Private wells; validity of permits. (HB465)

Introduced By

Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Private well permits; validity. Provides that permits for the construction of private wells, other than express well construction permits, shall be valid for the same time period and subject to the same limitations as permits for septic tanks. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/08/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16102617D
01/08/2016Referred to Committee on Health, Welfare and Institutions
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee Subcommittee #2
01/14/2016Assigned to sub: Subcommittee #2
01/14/2016Assigned HWI sub: Subcommittee #2
01/20/2016Impact statement from VDH (HB465)
01/21/2016Subcommittee recommends reporting (10-Y 0-N)
01/26/2016Reported from Health, Welfare and Institutions (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/27/2016Read first time
01/28/2016Passed by for the day
01/29/2016Motion to rerefer to committee agreed to
01/29/2016Rereferred to Health, Welfare and Institutions
02/02/2016Tabled in Health, Welfare and Institutions


Paul writes:

Nothing to see here?

While Dr. Marissa Levine, CEO of Virginia department of health is promulgating regulations to allow her to charge fees; the General Assembly is being lobbied by the same CEO to reduce permit validity periods?

Decreased permit validity with no extensions equals more money?

What an outstanding example of how republicans are protecting the private property rights of citizens.

Darren B. Silant writes:

A $300 well permit is valid for 54 months, by this bill an 18 month permit would be renewed 3 times at cost of $900, each event requiring field visits and paperwork.

Well permitting protects the landowner's interest in a home site against intrusion by neighboring septic fields. Remedial math will help the GOP understand the cost increase.

Stephen K writes:

We recently had my local health department permit a well that was soon found to not be on our lot. After a long process, we was made to pay another fee and drill a new well.

This happened because my so called "health department person" told me that I didn't need a survey of my land and that he would "make sure" everything was ok.

Nearly $8,000.00 later and a survey, everything was corrected.

Sara Kline writes:

Does this mean well permits will no longer be transferable?

Couldn't you just extend septic permits to match the well criteria.