Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and Local Ordinances

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act, adopted by the Virginia General Assembly in 1989, focuses on local land use planning and land management to affect a positive impact on water quality. The first sentence sets the tone for the rest of the statute:

Healthy state and local economies and a healthy Chesapeake Bay are integrally related; balanced economic development and water quality protection are not mutually exclusive.

The Act is mandatory for all Tidewater Virginia localities, and some other Virginia localities have opted in. Local implementation differs, and we've provided links to many local ordinances below.

Virginia's law and regulations

Virginia's local ordinances

Select a region to access local government CBPA resource links. Our list is not comprehensive, and we will be updating.

Northern: Arlington, Caroline, Fairfax, Prince William, Spotsylvania, and Stafford Cos.; Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, and Falls Church; and Towns of Clifton, Dumfries, Herndon, and Vienna

Piedmont: Chesterfield, Hanover, and Henrico Cos.; City of Richmond

Tidewater: James City Co.

Valley: Albemarle Co., City of Charlottesville

Local governments with Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act ordinances (click to enlarge)