Vested rights; building permits. (SB701)

Introduced By

Sen. Timmy French (R-Shenandoah) with support from co-patron Del. Angelia Williams Graves (D-Norfolk)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Vested rights; building permits. Provides that if a locality has issued a building permit, despite nonconformance with the zoning ordinance, and a property owner, relying in good faith on the issuance of the building permit, incurs extensive obligations or substantial expenses in diligent pursuit of a building project that is in conformance with the building permit and the Uniform Statewide Building Code, the locality shall not treat such building as an illegal use but rather as a legal nonconforming use. Current law requires that such project be completed and a certificate of occupancy issued in order to receive such protection. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/19/2024Presented and ordered printed 24104047D
01/19/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology
02/07/2024Reported from General Laws and Technology with amendment (14-Y 0-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/08/2024Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2024Passed by for the day
02/12/2024Passed by temporarily
02/12/2024Read second time
02/12/2024Committee amendment rejected
02/12/2024Reading of amendment waived
02/12/2024Amendment by Senator French agreed to
02/12/2024Engrossed by Senate as amended SB701E
02/12/2024Printed as engrossed 24104047D-E
02/13/2024Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2024Placed on Calendar
02/16/2024Read first time
02/16/2024Referred to Committee on General Laws
02/19/2024Assigned GL sub: Housing/Consumer Protection
02/22/2024Subcommittee recommends reporting (8-Y 0-N)
02/27/2024Reported from General Laws (22-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/29/2024Read second time
03/01/2024Read third time
03/01/2024Passed House BLOCK VOTE (97-Y 0-N)
03/01/2024VOTE: Block Vote Passage (97-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
03/06/2024Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB701ER)
03/06/2024Signed by Speaker
03/07/2024Signed by President
03/11/2024Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 11, 2024
03/11/2024G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., April 8, 2024
04/05/2024G Approved by Governor-Chapter 605 (effective 7/1/24)

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