Beginning in February 2005, the University of Virginia has funded the employment of a property maintenance inspector by the City of Charlottesville’s Neighborhood Development department. This inspector is responsible for enforcing the building maintenance requirements of both City code as well as the Virginia Statewide Building Code and enhancing housing safety, with a focus on off-Grounds University student housing (including fraternities and sororities). Students are also encouraged to request inspections of indoor areas of student housing.
The inspector works with staff from the University’s Fire Safety office and the City Fire Marshal’s office to promote safety through inspections and educational opportunities such as the "Stop and Knock" program and Student Council’s Safety Fair. Coordination of activities is achieved through regular meetings and reporting. The agreement between the University and the City is currently in effect through June 2017, with renewal options every three years.