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Overview ofOverview of
The Department of CodeThe Department of Code
ComplianceCompliance
Neighborhood and CommunityNeighbo...
Mission StatementMission Statement
22
The mission of the Department of Code ComplianceThe mission of the Department of Cod...
33
DCC Org ChartDCC Org Chart
Jeff Blackford
Director/Building Code Official
Gabe Zakkak
Mgmt. Analyst
Karen McClellan
Ope...
44
Dept. of Code Compliance – ServiceDept. of Code Compliance – Service
AreasAreas
55
Code EnforcementCode Enforcement
It’s all about :It’s all about :
• SafetySafety
• Community and NeighborhoodCommunity ...
66
Consolidated ApproachConsolidated Approach
• Zoning OrdinanceZoning Ordinance
• Building Code (Unpermitted Construction...
77
Common Complaints:Common Complaints:
 Multiple Occupancy / OvercrowdingMultiple Occupancy / Overcrowding
 Outdoor/Exc...
88
Types of ComplaintsTypes of Complaints
ZoningZoning
Family – Related by
Blood or Marriage
+
2 Other Un-related
Four Un-related
Multiple OccupancyMultiple Occupan...
1010
ZoningZoning
Multiple Dwelling Units located in aMultiple Dwelling Units located in a
basement or detached structureb...
1111
ZoningZoning
Outdoor StorageOutdoor Storage
Storage YardStorage Yard
Junk YardJunk Yard
ZoningZoning
1212
Junk Yards/ Storage Yards
ZoningZoning
1313
1414
ZoningZoning
Business in a Residential DistrictBusiness in a Residential District
1515
ZoningZoning
Complaint received for Multiple Occupancy
Business in a Residential District
1616
ZoningZoning
VehiclesVehicles
-Inoperable Vehicles
-Prohibited Commercial
Vehicles
-Vehicle Repair
-Parking in the Gr...
Parking in the GrassParking in the Grass
1717Parking in the Grass
1818
ZoningZoning
Fences Accessory Structures
Zoning Ordinance AmendmentZoning Ordinance Amendment
Donation Drop-Off BoxesDonation Drop-Off Boxes
 OverviewOverview
 Z...
Zoning Ordinance AmendmentZoning Ordinance Amendment
Donation Drop-Off Boxes ProvisionsDonation Drop-Off Boxes Provisions ...
Zoning Ordinance AmendmentZoning Ordinance Amendment
Donation Drop-Off BoxesDonation Drop-Off Boxes continuedcontinued
o M...
Alternative Lending InstitutionsAlternative Lending Institutions
 OverviewOverview
 ZOA became effective November 18, 20...
Alternative Lending InstitutionsAlternative Lending Institutions
-continued-continued
 Use limitations in the C-7 and C-8...
2424
Unpermitted and Uninspected ConstructionUnpermitted and Uninspected Construction
Building CodeBuilding Code
2525
Building CodeBuilding Code
Work Done without a Permit or Without AllWork Done without a Permit or Without All
Require...
2626
Unpermitted BuildingUnpermitted Building
Building CodeBuilding Code
2727
Building CodeBuilding Code
Unpermitted and Uninspected ConstructionUnpermitted and Uninspected Construction
Virginia Maintenance CodeVirginia Maintenance Code
2828
Virginia Maintenance Code
2929
Life Safety/ Blocked ExitsLife Safety/ Blocked Exits
Unsafe Conditions: Windows Blocked orUnsafe Conditions: Windows ...
3030
Property MaintenanceProperty Maintenance
Inadequate Emergency EscapeInadequate Emergency Escape
3131
Property MaintenanceProperty Maintenance
Illegal BedroomsIllegal Bedrooms
Attic
Utility Room
3232
Lack of Emergency EgressLack of Emergency Egress
EgressEgress RequirementRequirement
3333
3434
Basement Dwelling UnitBasement Dwelling Unit
Placarded and Vacated Just InPlacarded and Vacated Just In
TimeTime
3535
Property Maintenance & FireProperty Maintenance & Fire
Emergency Egress, Fire HazardsEmergency Egress, Fire Hazards
HoardingHoarding
What isWhat is
"Extreme Hoarding Behavior"?"Extreme Hoarding Behavior"?
 It is not simply the accumulation ofIt is not si...
Hoarding: Not AlwaysHoarding: Not Always
Obvious onObvious on ExteriorExterior
Structures mayStructures may
appear normala...
Hoarding: You’ll Know ItHoarding: You’ll Know It
When You See ItWhen You See It
4343
4545
Unsanitary
Conditions
Animal HoardingAnimal Hoarding
5050
Animal Hoarders
5151
Fire MarshalFire Marshal
Overloading or Illegal Use of Extension CordsOverloading or Illegal Use of Extension Cords
5252
Fire MarshalFire Marshal
Fire pits/ Outdoor Cooking AreasFire pits/ Outdoor Cooking Areas
Fire MarshalFire Marshal
EgressEgress
Inadequate Egress
in Bedrooms
Blocked Egress
5454
Storage of
Combustibles
Grass ProgramGrass Program
5555
Grass ProgramGrass Program
 Program runs from April through End ofProgram runs from April through End of
SeptemberSeptemb...
Blight ProgramBlight Program
5757
5858
How do I make a complaint?How do I make a complaint?
Call 703-324-1300Call 703-324-1300
or go toor go to
www.fairfaxc...
Complaint ProcessComplaint Process
Verified?Yes No
Timeframe For
Compliance
(Verbal / NOV)
Case
Closed As
Unfounded
Follow...
6060
Litigation OverviewLitigation Overview
• IfIf Violations are not abatedViolations are not abated
• Further action is ...
6161
Questions?Questions?
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Neighborhood and Community Leaders Conference

March 5, 2016

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Overview of The Department of Code Compliance

  1. 1. Overview ofOverview of The Department of CodeThe Department of Code ComplianceCompliance Neighborhood and CommunityNeighborhood and Community Leaders ConferenceLeaders Conference March 5, 2016March 5, 2016
  2. 2. Mission StatementMission Statement 22 The mission of the Department of Code ComplianceThe mission of the Department of Code Compliance is tois to provide services to protect the lives, propertyprovide services to protect the lives, property and environment of our communityand environment of our community by providing aby providing a resource of trained professionals that promote andresource of trained professionals that promote and protect the integrity of our neighborhoods. This isprotect the integrity of our neighborhoods. This is accomplished through the enforcement of the Zoningaccomplished through the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance, Virginia Maintenance Code, BuildingOrdinance, Virginia Maintenance Code, Building Codes, Fire Codes, and other safety codes andCodes, Fire Codes, and other safety codes and regulations utilizing communication, cooperation andregulations utilizing communication, cooperation and education in partnership with the community.education in partnership with the community.
  3. 3. 33 DCC Org ChartDCC Org Chart Jeff Blackford Director/Building Code Official Gabe Zakkak Mgmt. Analyst Karen McClellan Operations Manager Elizabeth Perry Senior Deputy Zoning Administrator Mike Adams Division 1 Jim Ciampini Division 2 Susan Epstein Division 3 Rachael Perrott Division 4 Steve Mason Division 5 Grass Program Partnerships with: Police Department Sheriff’s Office Office of the Fire Marshal Animal Control Health Department Adult Protective Services Child Protective Services Department Public Works Land Development Services Blight Program Special Investigations Unit
  4. 4. 44 Dept. of Code Compliance – ServiceDept. of Code Compliance – Service AreasAreas
  5. 5. 55 Code EnforcementCode Enforcement It’s all about :It’s all about : • SafetySafety • Community and NeighborhoodCommunity and Neighborhood StabilizationStabilization • Obtaining ComplianceObtaining Compliance • EducationEducation • EffectivenessEffectiveness
  6. 6. 66 Consolidated ApproachConsolidated Approach • Zoning OrdinanceZoning Ordinance • Building Code (Unpermitted Construction)Building Code (Unpermitted Construction) • Property Maintenance CodeProperty Maintenance Code • Fire Code (Residential)Fire Code (Residential) •Blight ProgramBlight Program • Grass OrdinanceGrass Ordinance Our Tools for Success
  7. 7. 77 Common Complaints:Common Complaints:  Multiple Occupancy / OvercrowdingMultiple Occupancy / Overcrowding  Outdoor/Excessive Outdoor StorageOutdoor/Excessive Outdoor Storage  Unpermitted ConstructionUnpermitted Construction  Multiple DwellingsMultiple Dwellings  Parking on the GrassParking on the Grass  Inoperable VehiclesInoperable Vehicles  Business in Residential AreasBusiness in Residential Areas  Vehicle RepairVehicle Repair  HoardingHoarding
  8. 8. 88 Types of ComplaintsTypes of Complaints
  9. 9. ZoningZoning Family – Related by Blood or Marriage + 2 Other Un-related Four Un-related Multiple OccupancyMultiple Occupancy
  10. 10. 1010 ZoningZoning Multiple Dwelling Units located in aMultiple Dwelling Units located in a basement or detached structurebasement or detached structure SleepingFood Preparation Living Bathroom
  11. 11. 1111 ZoningZoning Outdoor StorageOutdoor Storage Storage YardStorage Yard Junk YardJunk Yard
  12. 12. ZoningZoning 1212 Junk Yards/ Storage Yards
  13. 13. ZoningZoning 1313
  14. 14. 1414 ZoningZoning Business in a Residential DistrictBusiness in a Residential District
  15. 15. 1515 ZoningZoning Complaint received for Multiple Occupancy Business in a Residential District
  16. 16. 1616 ZoningZoning VehiclesVehicles -Inoperable Vehicles -Prohibited Commercial Vehicles -Vehicle Repair -Parking in the Grass
  17. 17. Parking in the GrassParking in the Grass 1717Parking in the Grass
  18. 18. 1818 ZoningZoning Fences Accessory Structures
  19. 19. Zoning Ordinance AmendmentZoning Ordinance Amendment Donation Drop-Off BoxesDonation Drop-Off Boxes  OverviewOverview  ZOA became effective November 18, 2015ZOA became effective November 18, 2015  Purpose of ZOA was establish a definitionPurpose of ZOA was establish a definition andand specify conditions under which permittedspecify conditions under which permitted  Private property only; not R-O-WPrivate property only; not R-O-W  New type of accessory useNew type of accessory use  Definition added to Article 20Definition added to Article 20  Can it be on the property?Can it be on the property?  If yes, does it comply with the regulations?If yes, does it comply with the regulations?  Not permitted in the Industrial DistrictsNot permitted in the Industrial Districts
  20. 20. Zoning Ordinance AmendmentZoning Ordinance Amendment Donation Drop-Off Boxes ProvisionsDonation Drop-Off Boxes Provisions continuedcontinued o Permitted only in • C-5 through C-9 zoning districts on lots at least 40,000 square feet in area • Commercial areas of a Planned Development District, where shown on an approved development plan • Any residential district where the principal use of the development is not residential in nature • In conjunction with new/amended SP, RZ, or SE approval for another use (and shown on plan) • Require written permission to locate on property; to be provided to County on request • Not permitted in Industrial Districts
  21. 21. Zoning Ordinance AmendmentZoning Ordinance Amendment Donation Drop-Off BoxesDonation Drop-Off Boxes continuedcontinued o Maximum of 2 boxes on any 1 lot, in a contiguous area of maximum of 120 square feet o Max. dimensions: 7’ x 6’ x 6’ o Permitted in any yard (setback) except minimum front yard, and shall be screened from view from the first-story window of any neighboring dwelling o Restrictions on location on a lot - prohibited in landscaping/ open space areas, and screening requirement o Allowed in areas of excess parking o Subject to sight distance provisions of Sect. 2-505 o Does not have to be on a site plan
  22. 22. Alternative Lending InstitutionsAlternative Lending Institutions  OverviewOverview  ZOA became effective November 18, 2015ZOA became effective November 18, 2015  Purpose of ZOA was to establish a definition andPurpose of ZOA was to establish a definition and specify conditions under which permittedspecify conditions under which permitted  Distinguishes them from Financial InstitutionsDistinguishes them from Financial Institutions  Most existing uses will be nonconformingMost existing uses will be nonconforming Added a definition to Article 20Added a definition to Article 20  Added definition to Article 20Added definition to Article 20  ZOA most relevant to DCC forZOA most relevant to DCC for  Non-RUP violations/useNon-RUP violations/use determinationsdeterminations
  23. 23. Alternative Lending InstitutionsAlternative Lending Institutions -continued-continued  Use limitations in the C-7 and C-8Use limitations in the C-7 and C-8 Commercial District are permitted by rightCommercial District are permitted by right under the following circumstances:under the following circumstances:  Is not located in a Commercial Revitalization District orIs not located in a Commercial Revitalization District or Commercial Revitalization Area;Commercial Revitalization Area;  Located in the building of a shopping center, with allLocated in the building of a shopping center, with all uses within that building connected by party walls;uses within that building connected by party walls;  The shopping center is not located adjacent to orThe shopping center is not located adjacent to or across from a public R-O-W from land developed withacross from a public R-O-W from land developed with any public use, place of worship, child care center,any public use, place of worship, child care center, private school of general education, quasi-publicprivate school of general education, quasi-public athletic fields;athletic fields;
  24. 24. 2424 Unpermitted and Uninspected ConstructionUnpermitted and Uninspected Construction Building CodeBuilding Code
  25. 25. 2525 Building CodeBuilding Code Work Done without a Permit or Without AllWork Done without a Permit or Without All Required InspectionsRequired Inspections
  26. 26. 2626 Unpermitted BuildingUnpermitted Building Building CodeBuilding Code
  27. 27. 2727 Building CodeBuilding Code Unpermitted and Uninspected ConstructionUnpermitted and Uninspected Construction
  28. 28. Virginia Maintenance CodeVirginia Maintenance Code 2828 Virginia Maintenance Code
  29. 29. 2929 Life Safety/ Blocked ExitsLife Safety/ Blocked Exits Unsafe Conditions: Windows Blocked orUnsafe Conditions: Windows Blocked or non-existentnon-existent
  30. 30. 3030 Property MaintenanceProperty Maintenance Inadequate Emergency EscapeInadequate Emergency Escape
  31. 31. 3131 Property MaintenanceProperty Maintenance Illegal BedroomsIllegal Bedrooms Attic Utility Room
  32. 32. 3232 Lack of Emergency EgressLack of Emergency Egress
  33. 33. EgressEgress RequirementRequirement 3333
  34. 34. 3434 Basement Dwelling UnitBasement Dwelling Unit Placarded and Vacated Just InPlacarded and Vacated Just In TimeTime
  35. 35. 3535 Property Maintenance & FireProperty Maintenance & Fire Emergency Egress, Fire HazardsEmergency Egress, Fire Hazards
  36. 36. HoardingHoarding
  37. 37. What isWhat is "Extreme Hoarding Behavior"?"Extreme Hoarding Behavior"?  It is not simply the accumulation ofIt is not simply the accumulation of possessions or collections.possessions or collections.  It is the accumulation of anyIt is the accumulation of any thing that contributes to athing that contributes to a dangerous living situation for thedangerous living situation for the person who is hoarding or for theperson who is hoarding or for the people living with or around thepeople living with or around the hoarder.hoarder.
  38. 38. Hoarding: Not AlwaysHoarding: Not Always Obvious onObvious on ExteriorExterior Structures mayStructures may appear normalappear normal from the street,from the street, but hoardingbut hoarding behavior couldbehavior could pose a seriouspose a serious threat to thethreat to the occupants andoccupants and community.community.
  39. 39. Hoarding: You’ll Know ItHoarding: You’ll Know It When You See ItWhen You See It
  40. 40. 4343
  41. 41. 4545 Unsanitary Conditions
  42. 42. Animal HoardingAnimal Hoarding
  43. 43. 5050 Animal Hoarders
  44. 44. 5151 Fire MarshalFire Marshal Overloading or Illegal Use of Extension CordsOverloading or Illegal Use of Extension Cords
  45. 45. 5252 Fire MarshalFire Marshal Fire pits/ Outdoor Cooking AreasFire pits/ Outdoor Cooking Areas
  46. 46. Fire MarshalFire Marshal EgressEgress Inadequate Egress in Bedrooms Blocked Egress
  47. 47. 5454 Storage of Combustibles
  48. 48. Grass ProgramGrass Program 5555
  49. 49. Grass ProgramGrass Program  Program runs from April through End ofProgram runs from April through End of SeptemberSeptember  Grass needs to be more than 12 inchesGrass needs to be more than 12 inches highhigh  Property needs to be on ½ acre or lessProperty needs to be on ½ acre or less 5656
  50. 50. Blight ProgramBlight Program 5757
  51. 51. 5858 How do I make a complaint?How do I make a complaint? Call 703-324-1300Call 703-324-1300 or go toor go to www.fairfaxcounty.govwww.fairfaxcounty.gov
  52. 52. Complaint ProcessComplaint Process Verified?Yes No Timeframe For Compliance (Verbal / NOV) Case Closed As Unfounded Follow-up Inspection Initial Visit Compliance?Case Closed Yes No Summons Case # Assigned Complaint Reported: •Phone •Website l
  53. 53. 6060 Litigation OverviewLitigation Overview • IfIf Violations are not abatedViolations are not abated • Further action is necessaryFurther action is necessary • General District CourtGeneral District Court • Building CodeBuilding Code • Fire CodeFire Code • Civil Penalties- Zoning Ordinance/ PropertyCivil Penalties- Zoning Ordinance/ Property MaintenanceMaintenance • Circuit CourtCircuit Court • Bill of Complaint- Zoning Ordinance/ PropertyBill of Complaint- Zoning Ordinance/ Property MaintenanceMaintenance
  54. 54. 6161 Questions?Questions?

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