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Laws, Regulations, & Guidance

Laws - Applicable Statutes from the Code of Virginia

Regulations - Applicable Regulations from the Virginia Administrative Code

Enforcement Manual - Virginia Regulatory Town Hall

This DEQ Enforcement Manual provides guidance to staff in enforcing the environmental requirements administered by DEQ. The policies and procedures of this Manual promote enforcement actions that are timely and appropriate, consistent and certain, and reasonable, fair and effective. This Manual consists of eight chapters:

  • Chapter One: Enforcement Policy (CEM-02)
  • Chapter Two: General Enforcement Procedures (CEM-03 and CEM-04)
  • Chapter Three: Priority, Timeliness and Certainty of Enforcement Actions (CEM-05)
  • Chapter Four: Civil Charges and Penalties (CEM-06)
  • Chapter Five: Incentives for Identifying and Resolving Violations (CEM-07)
  • Chapter Six: Adversarial Administrative Actions (CEM-08)
  • Chapter Seven: Court Actions (under development)
  • Chapter Eight: Access to Private Property for Inspections and Investigations, Denial of Access, and Obtaining Administrative Inspection Warrants

Disclaimer: Guidance documents are developed as guidance and, as such, set forth presumptive operating procedures.  See § 2.2-4001.  Guidance documents do not establish or affect legal rights or obligations, do not establish a binding norm and are not determinative of the issues addressed.  Decisions in individual cases will be made by applying the laws, regulations and policies of the Commonwealth to case-specific facts.


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Virginia Department of
Environmental Quality
P.O. Box 1105
Richmond, VA 23218
(804) 698-4000

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