Uniform Statewide Building Code; enforcement, inspection warrants, hoarding. (HB391)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Uniform Statewide Building Code; enforcement; inspection warrants; hoarding. Expands the circumstances in which an inspection warrant may be issued by a magistrate or court of competent jurisdiction to a local building official or his agent to include instances in which a local building department has received a complaint that a violation of the unsafe structures provisions of the Building Code exists due to documented prolonged and extensive hoarding by the owner, tenant, or occupant of any building, and the owner, tenant, or occupant has refused to allow the local building official or his agent access to such building or structure. The bill defines "hoarding" as the acquisition and retention of large quantities of items and materials that produce an extensively cluttered living space, which significantly impairs the performance of essential self-care tasks or otherwise substantially threatens health, life, or safety. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/05/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18102211D
01/05/2018Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/17/2018Assigned GL sub: Subcommittee #2
01/17/2018Impact statement from DPB (HB391)
02/01/2018Subcommittee recommends continuing to 2019
02/13/2018Left in General Laws