Short-term rentals; regulation, urban county executive form of government. (SB1701)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Regulation of short-term rentals; urban county executive form of government. Requires any ordinance adopted by the governing body of any county that operates under the urban county executive form of government (Fairfax County) relating to regulation of short-term rentals to comply with various provisions related to the short-term rental of property, including limits on (i) the total number of nights permitted for short-term rental on the short-term rental operator's property and (ii) the number of short-term rental properties owned by any one person or entity. The bill also requires such ordinance to comply with various Code of Virginia provisions related to zoning enforcement, the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code, real estate licensing, common interest communities, and covered entities otherwise regulated by localities. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/15/2019Presented and ordered printed 19104398D
01/15/2019Referred to Committee on Local Government
01/29/2019Reported from Local Government with amendment (9-Y 4-N) (see vote tally)
01/31/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2019Read second time
02/01/2019Reading of amendment waived
02/01/2019Committee amendment agreed to
02/01/2019Reading of amendments waived
02/01/2019Amendments by Senator Ebbin agreed to
02/01/2019Engrossed by Senate as amended SB1701E
02/01/2019Printed as engrossed 19104398D-E
02/04/2019Engrossment reconsidered by Senate (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Reading of amendments waived
02/04/2019Amendments by Senator Ebbin agreed to
02/04/2019Reengrossed by Senate as amended SB1701E2
02/04/2019Printed as reengrossed 19104398D-E2
02/04/2019Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2019Passed Senate (26-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/06/2019Placed on Calendar
02/06/2019Read first time
02/06/2019Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
02/06/2019Assigned CC & T sub: Subcommittee #2
02/13/2019Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (5-Y 3-N)
02/19/2019Left in Counties, Cities and Towns


Tricia Moore writes:

Fairfax County has grossly over regulated short-term rentals of private residences. Fairfax citizens who wish to participate in the sharing economy (AirBnB, VRBO, and others) can NOT rent their homes more than 60 days annually and if it is a second residence - NOT AT ALL! This action seems to have been taken in response to a fear of problems that simply don’t exist. In a two-year time period there were 18,000 – 20,000 code complaints and only 80 were regarding Short Term Rentals. Out of the 80 complaints only 13 were found to be valid. Out of the 13 only half were there is a Short Term Rental at this property. So in 2 years there were less than 10 complaints in an area with 1.25 Million Residents. These rentals are welcomed by 82% of the Fairfax County population according to their own survey. These people coming into Fairfax not only provide much needed supplemental income, but support all of our local small businesses - grocery stores, restaurants, retail shopping, etc. Support SB1701. Thanks Senator Ebbin for bringing it forward for us! #citizens4str