Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors, Virginia Board for; licensing of home inspectors. (SB453)

Introduced By

Sen. Bill Stanley (R-Moneta) with support from co-patron Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors; licensing of home inspectors. Provides that beginning July 1, 2017, home inspectors must be licensed by the Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors (the Board). Currently home inspectors must be certified. The bill also provides that certain provisions shall become effective on July 1, 2016 to enable the Board to commence regulatory activity contemplated by this bill to establish the licensure of home inspectors. The bill contains a technical amendment. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16
01/12/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/16 16103785D
01/12/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
01/21/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB453)
01/25/2016Reported from General Laws and Technology with substitute (12-Y 0-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
01/25/2016Committee substitute printed 16104674D-S1
01/27/2016Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/28/2016Read second time
01/28/2016Reading of substitute waived
01/28/2016Committee substitute agreed to 16104674D-S1
01/28/2016Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB453S1
01/29/2016Read third time and passed Senate (36-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2016Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/29/2016Passed Senate (30-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB453S1)
02/03/2016Placed on Calendar
02/03/2016Read first time
02/03/2016Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/18/2016Reported from General Laws (20-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/19/2016Read second time
02/22/2016Read third time
02/22/2016Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/22/2016VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/23/2016Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB453ER)
02/23/2016Signed by President
02/23/2016Signed by Speaker
02/23/2016Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on 2/23/16
02/23/2016G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, March 1, 2016
02/24/2016Impact statement from DPB (SB453ER)
03/01/2016G Approved by Governor-Chapter 161 (effective - see bill)


Editor’s Pick
Mike writes:

The statement above "Currently home inspectors must be certified"
Is wrong, currently in Virginia home inspectors only need a business card. If they want to put the word certified on their report then they must be licensed by the state otherwise nothing is required.
I believe that all home inspectors regardless of how long they have been inspecting homes should be required to take the National Home Inspectors Exam, is cost $250.00 less than a home inspection fee. All home inspectors should be required to carry GL and E&O insurance which averages out to just over $100.00 per month. Continuing ED or CE's cost less than $500.00 per year.

The costs associated with being a licensed home inspector is very low and would not cause a finical burden to any home inspector not currently licensed by the state.