Catalog of State and Federal Mandates

The Catalog of State and Federal Mandates on Local Governments is updated annually and approved by the Commission on Local Government in September. The catalog is an online, interactive database of all state and federal mandates on local governments identified as of July 1 of each year. Each mandate has a separate entry containing a brief description of the mandated action, identification of the type of mandate, name of the administering agency, citations of statutory and regulatory authority and information regarding the assessment of the mandate.

The database contains different versions of the catalog, starting with 2016 as the oldest version of the interactive catalog. Previous versions of the catalog were produced as a document. If you would like to view previous versions of the catalog starting with 2015 as the most recent year, please click here. Hard copies of the catalog are also available for the previous versions of the catalog. If you would like to order the document, mail a check made payable to Treasurer of Virginia for $15.00 per copy (includes postage) to: Department of Housing and Community Development, Commission on Local Government, 600 East Main Street, Suite 300, Richmond VA, 23219-1321.

To access the online, interactive mandates database please click here: Mandates Online Database

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