• Board for Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors

    NEW HOME INSPECTOR LAWS EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017


    Significant changes affecting regulation of home inspectors in Virginia become effective July 1, 2017. Here’s what you need to know


    License Required

    Until now, a person performing home inspections in Virginia could choose to obtain certification from the Board as a home inspector, but it was not required. Up until July 1, 2017, the law does not prohibit an individual without a certificate from performing any type of home inspection. 

    During the 2015 and 2016 General Assembly Sessions, the legislature amended the law to (1) restrict inspections on NEW construction to Board-regulated home inspectors who complete a special building code training and (2) transition the voluntary certification program for home inspectors to a mandatory licensing requirement. 

    As a result, the act of performing any home inspection in Virginia will require a license issued by the Board beginning July 1, 2017. Any person, even a licensed home inspector, without the NRS designation will be restricted from conducting inspections of new residential structures. 

    • See this Important Notice to learn more about how the transition to licensure affects currently certified home inspectors and new applicants, the process for upcoming renewals and continuing professional education (CPE), and completing the New Residential Specialty (NRS) training module. 

    Yellow CSST Disclosure

    A new law (SB 812) mandates additional disclosure if a certain type of flexible gas/propane pipe is found in homes built before the 2006 Virginia Construction Code was adopted. 

    Beginning July 1, 2017, licensed home inspectors who observe any shade of yellow corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) during inspection of an applicable home (built prior to the May 1, 2008, date when the 2006 Code became effective), must include the following disclosure statement in the home inspection report: 

    "Manufacturers believe that this product is safer if properly bonded and grounded as required by the manufacturer's installation instructions. Proper bonding and grounding of the product should be determined by a contractor licensed to perform the work in the Commonwealth of Virginia." 

    Effective 9/20/2017: Updated Home Inspector Regulations revised to reflect new CSST disclosure law