Derelict buildings and structures; locality authorized to require removal, repair, etc., thereof. (HB1671)

Introduced By

Sen. Roz Dance (D-Petersburg) with support from 18 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Mamye BaCote (D-Newport News), Del. Joe Bouchard (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Frank Hall (D-Richmond), Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), Del. Algie Howell (D-Norfolk), Del. Riley Ingram (R-Hopewell), Del. Danny Marshall (R-Danville), Del. Bobby Mathieson (D-Virginia Beach), Del. Delores McQuinn (D-Richmond), Del. Ken Melvin (D-Portsmouth), Del. Paula Miller (D-Norfolk), Del. David Toscano (D-Charlottesville), Del. Roslyn Tyler (D-Jarratt), Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton), Del. Onzlee Ware (D-Roanoke), Sen. Kenneth Alexander (D-Norfolk), Sen. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), Sen. Lionell Spruill (D-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Derelict buildings. Defines derelict building as one that has endangered public health and safety, been vacant, boarded up, and without lawful utilities for a period in excess of six months. Authorizes local governments to incentivize owners' timely submission of a plan for demolition or renovation,by providing real estate tax abatements and fee refunds. Simplifies tax lien enforcement and blight provisions and encourages action on derelict buildings by adjusting time frames. This bill is recommended by the Virginia Housing Commission. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


12/22/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 097437484
12/22/2008Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/20/2009Assigned CC & T sub: 2
01/22/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
01/23/2009Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendments (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/26/2009Read first time
01/27/2009Passed by for the day
01/28/2009Passed by for the day
01/29/2009Passed by for the day
01/30/2009Passed by for the day
02/02/2009Passed by for the day
02/03/2009Amendments by Delegate Delegate Orrock agreed to
02/03/2009Engrossed by House - floor substitute with amendment HB1671EH1
02/03/2009Read second time
02/03/2009Committee amendments rejected
02/03/2009Floor substitute printed 095012484-H1 (Dance)
02/03/2009Substitute by Delegate Dance agreed to 095012484-H1
02/03/2009Amendments by Delegate Orrock agreed to
02/03/2009Engrossed by House - floor substitute with amendments HB1671EH1
02/03/2009Printed as engrossed 095012484-EH1
02/04/2009Read third time and passed House (80-Y 17-N)
02/04/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (80-Y 17-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/05/2009Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/17/2009Reported from Local Government (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2009Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2009Passed by for the day
02/23/2009Passed by for the day
02/24/2009Read third time
02/24/2009Passed by temporarily
02/24/2009Passed Senate (36-Y 3-N) (see vote tally)
02/28/2009Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1671ER)
02/28/2009Signed by Speaker
02/28/2009Signed by President
03/27/2009G Approved by Governor-Chapter 181 (effective 7/1/09)
03/27/2009G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0181)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 55 seconds.