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Richard C. Witt

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Chesterfield County Department of Building Inspection
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040

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9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Neighborhood Enhancement - FAQ

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Why did you pick my neighborhood? 

Neighborhoods are selected by a criteria developed by the Department of Building Inspection. The age of the neighborhood, number of houses, condition of the neighborhood, and specific requests made by the Police Department, Fire Department, or neighborhood associations are some of the factors used to select an area. Most homes in a selected area are in good condition and only a few will require minor repairs to comply with maintenance and zoning codes.

Why is this program in effect now? 

The Neighborhood Enhancement Program is aimed at improving areas that would most benefit from inspections, including areas for which the department has received the most input or complaints from citizens and county departments.

Will you be coming on to my property when you make your inspection? 

No, we conduct all proactive inspections from the public right-of-way; i.e. street or sidewalk. The only time we will enter your property is to place the initial "door hanger" and if necessary to leave an inspection report on the door.

What are you looking for? 

The Building Inspection website has a general list and brief description of the most common violations. See the list of common violations.

How are you going to notify me if there is a problem? 

An inspection report will be left at your door. If we are unable to leave the report at your door it will be mailed to you.

I am the tenant, why are you leaving me this notice? 

We always leave the report at the house being inspected. Some violations, such as inoperable vehicles and discarded material, may be the responsibility of a tenant. However, if the property is a rental property, a copy of the inspection report will also be mailed to the owner.

What if I don't have enough money or resources to make corrections? 

Contact your inspector; the inspector will be able to provide you with contact information for organizations that may be able to assist you. Family members and religious and charitable groups may be able to assist you as well.

What if I need more time than you cited to make corrections? 

Contact your inspector and make a written request for an extension. In some cases, the inspector is authorized to work with you to establish a reasonable time within which to make the corrections.

Did you cite the vehicle on cinderblocks behind my neighbor's house? 

We only cite violations we can see from the right-of-way; i.e. street or sidewalk.

I am the landlord, why must I make the corrections? 

By law, it is the owner's responsibility to keep a property in compliance with the building and zoning codes. Making corrections to your property will not only make a safer home for its occupants, but it will also protect your property from declining value and help sustain the community.

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