Agency Assessment of Mandates

“[A]ll agencies… shall conduct an assessment of all mandates imposed on local governments administered by the agency to determine which mandates, if any, may be altered or eliminated.” (Section 2.2-613, Code of Virginia)

“If an assessment reveals that such mandates may be altered or eliminated without undue threat to the health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Commonwealth, the Commission [on Local Government] shall so advise the Governor and the General Assembly…” (Section 15.2-2903, Code of Virginia)

The mandates are described in the Catalog of State and Federal Mandates on Local Governments, which the commission updates annually.  Executive Order 58, signed by Governor Kaine on Oct. 11, 2007, governs the assessment of mandates by state executive agencies. EO 58 rescinded Executive Memorandum 1-98, which previously guided the assessment process.

“The Commission on Local Government shall distribute copies of all completed assessments received from state agencies to the Governor, the Secretary of Commerce and Trade, the Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate, the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) and the Virginia Municipal League (VML) and to other interested parties upon request.” (Section B(1)(f), EO 58)

In accordance with EO 58, the commission annually establishes a mandate assessment schedule for state agencies.  The schedule is subject to the Governor’s approval.  The commission publishes the schedule in the Virginia Register of Regulations (go to the General Notices section), distributes it to the agencies responsible for assessing the mandates, and posts it on this website.  In addition, the commission distributes the schedule to the Clerks of the House of Delegates and Senate, VACo and VML.

Only the following types of mandates are subject to assessment:

  • New and newly-identified mandates that have been in effect for at least 24 months;
  • Existing mandates that have revised to the extent that they constitute new mandates and have been in effect for at least 24 months; and
  • Other mandates that the commission, after considering input from stakeholders, has decided should be reassessed.

Local governments are invited to submit their comments on mandates currently under assessment.  Information on the fiscal impact of the mandates is particularly welcome.

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FY 2018-2019 Schedule of Assessment Periods for
Executive Branch Agency Assessment of Catalogued Mandates
Catalog Number Short Title Assessment Dates
Begin End
SAF.VDACS013 Animal Control and Law Enforcement Animal Recordingkeeping Requirements 08/1/2018 10/31/2018
SCT.DHCD021 Local Building Permit Fee Levy 08/01/2018 10/31/2018
SCT.DHCD022 Virginia Main Street (VMS) 08/01/2018 10/31/2018
SHHR.DSS081 Support Payments for Public Service 09/01/2018 11/30/2018
SNR.DEQ039 Stormwater Management Programs by Localities 09/01/2018 11/30/2018
SOE.DOE010 School Staffing Ratios 07/01/2018 09/30/2018
SOE.DOE030 Standards of Accreditation Requirements 07/01/2018 09/30/2018
SOE.DOE148 Broadband Connectivity Capability 07/01/2018 09/30/2018
SPSHS.VSP018 Officer Involved Shooting 08/01/2018 10/30/2018




FY 2017-2018 Schedule of Assessment Periods for 
Executive Agency Assessment of Catalogued Mandates
Catalog Number Short Title Assessment Dates
Begin End
SCT.DOLI007 Voluntary Protection Program 07/01/2017 09/30/2017
SHHR.CSA002 Referrals and Reviews of Children and Families 09/01/2017 11/30/2017
SHHR.CSA003 Appeals for Youth and Families Involving Family Services Plans 09/01/2017 11/30/2017
SHHR.DSS079 Child Day Center and Family Day Home Business License Report 09/01/2017 11/30/2017
SHHR.DSS080 Putative Father Registry Search 09/01/2017 11/30/2017
SHHR.VDH032 Emergency Medical Services Criminal History Record Information 07/01/2017 10/31/2017
SHHR.VDH033 Biannual Rabies Vaccination Clinic 07/01/2017 10/31/2017
SNR.DEQ022 Virginia Pollution Abatement Permit 07/01/2017 09/30/2017
SNR.DEQ047 Living Shorelines Loans 10/01/2017 12/31/2017
SNR.DEQ048 Regional Emissions Control Programs 08/01/2017 10/31/2017
SOE.DOE016 Records of Non-Resident Students with Disabilities 07/01/2017 08/31/2017
SOE.DOE026 Local School Division Policies 07/01/2017 08/31/2017
SOE.DOE139 Staff Training for Aides working with Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders 07/01/2017 08/31/2017
SOE.DOE146 School Board Record-Keeping Requirements 07/01/2017 08/31/2017
SPSHS.DFS002 DNA Samples Required from Certain Convicted Persons 07/01/2017 09/30/2017
SPSHS.VDEM016 Tax, Fee, and Registration Exemption for Out-of-State Disaster/Emergency Related Businesses 10/01/2017 12/31/2017