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Department of Permits & Inspections
City Hall Building
801 Crawford St, 4th floor
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
(757) 393-8531
Emergency after hours assistance please call
(757) 393-5300


 

Department of Permits & Inspections
Condemnation

When a structure or equipment is found by the code official to be unsafe, and/or unfit for human occupancy, and/or unlawful, such structure shall be condemned pursuant to the provisions of the Uniform Statewide Building Code.

Unsafe StructureUnsafe structure: An unsafe structure is one that is dangerous to the life, health, property or safety of the public or the occupants of the structure. Examples include: unsafe equipment (boiler, heating equipment, elevator, etc.) or a structure that is damaged, decayed, dilapidated, structurally unsafe or of such faulty construction or unstable foundation, that partial or complete collapse is likely.

 

Unsafe StructureUnfit for human occupancy: When the code official finds that a structure is unsafe, unlawful or because of the degree to which the structure is in disrepair or lacks maintenance, is unsanitary, vermin or rat infested or contains filth and contamination it may be condemned. Condemnation may also be used if there is no water, electricity or gas active in the dwelling. Hot water is necessary for proper sanitation of the home. Water is also necessary to flush commodes. Heat is necessary in the winter.

Unlawful structure: An unlawful structure is one found in whole or in part to be occupied by more persons than permitted or is a use that has not been approved. If this structure is supposed to be a single-family dwelling and is a duplex, it can be condemned. Dwelling units shall not be occupied by more occupants then permitted by the minimum area requirements. If you have any concerns about overcrowding or any other issues, please contact our office.

If a dwelling is condemned, the owner will be notified by a placard and in writing of the violation (s) and the remedy to correct them. If the violation is one of an immediate threat to life or safety, the occupant will be ordered to vacate the unit at once. If an immediate threat is not present, but the condition is serious, a period of time to correct the condition may be given. If the violation is not corrected at the end of this time you will be required to vacate the unit.

 

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