The Code Compliance Division investigates complaints and performs inspections to ensure compliance with the Virginia Maintenance Code and the Code of the County of Prince George related to property maintenance, tall grass, and discarded materials.
The County of Prince George has adopted Part III, Virginia Maintenance Code of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC). The provisions of this part of the USBC prescribe building maintenance regulations to be complied with in the maintenance and repair of existing structures and equipment.
Following receipt of a complaint and field-verification of a violation, a Notice of Violation is delivered to the building owner allowing 5 to 30 days to correct the violation. Building permits may be required for the corrective actions and must be obtained before performing any work. After the allotted time has passed, a follow-up inspection is performed to verify that the violation has been corrected.
Weeds and Grass
The County requires property owners and tenants to keep weeds and grass cut to a height of no more than 15 inches. Following receipt of a complaint and field-verification of a violation, a Notice of Violation is delivered to the property owner allowing 10 days to correct the violation. After 10 days, a follow-up inspection is performed, and any uncorrected violation may be corrected by the County or a contractor hired by the County. The property owner is billed for the work performed by the County, and the Treasurer collects the debt.
Discarded Material, Trash, and Debris
The County Code requires property owners and tenants to keep all exterior private property free from discarded materials, trash, debris, litter, and garbage. Trash, garbage, litter, and debris must be stored in proper containers and disposed of appropriately. Also, discarded or abandoned materials may not be deposited or stored on any property.