Zoning ordinance; provisions for issuance of inspection warrants by magistrate. (SB428)

Introduced By

Sen. George Barker (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Paul Nichols (D-Woodbridge)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Administrative inspection warrants. Provides that a zoning ordinance may include provisions for the issuance of inspection warrants by a magistrate. The zoning administrator or his agent may present sworn testimony to a magistrate or court of competent jurisdiction and request that the magistrate or court grant the zoning administrator or his agent an inspection warrant to enable the zoning administrator or his agent to enter the subject dwelling for the purpose of determining whether violations of the zoning ordinance exist. The zoning administrator or his agent 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 under this bill. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/08/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 086272201
01/08/2008Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/29/2008Reported from Local Government with amendments (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2008Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2008Read second time
02/01/2008Reading of amendments waived
02/01/2008Committee amendments agreed to
02/01/2008Engrossed by Senate as amended SB428E
02/01/2008Printed as engrossed 086272201-E
02/04/2008Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2008Communicated to House
02/11/2008Placed on Calendar
02/11/2008Read first time
02/11/2008Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/22/2008Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (19-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/25/2008Read second time
02/26/2008Read third time
02/26/2008Passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/26/2008VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N)
02/27/2008Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB428ER)
02/27/2008Signed by Speaker
02/28/2008Signed by President
03/04/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 345 (effective 7/1/08)
03/04/2008G Approved by Governor-Chapter 343 (effective 7/1/08)
03/11/2008G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0343)


Sher writes:

Can you say "Big Brother?"

Lois S. Workman writes:

Another job creation in the county, more money and more delays.

NoVa Resident writes:

What is behind this? If the change is to allow better enforcement of occupancy limits in SF houses, there may be some merit to this. In NoVa there is a growing problem of multiple families occupying SF houses (kinda defeats the purpose of calling them single family houses, doesn't it?) and the resulting car dealership parking lot that results. I think this has traditionally been hard to enforce because the zoning inspectors are always told "yep, that my cousin, aunt, etc." Don't know how getting into the house to inspect will do much good if they can't do anything about 27 "family" members living in one house.