Instructions for Filing Claims for Compensation

Section 15.2-209 of the Code of Virginia requires that any person seeking to assert a claim for negligence against the City provide Notice of the events giving rise to the claim within six months of the date of occurrence. This Notice must be in writing and be provided to the City Attorney's Office. You may complete the online claim form or submit a written notice. The written Notice should contain:

  • Your name and address
  • The date of the incident
  • The location where the incident occurred and
  • A brief description of what happened and why you contend the City is responsible

The Notice may be mailed or delivered in person to:
City Attorney's Office
306 Cedar Road,
Chesapeake, VA 23322

You can also fax it to 757-382-8749 or fill out our online Notice of Claim form.

The Notice must be received within six months of the date of the incident described.

Upon receipt, the City Attorney's Office will forward the Notice of Claim to the City's Risk Management Division. You will receive a letter confirming receipt of the Notice and, if timely, will acknowledge the forwarding of the Notice to Risk Management. It is Risk Management's responsibility to investigate and evaluate the claim and determine whether any payment will be voluntarily made.