Zoning ordinance; provisions for issuance of inspection warrants by magistrate. (HB430)

Introduced By

Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Provisions of zoning ordinance. Provides that a zoning ordinance may contain provisions for the issuance of inspection warrants by a magistrate. The zoning administrator may present sworn testimony to a magistrate or court of competent jurisdiction and request that the magistrate or court grant the zoning administrator an inspection warrant to enable the zoning administrator to enter the subject dwelling for the purpose of determining whether violations of the zoning ordinance exist. The zoning administrator shall make a reasonable effort to obtain consent from the owner or tenant of the subject dwelling prior to seeking the issuance of an inspection warrant. Amends § 15.2-2286, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


  • 01/04/2008 Committee
  • 01/04/2008 Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 081013640
  • 01/04/2008 Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
  • 01/18/2008 Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/21/2008 Read first time
  • 01/22/2008 Read second time and engrossed
  • 01/23/2008 Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
  • 01/23/2008 VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 01/24/2008 Communicated to Senate
  • 01/24/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed
  • 01/24/2008 Referred to Committee on Local Government
  • 02/26/2008 Reported from Local Government with amendments (15-Y 0-N)
  • 02/28/2008 Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
  • 02/29/2008 Passed by for the day
  • 03/03/2008 Read third time
  • 03/03/2008 Reading of amendments waived
  • 03/03/2008 Committee amendments agreed to
  • 03/03/2008 Engrossed by Senate as amended
  • 03/03/2008 Passed Senate with amendments (39-Y 0-N)
  • 03/03/2008 Reconsideration of Senate passage agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N)
  • 03/03/2008 Passed Senate with amendments (40-Y 0-N)
  • 03/04/2008 Placed on Calendar
  • 03/05/2008 Senate amendments agreed to by House (95-Y 0-N)
  • 03/05/2008 VOTE: --- ADOPTION (95-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
  • 03/07/2008 Enrolled
  • 03/07/2008 Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB430ER)
  • 03/07/2008 Signed by Speaker
  • 03/09/2008 Signed by President
  • 04/02/2008 G Approved by Governor-Chapter 777 (effective 7/1/08)


This bill mentions Norfolk, Richmond.

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HB205 and HB1159.


Star Womanspirit writes:

In Home Inspections without a reason...Please this is ridiculous...

Stay out of my House unless you have a just cause and a reason to get a warrant to enter.....

Tim McCormack writes:

This is a fairly disturbing bill. Inspection warrants are fine for commercial or industrial, but *never* for residential. That's state invasion of privacy, pure and simple.