General Laws Bills of Interest

February 27, 2018

SB 391 (Barker) creates a statewide standard for installation and maintenance of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in rental property. Localities that have enacted ordinances must conform their ordinances by July 1, 2019. These were Housing Commission recommendations. HB 609 (Carr) is the companion bill, and both bills have passed.

SB 529 (Mason) removes the requirement for an affidavit supporting a building permit applicant’s statement that he is not subject to licensure or certification as a contractor or subcontractor. Only a written statement is required. HB 164 (Yancey) is the companion bill and both bill have passed.

SB 921 (Ebbin) applies only to single family residential dwelling engineering and construction plans and drawings submitted for the purpose of complying with the Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Statewide Fire Prevention Code. The bill has the effect of making these submissions non-confidential but retain the current exemption from the Freedom of Information Act. HB 683 (Pogge) is the companion bill, and both bills have passed.

VACo Contact: Phyllis Errico, Esq., CAE

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