References to the Code of Virginia, the Code of Fairfax County, and federal laws are provided for informational assistance only, and should not be used or construed as a substitute for legal, financial, managerial, or other professional advice or counsel.
- Fairfax County Code Chapter 10 - Consumer protection information for Fairfax County residents.
- Federal Fair Debt Collection Act - avenue for disputing and obtaining validation of debt information.
- Federal Magnuson Moss Act - written warranty disclosed in simple and readily understood language.
- FTC Cooling-Off Rule - contracts signed in your home.
- Virginia Automobile Repairs Facilities Act - provides protections for consumers considering having repair work done on their vehicle.
- Virginia Consumer Protection Act - promoting fair and ethical standards of transactions between suppliers and the consuming public.
- Virgnia Freedom of Information Act - a statute giving a person the right to access information from government agencies.
- Virginia Home Solicitation Act - solicitation of the sale or lease by telephonic or other electronic means at any residence other than that of the seller.
- Virginia Mechanics Lien - protecting contractors from non-payment of labor and material.
- Virginia Motor Vehicle Warranty Enforcement Act –“Lemon Law” on purchased or leased vehicles in Virginia that contains a defect or condition that significantly impairs its safety, use, or market value.
- Virginia Residential Landlord and Tenant Act - establishes the rights and obligations of landlords and tenants in Virginia.
- Chapter 13 - Landlord Tenant - common law when landlord is exempt from VRLTA.
Home and Condominium Owners
- Peddlers, Solicitors and Canvassers - Chapter 31
- Animals and Fowl Ordinance - Chapter 41.1
- Water Recreation Facilities Ordinance - Chapter 69.1
- Motor Vehicles and Traffic - Section 82
- Nuisance Noise – Section 108, Article 5
- Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance
Effective April 24, 2020, emergency legislation was signed by Virginia Governor Northam. The new legislation allows for common interest community association boards to meet by electronic communication means during a Governor-declared State of Emergency. Links to the language of the legislation may be found at HB 29, Item 4-0.01, paragraph 2g and HB 30, Item 4-0.01, paragraph 2g.
- Virginia Condominium Act - contains all facets of developing, building, expanding, and living in a condominium neighborhood.
- Virginia Common Interest Communities - defines the responsibility and authority of the Common Interest Community Board and the Common Interest Community Ombudsman.
- Virginia Nonstock Corporation Act -applies to common interest communities that are incorporated with the Virginia State Corporation Commission as Nonstock Corporations.
- Virginia Property Owners Association Act - applies to developments subject to a declaration, as defined under this Act.
Cable Policy and Regulation
- Cable Ordinance Chapter 9.1- Fairfax county code chapter that addresses cable television and other communications services.
- Cable Communications Policy Act of 1984 - federal law that first codified national policy for the regulation of cable communications: as originally passed and as currently in force.
- Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 - amended the Cable Act of 1984 on subjects including broadcast channel carriage and rate regulation.
- Telecommunications Act of 1996 - comprehensively amended the Communications Act of 1934, including the Cable Act.
- Communications Act of 1934- created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and established a federal regulatory structure for wireline and wireless communications. This document includes the 1992 and 1996 amendments.
Regulation and Licensing
- Massage – Chapter 28.1 - permitting and regulation of massage therapists and massage establishments.
- Solicitor – Chapter 31 - details of requirements to solicit.
- Pawnbrokers and Precious Metal and Gem Dealers – Chapter 33 - requirements to sell precious metals and gems for pawnbrokers and dealers.
- Charitable Solicitors – Chapter 34 pertains to any person which is or holds itself out to be organized or operated for any charitable purpose which solicits contributions from the public.
- Towing – Chapter 82-5-32 -removal, immobilization, and disposition of vehicles unlawfully parked on private or county property.
- Taxicabs – Chapter 84.1 - regulates the operation of taxicabs for hire within the county.