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. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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