Zoning; modification, etc., to property for persons with disabilities, board of zoning appeals. (HB796)

Introduced By

Del. Patrick Hope (D-Arlington)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Zoning; disabilities. Requires a locality to give consideration to the need for reasonable modifications in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act or state and federal fair housing laws when preparing a zoning ordinance. The bill also alters the standard by which a variance shall be granted by requiring approval if such approval (i) will alleviate a hardship by granting a reasonable modification to a property as requested by a person with a disability and (ii) meets several other conditions as required by existing law. Any variance granted to provide a reasonable modification to a property requested by a person with a disability may expire when the person benefited by it is no longer in need of the modification to such property provided by the variance. If a request for a reasonable modification is made to a locality and is appropriate under the provisions of state and federal fair housing laws, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, as applicable, such request shall be granted by the locality unless a variance from the board of zoning appeals is required in order for such request to be granted. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/09/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18104544D
01/09/2018Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/11/2018Impact statement from DHCD (HB796)
01/17/2018Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
01/25/2018Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment (6-Y 1-N)
01/26/2018Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns with amendment (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/30/2018Read first time
01/31/2018Read second time
01/31/2018Committee amendment agreed to
01/31/2018Engrossed by House as amended HB796E
01/31/2018Printed as engrossed 18104544D-E
02/01/2018Read third time and passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
02/01/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2018Reconsideration of passage agreed to by House
02/01/2018Passed House BLOCK VOTE (98-Y 0-N)
02/01/2018VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE 2 (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/02/2018Constitutional reading dispensed
02/02/2018Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/27/2018Reported from Local Government with substitute (12-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/27/2018Committee substitute printed 18107745D-S1
03/01/2018Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/02/2018Passed by for the day
03/05/2018Read third time
03/05/2018Reading of substitute waived
03/05/2018Committee substitute agreed to 18107745D-S1
03/05/2018Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute HB796S1
03/05/2018Passed Senate with substitute (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2018Placed on Calendar
03/06/2018Senate substitute rejected by House 18107745D-S1 (0-Y 97-N)
03/06/2018VOTE: REJECTED (0-Y 97-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Senate insisted on substitute (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2018Senate requested conference committee
03/08/2018House acceded to request
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by House
03/08/2018Delegates: Hope, Webert, Pillion
03/08/2018Conferees appointed by Senate
03/08/2018Senators: DeSteph, Chase, Favola
03/09/2018C Amended by conference committee
03/09/2018Conference substitute printed 18108098D-H1
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by House (98-Y 0-N)
03/09/2018VOTE: ADOPTION (98-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2018Conference report agreed to by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/20/2018Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB796ER)
03/20/2018Signed by Speaker
03/22/2018Signed by President
03/26/2018Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 26, 2018
03/26/2018G Governor's Action Deadline Midnight, April 9, 2018
04/04/2018G Approved by Governor-Chapter 757 (effective 7/1/18)
04/04/2018G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0757)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 3 clips in all, totaling 2 minutes.