Virginia Fair Housing Law; prohibits discriminating in application of land use ordinances. (HB1647)

Introduced By

Del. Jeff Bourne (D-Richmond) with support from co-patron Del. Lamont Bagby (D-Richmond)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Virginia Fair Housing Law; unlawful discriminatory housing practices. Prohibits any locality, its employees, or its appointed commissions from discriminating (i) in the application of local land use ordinances or guidelines; (ii) in the permitting of housing developments on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, elderliness, familial status, or handicap; or (iii) in the permitting of housing developments because the housing development contains or is expected to contain affordable housing units occupied or intended for occupancy by families or individuals with incomes at or below 80 percent of the median income of the area where the housing development is located or is proposed to be located. The bill also requires the Fair Housing Board, after determining the existence of an unlawful discriminatory housing practice and after consultation with the Attorney General, to immediately refer the matter to the Attorney General for civil action. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/27/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19101030D
11/27/2018Referred to Committee on Rules
01/18/2019Referred from Rules
01/18/2019Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1647)
02/05/2019Left in General Laws


Deborah Hawkins writes:

This bill should be amended to include sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression categories - not just "sex" which can be narrowly interpreted as gender assigned at birth (even if in correct).