Onsite sewage systems; inspections. (HB1231)

Introduced By

Del. Bobby Orrock (R-Thornburg)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Onsite sewage systems; inspections.  Clarifies that if a licensed professional engineer or onsite soil evaluator does not inspect an onsite sewage system, which he certified, in a timely manner, or declines to certify that the installation was completed substantially in accordance with the evaluation and design, the owner may petition the Department of Health to inspect the installation and render a final case decision approving or disapproving the installation. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/20/2012Presented and ordered printed 12104197D
01/20/2012Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/24/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1231)
01/26/2012Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2012Read first time
01/30/2012Read second time and engrossed
01/31/2012Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
01/31/2012VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2012Constitutional reading dispensed
02/01/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
02/16/2012Reported from Education and Health (13-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2012Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/20/2012Read third time
02/20/2012Passed Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2012Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1231ER)
02/23/2012Impact statement from DPB (HB1231ER)
02/23/2012Signed by Speaker
02/23/2012Signed by President
03/08/2012G Approved by Governor-Chapter 184 (effective 7/1/12)
03/08/2012G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0184)


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 1 minute.


JTWalker writes:

It is only logical that if the private sector is designing private sewer systems, the designer, who knows the site condition warranting this system must be a party to approval of that design.
The VDH has been shifting it's design authority away from public sector, and will in time phase out of the "business model" which was developed during a time when there was no requirement for permitting. The EHS of years past was a critical component of improving environmental quality and safety. Their mandate at present seems to shift focus towards foods, epidemic disease, welfare and other public health function.
It is wrong to interfere between a private contractual relationship between a licensed service provider and client. If there is fault or a lack of responsibility in the safe installation of a system the proper mechanism to find resolution is in the licensing board, the permitting authority, or the courts.