Building Code Violations - 2010 Legislative Program
Initiate legislation to provide that criminal fines imposed by the General District Court for Building Code violations prosecuted by the local building department be remitted to the locality. Currently, such fines are remitted to the Commonwealth, even though the Virginia Code provides that Building Code requirements governing construction and rehabilitation are the responsibility of the local building department.
Initiate legislation that would authorize the General District Court to require abatement of all Building Code violations on nonresidential properties where the violation remains uncorrected at the time the court assesses civil penalties. Under current law, if a Building Code violation concerning a residential unit remains uncorrected by the time a civil penalty case reaches the court, the court is required to order the violation to be abated or otherwise remedied, as part of the court’s assessment of a civil penalty.