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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
Derelict Structures Program

To seek answers to questions or to request an inspection,
please call (757) 393-8522 or fax (757) 393-5108

Unsafe StructureThe derelict structures program was created through coordinated efforts between several localities and citizens.  This initiative seeks to preserve neighborhoods and hold the line against blight, sustain property values, and protect citizen investments.  The purpose of this program is to eliminate structures that have become a blighting influence within our city by providing incentives for compliance and penalties for noncompliance with the code.
Unsafe StructureA "derelict building" shall mean a residential or nonresidential building or structure, whether or not construction has been completed, that might endanger the public's health, safety, or welfare and for a continuous period in excess of six months, it has been (i) vacant, (ii) boarded up in accordance with the building code, and (iii) not lawfully connected to electric service from a utility service provider or not lawfully connected to any required water or sewer service from a utility service provider.

A complete text of section 17-2, the derelict structures ordinance, can be found here.    


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