Fair Housing: Virginia

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Virginia Protected Classes

(State of Virginia Annotated Code Chapter 5.1 § 36-96.3)

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability
  • Age (55+)
  • Source of Funds1
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Gender Identity
  • Military Status

1"Source of Funds" means any source that lawfully provides funds to or on behalf of a renter or buyer of housing, including any assistance, benefit, or subsidy program, whether such program is administered by a governmental or nongovernmental entity.

This is an independent city, not located within any county            

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

(City of Norfolk Municipal Code § 45.1-2)

This is an independent city, not located within any county            

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This is an independent city, not located within any county            

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.