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Please note that LGA did not publish a 2019 or 2020 edition of the Handbook. The next edition will be published in the first quarter of 2021 and will include all statutory and case law changes since the 2018 edition through August 31, 2020.


Published by the
Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc.

The Handbook of Virginia Local Government Law has been the principal reference source on Virginia local government law since it was first published in 1982 (and known then as the Handbook for Local Government Attorneys).

Written by practitioners of acknowledged expertise, The Handbook of Virginia Local Government Law remains the only comprehensive reference work for an in-depth look at this specialized field. Whether you have a legal practice grounded in local government law or need to get up-to-speed on a particular topic, The Handbook will give you the theoretical underpinnings and practical advice you need.

2018 Edition

The new 2018 edition is fully integrated and up-to-date. All chapters have been revised, not only to add new materials but also to delete outdated cases, statutes, and verbiage. The 2018 edition includes federal and state legislation, case decisions, Virginia Attorney General Opinions, and Conflict of Interest Opinions through December 31, 2017.


The Handbook of Virginia Local Government Law is published annually only in electronic format. It is available as a download and is searchable online. Each handbook chapter comprises a separate PDF file, readable with Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Handbook is searchable by keyword, both in its entirety and by individual chapter. The text includes hyperlinks to cross-referenced material in the same chapter and in other chapters of the Handbook, and to cited websites.


The Handbook of Virginia Local Government Law contains chapters on the most important topics of local government law, as specifically applied within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Each chapter is written by a practicing attorney with recognized expertise in the particular area. View the table of contents.

PRICING: 2018 Edition

LGA Active, Associate, Individual and Judicial Members: Included as a membership benefit
Non-members: $225
Law Students: $50 

To order the 2018 Edition, contact Susan Custer at 804-643-4433 or