe to operate until", a provisional Certificate of Compliance will be issued. If the elevator inspection is failed, no Certificate of Compliance will be issued and the elevator should not be used until a passing inspection is received and a valid Certificate of Compliance is issued. All Certificates of Compliance will be sent via email to the Responsible Party on file, mailing of Certificates will be by special request only.
In order to comply with the City Code and Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), a Certificate of Compliance must be posted in or near the elevator.
Please contact our office by phone or email if there is a change in the Responsible Party information. It is important we have the correct information on file in order to provide your Certificate of Compliance and any reminder notices.
If your elevator has been out of service or was due for inspection prior to January 1, 2020, you should email your inspection report for us to update our records and we will contact you with payment options for the $50 annual fee.
If the elevator does not pass inspection, the owner must work with the elevator maintenance company to correct the problem(s) prior to the expiration date. Once corrected, owner / agent will contact the third-party elevator for a re-inspection. Upon the completion of the reinspection, the inspector will electronically submit the report as indicated above. Problems that can't be remedied should be referred to the Property Maintenance Code Official in writing. A Certificate of Compliance cannot be issued until all violations are corrected and approved by the certified elevator inspector. Upon approval from the elevator inspector, the Property Maintenance Code Official or designee will review a corrected report.
If the elevator is not approved by the current certificate's expiration date, the owner / agent will receive a Notice of Violation (NOV) letter from the City. This official notice will establish a deadline for code compliance. If inspections / corrections are not completed by the deadline or the Certificate of Compliance has expired, the elevator shall be subject to being removed from service by the City, as authorized per Section 606.1 of the 2018 Virginia Maintenance Code.
Please send a letter or email to the Property Maintenance Code Official to request a compliance extension. Your request should contain an explanation justifying the request (ex: repair part is on back-order).
The Owner / agent should send a letter or email to the Property Maintenance Official to confirm that the elevator is sealed from use.
A residential elevator requires only one inspection at the completion of installation. The builder or contractor must contact one of the City's approved third-party inspectors to perform and approve the final acceptance test. The Final Acceptance test report must be provided to the Development and Permits Department in order to complete and close the permit.
You need to submit the following documents:
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If you feel that you cannot meet the development standards for the zoning district your property is located in and you have a hardship, you may fill out the application attached to this information sheet (PDF). Turn this application in to the Department of Development and Permits, Office of Zoning Administration, located on the 2nd floor of City Hall.
Variance and appeal applications (PDF) use the same form and can be downloaded in PDF format. Instructions, filing fees and general information are included in the form. If you have any questions, please call the Board of Zoning Appeals Secretary at 757-382-6466 or 757-382-8454.
The administrative cost to file a BZA application and required advertising is $300.00, effective July 1, 2022.
A final Site Plan is required for any construction, use, change in use, or other development in all zoning districts. However, certain development activities are exempt from this requirement.
Via Electronic Delivery (Review Only):
Via Delivery (Approval Only-Submit 5 Paper Copies):
For questions, contact the Department of Development and Permits at 757-382-6101.
If the property is not served by public water or sewer: Contact the Health Department to find out about the requirements for onsite sewage and water services.
The developer is responsible for obtaining the appropriate clearances from:
Improvements within any wetlands may require approval from:
The Public Facilities Manual (PFM) Volume I is the principal source for all criteria to be addressed in the Final Site Plan. Site Plans will be reviewed for conformity with the following:
Plans can be submitted for review anytime. See Review Schedule (PDF) for department review timelines.
See Commercial Site Inspection.
See Commercial Building Permits.
Prior to subdividing property:
If the subdivision will result in fifty (50) or fewer lots, then a final subdivision plan may be submitted directly to the Department of Development and Permits. Otherwise, once Administrative Approval is obtained for the Preliminary Subdivision, final subdivision plans may be submitted to the Department of Development and Permits.
Via Electronic (Review only) - eBUILD
Via Delivery (Approval only - Submit 5 Paper Copies):Development and Permits DepartmentDevelopment EngineeringCity Hall Building, 3rd Floor306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Virginia
For questions, contact Development and Permits at 757-382-6101.
If the property is not served by public water or sewer, contact the Health Department to find out about the requirements for onsite sewage and water services.
The Public Facilities Manual (PFM) Volume I is the principal source for all criteria to be addressed on the final Subdivision Plan.
Subdivision Plans will be reviewed for conformity with the following:
The plans are to include all existing and proposed physical improvements to the property to be subdivided, including, but not limited to:
Plans can be submitted for review anytime. See Review Time Schedule (PDF) for department review timelines.
See Subdivision Site Inspection.
See Subdivision Plat.
After the Final Subdivision Plan is approved, if applicable, the Final Subdivision Plat can be reviewed and approved for recordation.
A subdivision plat review is performed by the Department of Planning and Department of Development & Permits. A review is required when any property is divided into two or more parcels.
If only existing property lines are vacated or relocated then the appropriate instrument is a Resubdivision Plat.
Via Delivery (Approval only - Submit 5 Paper Copies):Development and Permits DepartmentDevelopment EngineeringCity Hall Building, 3rd Floor306 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, Virginia 23322
Also: Development Contact List
Development Construction Administration may be contacted concurrently with the plat review. Go to Plat Recordation.
Call 757-382-2489 (CITY) to schedule an inspection or request an inspection online.
Inspections are conducted regularly, averaging 12 to 16 months.
Yes, there is a $50 inspection fee charged for an inspection. Our personnel need to do an inspection of your building to make sure no new fire hazards have occurred and to make sure you are continuing to follow statewide fire prevention codes.
Our inspectors do fire and life safety inspections during normal business hours with limited disruptions to your business.
After the inspection is completed, you will receive invoices for the inspection and any fees for permits. A permit will be mailed to you upon payment of the invoice.
Yes, SFPC Section 106.5 allows the fire code official to grant modifications to the SFPC provided that the spirit and intent of the SFPC are observed and that public health, welfare, and safety are assured. Request for fire code modification.
Nearly all questions or concerns can be solved through the Fire Prevention Office. If you have questions about your inspection, we encourage you to discuss them with your Fire Inspector. If you are still not satisfied, please contact our office to discuss the matter further at 757-382-6566 or email the Fire Department. If you still are not in agreement with the results, the SFPC Section 112 gives you the right to appeal a decision of the fire code official concerning the application of the SFPC or the fire official's refusal to grant a code modification. This appeal will be made to the Chesapeake Board of Fire Prevention Code Appeals - they are an independent body, appointed by the Chesapeake City Council. You have 14 calendar days from the application of the code to submit your application to the Board. Failure to submit an application for appeal within the time limit established by the SFPC shall constitute acceptance of the fire official's decision. Download an Application for Appeal (PDF).
CFD’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare (MIH) program is an innovative and evolving model of community-based, patient-centered healthcare designed to provide effective and efficient services to our community. MIH is a term often used interchangeably with Community Paramedicine (CP); however, MIH is broader, including services provided in the "out-of-hospital" environment.
Using a team-based approach, MIH allows EMS professionals to function outside of traditional roles by:
MIH distributes Durable Medical Equipment (DME) to low-income uninsured or under-insured adults in Chesapeake.
We will gladly accept the following items in good working order:
Tour or Demo Requests:
We typically need approximately two weeks prior to the requested date of the event so that members of the Chesapeake Fire Department can be notified and have ample time to prepare. We try to the best of our ability to accommodate your requests. All Demos are 2-hours and Station Tours are 1 hour.
If we are able to accommodate this request please keep in mind, the Engine and Station Crew assigned always remain in service and can be called out for an emergency at a moment’s notice. If it is possible, the Crew will return to the site to continue the demo. However, that is not always possible, which would unfortunately result in the cancellation of the Station Tour or Demo.
Engine and/or Medic Standby Requests:
Engine and/or Medic Standbys are for large events where emergency services may be required. Engine and/or Medic are out of service for standby events only.
In order to properly commit to the allotted time, the Engine and/or Medic will be out of service, it is important to indicate the end time of your event.
Once your request is approved, you will receive a confirmation email regarding the details of your event.
If you have any questions, please contact the Community Risk Reduction Division of the Chesapeake Fire Department at 757-382-6566 Thank you.
Tour, Demo ,or Presentation Request Form.
Please call 757-382-6297 for information.
See Regulations for Open Burning (PDF).
In many instances, the fire engine is closer to the alarm than an ambulance. Fire engines in the City Of Chesapeake are staffed with trained and equipped medical personnel who can begin treatment before the ambulance arrives. We also automatically respond an engine company on those alarms that are serious in nature and may require more staffing than the two medics on an ambulance.
No, the city does not pay for their meals. Chesapeake Firefighters work a 24-hour shift, and must prepare their own meals. The company is in-service and maintains communications by radio and will respond to alarms from the store.
See Fire Department Employment page. To find out if applications are being accepted, check the Eligibility Requirements to Participate in the Firefighter Entrance Exam (from the Human Resources Department) or see Eligibility Requirements (PDF). If you are eligible to take the exam, sign up to be notified of the next exam. Watch for upcoming information on the Training page, which will provide curriculum and times.
No, the unit was responding to an alarm and was "cancelled en route" by the officer who arrived first on the scene and determined there was no emergency there. In this instance we suspend the emergency response of remaining units for safety's sake.
Yes, please call Community Risk Reduction Division at 757-382-6566.
When speaking with 911 dispatchers, give clear directions if your house is not clearly visible from the roadway, and do not hang up until told to do so by the operator. Also, have your house number clearly visible on the front of your house with minimum 3 inches numbers that are illuminated at night. If you have a roadside mailbox, have your numbers clearly visible on the mailbox. If possible, have someone flag down the responding units as well.
Fire doubles in size every 14 seconds for the first 5 to 7 minutes. We respond a "full alarm assignment" to any event that may lead to a fire in a house, apartment or structure. We do this to have all the necessary resources on the scene quickly in the event they are needed during the incident.
No. The Chesapeake Fire Department is a fully funded city department that operates under a formal budget. Chesapeake Firefighters do not solicit funds from citizens. There have been instances where funds were accepted on behalf of fire victims or special circumstances such as September 11th. Please note that these special funds were/are coordinated through a local banking institution with public notification through the media.
The ‘AE’ designated area (blue shading) is in the 100 year floodplain and could be required to have flood insurance. Zone X (yellow shading) is the 500-year floodplain.
Flood zones are determined by risk, not by history. Because of the sporadic occurrence of flood events, it is not possible to base the delineation of flood zones on the lack of flooding occurrences in a particular location or flooding occurrences in recent memory. FEMA's engineering studies develop a long-term projection of flood risk. FEMA estimates that structures in designated SFHAs have a one-in-four chance of incurring flood damage during the term of a 30-year mortgage.
SFHA is used interchangeably with 100 year flood plain. The SFHA is a high-risk area defined as any land that would be inundated by a flood having a 1-% chance of occurring in a given year (also referred to as the base flood or 100 year flood). Development may take place within an SFHA, provided that development complies with local floodplain management ordinances, which must meet the minimum Federal and City requirements. Flood insurance is required for insurable structures within high-risk areas.
FEMA uses state-of-the-art analysis methods and digital engineering applications to define flood risks. Then FEMA overlays the flood risk information on detailed topographic mapping based on Geographic Information System (GIS) or Global Positioning System (GPS) data.
FEMA works closely with community officials and uses the best available data to ensure new maps are accurate. Before the maps become effective, FEMA holds meetings with community officials to present, explain, and receive feedback on the maps. FEMA then publishes two notices in local papers to notify officials and property owners that the maps are available for inspection. After the second notice, a 90-day appeal period begins. Appeals must be received within the 90 days and must include technical and/or scientific data to demonstrate that the proposed Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) are scientifically or technically incorrect. Non-technical concerns, such as incorrect street names, discrepancies in community boundaries, etc., can also be raised during this time. If FEMA and the community are unable to agree on the resolution of an appeal, the community can request a review by an independent Scientific Resolution Panel.
After all appeals are resolved, FEMA issues a Letter of Final Determination (LFD). The new map becomes effective six months after the date the LFD is issued. The estimated effective date is summer 2014.
Flood risks change over time, and new maps will likely result in changes to SFHA boundaries. The boundaries might increase to include properties that were previously in low- or moderate-risk zones, or they might decrease to exclude properties that were previously in high-risk zones. These changes will impact community development. The most direct impact on an affected homeowner will be changes in flood insurance rates and requirements. A Federal flood insurance requirement applies to structures in SFHAs that carry a mortgage backed by a federally regulated lender or servicer. Flood insurance rates are lower in areas of low- or moderate-risk, but flooding can still occur in these areas. Therefore, FEMA recommends flood insurance coverage, even if it is not required by law or lender.
No. The City makes the official floodplain maps available for self-assessment and research purposes, however, the City cannot be the responsible party for making an "official flood zone determination." That is the legal responsibility of the mortgage lender and /or insurance company. It is recommended that the property owner contact their flood insurance agency or lender for this information.
Elevating a structure on posts or pilings does not remove a building from the SFHA. An elevated building will still require a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA). If the ground around the supporting posts or pilings is within the floodplain, the building is still at risk. Ground saturation can lead to the decreased load-bearing capacity of the soil supporting the posts or pilings, which can lead to partial or full collapse of the structure. Flood insurance will be required as a condition of receipt of Federal or federally regulated financing for the structure. FEMA recommends securely elevating structures above the SFHA to reduce the risk to life and property, and has established a rating structure that could result in significant savings in premium costs for those who elevate.
Properties within the 100 year floodplain are required to have flood insurance if there is a federally backed mortgage. If your property is outside of the 100 year floodplain, FEMA still recommends property owners consider purchasing flood insurance as an inexpensive coverage against floods.
Fact: People outside of high-risk areas file more than 20% of NFIP claims and receive one-third of disaster assistance for flooding.
A policy may be purchased from any licensed property insurance agent or broker who is in good standing in the state in which the agent is licensed, or through any agent representing a Write Your Own (WYO) Company, including an employee of the company authorized to issue the coverage. The agent will complete the flood insurance application, obtain the proper supporting documentation required, and determine the rates for establishing the flood insurance premium.
Contact FEMA at 800-611-6122 for a list of certified agents in the area, or visit the FloodSmart website.
The Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973 and the National Flood Insurance Reform Act of 1994 mandate that federally regulated, supervised, or insured financial institutions and Federal Agency lenders require flood insurance for buildings located in a participating NFIP community and in an SFHA. Some financial institutions may require flood insurance for properties outside the SFHA as part of their own risk management process.
A child becomes involved with the foster care system through an abuse/neglect petition filed by the Chesapeake Child Protective Service Unit in which the child is found by the Chesapeake Juvenile Court to be at imminent risk of harm. Delinquent children are sometimes placed in foster care, as well as children whose legal guardians have been relieved of custody by the Juvenile Court.
Foster/resource parents that are willing to accept sibling groups and teenagers are in the highest need. There is also a need for homes in which there is a parent who does not work outside the home so he/she can provide for a child with special needs or a newborn infant that is not able to go to child care.
No, every effort must be made to prevent foster care placement. Foster Care placement takes place through the Juvenile Court. If you are having problems with your child, the Department will assess the needs of the family and refer the family for services.
Specialized foster care providers are central to the professional treatment team, and key to the success of children in foster care. They work the closest with foster youth to implement strategies specified in a child's treatment plan. They facilitate the healing of a child in a family setting. The first step to becoming a specialized foster parent is to attend Chesapeake Connections' unique ten-hour trauma-informed, specialized skills training, usually split between two Saturdays or three weeknights. Training is offered up to four times per year.
The agency will provide a monthly payment for room and board, clothing, personal care, recreation, other expenses, and allowance based on the age of the child. A yearly clothing voucher will be supplied based on the age of the child. In some situations, an additional monthly monetary payment for supervision, support, and additional services for a child with an emotional, behavioral, or medical/personal need may be provided. Medicaid is provided to cover medical, dental, and mental health costs.
Please email Felicia N. LaGarde, Family Services Specialist or call 757-382-2249. Learn more about all of our programs and ask further questions at 757-382-2000.
A moving and hauling permit is required if the items being moved are over the following dimensions:
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)/Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has jurisdiction only on those roads maintained by VDOT: I-64, I-464, I-664 and Route 58. The State Permit issued by VDOT/DMV is valid on these routes only. The City of Chesapeake has jurisdiction on and issues permits for all other roads.
The permittee must comply with all travel regulations and operational provisions printed on the moving and hauling permit or contained in the City of Chesapeake's manual.
The permittee assumes all responsibility for any injury to persons or damage to public or private property caused directly or indirectly by the transportation of vehicles and loads under a permit. Furthermore, the permittee agrees to hold the City of Chesapeake harmless from all suits, claims, damages or proceedings of any kind, as a direct or indirect result of the transportation of the vehicle and/or load.
Permits will be issued to the person or firm that will actually do the hauling. Most permits will be processed within two working days of application. Extremely over-dimensional/overweight moves may take up to 30 days to process.
Single Trip - Permits are valid for a period of 13 calendar days. In some cases, permits may be extended not to exceed a total of 30 working days. Return trips will be covered under the same permit if requested on the application.
Blanket permits - Permits will be valid for up to a one-year period. Can also be obtained from DMV along with a State of Virginia Hauling Permit.
A permit will not be issued for any vehicle or load which can reasonably be reduced to legal limitations of size and weight. Field verification may be required to determine whether an item can be reasonably reduced. The size and/or weight may be reduced as required by the Permit Office and loaded in such a manner that will conform to legal limits. Items shall not be loaded side-by-side to create over-width condition; end-to-end to create over-length conditions; or stacked to create over-height condition.
VDOT Form MP-229 contained in the VDOT Hauling Manual must be followed when transporting construction equipment. When hauling more than one item at a time, gross weight and axle weights must be in accordance with Virginia Department of Transportation regulations. The Permit Office will determine what items will be removed in order for the move to be made in a safe and efficient manner. A permit will not be issued when it is determined upon review that the move may cause undue harm to public infrastructure or to the safety and welfare of the citizens.
A hauling permit may be revoked upon written findings that the permittee violated the terms of the permit, which shall incorporate by reference these rules, as well as State and local laws and ordinances regulating the operation of overweight or oversized vehicles. Repeated violations may result in a permanent denial of the right to use the City roadways for transportation of overweight and oversized vehicle configurations. A permit may also be revoked for misrepresentation of the information on the application, fraudulently obtaining a permit, alteration of a permit or unauthorized use of a permit.
Permits will be invalid if the vehicle or vehicle combination is found by a law enforcement officer to be operating in violation of permit conditions regarding route, time of movement, licensing, number of axles or any special conditions contained within the permit.
The more we know about our homeless population, the better we can serve their needs. This Point-in-Time Count is not only a chance to learn how many people are homeless and where they are located, but also information about how they became homeless and what services they need to help them.
Depending on where you are counting, the local coordinator will probably have a central meeting place where volunteers can review their duties and responsibilities prior to going out to conduct the count. From there, volunteers will go out in teams with an experienced leader into designated areas to count and survey the homeless living in that area.
If you have any additional questions about the count or would like to volunteer, contact the Customer Contact Center at 757-382-2489 (CITY).
The Counts are organized by the Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition and the City of Chesapeake's Division of Community Programs.
Two of the most important things you can do are never drive after drinking and never ride with someone who has been drinking. Volunteer to be a designated driver, call a taxi for yourself or someone else who has had too much to drink or stay the night where you are. There are plenty of ways to get home safely, but drinking and driving is not one of them.
Some of the ways that you can be a responsible host include:
If you choose to drink, here is what the experts suggest:
While there may be an increase in intoxicated drivers and related crashes around the holidays, alcohol-related crashes happen every day. From January 1, 2007 to October 31, 2007, 185 alcohol related crashes occurred within the city of Chesapeake. During this same time period, there were 532 impaired drivers arrested in the city.
Generally, the young driver is more involved than other drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, 21-34 year old impaired drivers are involved in approximately 50% of all alcohol-related fatal crashes.
There are approximately 1.5 million arrests each year for DUI, nationally. While this may seem like a lot, there are many more drivers who, if picked up by the police, would be arrested for DUI. Even if a driver has a blood alcohol concentration lower than the legal limit (0.08% in Virginia) they should still not get behind the wheel of a car since even one drink can impair your ability to be a safe driver.
No. Of the 1.5 million drivers arrested for driving under the influence in 1997, two-thirds (1 million) were considered first-time offenders.
This can be difficult to isolate as the sole cause. It's pretty clear that drinking plays a significant part in many fatal crashes. However, 42% of intoxicated drivers involved in fatal crashes were also speeding. It's unclear whether they would have been speeding if they had not been drinking, or whether speeding and drinking and driving - both risk-taking behaviors - were part of their general lifestyle pattern.
A person does not have to be drinking to be arrested for driving under the influence. Drivers can be arrested for DUI with a blood alcohol concentration of 0% if there is proof that the impairment is due to drug use. Driving after using drugs appears to be more common among young drivers (13% for those 16 to 20 years old) than older drivers (5% for those 21 and older).
"Drunk driving" typically refers to driving with a blood alcohol concentration which is at a level where a person can be arrested for DUI (in Virginia, this is 0.08). Impaired driving means that a person's skills - including judgment, coordination, response time, and more - are affected much earlier before the BAC reaches 0.08%. It also refers to the fact that other drugs, including certain prescription drugs, over the counter medications, and illicit drugs, can affect driving skill. Each of these has important lessons for safety.
View the Jury Questionnaire (PDF).
It is not a Summons for Jury Duty. You are not required to appear for Jury Duty at this time. The Jury Questionnaire is one of the first steps in the juror selection process. The Court uses the questionnaire responses to determine whether a citizen is qualified or exempt, based on the criteria set out in the Virginia Code.
You are required by law to return the completed Jury Questionnaire to the Court, and prompt return of the questionnaire is essential to avoid further correspondence from the Court. Failure to do so may result in your being summoned to Court.
The Court emphasizes that the information compiled from jury questionnaire responses is confidential. It is used strictly for jury selection, and it is not disseminated to any other agencies or parties unless specifically authorized by federal or state law or by court order.
No, not at this time. The Jury Questionnaire begins the screening process for prospective jurors. After the Court reviews your questionnaire response, you may be selected for jury duty during the upcoming calendar year. Do not call the Jury Administrator and asked to be excused from jury service at this time. You are only required to report to Court if you receive a Summons For Jury Duty.
Prior years' questionnaire records are deleted to ensure impartiality and random selection.
Fill out the questionnaire that has the name your prefer. Write "Duplicate" at the top. Return both questionnaires to the Court.
Mark "deceased" on the questionnaire and return it to the Court. We try to avoid this situation. Please accept our apology.
The questionnaire may be completed by an individual you authorize to act on your behalf. If you are disabled, please include official documentation of your disability with the return of your questionnaire.
Forward the questionnaire to your son/daughter at college and have him/her mail the questionnaire to the Court. Or you may fill out the questionnaire for him/her, sign your name, indicate you are his/her parent, and return the questionnaire to the Court.
If selected for jury service, the Court will mail a Summons For Jury Duty approximately 30 days prior to the month of service.
If summoned for a month when he/she is at college, he/she can call the Jury Administrator, at that time, and request that his/her jury service be deferred. Your son/daughter would have to permanently move and declare residency in a state other than Virginia to be exempt from jury service in Virginia. This would require a change to his/her driver's license and/or voter registration.
If you know the party's forwarding address, mark through the address shown on the questionnaire, write the new address, and place the questionnaire in the U.S. mail. If you do not know the party's forwarding address, mark through the address printed on the questionnaire, write "Addressee does not live at this address - Forwarding address unknown," and place the questionnaire in the U.S. mail.
You can complete online via the Juror Portal or click the Jury Questionnaire link below to print a copy and then fax, scan and email, or mail to:
Chesapeake Circuit Court307 Albemarle Drive, Suite 400AChesapeake VA 23322
The first step is to determine whether you are qualified to serve. If you have been a resident of Virginia for 12 months and a resident of Chesapeake for 6 months and you meet all other eligibility requirements, you may be selected by the jury commissioners to serve jury duty. Please note that United States Army, Air Force, or Navy personnel or their spouses are not considered residents of Virginia by reason of being stationed here. You must have declared Virginia as your state of residency in the "SC" block on your military Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) for at least one year to be eligible to serve jury duty.
Do not call the Jury Administrator and ask to be excused from jury service at this time. If you are selected for jury service, the Court will mail you a Summons For Jury Duty approximately 30 days prior to your month of service. At that time, you would contact the Jury Administrator if you are deployed out of the area or you, otherwise, are not available to serve. She will defer your service to a month when you will be available.
If you are asking to be excused from jury service, submit to the Jury Administrator a letter from your commanding officer that states the basis for the request: that such service would unreasonably interfere with the performance of the member's military duties; or would adversely affect the readiness of the unit, command, or activity to which the member is assigned.
Yes, unless you "reported" for jury service in a "state court" within the last three years or you do not meet one of the other qualifications. "Reported" means you appeared in the jury room on an assigned date as instructed by the Court. If you received a summons and your number was never selected to come in, then you did not "report."
"State court" refers to the Chesapeake Circuit Court. The Chesapeake Circuit Court is one of several circuit courts in Virginia.
"State court" does not include the Federal Court (United States District Court). You may actually serve in both the Federal Court and the Chesapeake Circuit Court in the same year if summoned by both courts.
If you do not know the year you previously served in the Chesapeake Circuit Court, place a "?" in the blank for the year. The jury staff will check your prior service.
A first conviction for DUI is not considered a felony nor are other traffic-related offenses. If you answer "Yes" include a description of the felony conviction.
It depends upon the law of the state in which you were convicted. If you were convicted under Virginia law, rights would have to be restored by the Governor or by an Order of a Circuit Court.
Email the Jury Office or call them at 757-382-3061 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Juvenile's Name420 Albemarle DriveChesapeake, VA 23322
Only parents and legal guardians may visit residents.
Visiting hours are Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sundays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Parents are not permitted to bring residents anything during visitation.
Please bring proper identification, and be advised of the following:
During the intake procedure of a juvenile, one of our staff will call to notify you of your child’s placement in detention. You will be given an opportunity to speak briefly with your child. We will address any questions you may have at that time.
If your child takes prescribed medications, they may be brought to the main entrance of the detention home. All clothing and hygiene items are issued by the detention home.
Yes, all residents must attend school.
Yes, religious activities are offered regularly and participation in them is strictly voluntary.
No, the youths in detention are put there by court order.
No, it is against the Standard Operating Procedure of the K-9 Unit. It has been discovered that suspected narcotics dealers have requested a K-9 search in order to test the dogs ability to smell past various narcotics masking agents.
A request for a demonstration for an individual or family group or function cannot be honored due to the number of K-9 handlers and the sheer number of requests. All other requests will be approved or denied by the K-9 Unit Supervisor.
The use value assessment program is a law that permits localities to adopt a program of special assessments for agricultural, horticultural, forest and open-space use. Qualifying properties are assessed and taxed based on the "use" value assessment.
To encourage the preservation and beneficial use of real estate in order to assure a readily available source of agricultural, horticultural, and forest products and to provide for open-space preservation.
To qualify for use value assessment, the parcel must meet the basic criteria and uniform standards as prescribed by the Commissioner of Agricultural and Consumer Services (agricultural and horticultural lands), the State Forester (forest lands), the Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (open space lands). The application process requires the property owner to certify the income earned from the "use" of the property. Qualifying uses under the agricultural and horticultural classification include:
The production for sale of:
Qualifying uses include livestock, including beef cattle, sheep, swine, horses, ponies, mules, or goats, including the breeding and grazing of any or all such animals.
If it is the desire of the new owner, and the property continues to meet the qualifications for a use value assessment, the parcel can remain in the program.
Roll back taxes will be assessed on the subdivided portion of the property; example, subdividing twelve acres into four-three acre lots.
Parcels that are not in a bona fide agricultural, horticultural, forest or open space use are not eligible for the use value assessment program. The property owner is required to report any change in the use of the property to the Real Estate Assessor within sixty days of such change, at which time the property will be removed from the use value assessment program.
The owner of a structure, the owner's agent or any other person involved in the design, construction or maintenance of the structure may file an appeal to the Local Board of Building Code Appeals.
The board has the power to uphold, reverse, or modify the decision of the official by a concurring vote of a majority of those present.
An applicant must complete a City of Chesapeake Board of Building Code Appeals Application (PDF), remit a twenty-five (25) dollars fee, and submit the application to the Department of Development and Permits at least 14 days prior to the next scheduled hearing date.
After final determination by the City of Chesapeake Board of Building Code Appeals, you may appeal to the State Technical Review Board. The application must be submitted to the State Technical Review Board within 21 calendar days of receipt of the decision to be appealed. Failure to submit an application for appeal within the time limit established by this section shall constitute an acceptance of the City of Chesapeake Board of Building Code Appeals decision.
The Chesapeake Veterans Memorial is located directly in front of the City Hall / Chesapeake Municipal Building at 306 Cedar Road.
The memorial was designed by Wayne J. Sarapata, a long-time member and former Chairman of the Chesapeake Mayor's Commission on Veterans Affairs. With the artistic assistance of Ms. Tami Koletski of Chesapeake, a conceptual drawing was made and given to Retnauer Designs Associates and Moffat and Nichols Engineering who provided the architectural and engineering expertise needed to finalize the plans. Along with many generous businesses and individuals, there were numerous Commission members whose efforts were pivotal to making the dream a reality. Most noteworthy were the efforts of such men as Ray Hurst, Al Horton, and Craig Vance; all volunteers and 100% patriots.
The Chesapeake Veterans Memorial was funded 100% by voluntary donations. No tax money was used in the construction.
All donations will be used for the continued installation of personalized bronze plaques, maintenance of the memorial, and to support Chesapeake's Veterans programs.
Yes. 100% of all donations to the Chesapeake Veterans Memorial Fund are tax deductible. Upon request, the Veterans Affairs Commission will provide donors a receipt for tax purposes.
There are 4,261 brick pavers / plaques in the memorial. As of January 22, 2023 there are 1,471 installed plaques on the pavers at the City of Chesapeake Veterans Memorial.
"To Our Men and Women in Uniform, Past, Present and Future, God Bless You and Thank You. The Grateful Citizens of Chesapeake"
While the memorial is dedicated to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, anyone can order a plaque. Plaques not readily identifiable as honoring a veteran will be placed in a special donor area.
Absolutely not! We strongly recommend purchasing and installing your veteran's plaque before they make that transition into their last assignment. Why not show your appreciation and gratitude to your veteran while they are still here to enjoy the thoughtfulness? Who knows, it may even soften the impact of the impending last assignment.
Anyone may order a personalized plaque. Neither the donor nor the honoree must be Chesapeake residents.
Order forms are available at the City Clerk's Office, 6th Floor, or at the Information Desk, 1st Floor, in City Hall. In addition, order forms can be requested by email.
The Commission can only take checks or money orders by mail. You can pay in person or mail your check and order form to:
City of Chesapeake Mayors' Commission on Veterans Affairs306 Cedar Road6th FloorChesapeake, VA 23322
Plaques for our Veterans Memorial are manufactured by a company located in Oregon. Under normal circumstances, it takes 6 to 8 weeks to receive a plaque once the order has been placed. As a general rule of thumb, we strongly recommend that plaques be ordered at least 10 weeks before a desired delivery date. Please keep in mind when ordering a plaque that there is a significant increase in demand for plaques placed on the manufacturer during the months just prior to Memorial Day and Veterans Day which could possibly impact delivery time. Another consideration regarding delivery time is that the Commission generally will wait until they have a minimum of five plaque requests before making an order. This procedure is in place to save on shipping charges. Regardless of the number of plaque requests, an order is submitted monthly.
The most common error that we see is trying to place too many characters on a line. The engraving process allows for three lines with eighteen characters per line. The order form has been designed with only 18 blocks because that is the maximum number of characters or spaces that can be inscribed on each line of the plaque. Trying to put more than one letter, number, space, or punctuation mark in a block will only delay your order until a member of the Veterans Commission can contact you to resolve the error. The Commission does not recommend running together names or words to save space, as it makes the finished plaque difficult to read. If you require assistance or suggestions in completing your order form, we are happy to help. Contact any Commission member or email us.
Whenever possible, plaques ordered by a donor are placed together. The Commission will make every effort to honor special requests to place specific plaques together. To make a special request, simply write your request on the bottom of your order form. If there is a problem with your request, a Commission member will contact you prior to ordering your plaque.
The Veterans Affairs Commission will make every effort to contact the donor upon receipt of their plaque based on the contact information provided on the order form. If your plaque request is a surprise for the recipient and you wish to limit correspondence to a certain person or by email etc., just write a statement to that effect on your order form. Upon receipt of your plaque from the manufacturer, we will offer you three options for installation:
There is a listing of plaque inscriptions indexed by the last name on the plaque. This index is available for viewing online: Locate a Plaque
A weatherized stand for the index near the Veterans Memorial is planned for the future. An order form to purchase a plaque is available at the City Hall Information Desk.
You may call the Chesapeake Mayor's office at 757-382-6151, email the Mayor's Commission on Veterans Affairs, or write to:
Mayor's Commission on Veterans Affairs306 Cedar RoadChesapeake, VA 23322.
Call Chesapeake Mosquito Control at 757-382-3450 so that we can mark your property for no spray. Also, please visit Chesapeake Alert to register for Chesapeake Alerts and receive automatic notification of nighttime spray in your area.
Yes. Mosquito attraction to humans is a very complex matter. Primarily, mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide (CO2) emitted from the breath and to the chemicals produced by the skin. In addition to CO2, some species of mosquitoes are attracted to certain fragrances and colors. During mosquito season it is recommended that people who wish to be less attractive to mosquitoes wear unscented products (hair spray, soap, deodorant, etc.) and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
Another way to become less attractive to human-biting mosquitoes is to wear commercially available, proven mosquito repellents. The most common proven repellent is DEET (N,-diethyl-meta-toluamide). There are many unproven products commercially available as mosquito repellents. No matter what repellent is used, the entire label should be read thoroughly.
All species of plants and animals have their place in nature. Mosquitoes are no exception. They are an important link in the food chain. Many animals depend on them as a source of food.
During their aquatic stage, mosquito larvae provide food for the other aquatic insects such as dragonfly nymphs and beetles, fish, frogs, and other water-dwelling animals. As adults, mosquitoes are eaten by birds, bats, spiders, lizards, and other insects.
Mosquitoes do not feed on blood alone. The blood meal is taken by the female to produce eggs. Both males and females need liquid nourishment for food. Plants provide the source of liquid nourishment. Mosquitoes feed on plant nectar, honeydew, fruit juices, and liquids oozing from injured plants. Because of this need for nourishment, mosquitoes are important pollinators of wildflowers during this feeding process.
Mosquitoes kill more than one million people each year with the deadly diseases they transmit. These diseases include malaria, filariasis, dengue fever, yellow fever and viruses that can cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV). Mosquitoes can also vector (transmit) dog heartworm.
It is important to note that not all mosquitoes carry diseases. Each of the diseases is mainly transmitted by only a few species of mosquito. Malaria is a single-celled parasite (Plasmodium spp.) that is transmitted by the bite of an infected Anopheles mosquito. An infected person feels tired, has muscle pain, headaches and loss of appetite, much like the onset of flu symptoms. This is followed by chills and high fever which usually reoccur every few days. Lab tests are required to confirm malaria infection. Yellow fever, (so named because the infected person turns yellow from jaundice) is caused by a virus that is carried by an infected mosquito. Encephalitis is difficult to determine because laboratory confirmation is required, a costly and time-consuming procedure. Mosquito control surveillance programs gather data from wild birds and sentinel chicken flocks to determine the presence of encephalitis antibodies. Prevention and control of encephalitis has historically been addressed by local mosquito control programs.
Dog heartworm is caused by juvenile worms (called microfilariae) leaving the mosquito's proboscis and being deposited on the skin of a dog while the mosquito is taking a blood meal. These microfilariae find the puncture wound made by the mosquito and crawl into the dog's bloodstream. Heartworm is a serious problem which can lead to death for dogs. However, veterinarians can prescribe medication to prevent heartworm.
No evidence to support that likelihood exists. If Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected blood is taken by a mosquito, the virus is digested (killed) inside the body of the mosquito. If a mosquito takes a partial HIV-infected blood meal from a person and then immediately feeds on an uninfected person, there would not be enough HIV particles present to transmit the disease. In fact, it is highly unlikely (1 in 10 million chance) there would even be a single unit of HIV present. Finally, for a mosquito to be able to carry AIDS, the disease would need to pass from the gut of the mosquito to the salivary glands where it would later be injected into the next host. This is quite a long and extensive process even with diseases that can be transmitted by mosquitoes (like encephalitis).
Any chemical, even salt or caffeine, in a large enough dose can be harmful. The amounts of mosquito control chemicals that come out of the mosquito trucks and aircraft are not harmful to humans or pets.
As with any chemical, it is always a good idea to keep exposure to a minimum. For this reason, children should not be allowed to follow the mosquito trucks as people often did in the 1940s and 1950s. Pets usually are repelled by the high pitch of the machine. It can be difficult to see or smell the insecticide coming out of the truck or plane. Therefore, even if it seems that they are not spraying, the trucks should not be followed.
A person or pet that accidentally gets hit with the spray may feel a momentary slight burning or stinging sensation on the skin or in the eyes and may cough briefly if they inhale the spray. The smell is usually worse than the taste or sting. Unless someone is very sensitive or allergic to chemicals, washing the skin with water is all that is needed. At the low insecticide dosage used, no other symptoms should be experienced. If other symptoms are experienced, a physician should be consulted immediately. If appropriate: People who are chemically sensitive should give their names to their local mosquito control program so they can be notified prior to any spraying.
DEET can irritate eyes and sensitive skin or dry it out. Some people are allergic to DEET. Infants and children tend to be more sensitive to DEET than adults. To minimize adverse reactions to DEET:
While DEET is an effective repellent, high concentrations can feel unpleasantly oily and can melt plastic, watch crystals and paint finishes. It is safe on nylon, cotton and wool. However, it can damage rayon, acetate and spandex. Test repellents on an inside seem of polyester/cotton blends to see if DEET damages them. Products with citronella, an oil extract from lemon-scented grass or from eucalyptus, can be purchased from health food or camping stores. Avon Skin-So-Soft is widely used as a repellent, but it is not effective for all people. These products must be reapplied more frequently, and they are much less effective than DEET.
It has long been known that the most effective repellents are those which contain DEET. DEET is the abbreviation for the chemical N,N-diethyl-meta-toluarnide. DEET has been sold in the United States since 1956 and is used by 50 to100 million people each year. It repels mosquitoes, no-see-ums, fleas, ticks, gnats, horse flies, deer flies, yellow flies, and chiggers. Repellents containing DEET are available as pump sprays, aerosols, lotions, creams, soaps, and sticks.
In general, inexpensive products contain less than 10% DEET, while the more expensive ones are at least 20% DEET. There are over 40 products containing from 5% to 95% DEET which can be purchased. Products with more than 35% DEET are available, most often, through camping and outdoor supply stores. If a little DEET is good, is a lot of DEET better? Not necessarily. In tests done by the army, repellents with 30 to 40% DEET worked twice as well as repellents with 75% DEET. Read the label and check to see what percentage of the product is DEET. This information is found under active ingredients. The label may say DEET, or it may spell out the chemical name. Some people need to use higher concentrations, while a lesser concentration may suffice for others. It is always best to use the lowest concentration that is effective. People should check to see if it is a controlled release formula (long-lasting) and compare the amount of product and the type of application. Lotions provide the most even coverage. Sprays are more convenient but require greater care in applying. The entire label should be read before choosing what is best for a family.
There are three important factors that allow mosquito control applicators to target mosquitoes while having a minimal effect on other organisms. These include the way insecticides kill, the amount of insecticide sprayed and the time the insecticide is sprayed.
First, modern pesticides have become more specific as to what they will affect when used in the correct amounts. For example, pesticides that kill only insects, affect parts of the insect that other animals and plants do not possess. Just as rat poison, when used in the proper amount, does not kill insects and weed killer does not kill birds, mosquito pesticides, when used in the proper amounts, do not kill birds or rats. Most of the pesticides used to kill mosquito larvae have minimal effects on other organisms.
Second, the amount of pesticide, or dose, is an important factor. The pesticides that are used to kill adult mosquitoes can, and do kill certain other insects, particularly those that are similar to mosquitoes, such as blind mosquitoes, no-see-ums (biting midges), and other small insects. They do not kill larger insects like house flies, butterflies, horse flies, or beetles because the dose applied is not high enough.
Third, while some insecticides used to kill adult mosquitoes can kill bees, they are not used during the day when bees, and many other insects, are flying around. They are used at dusk or at night when the mosquitoes are flying and the bees are not. That's one reason trucks do not spray during the day.
The best way is to eliminate the water in which they breed. Backyards should be checked for containers, even very small ones that hold water. Pet dishes, tin cans, flower pot holders, plugged gutters, tires, birdbaths, kiddy pools, toys, bromeliads, anything that can hold water should be checked. Water should be dumped every third day if the source is not eliminated. Those containers that are too large to turn over should be covered. While it is possible to drain larger wet areas or flood them so mosquitoes can not breed, those methods are generally not good for wildlife. Sometimes it is possible to add fish that eat mosquito larvae to the pond.
The next best method is to control mosquitoes by treating the water with insecticides that kill only mosquitoes. Unfortunately, there is no way to stop mosquitoes from mating and, although bats, birds, other insects, and vertebrates eat mosquito larvae, they do not control mosquitoes to the level people want or that will prevent disease transmission.
Pesticides properly applied to water kill 95% to 100% of the mosquito larvae and, thus, are very effective. It is more difficult to tell how effective sprays to kill adult mosquitoes are, because it is not known exactly how many mosquitoes are present before spraying.
Adult sprays applied by aircraft are very effective because the spray covers a very large area, usually several square miles. Reductions of 90% are common.
Adult sprays applied by trucks can be just as effective where parallel roads are close together, where there is a light wind and the vegetation around houses is not thick. It is less effective if there is no wind, high humidity, too few roads and heavy vegetation. Traps are often used to measure the population levels before and after spraying.
It is not effective to spray during the day for several reasons.
Where to spray is determined by trapping adult mosquitoes, observations by mosquito control workers or by citizen complaints.
Adult mosquito sprays are effective for only 24 hours or less. Spraying an area does not prevent mosquitoes from re-entering the area.
Mosquito control districts attempt to safely and economically control mosquitoes to a safe and tolerable level, reducing the risk of mosquito-borne disease and the nuisance level to acceptable/safe conditions. The primary focus is on reducing the viral risk and the operational emphasis is on habitat reduction/elimination and larval control. The ultra-low volume (ULV) spraying is used as needed for the control of adult mosquitoes.
The primary pesticides used in the larval control operations have very low human/mammalian toxicity and most are very environmentally friendly. Most are biological agents that have bacteria as the active ingredient and are very specific to mosquitoes while in the larval stage. Minnows are often used when feasible as a natural control.
The pesticides used to control adult mosquitoes also have very low human/mammalian toxicity and have been used and tested for many years. Most are "synthetic pyrethroids" which are man-made to work like a natural product made from exotic chrysanthemum plants. Some are also natural pyrethrums and are actually made from plants. This is where some people may have an allergic reaction if they are allergic to these types of plants. These people may contact their local mosquito control district and ask to be placed on a "contact list" to be contacted when spray operations are planned, or call the spraying hotline to find out when spraying is scheduled and where.
Even though these same pesticides are used in the agricultural market for pest control on plants, they are applied in the public health industry at a much lower application rate and are widely used in home pest control products. These products have very limited residual and biodegrade rapidly in the environment. They have very low human/mammalian toxicity. A good part of the odor and taste that might be experienced is from the mineral oil that is used as a diluent. There is currently much research and work being done with aqueous materials that can eliminate or at least greatly reduce the use of these oils.
Several years ago it was an accepted practice for control districts to spray as a routine, meaning the trucks would be in a certain area on a given day on a weekly basis. Spraying in the evening and early morning hours, the most effective time for most species, is normally done on an as-needed basis - when surveillance data indicates that the mosquito populations are great enough to warrant the spraying to lessen the risk of disease and reduce the annoyance factor for outside activities.
With the extensive research and development of safer, more environmentally sensitive and more selective larvicides, the need for "fogging" or Adulticiding has decreased and control efforts have focused more on controlling mosquitoes before they become adults and begin biting. However, in an area like Chesapeake, our proximity to saltwater marshes and swamps such as the Great Dismal Swamp significantly reduces the effectiveness of Larviciding against some species.
The homeowner can play a very important role in reducing some of our most problematic species, which breed in artificial containers and tend to stay near humans. Our control efforts, though an important part of, are limited in controlling these species. Especially the "tiger" mosquito!
Yes. Only the female mosquito bites. The male feeds on plant juices to be used to fertilize the eggs of the female, which must then have a blood meal before she can produce viable eggs.
Some species of mosquitoes only bite birds, some cold-blooded animals and some prefer rodents, etc. Not all are capable of transmitting disease. Some are capable of transmitting several viruses and some are only capable of transmitting one virus. The virus must undergo certain metabolic actions within the mosquito before it can then be transmitted via the bite. Some viruses are not capable of undergoing this and some are not present in sufficient quantity in the mosquito to be transmitted. Some mosquito species don't bite at all.
Yes! There are certain mosquito species that tend to breed in artificial containers, tires, tree holes and such. These mosquitos tend to stay close to humans, and with a ready blood meal available, don't need to frequently leave the area to complete the process of repopulating. Even small quantities of water can provide ample breeding opportunity for these species. A plastic bottle cap can be the home to several mosquito larvae. Some species are more apt to breed in natural environments such as ditches, swamps and low areas. These are more difficult for the homeowner to control and only physical means such as screens, long sleeves, repellents and such may be the only defenses in the absence of an effective mosquito control program.
Yes. If you observe adult mosquitoes in your yard, you can use any one of several aerosol preparations which are available at stores. If the label states the product is effective for killing adult mosquitoes outdoors, it should be effective. These preparations are safe if you follow the directions on the label. Emphasis should be placed on basic yard sanitation and reducing breeding grounds, not spraying chemicals.
Throughout the world, there are over 3,000 species of mosquitoes. In Virginia, there have been 55 species of mosquitoes identified, of those we will typically deal with 15 to 20 in a season. Some of these species are very important in the disease transmission cycle, some are less important and some are not at all.
Of the ones that are important, some of the species of mosquito breed in containers and prefer to remain near these sites, which are often found in our own backyards. These sites include old tires, buckets, boats, house gutters, tarps, toys and etc. As mentioned above, a bottle cap full of water can provide the habitat for several mosquitoes that will then lay their eggs in the same spot and produce more - a continuing cycle (every 7 to 10 days). The ditches and woodlands produce different species, that again can be important vectors or not so important. In normal conditions, mosquito control districts can control these areas if they're aware of the standing water and have access. In addition, the trucks are more effective with these species as they may travel a distance in search of a blood meal.
For Information about the Mosquito Control Commission meetings: email Hope Lewis or call 757-382-3450. Day/Time: 1 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday of the month. Location: 1611 Shell Road. Check the calendar for schedule updates.
From the City of Chesapeake Department of Development and Permits.
To begin the permit process, you can enter a permit application via our eBUILD system or bring the following documents:
Upon the arrival at the Department of Development and Permits, a Zoning Plans Examiner will review your request for compliance with the Chesapeake Zoning Ordinance. You may need to visit the Development Construction Division on the 3rd floor of City Hall for a Land Disturbance Permit and bonding requirements and payments. Once all reviews have been completed and approved you will make payments for water, sewer and HRSD as well as permit fees and your permit will be issued.
When submitting online via the eBUILD system, the same process takes place electronically and you will be notified to pay any fees due when the permit is ready.
After obtaining the building permit, the electrical, plumbing, and mechanical and gas (if applicable) permits are required.
Items 1 through 3 are required for all applicants.
The following fees must be paid at the time of permit issuance:
A permit is required on private and public property if any of the following apply to your event:
A permit is required when your event is located at a park or public recreation area and any of the following criteria applies to your event:
Call or visit the Special Events Coordination Office at:
Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism1224 Progressive DriveChesapeake, VA 23320Phone: 757-382-6411Fax: 757-277-9365 Email the Special Events Coordination Office
Or download the Special Event Permit Application (PDF). For more information, download the Special Event Guidebook (PDF).
Before an Outdoor Special Event Permit is issued, the below non-refundable administrative fees are required:
Complete and return the City of Chesapeake Outdoor Event Permit Application (PDF) according to the following schedule:
The application will be distributed to all City departments and public agencies affected by your event, which may also need to issue additional permits. Each department or agency will review the Permit Application only if all forms are completed and all necessary information and supporting documents are included. You will be contacted individually by these departments or agencies only if they have specific questions or concerns about your event. Please be aware that in some cases you may have to contact federal, state or local agencies in addition to the City of Chesapeake.
Event Coordination staff shall act upon the Outdoor Special Event Permit Application required by this policy within 15 business days of all requirements being fulfilled, notifying the applicant of the decision. If the application is denied, the reasons shall be set forth in writing, and staff will make every effort to work collaboratively with the applicant to determine alternate conditions which meet the requirements dictated by reviewing departments.
The City of Chesapeake maintains a list of special event permits for upcoming events. For more information, contact the Special Events Coordinator at 757-382-6411.
Please Note: The calendar contains only those events submitted to the City of Chesapeake. It is not a complete list of every event in Chesapeake, and is subject to change.
The company or individual is responsible for acquiring and setting up the necessary barricades in accordance with guidelines provided by the Public Works Department. You may find barricade companies by looking in the yellow pages under the subject Barricades.
Alcohol consumption is generally not permitted on any property owned by the City of Chesapeake.
Alcohol is not permitted at any City of Chesapeake park or recreational facility other than those listed in City of Chesapeake Code 50-20. Alcohol consumption at portions of Chesapeake City Park, Battlefield Park, Elizabeth River Park, Dismal Swamp Canal Trail, Chesapeake Arboretum, Judge Eileen A. Olds Courtyard Park and The Portlock at South Norfolk may be approved for some festivals, large special events, and large corporate events as permitted by the City and pursuant to regulations established in the Alcohol Request Guidelines and Procedures (PDF).
Penalty and interest are determined by the Virginia General Assembly.
Penalty and interest will not be imposed if failure to pay any tax was due to death, medically determinable physical impairment, or medically determinable mental impairment. The taxpayer must provide proof of death, medically determinable physical impairment, or medically determinable mental impairment, and pay the taxes within thirty days of the due date. In cases where a fiduciary (legal guardian, committee, conservator) is handling an individual's affairs, the taxes must be paid within 120 days after the fiduciary qualifies or begins to act on behalf of the individual [Virginia Code §58.1-3916].
The Chesapeake City Council establishes personal property tax rates each year in May. The actual tax is computed by multiplying the property's assessed value by the applicable tax rate.
The Commissioner of the Revenue is generally required to determine the assessed value of motor vehicles based on a recognized pricing guide, if available, or a percentage of the original cost. The publications used are the January editions of the National Automobile Dealers Association official appraisal guides. The value taken from these books is the loan value. If the vehicle is not listed in the guide, the value will be based on a percentage of the purchase price or a percentage of the prior year's assessment. For personal property other than motor vehicles, the assessed value is normally based on a percentage of the original cost.
The term proration refers to the authority of a locality to collect personal property taxes on a pro rata basis - that is, generally for the portion of the year that an item is located in that locality or owned by the taxpayer. Proration means that the assessed tax on a motor vehicle or trailer will be based upon the number of months that it maintains situs in Chesapeake or is owned by the taxpayer.
The proration of personal property tax applies to motor vehicles and trailers. This includes automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, and other vehicular equipment requiring registration through the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. Mobile homes, aircraft, watercraft, and business personal property are not prorated.
Yes, in most situations. If you move out of Virginia or to another Virginia locality that prorates personal property taxes, or if you sell or dispose of a motor vehicle, your personal property tax for that vehicle will generally be prorated. You will receive a credit or a refund of taxes paid for that portion of the remaining year, provided there are no other outstanding taxes or debts owed to the City. A temporary absence from the City does not make you eligible for a prorated refund. You are responsible to report any changes in residence or property ownership to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Commissioner of the Revenue. You may be required to submit documentation verifying the vehicle is no longer in the City or that ownership has changed.
No. The property's assessed value as of January 1 is the basis for the personal property tax. If you feel your vehicle is below average condition because of mechanical malfunctions, excessive mileage or other reasons, you may appeal your assessment for an individual review of your vehicle's value. If the vehicle is damaged prior to January 1 and has not been repaired, an assessment appeal form may be filed.
As of January 2018, Return of Tangible Personal Property forms for motor vehicles and trailers will no longer be mailed each year to Chesapeake residents. Notify the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office if any of the following occurs:
Return of Tangible Personal Property forms for aircraft, watercraft and mobile homes continue to be mailed each January and must be signed and filed by March 1 of each year whether or not changes are required.
Forms for aircraft, watercraft and mobile homes may be filed by mail or in person at any of the four offices of the Commissioner of the Revenue.
Mailing Address:P.O. Box 15285Chesapeake, VA 23328
Personal property taxes are due to the City of Chesapeake on June 30 (extended from June 5, 2023). A supplemental tax bill will be mailed for motor vehicles and trailers moved into the City or purchased after June 5 and will be due 30 days from the date the bill is issued.
Yes. When selling or disposing of a motor vehicle or trailer, both the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Commissioner of the Revenue's office must be notified immediately. Note that this is the citizen's responsibility - not that of the motor vehicle dealer or new owner.
No. If you reside here by virtue of military orders, you would not be taxed in Chesapeake on personal property titled in your name only, if you maintain your legal residency/domicile in a state other than Virginia and the vehicle is not used in a trade or business. Military personnel must present a copy of their current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) each year to receive and maintain this exemption.
Personal property titled jointly with your spouse or property titled solely in your spouse's name may be eligible for exemption of personal property tax based on qualifying conditions provided in the federal Military Spouses Residency Relief Act. To apply for exemption on such personal property, the spouse of the active-duty service member must file a Military Spouses Residency Affidavit each year.
A vehicle leased by an active duty service member and/or spouse is taxable; however, it may qualify for a Personal Property Tax Relief Credit of 100% on the first $20,000 of value pursuant to a contract requiring the service member and/or spouse (the lessee) to pay the personal property tax and applies to a leased vehicle that would otherwise be tax exempt in Virginia if owned by the service member and/or spouse. For a leased vehicle, provide a copy of the lease agreement and other applicable documents.
Under the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, your tax liability is to the City of Chesapeake regardless of where you are stationed or where your vehicle(s) may be garaged or located during the year.
Each January, military personnel receive a "Chesapeake Military Vehicle Registration" form listing all vehicles currently registered in the service member's name and garaged in Chesapeake. Any incorrect information on the form must be updated and the form returned to the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office by March 1 along with a current copy of the Leave and Earnings Statement (LES). Once the form and LES are received and reviewed for eligibility, your vehicle account(s) will be recorded as exempt from personal property tax.
Any single motor vehicle owned and regularly used by a veteran certified as permanently and totally disabled by the Department of Veteran Affairs may qualify for a reduced personal property tax rate. For further information, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's office at 757-382-6730.
Motor vehicles which are owned and are specially equipped to provide transportation for disabled individuals may qualify for a reduced personal property tax rate. For further information, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's office at 757-382-6730.
See contact information for the following divisions:
Stopping red light running will significantly contribute to public safety in Chesapeake.
The camera systems are a force multiplier for the uniformed police officer and they reduce the risks involved in the red light running violation enforcement of large intersections.
The PHOTOSafe program is designed to reduce the number of violations by automatically capturing evidence of vehicles whose drivers violate the law. Photo enforced signs are located within 500 feet of the intersection in an effort to remind drivers to comply with the traffic signal. The enforcement cameras are only active during the red cycle of the traffic light. Vehicles that enter the intersection after the light has turned red for 0.5 or ½ second are captured.
The camera system is wired to the traffic lights and to sensors that are buried in the lanes of the roadway surface. Vehicles that cross the sensors after the light has turned red activate the system. The violating vehicle is photographed 3 times and a 12 second video of the violation captures the vehicle in motion. The first photo is taken at the stop bar as evidence to show that the light was red prior to the vehicle entering the intersection; the second photo is the vehicle's license plate for identification purposes; the third photo is taken to show evidence of the vehicle proceeding through the intersection while the light is still red. The photographed documentation of the red light violation is evidence for the police department to issue a civil penalty to the owner of the vehicle.
The diagram is a representation of the PHOTOSafe camera systems used in the City of Chesapeake. This picture illustrates a single intersection approach with three vehicles in violation of the traffic signal. Each system contains multiple cameras that can capture multiple lane violations occurring at the same time. Drivers are reminded that our systems do capture right turn on red violations.
The City of Chesapeake is authorized to monitor a total of 24 intersections by Virginia State Code guidelines of 1 intersection per 10,000 residents. Our City Council has approved the use of 20 camera enforcement systems. The process for selecting the intersections to be monitored includes (i) the accident rate for the intersection, (ii) the rate of red light violations occurring at the intersection, (iii) the difficulty experienced by law enforcement officers in patrol cars or on foot in apprehending violators, (iv) the ability of law-enforcement officer to apprehend violators safely within a reasonable distance from the violation, and (v) pedestrian safety concerns.
Red Light Photo Enforcement reduces crashes at monitored intersections approximately 40%. The technology tends to produce generalized changes in driver behavior, so violations and crashes decline throughout the area where cameras are used, not just at the specific intersections equipped with cameras. (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety; IIHS, 2002)
No. Cameras are set so that only those vehicles that enter the intersection after the light has turned red are photographed. Vehicles entering the intersection on yellow and are still in the intersection when the light turns red are not photographed. The camera system only takes pictures when a violation occurs.
Virginia State Code 15.2-968.1 mandates the violation as a driver responsibility. It is presumed that the owner of the vehicle was the driver at the time of the violation. Red light violations are handled similar to a parking violation. There is no insurance liability and no DMV implication or points associated with the driver or owner of the vehicle. By law, the penalty cannot exceed $50.
Legislation enacted by the 2007 General Assembly requires that localities place conspicuous signs within 500 feet of the intersection where a red light running camera is installed. Localities also are required to conduct a public awareness program advising the public that a photo enforcement system is being implemented or expanded. All intersections are listed on the PHOTOSafe information web page.
The City of Chesapeake Department of Traffic Engineering is responsible for determining the traffic light timing intervals. Times at signals is determined based on variables such as the posted speed limit, typical deceleration rates of vehicles, the grade of the road (uphill or downhill), the width of the intersection, and the amount of time it takes a driver to see the yellow signal and react (perception and reaction time). All traffic signal timing has been evaluated and approved by the department of traffic engineering and reviewed by VDOT in accordance with VDOT guidelines.
No. The objective of the PHOTOSafe enforcement program is to improve intersection safety. Signs and publicity campaigns required by the 2007 General Assembly warn motorists that photo enforcement is in use. Penalties are paid by drivers who continue to run red lights. Penalties for red light violations in Virginia are limited to $50 per violation by legislation. Independent audits of red light camera enforcement across the country have found that these programs generally do not generate excess revenue. Camera equipment costs vary based on the type of camera, the complexity of the intersection, and technical requirements.
Yes. Virginia law requires all vehicles to stop on a red light signal. Right turns on red are permitted unless otherwise posted. The camera will capture right turn violations on vehicles that proceed without coming to a full stop. The sensors will detect violations in the right turn lanes being monitored and activate the photo enforcement system. Officers will review each captured offense and determine if the vehicle stopped and proceeded safely and in accordance with Virginia law.
The photo enforcement system captures the violation. The contracted company reviews and validates the violation and sends it to the police department. A sworn law enforcement officer reviews the evidence captured by the system and either accepts the violation for civil penalty or dismisses the violation due to circumstances that are either acquired by the monitoring system or observed in the video evidence. If the officer accepts the violation, he or she will then obtain the vehicle owner's information for mailing of the notice and $50 penalty. The registered owner of the vehicle will receive the violation notice in the mail with instructions for viewing the violation.
You will be provided with three still photographs of your vehicle on the printed violation notice. You can review the red light violation via the internet at www.photonotice.com. You can access your violation by entering your violation and license plate numbers and the city code (CHSPVA). Both video and still photo evidence is available for review. The owner/driver can arrange for an opportunity to meet with a PHOTOSafe Program Officer to review the evidence and discuss the red light running violation. Lastly, the vehicle owner/driver can request a court date for the evidence to be heard in the Chesapeake Courts System. The court arrangements will be made by a PHOTOSafe Officer. Payment can also be made by check or money order via the mail or by credit card via the internet site. No cash will be accepted.
Yes. Chesapeake Ordinance 74-193 amended the City Traffic Code which authorizes the use of red-light photo monitoring systems.
Red light running is a violation of the law at every signalized intersection in the City of Chesapeake. The warning period only applies to the use of the automated enforcement camera system. The 30-day warning period is considered a part of the public awareness process for implementing or expanding the automated enforcement program.
Should you receive both a summons from an officer and a violation notice via mail, please email the PHOTOSafe Program Coordinator and provide your unique citation number from the mailing as well as the name of the officer who cited you.
City vehicles are not immune to this program. When a City vehicle violates the red light, the video and vehicle number are sent to the appropriate department to determine who the driver of the vehicle was at that time. From there, each department reviews the video and issues the appropriate punishment in accordance with their policies.
The violation notice is mailed to the registered owner the same as any other vehicle.
Email the PHOTOSafe Program Coordinator or call 757-382-3535.
One of our PHOTOSafe Program's public safety and awareness goals is to remind drivers of Virginia's right turn on red law. It is important for drivers to understand that Chesapeake automated enforcement systems do monitor and will capture violations in the right turn lanes at our photo enforced intersections. Virginia's right turn on red law is the following:
One of the criteria for choosing intersections for photo enforcement cameras is high accident or crash locations. Another consideration is the number of red light running violations occurring at the intersection. Our challenge is to modify driver behavior at the location in order to reduce or eliminate crashes. Our goal is to improve public safety at all of our City intersections. The data has clearly shown that enforcement cameras positively contribute to a reduction in red light running at all of our monitored intersections.
The risks involved when failing to yield the right-of-way for a pedestrian or another driver and being in a right angle or rear end collision are enormous.
Virginia State Code Section 15.2-968.1: Use of photo-monitoring systems to enforce traffic light signals provides for the capturing of red light violations under Section 46.2-833, 46.2-835, and 46.2-836.
This diagram is a representation of the PHOTOSafe camera systems used in the City of Chesapeake. This picture illustrates a single intersection approach with three vehicles in violation of the traffic signal. Each system contains multiple cameras that can capture multiple lane violations occurring at the same time. Drivers are reminded that our systems do capture right turn on red violations.
The penalty for a photo enforced red light running violation is a $50 penalty and no court costs are associated with the penalty. The violation is a civil matter. There are no driver license points assessed and there are no insurance implications. By law, the Department of Motor Vehicles and insurance companies cannot be notified of the offense. This violation does not affect drivers that are on probation with the court or with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
The operator of the vehicle is liable for the monetary penalty imposed from information obtained from the red light camera system. The video and photographed evidence of the red light violation will be available for review and inspection by the registered owner or driver of the vehicle. There is a legal presumption that the registered owner, lessee, or renter of the vehicle was the person who committed the violation. This presumption can be challenged by affidavit or testimony under oath in open court that the owner, lessee, or renter was not the driver at the time of the violation.
The primary focus of the PHOTOSafe program is public awareness and education. The success of the program is measured in the reduction of red light running and not by the number of vehicles caught violating the law. Please review the following information. If you have other questions or would like to schedule a detailed PowerPoint presentation for your organization, email the PHOTOSafe Program Coordinator.
You must determine the type of business and location, then contact the zoning officer in the Department of Development and Permits to ensure the proposed use is a permitted use or conditional use.
The following plans should be submitted to the appropriate departments:
Upon approval from Development and Permits, Public Utilities, and Planning, the final site plan will be forwarded to the Department of Development and Permits, Zoning Administration to begin the permit application process.
You may submit your building plans to the Plans Examiner in the Department of Development and Permits at any time prior to the site plan approval. You may submit online via our eBUILD system.
Normally, plan review will take a minimum of 30 days and is on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please utilize this information when planning your project and plan review timeline.
If your plan is disapproved, the Plans Examiner will send a plan review letter from the eBUILD system, requesting revisions, corrections, and/or additional information necessary to complete the review process. After your plan is approved, the permit may not be issued until all other required information is obtained. Some examples of other required information may include contractor information and cost of construction.
If the home will be constructed in a new subdivision, a subdivision construction drawing must be submitted to the Department of Development and Permits, Development Engineering Division, City Hall, 3rd Floor, for approval (Site Plan Approval).
The plat for a private residential lot in the City of Chesapeake should be recorded in the Circuit Court Clerk's Office with a Map Book and Page Number. If the plat has not been recorded, the builder or owner builder may apply to have the plat recorded with the Clerk of Circuit Court.
You should submit the following via our online eBUILD system or bring the following to the City of Chesapeake City Hall, 2nd floor, Department of Development and Permits:
If not utilizing the eBUILD system, you will need to complete a Building Permit Application (PDF) and submit one Survey / Site Plan for approval.
The following information must be submitted at the time of application:
Upon the completion of Step 1, you will then need to submit your Building Plan to the Plans Examiner for review and approval. A $100 Plan Review Fee is required at the time of the plan submittal plus an additional 2% state levy to all plan review fees.
Note: Plan review timeframes are contingent upon the quality of the plans submitted and may vary during spikes in the quantity of the plans submitted for review. The Department will make every effort to address the schedule demands.
The initial plan review timeframe is 7 business days from date of plan submittal. The approval of the construction plans is contingent upon the applicant addressing and making corrections to all plan review comments and then re-submitting the corrected plans.
The initial plan review timeframe is 14 business days from date of plan submittal. Final plan approval or plan review process is subject to the response to the review comments and the re-submittal of the revised / corrected plans.
Please Note: During a code change cycle (every three years) the State of Virginia allows a one-year grace period to continue to use the previous code edition for plans and permits. At the end of the one-year grace period, the plans must comply with the adopted code. There is a $40 fee for each option set created from a Master Model Plan as well as a 2% State Levy.
Due to the volume and time required to review model plans for the new edition of the code, it is highly recommended to submit model plans early in the one-year grace period and not wait till the deadline. Model plans submitted within the last three months of the one year grace period are subject to a lengthy review time that may take 30 to 60 days.
The inspector will utilize the City of Chesapeake or Development and Permits Residential Plan Checklist 2018 (PDF) to ensure that the detailed plan is completely and thoroughly reviewed.
If your plan is approved, you will receive an email from the eBUILD system with the approval and your plans can be downloaded from the eBUILD site.
If your plan is disapproved, the eBUILD system will notify you by email. You will need to download the plan review letter from the attachments in eBUILD. A Residential Plan Checklist containing correction information will also be attached to your plan.
After your plan is corrected, you will need to resubmit our revisions by uploading to the attachments in eBUILD. You will not have to pay a plan review fee for resubmittals. Normally, a resubmitted plan review takes a maximum of three (3) business days.
After your plan has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email from the eBUILD system that the plans are approved and may be downloaded from the attachments in eBUILD.
• There is no specific age cut-off to apply although, the maximum age of retirement is 70 years of age.
We start academies in March and October of each year. The application process may take anywhere from 4 to 12 months depending on when you apply. You may apply for an academy in which you would be available for hire (i.e. on terminal leave or later). You may be eligible for our new SkillBridge Program! Contact our Recruiter via email for further details: CPDrecruiting@CityOfChesapeake.net
Yes, ride-alongs are encouraged! You may request to do a ride-along in person at the Public Safety Building (Police Headquarters) located at 304 Albemarle Drive; Chesapeake, VA 23322. • You may also access the Ride-along request form online and submit it via email.
Physical Ability Course: (Trainee and Certified Applicants)
Physical Performance Test: (Trainee Applicants Only)
After you successfully complete the Physical Ability Course, you will then be required to complete the Physical Performance Test, and PASS the 300 Meter Sprint and Push-ups on the same day, which consists of the:
1. V-Sit & Reach Assessment Only
2. 300 Meter Sprint M 112 / F 142 seconds or less. MUST PASS
3. Sit Ups Assessment Only
4. Push-Ups M 11 / F 4 or more (no time limit) MUST PASS
5. 1.5 Mile Run Assessment Only
Applicants who are not able to COMPLETE the testing and PASS the obstacle course and/or 300 Meter Sprint and Push-ups may schedule up to 3 re-tests during the current hiring process without needing to re-apply.
Virginia has no separate probate court. The Will should be probated in the circuit court of the city or county where the deceased resided. Usually the Clerk of the Circuit Court or a deputy clerk handles the probate of Wills and the circuit court judge is not involved. However, any person interested in the Will may appeal to the judge within six months of the order of the clerk admitting a Will to probate.
A person dies testate if they left a valid Will. One dies intestate if the deceased person does not have a valid Will at the time of death. If a person dies intestate, then the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, in effect at the time of death, determine who the heirs are and hence who receives the decedent's property.
If a person dies without a Will, Virginia law provides a course of descents as follows (after payment of funeral expenses, debts, and cost of administration):
The appointment of an executor or administrator is not always required. No formal administration is usually required when the estate is small (under statutory amount) and for payment of small sums by certain government, occupational, and banking agencies.
Additionally, qualification is not necessary to transfer a motor vehicle title. In these circumstances, the Will is probated and nothing further is required. Other instances where formal qualification or administration may not be required are the cases of joint accounts with rights of survivorship in banks, savings and loan associations, or credit unions.
In most cases, the payment of life insurance proceeds to a named beneficiary and the transfer of real estate to a surviving spouse or other person where there were survivorship rights in the deed occur outside the estate.
There is no set time frame in which a Will must be probated or an estate administered. The death of a loved one is a particularly emotional, stressful, and busy time. The probate of the Will can usually wait until a week or so after the funeral. It is recommended that the initial steps in the estate process start within 30 days after death. If any questions exist, call your attorney or the Circuit Court Clerk's Office at 757-382-3000.
Note: All fiduciaries must be bonded. State statutes and certain language contained in the Will govern whether the bond is with or without surety. The Probate Clerk will set the appropriate bond at the time of qualification.
Note: All fiduciaries must be bonded. State statutes govern whether the bond is with or without surety. The Probate Clerk will set the appropriate bond at the time of qualification.
The duties begin with taking possession of the deceased person's property over which the fiduciary (executor or administrator) has control. The fiduciary must determine the assets and liabilities of the estate. The payments of debts, and then, according to the direction of the Will and the laws of the State of Virginia, the sale of or distribution of the property must be accomplished.
The fiduciary must also give written notice of qualification or probate to the heirs and beneficiaries of the estate within 30 days after qualification. Generally, the fiduciary must file a complete inventory of the assets in the estate within four (4) months of qualification with the Commissioner of Accounts (a local person appointed by the Circuit Court to oversee and ensure that estates are properly handled).
Finally, the fiduciary must make an accounting with the Commissioner of Accounts on a yearly basis until a final accounting can be made. Often, a first and final accounting can be made at the conclusion of the first year following qualification.
The Department of Development and Permits, Code Compliance Division enforces the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC) maintenance provisions that apply to existing dwellings and other buildings and structures. Enforcement of these codes is initiated by citizen concerns, area patrols, and through systematic exterior neighborhood inspections.
Whenever a determination has been made that there has been a violation of the code or there are grounds to believe that a violation has occurred, a notice of violation will be served to the occupant or the property owner to correct the violation. Compliance of code violations typically must be completed within a thirty-day time period. It is unlawful for the owner who has received a compliance order or upon whom a notice of violation has been served to sell, transfer, mortgage, lease, or otherwise dispose of the dwelling unit or structure to another until the provisions of the compliance order or notice of violation have been complied with.
An unsafe building is a structure, or part of a structure, or premises that is a danger to public safety because of the following reasons:
Open, dilapidated, and vacant buildings are posted with an Unsafe Building Placard and required to be secured. Failure to comply may result in the building being secured by the City. An unsafe building may be demolished by the City if necessary to protect public safety. If this occurs, the property owner shall be billed for the expense of the demolition.
You may request an extension. A written request of extension can be submitted with the following information:
Send a written request of extension to:
Development and PermitsCode Compliance DivisionP.O. Box 15225Chesapeake, VA 23328
Handcrafted items of original design. No pre-manufactured components,kits, or fine art (ex. paint on canvas) will be considered.
No. All exhibitors must exhibit their own work both days.
No. If there are cancelations, replacement vendors are selected fromalternate vendors that submitted applications but were not initially chosen.
No food sales (including foods that are preserved in jars) are permitted dueto health and safety reasons. Pet food items are permitted.
Selection is based on a point system based on the following criteria: quality,technique, creativity, show appeal, and originality.
Applications will not be accepted before the opening date or after theclosing date for submissions (see Timeline above). A minimum of (3)current color photos are required to be submitted along with theapplication.
Photos of your items along with photos of the items in your typical boothdisplay are helpful in the selection process. Photos must represent whatyou intend to display at the show. While we understand that not everyonehas professional photography skills, these photos are instrumental in theselection process so please do your best to submit clear, crisp, well-lightedphotos that show your items well. If you participated in the craft show theprevious year, you do not have to provide new photos unless your producthas changed.
Call Public Utilities first so that we can check the City line for a blockage.
We will investigate the problem and advise you if the blockage has been cleared or that there was no blockage in the City line and you should contact your plumber for assistance.
All City vehicles have a number posted on the front, sides, and back. Try to get the number on the truck. The truck number will identify the specific vehicle and make it possible to determine which Department and which crew is working there. If in doubt, you may contact 757-382-2489 (CITY) to inquire.
The truck may be on your street to clean sanitary sewer lines. When washing sanitary sewer main lines, air is pushed out and sucked into the system via vent stacks at the top of your house and through manhole lids. This may cause a bubbling or gurgling sound in your toilet.
If it is a box truck or a customized van, it may be inspecting the inside of the piping with a closed circuit TV camera. The crew may be inspecting more than one segment of pipe from one location. You should see proper safety cones and signs for City crews working in the street.
The 16-mile, four-lane highway was built through the city's agricultural south to improve traffic both to North Carolina and on local roads, and to ease the summertime weekend traffic.
No. The project was funded from two sources: A loan from the Virginia Department of Transportation and the issuance of bonds.
The Expressway provides a limited access, high-speed highway from the Great Bridge Bypass to Gallbush Road saving both time and money for local commuters, businesses, and vacationers.
The Chesapeake Expressway is patrolled by the Chesapeake Police Department.
The posted speed limit on the Chesapeake Expressway is 55 M.P.H. At the Mainline Toll Plaza, the Express E-ZPass Lanes are 45 M.P.H. Customers using the Full Service Toll Booths must come to a complete stop.
Each E-ZPass must be mounted in your windshield. To get Velcro strips, contact the E-ZPass Customer Service Center at 1-877-762-7824 (24 hour automated), or call the Expressway office, 757-204-0010, 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
If you are headed south, when you reach the Chesapeake Expressway’s Toll Plaza, you will be approximately 60 miles from the Outer Banks. Depending on traffic, you may expect to reach the Outer Banks in about an hour.
Heading North – Proceed four miles to Exit 8, Hillcrest Parkway. There you will find several restaurants and gas stations.
Heading South – Proceed four miles to the North Carolina border. There you will find several restaurants, gas stations, and the Currituck Welcome Center.
If you passed through our Express Lanes and could not pay the toll, do not stop in the lane or pull over.
Call our office at 757-204-0010 (Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and we can instruct you how to pay. If you are an E-ZPass customer and no deduction was made from your E-ZPass account, you are still obligated to pay the toll amount due. Please note that the amount due for the missed toll will not be deducted from your E-ZPass account and must be paid directly to the Expressway.
Call the Expressway Office immediately at 757-204-0010. Our staff will assist you with directions on how to pay your toll and settle your notice. If you are an E-ZPass tag holder and have received a notice, immediately contact our office. Remember, if your tag is not mounted properly in your window, you are responsible for the full amount of the toll and the Administrative Fees.
Yes, our office staff will accept Master Card, Visa, Discover, and/or American Express for opening an account or paying for a violation.
If you left your change at the toll booth, contact our office immediately at 757-204-0010 (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). Please have as much information available when you call (date, time, direction) so that we may assist you more efficiently.
Yes, tolls are collected in both directions.
There is one Main Toll Plaza which is located approximately at mile marker 4.2. There is an additional Auxiliary Plaza in each direction to handle peak summertime volumes.
The toll rate increased on May 1, 2011 for the first time since the opening of the Expressway. The City routinely reviews and analyzes the Optimum Toll Rate to meet the requirements of the Bond Indenture. The next toll increase is scheduled for May 1, 2021. Scheduled toll increases are necessary in order to meet financial obligations. The Chesapeake Expressway is part of the Chesapeake Transportation System along with the improved Dominion Boulevard corridor. On July 10, 2012, the Chesapeake City Council approved the initial toll schedule for the Chesapeake Transportation System.
The debt is anticipated to be paid off by 2051. At that point the City Council can consider removing the tolls.
The tolls collected go toward repaying the bonds and VDOT, in addition to the covering expenses for operations and maintenance of the roadway and facility.
Yes, the Transportation Toll Facilities Advisory Committee is comprised of 5 members (citizens) as appointed by City Council under City Code Sec. 2-620.30 through 2-620.33 adopted by ordinance February 17, 2009.
The Chesapeake Expressway offers a discount for frequent users. The more you use the Expressway, the more you save. Visit the Discount Program page to learn more and to sign up. There is no designated “local rate.”
There are no discounts for seniors or round trips.
“Full Service” lanes are for customers wanting to pay their toll with cash, get a receipt, or ask for directions. Our “E-ZPass Only” lanes are for E-ZPass members only and are non-stop, 45 M.P.H. lanes.
You must have a Virginia E-ZPass account to enroll in the Chesapeake Expressway Discount Program and each E-ZPass transponder must be enrolled separately.
Please call the Chesapeake Expressway at 757-204-0010 or visit the Chesapeake Expressway Administrative Office at 168 Toll Plaza Road in Chesapeake to enroll in the Chesapeake Expressway Discount Program. No matter where you purchase your Virginia E-ZPass, you must call or visit the Chesapeake Expressway to enroll in the Discount program. Membership fees are required.
Be sure to keep sufficient funds in your Virginia E-ZPass account or choose automatic replenishment so that funds are always available for tolls and monthly membership fees. After the initial 6-month membership period, monthly fees will be automatically deducted from your prepaid Virginia E-ZPass account.
If for any reason a Member's E-ZPass account balance is insufficient to pay Discount Program fees, the Member will be removed from the Discount Program and re-enrollment in the program by the Member will require pre-payment of the six-month fee.
If your Virginia E-ZPass account has a negative balance (which can happen if you do not choose to automatically replenish your account) or the transponder is not properly mounted on the windshield and is therefore not detected, you will be charged the full toll rate.
Yes. Membership fees cover one Virginia E-ZPass transponder only. Fees are charged per Virginia E-ZPass transponder enrolled in the Discount Program.
Please notify both the E-ZPass Customer Service Center and the Chesapeake Expressway. Both your E-ZPass Account and Chesapeake Expressway Discount Program will need to be updated.
Note: Member agrees to use the Virginia E-ZPass transponder only on a vehicle with the number of axles identified on the application form. If the transponder is used on a vehicle with a higher number of axles than listed on the application, the Member will be charged the full non-discounted toll for the axle count recorded.
You must call the Chesapeake Expressway and enroll the new Virginia E-ZPass transponder in the Chesapeake Expressway Discount Program.
Real estate assessments attempt to fairly distribute the necessary tax burden among all property owners based on the market value of their property. State statutes require all jurisdictions to assess real estate at market value and require jurisdictions with a population of over 30,000 to reassess at least every two years. City Code requires annual assessments (City Code of Ordinances, Chapter 30, Article III).
The amount of tax you pay is determined by the tax rate applied to your assessed value. The tax rate is set by City Council.
To determine the annual tax, divide your real estate assessment by 100 and multiply the answer by the tax rate. The result is your yearly tax amount. The current tax rate is $1.04 per $100 of assessed value, with an additional levy of $0.01 for mosquito control. Fiscal Year 2022 to 2023 includes a $0.04 credit, which results in an effective tax rate of $1.01 per $100 of assessed value.
Email the Real Estate Assessor's Office or call 757-382-6235.
Property owners are notified by mail, the first week in March, when the property value has changed since the last March notification. The values indicated will take effect the next July for the new tax year.
Copies of deeds and plats can be purchased from the Clerk of Court located in the Chesapeake Circuit Court Building: 307 Albemarle Dr, Chesapeake, VA 23322.
The Virginia Constitution, the Code of Virginia (1950) Title 58.1, and the City of Chesapeake Charter and City Code, Chapter 30, Article III.
The Real Estate Assessor is appointed by the City Council to serve at its pleasure and is responsible to the Council.
The purpose of real estate assessments is to fairly distribute the necessary tax burden among all property owners based on the market value of their property. Real Estate is assessed so that costs associated with our schools, fire and police protection, and other City services can be allocated to property owners in proportion to the market value of their individual properties.
The general functions may be divided into six categories:
The property is assessed as of January 1 of each year; however, the assessment made on January 1 does not produce taxes until the beginning of the fiscal tax year which begins July 1st of the same year.
City Council determines the tax rate by the amount of revenue needed to provide the many services offered to our citizens. The amount of real estate tax is determined by multiplying the tax rate by the assessed value.
The City Treasurer, which is an elected position, mails and collects the taxes.
Land, as shown on the tax notice, is the assessed value of the land; Improvements, as shown, is referring to the assessed value of all structures located on that particular piece of land; Total represents the land added to the improvements, which is the total assessed value.
All railroads and pipelines are assessed by the Department of Taxation. All power companies and telephone companies are assessed by the State Corporation Commission.
The current assessment ratio is 100% of the estimated fair market value which is mandatory under State law.
By an on-site inspection of both land and all improvements. A drawing of all new improvements is made giving the dimensions. The square footage area is figured and the type of construction such as brick, frame, etc. is determined. Then, the value is determined through the use of the three approaches to value as follows:
Generally speaking, only those repairs which materially enhance the value of the property, or repairs that recapture a loss in value that has been previously recognized in a lower assessment, result in an increased assessment.
A property value can change for many reasons. The most obvious is the property physically changes. For example, a bedroom, garage, or swimming pool is added or part of the property is destroyed by flood or fire. The most frequent change is a change in the real estate market. When market values change, so do the assessments. Value is created by transactions in the market place. The assessor has the authority to study those transactions and appraise property accordingly.
The assessed value of all buildings which are demolished is deducted from the total assessment and become effective January 1 and July 1 following the date on which the demolition was completed.
Yes, City Council adopted a program to assist qualifying individuals on both real estate and personal property taxes. We encourage qualifying senior citizens and disabled persons to take advantage of our tax exemption programs. To qualify, individuals must meet income and net worth limitations. Exemption programs are also in place for disabled veterans, and spouses of military personnel killed in action (KIA). Citizens should contact the Commissioner of Revenue at 757-382-6455 for more information about these programs.
They have three courses of action:
A taxpayer may use any or all of these appeal methods, subject to certain time limits.
The City of Chesapeake makes changes to property value due to new construction, additions, or demolitions on a quarterly basis. This change is effective beginning October 1, 2021. The valuation changes will be captured on October 1, January 1, April 1, and July 1 each year.
The application process involves the applicant supplying documentation of the household’s gross income, owners' resources, and other official papers as required. First-time applicants can apply by completing the 2023 Real Estate Tax Relief Application for New Applicants (PDF).
Yes. All information is strictly confidential and not open to public inspection.
Yes. Tax relief is granted on an annual basis. An applicant must reapply for eligibility each year.
To be eligible for the real estate tax relief program, you must apply each year between January 1 and May 15. The final deadline for accepting applications is May 15. If you are eligible, relief will be applied to your real estate tax bills due on September 30, December 31, March 31, and June 5 of the following fiscal year.
Yes. The applicant seeking relief must own and occupy the property. An exception is allowed for persons living in nursing homes, hospitals, or convalescent homes for physical or mental care so long as their property is not being used by or rented to others for monetary consideration.
Certification is required from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Railroad Retirement Board, or the Social Security Administration. If an applicant is not eligible for certification by any of these agencies, there must be sworn affidavits provided by two medical doctors licensed to practice medicine in Virginia. One of these affidavits must be based upon a physical examination. The Medical Affidavit is a form that must be obtained from the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office or the website.
The gross combined household income during the calendar year preceding the taxable year cannot exceed $62,000 (excluding the first $10,000 of income for an owner who is certified as permanently disabled). Total household income includes income of the owner(s) and all individuals living in the home. Some exclusions may apply.
Note: No Increase In Tax Liability means due to a change in assessed value or tax rate, a qualified applicant’s taxes will not increase. A decrease in tax liability can occur if:
The owner(s) net worth, not counting the value of the home and a maximum of three (3) acres of land upon which it sits, cannot exceed $350,000.
No. Chesapeake operates an exemption program. Senior citizens and disabled persons who meet the eligibility criteria are granted relief from all or part of their real estate taxes. No repayment of the taxes which are exempted is ever required by you or your heirs.
No. If there is a mortgage on the property, you are still eligible to apply for real estate tax relief.
Yes. Mobile homes qualify if owned by the applicant, whether or not the land is owned by the applicant. For purposes of this program, mobile homes are eligible for tax relief as real estate, and the same qualifications apply.
A variety of new recycling options, from subscription-based home pickup to recycling drop-off sites, are now available. Learn more about the options and other frequently asked questions.
You can keep your blue bin to use as an extra trash bin which is now serviced weekly by the City, alongside your brown bin, unless you live in select townhouse communities which will have slightly different accommodations (see information on townhouse communities).
We encourage you to keep your blue bin to allow for additional trash capacity. Also, if you voluntarily surrender your blue bin(s) but decide later on that you do in fact want the additional capacity, you will have to purchase an additional bin by contacting the Treasurer's Office. If you still do not wish to keep it, please call the Customer Contact Center at 757-382-2489 to request that we take it back.
We understand that many households have purchased additional brown or blue bins in the past, so City crews will empty a maximum of 3 bins per household per week.
Yes. We have hired additional staff and have leased additional trucks in order to meet the increased waste demand.
There are no changes to bulk waste collection guidelines.
Several questions have been raised about whether or not this will impact taxes. The City examines all programs and services to identify savings. As previously noted, nearly half of the material formerly collected from the blue bins was either burned or disposed of in the landfill. This poor performance is why curbside recycling was one of several programs, services, and/or projects that was canceled.
City Council was able to identify enough savings to address their priorities and provide tax relief for Fiscal Year 2023. This tax relief will effectively reduce the tax rate by 4 cents per $100 of assessed value and will be applied in the form of a credit to Fiscal Year 2023 real estate tax bills.
We have experienced critical staffing shortages in many areas that have impacted our ability to provide core services. For example, throughout much of the past year, we have had a vacancy rate of approximately 50% in our Solid Waste Management division. This has led to suspension of bulk trash collection and has even challenged our ability to provide weekly trash pickup.
We’ve had similar vacancy concerns in other core service areas including our 911 dispatch center. In addition, last summer, local cities significantly boosted public safety pay and offered bonuses encouraging police officers to stay with our City.
In order to remain competitive, we have implemented pay increases and bonus programs to ensure that we can provide these core services. In order to pay for these services, City Council has identified a series of cost saving measures to redirect existing funding to areas of highest priority. Canceling the recycling contract was just one of several cost saving measures identified.
Recycling is one of many services that is funded through taxes and it must be evaluated against all other priorities including education, public safety, trash collection, stormwater management, road maintenance, etc. As part of the budget process, we try to identify ways to improve performance and reduce costs in all of our programs.
Our last recycling contract expired during a period in which the market for recyclables had considerably weakened. When we bid out a new contract in late 2019, only one vendor responded. The terms of that contract required the City to pay the highest rate in the region for curbside recycling service, a rate which has increased by 73% since 2018.
While the cost of our recycling program is nearly twice as expensive per ton as is our weekly trash collection, we elected to continue providing that service because it was valued by our community. However, as we evaluated programs and services for potential cost savings, we noted that nearly half of the materials collected through our curbside recycling program were either burned or disposed of in the landfill. This is not what our residents expect when they recycle, particularly given the high cost of the program.
Ultimately, it was determined that our recycling contract was extremely costly for our taxpayers (including those that do not get curbside recycling service), that the performance of the program did not achieve desired outcomes, and that the money spent on this service would be better utilized ensuring that we have adequate staffing to maintain our weekly trash collection service, resume bulk trash collection as soon a possible, and ensure that we can adequately staff our public safety operations.
Any person aggrieved by the application of the USBC has the right to appeal within fourteen (14) days to the Local Board of Building Code Appeals.
An applicant must complete a City of Chesapeake Board of Building Code Appeals Application (PDF), remit a $200 application fee, and submit the application to the Building Code Official. Appeals may be filed in person at the Development and Permits Office, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 306 Cedar Road or online through the eBUILD online permitting system.
New Building Construction Inspection Requirements: Residential and Commercial (PDF)
You may request inspections by telephone or online via our eBUILD site.
All phone-in inspection requests should be directed to the City's Customer Contact Center at 757-382-CITY (2489). You may also submit your inspection request online via the City of Chesapeake Customer Contact Center. Online submittals may be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
You may request a next-business-day inspection by phone, or online up to 11:59 a.m. the previous day.
All inspections by phone should be directed to the City's Customer Contact Center at 757-382-CITY (2489). Operator on duty - Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Callers must be prepared to provide specific required information when requesting an inspection.
The Department of Development and Permits-issued standard operating procedures include the Code Compliance Inspectors leaving a yellow inspection card at the job site to notify the permit holder if the inspection was approved or rejected with a brief explanation if rejected.
All new residential dwellings are required to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy after the completion of all required construction inspections.
As required by Section §116.1 of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, any building or structure constructed under this code shall not be used until a Certificate of Use and Occupancy has been issued by the building official.
You may contact the Building Code Official in the Department of Development and Permits and apply for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy. However, the following are guidelines to apply for a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy:
Should the applicant fail to renew and/or complete inspections/conditions of a permit authorized a temporary occupancy, this privilege will be suspended until full compliance is achieved.
Department of Development and Permits306 Cedar Road, City Hall 2nd Floor
Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The homeowner may obtain permits and perform their work. If you hire a state-licensed contractor to perform the work, it is strongly recommended that the contractor obtain the permits and be listed as the responsible party. If a contractor will be performing the work, the contractor must provide proof of a valid Virginia State Contractor's License and a copy of the appropriate business license. This will allow us to better assist you in code compliance issues for defective work. Remember, the job is not finished until all the final inspections have been approved.
Covenants and Deed Restrictions are regulations set forth by many Homeowner and Civic Associations. These regulations are private contracts between the homeowner and the Association. Some of these regulations may restrict certain aspects of construction and are not enforced by the City of Chesapeake. Please check with your Association before applying for a permit.
All additions and most alterations to residential structures require a building permit. The building inspector will normally review the plans and issue the permit at the time of submission.
The following steps are required for residential additions and alterations:
Zoning Review is required for residential room additions, decks, porches, attached garages, detached garages, swimming pools, sheds, second-story additions, and in-law suites. Provided the use of the principal structure does not change, the following alterations do not require zoning review: remodeling rooms, converting a carport to a garage or habitable space (same size and same location).
Applicant must submit a Survey Site Plan (PDF) of the property. The site plan will show existing structures, property lines, and proposed additions.
Building Permit Application (PDF)
Upon zoning approval from the Code Compliance Inspector, an application will be generated.
Submit two complete sets of construction plans for review along with two copies of your latest site or plot plan. The site plans must indicate grading, elevations, and drainage requirements. Each set of drawings needs to show enough detail to describe the project and to indicate the proposed work is in compliance with building codes. Click here for Residential Plan Requirements. If you are in a flood zone, provide a copy of your latest FEMA flood elevation certificate. The Building Inspector will review the application and construction plans. Projects that involve new floor area, alter existing walls, doors, or windows, or change the configuration of a structure will require detailed drawings describing the proposed work.
Note: Plan reviews under 500 square feet are typically considered walk-through plan reviews and permit processes. However, projects over 500 square feet must be dropped off at the front counter accompanied by the required plan review fee. Your plans will be reviewed within five (5) business days. A Permit Technician will notify you once the plan review has been completed.
Upon approval of the plan review, the inspector will issue a building permit. Permit fees are based on the scope of work. If you would like to apply for electrical, mechanical, gas, or plumbing permits, you may do so by signing in at the Express Permit workstation at the front counter. You may also go to eBUILD to apply and pay for permits online from the convenience of your home or office. The building permit will be issued when all the required approvals have been obtained and the fees have been paid. You will receive a red permit card that must be posted on the job site until the project has received final approval. A copy of the approved plans, engineered plans, and site plan (as applicable) must be provided on-site (Min 18x24 size for additions and 8.5X11 for all other projects as long as they are sufficiently legible).
It is the responsibility of the permit holder to schedule an inspection when the stages of construction are reached that require an inspection, usually before concealment. Ladders, scaffolds, and testing equipment required to complete an inspection must be provided.
You may call the Customer Contact Center at 757-382-2489 to request an inspection or request an inspection online. Your request must be received before 11:59 p.m. the business day before the inspection is needed. Inspections scheduled on a holiday or Saturday and Sunday will be scheduled for the next business day.
An approved copy of the building plans, specifications, and site or plot plan must be available at the job site during inspection for the inspector to review the proposed construction. The permit will expire unless you obtain at least one approved inspection every six months on at least one of the project's permits. Requests for permit extensions from the building official must be made in writing before the permit expires.
Select each location to view a map of where to find the drop-off site at each location.
There will be two separate containers at each drop-off location.
Anything not explicitly listed is not accepted. For example, items such as glass, yard waste, food waste, construction materials, hazardous waste, tires, household items, and electronics are strictly prohibited at the recycling drop-off sites, just to name a few specifics.
No. Please do not put your recyclables in the containers in a plastic bag. Plastic bags get caught up in the sorting machinery, causing damage and production breakdowns. Plus, the plastic bags themselves are not recyclable. Instead, we recommend transporting your recyclables in a paper bag or a cardboard box (which you can then break down and recycle while you're there!).
No. The plastics accepted at the drop-off sites can be any shape or size but they must have the recycling triangle with a number of 1 or 2 on them.
Yes. Please wash/rinse out cans and bottles before recycling.
No. Pizza boxes and other items that are contaminated by food should be kept out of the recycling drop-off sites. Please keep recyclables as clean as possible.
Recyclables at the drop-off sites are being collected and disposed of by a different company, so different rules apply.
There is not currently a market for recycled glass. At the end of the day, recycling is a business. For every item that you put in the bin, there must be a buyer willing to purchase the material and make it into something new. Right now there isn't a market for glass. With our previous recycling contract, glass placed in the blue bin was sent to the landfill, crushed, and used as cover. Our new vendor is only collecting items that can truly be recycled.
Each recycling drop-off site will be serviced by GFL Environmental. GFL Environmental will collect the materials and transport them to Recycling and Disposal Solutions of Virginia (RDS) for disposal and processing.
Yes, as long as we use these drop-off sites responsibly and do not contaminate them with non-recyclables, the items will be recycled as per our vendor's agreement.
Each drop-off site will have two types of containers: one for cardboard only and the other for mixed recyclables. The sites will be gated but will be accessible 24/7, except for the City Park and Deep Creek Park locations. The hours of operation at the park locations are sunrise-sunset. Security lighting and cameras will be set up. Signs will be posted to help direct users.
The success of this program relies heavily on the cooperation of our community. Each site will have 24/7 video surveillance, though we hope that is rarely needed. Dumping of trash in or around the sites is strictly prohibited in accordance with City Code Sec. 74-30. Violators face fines of up to $2,500 and/or confinement of up to 12 months.
You should submit the following via our online eBUILD system or bring the following to the City of Chesapeake City Hall, 2nd floor, Department of Development and Permits:
If not utilizing the eBUILD system, you will need to complete a Building Permit Application (PDF) and submit a Survey / Site Plan for approval.
The initial plan review timeframe is 14 business days from date of plan submittal. Final plan approval or plan review process is subject to the response to the review comments and the re-submittal of the revised/corrected plans.
Due to the volume and time required to review model plans for the new edition of the code, it is highly recommended to submit model plans early in the one-year grace period and not wait till the deadline. Model plans submitted within the last 3 months of the one-year grace period are subject to a lengthy review time that may take 30 to 60 days.
The inspector will utilize the City of Chesapeake or Development and Permits Residential Plan Checklist 2015 Adobe PDF - graphic icon to ensure that the detailed plan is completely and thoroughly reviewed.
After your plan is corrected, you will need to resubmit our revisions by uploading to the attachments in eBUILD. You will not have to pay a plan review fee for resubmittal. Normally, a resubmitted plan review takes a maximum of 3 business days.
After your plan has been reviewed and approved, you will receive an email from the eBUILD system the plans are approved and may be downloaded from the attachments in eBUILD.
General District Court – Call 757-382-3119 or pay online.
Circuit Court – Call 757-382-3000.
Development and Permits Department, City Hall Building, 2nd Floor – Call 757-382-6018.
Treasurer's Office – Call 757-382-6281.
Circuit Court Building – Call 757-382-3000.
Commissioner of the Revenue – Call 757-382-6738.
Request online or call 757-382-CITY (2489) during business hours
Public Utilities, City Hall Building, 2nd Floor – Call 757-382-6352 or learn more online.
Instead of scheduling an intake appointment in advance, you may walk in without an appointment and be seen the same day for your registration and clinical assessment. Same-day completion of registrations and clinical assessments is dependent on the time of arrival at CIBH and remaining same-day assessment availability. After the completion of the clinical assessment, you may be referred for other services such as medication management, outpatient therapy, detox services, case management, etc.
At this time, CIBH is only accepting new clients for psychiatric services if they meet certain eligibility criteria.
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
224 Great Bridge Boulevard, Chesapeake, VA 23320. Hampton Roads Transit (HRT) bus route 14 stops here.
Costs vary depending on the services you receive. If you have insurance, check with your insurance company to find out what your co-payment is.
We can help you apply for Medicaid when you come in. To complete the application, you will need to provide your name, date-of-birth, address, social security number, and income for the prior month.
If you don't qualify for Medicaid, you may be eligible for a reduced fee based on your income and family size. You will need to bring proof of income and family size with you to be considered for a discounted fee.
Yes. The following list details what you must bring. We will not be able to complete the registration if you do not have all the required documentation with you.
Much like an intersection with a stop light, school buses have yellow (amber) flashing lights on the top of the bus. These lights will activate to warn motorists the bus is preparing to stop to pick up or drop off passengers. When the yellow lights are flashing, you should be prepared to stop. Virginia Code 46.2-1090 governs the use of lights on school buses.
A bus stop can be anywhere as deemed necessary by the experts at School Transportation. This can include day cares, hotels/motels, stores, parking lots, intersections, and, most commonly, amongst neighborhoods.
A school bus may operate at any time, even on a non-school day, and motorists are required to stop. Generally, buses run Monday-Friday, from about 6:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., depending upon age of students, after school activities, and other factors. This does not mean you cannot receive a violation that does not occur within this time range.
A full listing of schools can be found on the Chesapeake Public Schools website.
While not contracted with the City of Chesapeake Public Schools, private school buses may have cameras and you could receive a violation for passing them, as all buses fall under the 46.2-844 and 74-196 laws.
Citations are reviewed within 30 days of the violation and mailed to your registered address. If mail is returned to the Police Department as undelivered, we will note that in your file. On the 31st day after mailing, you will have a second notice mailed to your house. Your court date will be listed after this 31st day, and before the 61st day. If you have not addressed the citation prior to the 61st day, a late fee will be assessed.
Please see the Questions and Answers below
Yes, this program is under the control of the Chesapeake Public Schools, Police Department, and the vendor, BusPatrol America, LLC. Mailings may be received from Boston, MA, Lorton, VA, or Newington, VA, the Headquarters of BusPatrol America, LLC. When in doubt, please contact Sgt. Byrd at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
Visit this School Bus Safety Program website and enter your CH-xxxxxxx citation number, license plate and complete the captcha requirements if required to view the same videos and photos that the reviewing officer saw. Enter the data exactly as it shows on the violation notice (i.e. if your license plate is ABC-1234, it may need to be entered as ABC1234 or ABC-1234).
The fine is a civil penalty of $250. If you appeal (see more on appeals below) and are found liable, you may be required to provide payment of court costs and incur DMV demerit points for a moving violation. Based on the present Virginia Law, the judge cannot reduce the $250 fine based upon a driving school or a favorable driving record.
Payment can be made in several ways
1. Check or Money Order, with your citation number (CH-xxxxxxx) in the subject line made out to Chesapeake Stop Arm Safety and mailed to:School Bus Safety ProgramPO Box 411472Boston, MA 02241-1472
2. Credit or Debit – by calling 877-504-7080 or visiting www.alertbus.com and entering your license plate and unique citation number. A processing fee may be applied.
If you are not appealing your citation, you cannot pay at a City office and must use either of these two ways:
1. Check or Money Order, with your citation number (CH-xxxxxxx) in the subject line made out to Chesapeake Stop Arm Safety and mailed to P.O. Box 1310, Newington, VA, 22122
If you have requested a court date to appeal the citation and received your subpoena in the mail, you cannot pay via the above methods. You must contact the courthouse and provide payment there, which may result in court costs being applied.
If you have requested a court date and NOT received your subpoena, you must call 877-504-7080 to make payment.
There are no DMV points assessed to the civil violation. If you appeal and are found liable you could receive DMV demerit points. The Police Department and Courts do not assess DMV points. For further information on moving violations, please visit the DMV website.
If all registered owners were not driving the car at the time of the infraction, they must each submit a sworn and notarized affidavit indicating as such. Refer to your citation and 46.2-844 for information on the affidavit. Mail the affidavit to: Chesapeake Stop Arm Safety, 304 Albemarle Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322. The affidavit must be received at that address prior to the due date listed on your violation.
You must call 877-504-7080 to note your appeal prior to the due date listed on the violation. The court date on your violation is likely not the court date you will be assigned. DO NOT show up to court on the date listed. You will be subpoenaed later (3-4 months) at your registered address. Possible outcomes if found liable by a judge include court costs and DMV demerit points being assessed to your driving record. If you are the owner of a company, the driver of the vehicle at the time should call the number above to request judicial review.
1. Car: Submit a copy of the police report showing the car was stolen prior to the violation date.
2. License Plate: Submit a copy of the police report and provide a photo of your car if the license plate was on the same type of car as your own.
Both the report and photos can be mailed to:Chesapeake Stop Arm Safety, 304 Albemarle Drive, Chesapeake, VA 23322 oremailed to: email@example.com
If your mail was returned to the Police Department as undeliverable, we will have a note in our file. Likely, this is due to an inaccurate DMV registered address. Change your address here within 30 days of moving. If you were not able to receive mail due to military orders, emergency displacement, or some unique circumstance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. On a case-by-case basis, these will be addressed.
When watching your violation video at www.alertbus.com, there will be a yellow orb in the top left corner. This is tied to the yellow lights flashing on top of the bus. Most violation videos will have 5-6 seconds of yellow light activation prior to the red lights and stop arm activating. Often, the lights are yellow prior to the video starting, indicating longer than 5-6 seconds. If you do not see the yellow lights in your video, the lights on the bus were red for a long period of time prior to your violation.
A Building Plan can be submitted for any building that is intended to be divided later into tenant spaces. In order for a Sign Off to be issued for the Shell building, complete the following:
Electrical, mechanical, and plumbing permits are normally required for the Shell Building. The applicant has options in phasing the construction to allow flexibility in building.
These permits as well as all site improvements listed above must be completed prior to any Certificate of Occupancy for any tenant space.
Any questions regarding the intended design that proposes a combination of Shell, Vanilla Box, or Tenant Build-Out can be addressed by contacting the Plans Examiner to determine whether a pre-design meeting is required.
"Vanilla Box" construction can occur simultaneously with the Shell building as long as the tenant spaces are reflected on the Shell Building plan.
No. It may make you cough, but it is not harmful to your health and will not harm your clothing, drapes, or furniture.
When you receive a notice that smoke testing will take place, you should check to see that all traps under basins, washing facilities, and floor drains have water in them. Pay particular attention to sinks and drains which receive little use. Pour water in garage floor drains, spare bathrooms, and mop sinks. This smoke will enter any defective seal or pipe.
First, there is no cause for alarm; identify where it is coming from, such as under a sink, around a toilet, or through a wall. Open windows and doors. This smoke will dissipate quickly. Then contact numbers on the flyer (PDF).
To find possible leaks in the sanitary sewer system and roof drain connections. Smoke testing can help locate bad connections that home owners or occupants are not aware of.
If you must leave your pets unattended, proper ventilation should be provided in the event any smoke enters the building.
This will depend upon how much smoke enters the building and how much ventilation you can provide.
There is no way smoke can stop up a sewer. The smoke is made up of a vaporous substance.
This information will be documented and given to appropriate City and State agencies, and it will be incumbent upon those agencies to determine what steps are necessary to remedy the problem.
Call Jesse Ryan at Hydrostructures, 757-631-7989, or Chris Scheible at Chesapeake Utilities, 757-644-7499, to discuss any questions related to smoke testing sanitary sewers that you may have.
An SDMP, also known as an LMP (Land Management Plan), is a type of private sewage disposal system for poorly drained soils. It is a means for soils to accept sewage where the soils respond to artificial drainage. An SDMP requires a lot area of three acres (excluding wetlands), surface grading in the subsurface soil absorption area of .5% and drainage ditches that surround the soil absorption area.
If the property is zoned for single-family but cannot be served by City sewer, then fill out an Application for a Sewage Disposal or Water Supply Permit (PDF) from the Chesapeake Health Department. The Health Department will:
If the CHS-201A indicates an SDMP is required, then a plan is submitted to Public Works.
SDMP Criteria (PDF)
For questions contact Development and Permits at 757-382-6101.
Follow this link to the New Residential Permit FAQ for more information.
The main function is to screen, review, and process all incoming tax returns. A local filing helps to ensure that the return will be accurate, in composition and mathematics, before being sent to the Department of Taxation in Richmond.
Upon receipt, locally filed tax returns are processed and immediately entered on the Commissioner's Office computer system, allowing quick access for inquiries and the ability to send it back to the taxpayer for correction if necessary. An automated tracking system enables us to quickly inform the citizen at what stage of processing their return is located. Refund returns are processed daily through an online computer link with the Virginia Department of Taxation. Tax due payments and initial estimated income tax payments are posted and transmitted to the Chesapeake Treasurer for deposit.
Accessibility is another advantage of locally filed returns. Besides the greater speed in processing of a taxpayer's return, filing locally makes it more convenient for our staff to personally interact with the citizen or tax preparer to correct any errors that have been made. If citizens do not receive their state income tax refunds within an expected time frame, they can contact their local Commissioner's Office and speak with a trained staff member regarding the delay. Advice can be rendered as to how best to correct any problems and speed the refund along.
All Chesapeake citizens are encouraged to utilize the services and resources offered by the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office. State income taxes can often be confusing so it is very beneficial when knowledgeable assistance is close at hand.
You should file your return as soon as possible after January 1, but not later than May 1. If the due date falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, you may file your return on the next business day.
Virginia law provides an automatic six-month filing extension for income tax returns. No application for extension is required. The extension is for filing the return not for payment of the tax; therefore, you must pay at least 90% of your tax by the due date, May 1. To make a payment of tentative tax, use Form 760IP.
Virginia individual income tax applies to income received from all sources for Residents and Virginia sources for Nonresident individuals. A return must be filed if you received Virginia source income and meet the following general requirements:
If you are domiciled in Virginia, you are liable for income tax on your active duty military pay as well as any other income received regardless of whether or not the income was from Virginia sources. A credit is given for income taxes paid to most states. You would file on the 760 Resident form. If you are not a domiciliary resident of Virginia, you are taxed in Virginia on income from Virginia sources, including income from property owned or from any business, trade, profession, or occupation carried on during the period you were in Virginia. You would file on Form 763.
The Department of Taxation is using imaging equipment that allows returns to be processed more efficiently. Enclose the original Virginia Forms 760, Schedule ADJ, Schedule OSC, and Schedule CR. Do not send photocopies of these forms. Photocopies of any other supporting documents are acceptable. Please assemble your return in the following order: Form 760, Schedule ADJ, Schedule OSC, Schedule CR, Federal Schedule E and F (if necessary).
Nonresident (Form 763) and Part-Year (Form 760PY) returns must include a complete copy of the Federal Form 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ, as well as all other required Virginia attachments. You are also required to attach all W-2 and 1099 forms, showing Virginia tax withheld with a single staple at the left center of page 1 of the return.
If your Virginia taxable income is not over $3,000, the tax is 2% of your Virginia taxable income. If your income is higher, the following rates apply:
You would owe a penalty for late filing if your return shows a balance due and the return was filed after the extension period ends; you must compute a late filing penalty of 30% of the tax due with your return.
If you file your return within six months after the due date, and the tax owed is more than 10% of your total tax liability, you must compute an extension penalty on the balance of tax due. The extension penalty is applied at the rate of two % per month, or part of the month, from the due date through the date your return is filed.
Whether you filed with or without an extension, interest would be accrued from the filing due date, through the date the return is filed. Interest is calculated on the balance due at a daily rate, established in accordance with Section 58.1-15 of the Code of Virginia. The daily rate is usually 2% over the Federal "underpayment rate." With online computer access to the Department of Taxation in Richmond, the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office is able to calculate penalty and interest owed on current and prior year returns.
There are two classes of residents: domiciliary and actual. If you have established legal domicile in Virginia, you are a domiciliary resident until you establish legal domicile in another state. Members of the armed forces who claim Virginia as their home of record are domiciliary residents even if stationed outside of Virginia. A domiciliary resident who accepts employment outside of Virginia or outside the United States but does not abandon Virginia as a domiciliary resident remains a domiciliary resident, even if outside of Virginia for many years.
You are an actual resident if you maintained an abode in Virginia, or were physically present for more than 183 total days during the taxable year, even if you are a domiciliary resident of another state or country.
If you moved into Virginia and became a resident during the taxable year, you are taxed as a resident for only that part of the year you were a resident. If you moved out of Virginia and became a legal resident of another state on or before the last day of the taxable year, you are taxable as a Virginia resident for only that part of the year you were a resident of Virginia. Part-year residents file on Form 760PY. If all of the individual's income is from Virginia sources, he or she may elect to file as a full-year resident on Form 760.
If you are neither a domiciliary nor an actual resident, then you are taxable as a nonresident on any income you received from labor performed, business done, or property located in Virginia. If you were a domiciliary or actual resident of Virginia during a part of the taxable year and taxed as a part-year resident, you are still liable as a nonresident for any Virginia source income derived from property owned or from any business, trade, profession, or occupation carried on during the period you were not a resident of Virginia. Nonresidents file on Form 763.
If you have income from sources other than wages, on which Virginia income tax is not withheld and your estimated Virginia tax liability exceeds your tax credits by more than $150, you must file and pay Estimated Taxes Quarterly on Form 760ES. At least 90% of your tax liability for the year must be paid by withholding and/or timely installment payments of estimated taxes. The due dates for Virginia Estimated tax payments are May 1, June 15, September 15, and January 15 of the following tax year.
Individuals who are 65 or over before January 1 may qualify to claim an age deduction based on birth date, filing status, and income. The maximum age deduction of $12,000 will be subject to income limitations, based on the individual's adjusted federal adjusted gross income. The age deduction will be reduced by one dollar for each dollar that the adjusted federal adjusted gross income exceeds $50,000 for single filers or $75,000 (combined total) for married individuals filing joint or separate returns.
Married taxpayers' income-based deduction is always determined using the married taxpayers' joint adjusted federal adjusted gross income. Regardless of whether you are filing jointly or separately, if you are married, your income-based age deduction is determined using both your and your spouse's income.
Our local staff can answer questions and serve as a liaison for Chesapeake citizens having problems dealing with correspondence received from the Virginia Department of Taxation. In addition, by bringing a copy of your completed Federal Income Tax Return, you can receive free assistance in preparing your State Income Tax Return.
The City of Chesapeake has over 300 stormwater ponds, some of which have fish living in them. Occasionally, environmental conditions change significantly enough to kill at least some of the fish in a pond. The 3 most common causes of fish kills are:
Call 757-382-CITY (2489) to report it as soon as possible.
The City's Call Center will notify Stormwater Technical Services (STS) as soon as they receive a report of a fish kill. STS will coordinate with Stormwater Operations to send out personnel with fish nets, a boat, safety gear, and collection bags and boxes for the recovered fish. While Stormwater Operations crews are recovering the dead fish, STS personnel will check the pond water for any signs of contamination as well as oxygen and pH levels. They will also talk to nearby residents and look for potential pathways the fish could have used to swim into the lake if there have been any recent occurrences of higher-than-normal tides. Stormwater Operations will place the recovered fish in plastic bags and special boxes that they transport to a contract incinerator facility for disposal.
For more information on how to be a good environmental steward, visit our Stormwater Education pages.
Yes, they can.
All dogs and cats are required by law to be licensed. Dogs are required to wear their license. Dogs and cats that are outside, and whose owner is not present, are required to bear valid identification. No animal may roam off of the owner's property. Officers trace tags to determine where the pet belongs.
Under the "Free Ride Home Program" Animal Control Officers pledge that if any dog or cat is picked up for simple straying, and that animal is wearing a tag the officer can trace, or has a registered microchip, the officer will take the pet home rather than impounding it at the shelter located at 2100 S Military Highway.
This pledge is made providing there is no serious violation of law involved, such as a bite or mauling, and there is an adult owner home to receive the animal.
If there is no owner at home, the officer will leave the owner a notice advising them that their pet has been taken to the shelter. In that way owners will know where to find their pet and know that it is safe.
If you lose your pet, visit the Shelter first. The Shelter is located at 2100 S Military Highway. A photo of your pet is required to file a lost report. Please do not call. The Shelter is open for lost and found from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday. The Shelter is closed on Holidays. Get tips on how to find your pet.
Call the Chesapeake Police Department's Non-Emergency line at 757-382-6161 day or night. If you have taken the animal in and would like to bring it directly to the shelter, you are encouraged to call the shelter at 757-382-8080 prior to doing so. The shelter is located at 2100 S Military Highway. It is open for lost and found from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday. The Shelter is closed on Holidays. Find more tips on how to help a lost animal.
Animals impounded are cared for at the Shelter located at 2100 S Military Highway. The Shelter is open for redemptions from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday, and Friday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday; noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday. The Shelter is closed Holidays.
SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps) enables qualified recipients to buy food at their local grocery store. An amount is placed on an electronic benefit card (EBT) that may be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food items from stores that display the "We accept EBT" or Cardinal card logo.
You can apply online at CommonHelp or call 1-855-635-4370.
You can use SNAP to buy food or seeds and plants to grow food in your home garden. You cannot use SNAP benefits to buy:
A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy may be issued upon the request of the permit holder, before all required work is completed. The Building Official may grant the temporary occupancy permit provided that such portion(s) of the building or structures may be occupied safely without endangering life or public safety.
You must complete a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy Application (PDF) and if approved, you would pay the required fee listed below. Your Temporary Certificate of Occupancy is granted for a maximum of thirty (30) days from the date of the application, unless otherwise specified. If all required work cannot be completed before the expiration date, you will be assessed the fee on a monthly basis if approved until completion.
Note: Whether Commercial Alteration or Tenant Build-Out, a Commercial Building Permit (PDF) is typically required.
The following is a partial list of the most common conditions requiring a permit:
Note: The requirements above are the most common, yet are not representative of all the conditions when preparing tenant build-out drawings.
The City of Chesapeake classifies alterations / build-outs by levels of complexity of the project. There are four (4) different levels ranging from 0 to 3.
Fill out as much information on the Commercial Alteration / Tenant Build-Out checklist as possible. Much of the information can be obtained from the landlord / owner or online.
After determining which Level will be required for the tenant build-out based on the description above, link to Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3 for a complete list of items to bring to Development and Permits to obtain a permit.
The Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 provides tax relief for passenger cars, motorcycles, and pickup or panel trucks having a registered gross weight of less than 7,501 pounds. To qualify, a vehicle must:
Motor homes, trailers, and farm use vehicles do not qualify for tax relief.
If you can answer yes to any of the following questions, your motor vehicle is considered by State Law to have a business usage and does not qualify for Car Tax Relief.
The Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 provides tax relief for any passenger car, motorcycle, or pick up or panel truck having a registered gross weight of less than 7,501 pounds. The vehicle must be owned or leased by an individual and NOT used for business purposes.
Vehicles qualified for tax relief are noted on your tax bill and show a reduction of the portion of the tax the Commonwealth will pay. For qualified vehicles, your tax bill is reduced by 53% (2016% of tax relief) on the first $20,000 of value. If your qualifying vehicle's assessed value is $1,000 or less, your tax has been eliminated and the Commonwealth's share is 100%. Tax relief is calculated using the City's effective tax rates that were in effect on August 1, 1997.
Since the City adopted "Filing by Exception" effective January 1, 2006, residents of Chesapeake will be required to register their motor vehicles with the Commissioner of the Revenue only once. Only persons with new information to report or with changes will be required to file. Therefore, it is important that you review your personal property tax bills to be sure that your vehicles are properly qualified. If your vehicle is improperly qualified or you are uncertain whether your vehicle would be eligible for car tax relief because it is used part of the time for business purposes, contact the Commissioner of the Revenue's Office. When you pay your taxes on qualified vehicles, you are certifying to the City that your vehicle has been qualified correctly.
The Commissioner of the Revenue will determine if your vehicle qualifies.
A qualifying vehicle is defined as any passenger car, pickup, panel truck, or motorcycle used less than 50% for non-business purposes. The Commissioner of the Revenue makes the determination according to state guidelines.
If the vehicle is for personal use and the leasing company does not pay the taxes without reimbursement from you.
Yes, if it is privately owned and for personal use. Trucks must also have a gross weight under 7,501 pounds to qualify.
The Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998 was originally supposed to take five (5) years to phase in. However, with current budget restraints, the car tax credit will take longer to phase in. It is the General Assembly's responsibility to determine what the percent of credit will be each year.
Yes. If you pay late, a penalty will be assessed on the gross tax amount due. Interest will accrue at the annual rate of 10% until paid in full.
As part of the Compliance Program, Commissioners of the Revenue, Treasurers, and other local officials having assessing or collection responsibilities shall implement provisions for certification by the vehicle owners as to vehicle use for business purposes. The certification is required for any vehicle with a value in excess of $1,000.
Beginning January 1, 2003, vehicle owners are required to certify the use of the vehicle to be either personal or business. The certification will be part of each application for initial and renewal vehicle registration at the DMV. Certification information collected by DMV shall be made available to Commissioners of the Revenue and other local assessing officials for use in discharging their responsibilities for qualifying vehicles for relief under the Personal Property Tax Relief Act of 1998.
Town Meetings are usually scheduled on the first Tuesday during the months of February, June, and October but specific dates are announced ahead of time. They are generally held at Chesapeake high schools and are rotated throughout the City.
Notice of meeting dates, times, and locations will be posted, as required by the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Additionally, signs will be posted in the area surrounding the meeting site.
City staff will be on hand at each Town Meeting to either directly answer questions or gather information for a follow-up response. City Council Members may also be in attendance to answer questions and discuss concerns one-on-one. A summary of issues and responses will be posted to the City website following the meeting. Inquiries not resolved at the meeting will receive follow-up by staff.
Any Chesapeake resident interested in the affairs of the City should attend a Town Meeting.
The Closed-Circuit Television Cameras (CCTV) are used to monitor traffic conditions at key locations in the City. By posting the CCTV images on the City's website, citizens have the opportunity to check the existing traffic conditions in real-time from their computer at work or at home.
This information may prove valuable to citizens planning a trip to one of the locations where CCTV cameras are installed by allowing the citizens to check traffic conditions prior to traveling to or through one of those locations.
The CCTV cameras are deployed at critical locations where high traffic demand occurs. At this time, four (4) cameras have been installed in the Greenbrier area.
The CCTV cameras and the communication infrastructure required to transmit the video images are funded through the federal Congestion, Mitigation, and Air Quality (CMAQ) program. No City match is required.
CCTV cameras scan 23 signalized intersections.
No. The cameras are strictly used for traffic monitoring purposes.
No. Any use of the cameras other than for traffic monitoring purposes is strictly prohibited.
No. The camera images are provided to the public strictly for informational purposes only and are not to be used for any other purpose.
Chesapeake City water and / or sewer are considered available to a property if the property borders a City right-of-way or alley where there is City water and / or sewer lines installed in the right-of-way or alley and the parcel to be served is wholly within the Utility Franchise Area.
If a property does not border a City right-of-way or alley, then the property cannot connect to City water and / or sewer. The property must border a City right-of-way or alley where there is City water and/or sewer for City water and / or sewer to be available for connection.
If Chesapeake City water and / or sewer is not available to a property, water and / or sewer must be extended to the property in order for City water and / or sewer to become available. This can occur in several ways.
Contact the Chesapeake Public Utilities Department to determine if the property is in an existing City pump station service area.
If a property is not within an existing City pump station service area, Chesapeake Public Utilities determines if a new pump station will be required based on City Code and established Public Utility policies. The determination involves the area of the property, the zoning of the property, and the proximity of existing public utilities.
Chesapeake Human Services has a variety of services to help caretakers find childcare. You can access the state Licensed Child Care Search engine through their website. Additional support for parents is available through Chesapeake RU Ready.
Learn more about Economic Development at ChesapeakeVA.Biz.
Attracting new businesses
Current plans (2020)
This move will leave the northwestern section of the City vulnerable and the target hazards support a ladder truck on Taylor Road.
With the addition of a large, multi-company fire station opening in the heart of Bowers Hill, Ladder 12 will be relocated to better serve the western portions of Chesapeake. The new Fire Station 10 is a prime location for a ladder company due to its immediate access to the 64/664/264 interchange. This location is central to the Western Branch, Jolliff, Dock Landing, Bowers Hill, Deep Creek and Camelot areas. Additionally, we now have an automatic-aid agreement in operation with Suffolk Fire and Rescue in which both departments share resources in areas where our cities border, such Western Branch and Bowers Hill. We are also working toward the same agreement with the Portsmouth Fire Department. These response agreements have proven to be extremely effective in getting emergency responders on the scene based on the closest unit regardless of jurisdictional boundaries.
The land for the new Fire Station 11 has been purchased and we will begin designing the new station next month. It's too early to set a completion date for the project but we will keep the community updated on our progress.
Chesapeake Public Libraries charge everyone for use of their space, with the exception of City, State, and Federal departments. The policy was updated to align with the current policies of other City-owned properties.
Many factors are taken into consideration when determining the need to add additional branches. Door counts and reports from staff about program attendance are all tracked on a regular basis. These reports leads to interim measures that address the needs of the community. For example, door counts at Russel Memorial Library occasionally exceed those at Central Library. That's why CPL is moving forward with expansions at that branch. With branches that do not have the physical space for expansion, CPL works with other City departments to determine how the property can most efficiently be used. Another remedy includes the installation of library kiosks and vending machines which provide 24-hour access to select materials.
Libraries receive funding in 2 ways, primarily funds are provided by the City of Chesapeake. However, funds are also provided by the Library of Virginia through State Aid. These funds are earmarked for the library’s collection. The library also receives donations from the Friends of the Library and the Chesapeake Public Library Foundation to provide fun and engaging activities, like summer reading.
The library is always looking to expand its services. In 2020, the library added 6 addition personnel to its Outreach division. This will allow staff to work more directly in the community, especially with populations that have difficulty going to a traditional branch. In June, the library will unveil services in the southernmost part of Chesapeake in partnership with Fire Station 7, through a book locker and book vending kiosk.
The library also hopes to see the beginning of expanding the Russell Memorial location in the next fiscal year, and in the Greenbrier community after that.
Yes! Chesapeake Integrated Behavioral Healthcare (CIBH) provides a 24/7 emergency crisis intervention hotline at 757-548-7000. Learn more about CIBH and other ways they assist with mental health issues in our City by visiting CityofChesapeake.net/CIBH or by viewing the CIBH video playlist on Chesapeake Television’s YouTube page.
Though it may have felt like the worst year for mosquitoes at your home, it actually was not the worst in Chesapeake overall. The beginning of the 2021 mosquito season saw a lot of nuisance mosquitoes because of the wet weather, but when it dried off in the fall, the number dropped. Container breeders continue to be the most annoying mosquito for most homeowners and the best way to reduce their numbers is to tip and toss anything that holds water in your yard. If you're having an issue with the mosquito population around your property, call Mosquito Control at 757-382-3450. They will send someone out to take a look and help you find a solution. Learn more about Mosquito Control on the Chesapeake Television YouTube page
Due to shortages in both the new and used vehicle markets, prices have increased for 2021. In Chesapeake, the average assessment of a used car valued by the J. D. Power Official Used Car Guide increased by 15% over 2020. As a consequence, many Citizens may see an increase in their personal property tax bill for 2021. The large price increase also impacted the amount of the Personal Property Tax Relief Credit causing a decrease from 47% to 42%. Chesapeake, as well as all Hampton Roads localities, uses the J. D. Power Official Used Car Guide to determine the assessed value of most vehicles.
Chesapeake is currently working towards a broadband ring called Chesapeake Connect and it is a priority project for the City. A detailed design of the ring is complete. This included coordination with the Southside Network Authority's design of the regional ring. City staff have been working to develop the specifications for the construction request for proposal. City officials are in active discussions about funding sources for the project. Like many communities, the City is closely analyzing the recently released guidelines for the federal stimulus funds to see if they could be used for the construction of the ring.
This is generally done by Dominion Energy. You can contact them to come take a look at the location in question by calling 866-366-4357 or by placing a request through DominionEnergy.com.
The City of Chesapeake, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Inland Game and Fisheries will not relocate geese. Private companies may relocate the geese by permit only. Contact Virginia Wildlife Services at 804-739-7739 for more information. You can also learn more at the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources website.
The City works closely with all Chesapeake youth athletic organizations on providing facilities, capital improvements, and maintenance at public facilities. Some facilities that are utilized by youth organizations are located on private property where no public funds can be utilized. The Boards and league representatives submit annual wish lists to the City in order to establish priorities and schedule future maintenance activities. Learn about all City athletic offerings.
Plans for Fields
The Department of Development and Permits ensures that the property owner maintains the security of the structure for vacant commercial buildings. The property must be kept up to minimum Virginia Maintenance Code requirements. Beyond that, the City does not have additional enforcement for vacant commercial buildings.
The zoning ordinance provides guidelines for the spacing and placement of landscaping plants. It does not provide recommendations for the use of native plants at this time. We do have a favored tree list in our Landscape Specification Manual. Some of the acceptable trees are natives. With the introduction and/or mutation of insect and disease pathogens, sometimes natives are not the best suited for the stressful environments of parking lots and streetscapes.
Here is a video response from Development & Permits Customer Service Manager, Sandra Witherow.
Learn more about related zoning ordinances.
Report a possible code violation
Here is a video response all about the Comprehensive Plan and how development is planned in Chesapeake from Former Planning Director, Jaleh Shea.
Zoning guide development
Property by right
Comprehensive Plan Review
Residential structures in the Fentress Airfield overlay district
Ballahack corridor development
We received several questions asking about the enforcement of speeding and other traffic and vehicle violations. Officers regularly patrol for these types of safety issues but if you would like to request enforcement in a specific area you can contact the Police Department Traffic Bureau at 757-382-6556.
This is addressed in City Code of Ordinances Section 46-42: Discharging Firearms.
The Chesapeake Police Department has an officer assigned to oversee the red light camera program. To request enforcement in any area, you can contact the Traffic Bureau at 757-382-6556.
Our data shows that the intersections that have red light cameras have a positive effect on traffic at those locations. Crashes drop significantly where red light cameras are being used. Visit the PHOTOSafe Red Light Enforcement page for more details and answers to FAQs.
The Chesapeake Police Department has been in contact with community members and leaders throughout our City and we have reviewed our current practices. Our Policies and Procedures are in line with tenets of Police Reform. We are adherents to the 21st Century Policing report. We are a nationally accredited agency through CALEA and we subscribe to and promote the best practices in law enforcement.
We are currently accepting applications for various Chesapeake Police positions, as well as actively recruiting in and around our area. Watch this interview with Master Police Recruiter Dupree Foster to learn more.
December 2021 Update
Part 2 - Various details on the project
Elbow Road Widening Project
Master Transportation Plan
Federal Funding Wishlist
Timing of Construction
Ditch Clearing Schedule
Place a service request to report a clogged ditch.
Stormwater Management Plan
Learn more about stormwater maintenance plans in Chesapeake.
Curbs and Gutters
Learn more about pothole repairs in Chesapeake.
Mount Pleasant Road Repaving
Traffic on Battlefield Boulevard South
Speeding in the City
Bridge lift schedules
Traffic Signal Synchronization
New Traffic Signals
Request a new traffic signal.
Dead End vs. No Outlet signs
Bike Path plans
Street sign replacements
Place a service request.
Can the old street name sign be purchased after they’re changed?
Street Name History
Wallace Memorial History Room
Historic Preservation Commission
Street light maintenance
Learn more about street lights.
Report a broken street light.
To request a consultation about the potential removal of tree branches on or around power lines, contact Dominion Energy at 866-366-4357.
The City works in a variety of ways to educate the community on the importance of each individual doing their part to preserve our waterways and the environment. Perhaps the best way for others to see this importance is by modeling it yourself and inviting friends and family to join you! Several community partners provide great ways to get involved: Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council, AskHRGreen.org, and Elizabeth River Project.
Trash and recycling bins
View related ordinances.
Learn all about tolling in this episode of 'peake Life.
Toll increase information
The debt on the Chesapeake Transportation System (which consists of the Dominion Boulevard Veterans Bridge and the Chesapeake Expressway) is anticipated to be paid off in 2051.
Determining the infrastructure level of service
Yes, the law changed on July 1, 2020, making Virginia a no-excuse, early voting state. This means that early voting must be available 45 days prior to any election. The Registrar's Office must be a location for early voting. Satellite locations can be added as needed.
Contact the Voter Registrar to learn more about how the Chesapeake Voter Registrar keeps elections safe and secure.
No, Chesapeake does not use Dominion Voting Machines. We use the Hart InterCivic Verity Voting System. Learn more about Chesapeake's voting equipment.
Public Utilities Projects in South Norfolk
Water Bills: The HRUBS Bill Breakdown & The Next Rate Increase
Water Bills: Why you might see increases at various times of year
Water Bills: How a leak could be costing you. Request a leak adjustment.
State of Chesapeake's Sewer System
You can use the Virginia Voter Registration Application to register for the first time in Virginia or update your registration if you have moved or had a name change.
When you complete your Virginia Voter Registration Application:
You can register to vote any time of the year, however, to be eligible to vote in the next election, registration must be completed 21 days prior to that election. See our Voter Registration Deadline information for upcoming deadline information.
Register online at the Virginia Department of Elections Citizen Portal.
Chesapeake Voter Registration Office411 Cedar RoadChesapeake, VA 23322Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mail the application to:Chesapeake Voter Registration Office411 Cedar RoadChesapeake, Virginia 23322
To remain a qualified registered voter, the law requires you to notify your local registration office of any change in your name or address. You may change your information (name and/or address):
If you contact the Chesapeake Warrant Unit, they will tell you if there is a warrant or other criminal process for you in the City of Chesapeake. They cannot tell you if there is a warrant or other criminal process for any other city, town, county, or other location. If there is a warrant or other criminal process for you in Chesapeake, they cannot tell you what the charge is over the telephone because of privacy considerations. You can call the Warrant Unit at 757-382-6388.
Their phone number is 757-382-6534.
For information regarding a City of Chesapeake criminal case where you have a direct interest, you may call the Criminal Investigations Section (Criminal Detective Units) at 757-382-6251.
Chesapeake has two state-of-the-art water treatment plants. The Northwest River Treatment Plant uses conventional treatment and reverse osmosis. The Lake Gaston Treatment Plant uses an ultrafiltration process. Operators test the water many times a day to make sure the processes are working optimally.
In addition, certified water quality laboratory personnel run many types of tests on the process water and the water from customers homes and businesses. The technicians use high-tech instruments like atomic adsorption and gas chromatography, as well as wet chemistry to determine what the water contains.
A water quality report is produced every year and is available to all residents at City libraries, community centers, and online. Call Public Utilities Customer Service at 757-382-6352 to request a copy, or contact our water quality laboratory at 757-382-3550 for results of water quality testing.
If you simply wish to have your water tested for informational purposes, you should contact a private laboratory for assistance. This applies to citizens either on City water or on well water. If you have City water and have a concern about the water quality, the water quality laboratory at the Northwest River Water Treatment Plant may be able to help you. Call 757-382-3550. If you have well water, contact the Chesapeake Health Department at 757-382-8600 for help.
A sulfurous odor or "rotten-egg" smell is commonly caused by the breakdown of sulfate in your hot water heater. Regular flushing of your hot water heater will eliminate this problem. Clogged/dirty drains are another cause of odor problems.
To determine if this is the problem, fill a clean glass with the water, walk away from the sink, and smell the water in the glass. If you do not notice an odor in the water in the glass, the drain may be the problem. To correct this problem, clear the drain of any debris or other substances that may cause an odor.
Cloudy water may be due to tiny air bubbles suspended in your cold water. Fill a clear glass with water and set it aside for a few minutes. Bubbles will rise to the top and the water will clear up.
Discolored water can also occur when there is a change of pressure in the water system such as a main break, construction, or use of a fire hydrant. Sediment (minerals deposited on the inside of the pipe) will be loosened from the sides of the pipe and cause the water to look reddish or brown. When your water is discolored, we recommend that you avoid washing clothes or dishes until the sediment settles - usually in about two hours. If the water is still discolored after that time, contact the water quality laboratory at 757-382-3550.
This coating is commonly caused by airborne bacteria which produce the characteristic orange/pink film. These organisms are harmless and are commonly found in areas where there have been reconstruction or remodeling activities. These bacteria thrive on moist surfaces and can be eliminated and/or prevented by keeping surfaces as clean and dry as possible.
White particles in your water are often caused by the breakdown of the dip tube in your hot water heater. Replacement of the dip tube and regular flushing of your hot water heater will eliminate this problem.
If you are on a sodium-restricted diet, as with anything else, it is best to contact your doctor to determine how you should modify your diet.
Low pressure may be caused by an obstruction in the City line, the meter, or your own water lines. Call Public Utilities Customer Service at 757-382-6352 and we will dispatch a service crew to check the City line and meter. If no problem is found with the City lines, then you will need to contact a plumber to evaluate the problem in your lines.
The change in the rate structure will help to more accurately reflect the costs of providing water and sewer services while also making the minimum basic water consumption more affordable.
No, this is not a rate increase, it is a change to the structure by which rates are charged. Some customers will see a small decrease in their average bills, some will see a small increase. The annual rate increase of 2.9% will take effect in January.
A CCF is the measurement used to determine the amount of water used. It stands for centum cubic feet, which means 100 cubic feet. One CCF is equal to 748 gallons.
Each customer will be charged a set water and sewer fee each billing period, no matter how much water is consumed. On your bill, you’ll see that the service fees are charged by the day which means if your billing period is 62 days long, the service fee will be slightly more; if the billing period is 57 days long, your service fee will be slightly less. Service charges help to keep our water treatment plants and pump stations running, even on days when you don’t turn on the faucet. These services have to be available at a moment’s notice, so even if you don’t regularly use these services, the system is still running and must be maintained 24/7.
Every customer gets their first 10 CCFs at the lowest rate so that we can provide live-sustaining water at the most affordable price possible. This rate structure enhances affordability for low-volume residential users.
The Public Utilities Department is funded solely by rates paid by water and sewer customers, as opposed to other City departments that receive funding from taxes and the General Fund. This means that water and sewer bills have to cover all of the costs of providing water and sewer services. For that reason, the rates and rate structure must be set at a level that can cover costs in the most affordable way for the customer.
Billing periods are bimonthly, meaning they’re an average of 60 days long. This can vary slightly in either direction due to weather, holidays, staffing, and other factors. But in general, residential customers will receive a bill every other month.
No. While both the HRSD and Chesapeake charges appear on the same bimonthly bill, the Chesapeake rate structure is separate from HRSD charges. Those will still appear on your bill at HRSD rates.
Chesapeake's bill covers the treatment and delivery of fresh drinking water and the transport of sewer to the HRSD sewer transmission system. HRSD charges you (their current rate multiplied by CCFs used for that billing period) for wastewater transmission and treatment.
The daily service rate shown in the bill description on bills is directly linked to the bill factor table in the Customer Care and Billing software used by HRSD and the City. This accurately reflects published bill rates.
Chesapeake Animal Services does not routinely pick up wild animals or provide traps for this purpose. Officers will respond if:
Citizens may be concerned about perceived dangers from these animals. In reality, a person is 700 times more likely to be harmed by a dog or a cat than one of these animals. However, wildlife is naturally drawn to food sources. The best way to discourage wildlife from visiting your property is not to provide such a food source. This may include removing bird feeders at least temporarily. As for your pet, he or she is much more likely to attack wildlife than the other way around. If your pet is injured as a result, it may have to be quarantined. The best way to protect your pet is to keep them away from wildlife and make sure rabies vaccinations are current. (See What Should I Know About Rabies?)
It is unlawful to disturb or destroy the nests of song birds or migratory birds.
CASU gets many calls during the spring and summer for "injured" birds. In reality, most of these are fledglings. These are baby birds that are just beginning to feather and have left the nest to learn to fly. They are still being fed by parents. How do you tell if a bird is a fledgling?
Fledglings are much better off if left alone so that the parents can care for them. They are experiencing an extremely important part of their development towards independence.
If you are really concerned that a cat or other predator may harm the fledgling, you may fashion a "nest" out of the bottom portion of a milk carton or 2 liter soda bottle. Thread the top portion of your "nest" with string or twine so that it can hang in a bush or tree, or nail it to a tree. Punch small holes in the bottom and put some bedding in your "nest" then place the fledgling inside. It will call to its parents, and they are probably close by in any case. It is NOT true that if you touch the bird, its parents will abandon it.
If an animal is causing property damage, or you simply wish for more information about wildlife, contact the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at 804-829-6580. Call 804-367-1258 after hours and on weekends. They will be able to advise you regarding the laws pertaining to these animals, and may be able to refer you to professional trappers.
With increasing development in our City, wildlife is more visible than ever before. In almost every neighborhood, Chesapeake residents will commonly see raccoons, opossums, muskrats, nutria, groundhogs, foxes, and many types of birds. These animals seem to have lost their fear of humans and have readily adapted to living in close proximity to humans. In addition, species that we often think of as nocturnal are now frequently seen during the day.
These animals are a necessary part of our environment. Some are predators that eat vermin, insects, and carrion (dead animals). Some are prey that other animals use as a food source. Sometimes citizens request that these animals be captured and removed for no other reason than the fact that the animal is present. Relocation is not permitted when most of these animals are captured. They must be destroyed. This is neither practical nor desirable, if the animal is healthy and behaving normally. Finally, removal can often create a void that will quickly be filled by another animal.
After the registration deadline ends, depending on age and sport there may be a coaches' draft or skills evaluation which must be completed before teams are assembled. Also, if there are not enough participants registered, staff may extend the registration deadline or open up a registration waitlist for additional participants. Please be patient. Teams must be assembled and coaches assigned and it could take up to 4 weeks after registration closes. You will be contacted by a coach regarding the first practice and practice schedule - coaches set their own practice schedules. If you are not contacted by 2 weeks before the season begins, please call 757-382-6411.
If you missed the registration deadline, go to the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Youth Sports home page and look for an announcement that the deadline has been extended or a waitlist has been created, or you may call 757-382-6411 for information. If openings become available, waitlist participants will be contacted by the athletic staff in the order that they registered on the waitlist. Late registrations will be addressed within the youth team assignment deadline periods. Additional players will not be accepted after the registration deadline unless there is a deadline extension or waitlist.
If they are in the same league and age group and meet all criteria, athletic staff will try to accommodate requests.
Players will not be placed on teams or switched to another team for carpool, transportation, schedule, or other reasons.
Specific team placement requests will not be granted for any reason.
Specific team placement or schedule requests will not be granted. Players will not be placed on teams or switched to another team for carpool, transportation, schedule, or other reasons.
The registration fee typically includes a game jersey and other required equipment for the sport such as a helmet and pads for tackle football. Additional equipment may be recommended for players to wear or bring on their own. Cheer uniforms are not included in the registration fee. Cheer coaches will inform parents about the uniforms (ordering, fees, etc.). For more detailed information, please go to the Youth Sports registration information page and select each specific sport.
Evaluation dates and times will be posted on our website, so look for sport-specific links on the Youth Game and Evaluation Schedules page. Evaluations are only for children 9 years and older, and for players who have actually registered and paid.
Registration for Tackle football can be completed either in person or online, but due to weight requirements, the player must be weighed in person. For in-person registration, Parent/Guardian and child must be present at registration and weigh-in. For online registration, the player will need to be weighed in person (and accompanied by Parent/Guardian) on a date determined by Parks, Recreation and Tourism Athletic Department staff. Review age and weight eligibility chart and policies (PDF).
No. All participants must meet the specific age criteria listed for each sport on the Youth Sports registration page. Visit the Youth Sports home page and then select the specific sport for age and birthday deadlines. A birth certificate or legal proof of age must be presented at registration.
A designated number of "outings" per week are permitted depending on age and sport according to the athletic rules. These "outings" will usually consist of one or two practices during the week and one game, although occasionally there might be two games and only one or no practice.
Games are usually on Saturdays, but depending on how many teams there are and availability of fields/facilities, games may have to be scheduled during the week.
The coaches set the practice schedules and will provide both practice and game schedules to parents. Game schedules will also be posted online prior to the first game. Visit the Youth Game and Evaluation Schedules page to see schedules for each sport once they are posted.
No. All practices and games will be held in Chesapeake. In addition, we make every effort to schedule practices within the area you signed your child up in, however, occasionally facility limitations might make it necessary to schedule practices and/or games outside of your area.
For daily game cancellation information, please call the Athletics Hotline after 4:30 p.m. at 757-382-6400 and press 1.
Links for general rules and rules for each sport can be found by visiting the Department Rules and Policies page.
We have posted a number of private association links and contact information for sports such as youth baseball, girl's fast-pitch softball, tennis, and soccer as well as sports clubs/commissions.
The registration fee refund policy is as follows: A parent must request a refund by contacting the Athletic Office at 757-382-6411 prior to skills evaluation day. No refunds will be made after the skills evaluation date for each sport. Refunds may be partially approved due to special circumstances of injury, illness, or family relocation, however, no refunds will be considered after the first day of a particular sport season. A $10 processing fee will be applied to all refund requests for activities not canceled by Chesapeake Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Refunds will be processed if there is no team or league due to insufficient registrations. Refunds may take 3 to 4 weeks to process after request. (No refunds of any credit card fees or internet processing fees, if paid online.)
The first contact person should always be the coach, who is expected to address concerns and pass along any feedback received. If you would like to speak directly to athletic staff, they may be contacted at 757-382-6411.
For more information and volunteer coaches forms, see our Volunteer Coaches Information page.
All coaches will initially be required to submit to fingerprinting conducted by athletic staff in order to obtain criminal history record information through the Central Criminal Records Exchange to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and to submit to a search of the Virginia State Department of Social Service Child Protective Services Central Registry. Returning coaches who have been initially screened by the National FBI Central Criminal Records Exchange will receive an annual criminal history records search through the Virginia State Police. All coaches must have completed r