Virginia Property Transfer regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Virginia Property Transfer: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Hazardous waste facility closure and post-closure rules: 9 Virginia Administrative Code (VAC) 20-60-264

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Regulated underground storage tanks (USTs): Virginia Code Annotated (VCA) 62.1-44.34:9

Regulatory Agencies

Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Virginia State Water Control Board (Board)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 3

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers.

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Virginia has no state property transfer law that requires a certification of property conditions before a real estate transfer may take place. The state requires hazardous waste treatment, storage, and disposal facility (TSDF) owners and operators to record in the appropriate land records certain information about the facility when it is closed.

Administration and enforcement. The DEQ enforces the property transfer rules in Virginia.

State Requirements


For more information on contaminated sites, see the state section SUPERFUND. In addition to this section, management of older abandoned commercial sites is discussed in the state section BROWNFIELDS. For information on transfer of sites that actively manage hazardous wastes, see the state sections RCRA and CLOSURE AND POST-CLOSURE PLANS.

Any site that has an active water or air discharge permit will typically require agency notification that an ownership change is anticipated, with the new owner certifying that all existing permit requirements will be met. This can typically be completed by submitting a permit transfer form. In some cases, a change of stock, title, or real estate ownership are all considered ...

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Governing Law and Regulations
Regulatory Agencies
Comparison: State vs. Federal
State Requirements

Virginia Property Transfer Resources

Type Title
Forms Well Disclosure Certificate
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