What happens once an excessive occupancy complaint is received?
Note that when a complainant is contacted by a Zoning Inspector to follow up on a complaint, the complainant contact information remains confidential.
An investigation is opened by a Zoning Inspector, which includes site visits and surveillance. If investigation shows that probable cause exists, a courtesy letter is sent to the property owner of the dwelling in question via postal mail to inquire regarding the complaint. If there is no response, then a door hanger is placed on the dwelling.
If a violation is verified through the investigation and inquiry, a Notice of Violation letter is sent to the property owner of the dwelling in question advising the owner to abate the violation. If the property owner cooperates with the Zoning Inspectors and abates the violation, the case is ultimately closed. If the owner does not cooperate, the Zoning Inspectors work with the Town Attorney to pursue legal action to resolve the violation.
How do I register an excessive occupancy complaint? Will my contact information remain confidential?
The complainant contact information remains confidential.
Under the Virginia Property Maintenance Code, what are the limitations on occupancy?
Limitations on occupancy are based on the minimum area requirements of Table 404.5 in Chapter 4 of the Virginia Maintenance Code.
Minimum Area in Square Feet
6 or more occupants
70 + 50 per person
What is considered to be the appropriate occupancy of a single family dwelling unit?
A person living alone.
Any number of persons all of whom are related by blood, marriage or adoption, guardianship, or other duly-authorized custodial relationship, as verified by official public records such as driver’s license, birth or marriage certificates.
Up to 4 persons not related to one another.
Not more than 8 persons who are residents of a residential facility as defined by Section 15.2-2291 of the Code of Virginia, or handicapped as defined by the Fair Housing Act.
What is excessive occupancy?
Excessive occupancy within the Town is defined in 2 ways: