Removal of clutter from property; definition, civil penalty. (HB1778)

Introduced By

Del. Jeion Ward (D-Hampton) with support from co-patrons Del. Angelia Williams Graves (D-Norfolk), and Del. Martha Mugler (D-Hampton


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Removal of clutter from property; civil penalty. Provides that a locality may by ordinance require the removal of clutter from property, except on land zoned for or in active farming operation, or may, whenever the governing body deems it necessary, after reasonable notice, have such clutter removed by its own agents or employees, in which event the cost or expenses thereof shall be chargeable to and paid by the owners of such property and may be collected by the locality as taxes are collected. The bill defines "clutter" as including mechanical equipment, household furniture, containers, and similar items that may be detrimental to the well-being of a community when they are left in public view for an extended period or are allowed to accumulate. Violations of the bill are subject to the existing civil penalty applicable to violations of provisions relating to the removal of trash, garbage, refuse, litter, and similar substances from property. Read the Bill »


03/18/2021: signed by governor


12/29/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101674D
12/29/2020Referred to Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns
01/14/2021Assigned CC & T sub: Land Use
01/21/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
01/29/2021Reported from Counties, Cities and Towns (12-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/01/2021Read first time
02/02/2021Read second time and engrossed
02/03/2021Read third time and passed House (55-Y 43-N)
02/03/2021VOTE: Passage (55-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Constitutional reading dispensed
02/04/2021Referred to Committee on Local Government
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Local Government (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/15/2021Reported from Local Government with amendments (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Read third time
02/17/2021Reading of amendments waived
02/17/2021Committee amendments agreed to
02/17/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/17/2021Defeated by Senate (19-Y 20-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Reconsideration of defeated action agreed to by Senate (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/17/2021Passed by for the day
02/18/2021Read third time
02/18/2021Engrossed by Senate as amended
02/18/2021Passed Senate with amendments (21-Y 18-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2021Senate amendments agreed to by House (52-Y 43-N)
02/22/2021VOTE: Adoption (52-Y 43-N)
02/22/2021Placed on Calendar
02/25/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HB1778ER)
02/25/2021Signed by President
02/26/2021Signed by Speaker
03/01/2021Enrolled Bill communicated to Governor on March 1, 2021
03/01/2021G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 31, 2021
03/18/2021G Approved by Governor-Chapter 125 (effective 7/1/21)
03/18/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0125)