Code Compliance

Duties & Responsibilities

Dinwiddie County’s zoning ordinance and codes describe where, when, how, and what activities may be conducted on property in various zoning districts. The Dinwiddie County Code Compliance team ensures that the code is followed in order to protect property owners, approve the appearance of the community, and to promote a clean, attractive, and safe place to work and live in the county.

Code violations are conditions or activities on a property that are not permitted by either the zoning ordinance or the County Code. Common violations found in the county include:

  • Grass and weeds
  • Unlicensed or inoperable vehicles
  • Non-permitted use
  • Manufactured homes
  • Illegal dumping
  • Dogs
  • Building and parking setbacks
  • Signs
  • Junk and trash
  • Zoning

Dinwiddie County code compliance needs the assistance of county residents, both in complying with zoning and other code regulations and with reporting violations.

Excessive Grass & Vegetation

The owner of any property in the county is not permitted to have excessive grass, weeds, brush, and any other uncontrolled vegetation in excess of 12 inches in height. Violators will be given notice in writing to correct the violation within 10 days after notice is received.

If an owner fails to comply with a given notice then the county will remove or dispose of any excessive grass, weeds, brush or uncontrolled vegetation. Keeping your grass cut and shrubs trimmed will help make your neighborhood attractive and potentially increase your property value.

Trash & Refuse

It is illegal to dump or dispose of any rubbish, tin cans, trash, tires, construction material, or waste in any road or vacant lots in the county except those designated by the board of supervisors. Also, trash and waste should not be left to accumulate at your house to a point that it causes a nuisance.

All garbage should be placed in containers and kept covered until it is transported to a public sanitary land fill or collector.


Dinwiddie County policy is to not reveal the identity of code enforcement complainants. Information you provide is confidential, excluded from the Freedom of Information Act, and will not be revealed to others. Violations in public roads should be referred to the Sheriff's Office.

This page is for information only. Please refer to the applicable laws and regulations for specific technical and procedural requirements. In some cases, you will need professional help in such areas as land survey, engineering and law. Although every effort has been made to ensure accuracy and completeness, the procedures contained on this page are not guaranteed to be inclusive. Permitting procedures, fees and times are subject to periodic review and change. Any errors and omissions on this page will not relieve any applicant or property owner of the responsibility, obligation or liability in fulfilling all of these legal requirements.