Uniform Statewide Building Code; applicability to farm buildings and structures. (HB1224)

Introduced By

Del. Tim Hugo (R-Centreville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Uniform Statewide Building Code; applicability to farm buildings and structures. Provides that the current exemption for farm buildings and structures from the Uniform Statewide Building Code does not apply if a building or a portion of a building is operated as a licensed winery or farm winery or brewery under the provisions of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act (§ 4.1-100 et seq.). The bill has a two-year delayed effective date to allow existing structures to come into compliance with the Uniform Statewide Building Code. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104310D
01/10/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/24/2018Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/25/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB1224)
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019
02/13/2018Left in General Laws


Terri Sweeny writes:

To Whom It May Concern,
Please pass this bill before someone is hurt.
I also would like to see more regulations for the breweries, etc. that are allowed to pop-up in the middle of rural areas. We have a working farm in Loudoun County across Rte. 15 from Vanish Brewery. The entrance is directly on Rte. 15, a heavily traveled road with many tractor-trailers as a cut through route from and to Maryland. Vanish doesn't serve any beer with less than 5% alcohol. This is not a tasting room like a winery. People come and drink for hours just like a bar. There is outside music when the weather permits from Friday afternoon until Sunday night. As the owner, Mr. Staples stated, in the Loudoun Now newspaper January 25th, 2018 edition, "His goal is to help turn what used to be a relatively isolated, sleepy village into a meeting place for beer lovers, music fans and families in the region". I don't believe a sleepy village is an appropriate place to open a very busy bar with 100's of cars coming and going. And his real goal, of course, is to make a lot of money at the local's expense. Why is this considered agribusiness when it's basically a bar in the country? He bought this property 3 years ago to open the brewery so this wasn't his working farm before. He doesn't grow enough hops on the grounds for all of his beer production either. It seems the cart was put before the horse when the operations were allowed. The regulations are few and vague. Why wouldn't there be regulations for these kind of operations just like any other commercial enterprise? Sincerely, Terri Sweeny