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. Amends § 15.2-2286, of the Code of Virginia. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


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