Rental Inspections Program

The City of Roanoke's rental inspection ordinance (Chapter 7, Article III,  Rental Program Requirements), sets regulations and designated areas that requires that rental units pass an inspection at least once every four years in order to be rented.

Buildings/units are inspected for compliance with the Virginia Maintenance Code (VMC) requirements.  Upon passing the inspection, the unit is granted a Certificate of Compliance for four years, exempting the unit from a rental inspection during this period.  However, the building must be maintained in accordance with the VMC and may be cited if violations exist.  If the dwelling unit becomes in violation of the VMC during the Certificate Period, the Certificate may be revoked.

Rental Inspection Requirements

Rental Inspections are based upon the Virginia Maintenance Code (VMC) and are performed by inspectors from the Code Enforcement Department. A quick guidebook, VMC Requirements, to help explain the scope of the inspections.

Rental Inspection Neighborhoods

The following neighborhoods contain properties that are included in the Rental Inspection Program.
  • Belmont
  • Fallon Park
  • Forest Hill Avenue Trailer Park
  • Gainsboro
  • Gilmer
  • Harrison
  • Highland Park
  • Hurt Park
  • Kenwood
  • Loudoun/Melrose
  • Melrose/Rugby
  • Morningside
  • Mountain View
  • Washington Park
  • West side of Lafayette Boulevard in Villa Heights
  • Eastern Ave., NE
To determine if your rental property is located in a Rental Inspection District, click here for our GIS system, input your address and use the Planning/Zoning layer or contact Code Enforcement at (540) 853-2344.