Any number of persons, not less than five, may, under the provisions of Article 3 (§ 13.1-618 et seq.) of Chapter 9 of this title or Article 3 (§ 13.1-818 et seq.) of Chapter 10 of this title, associate themselves together as a cooperative association, society, company or exchange, for the purpose of (i) conducting any housing, agricultural, fishing, dairy, mercantile, merchandise, brokerage, water, sewer, manufacturing, service or mechanical business on the cooperative plan or (ii) representing or providing financing for cooperative associations, societies, companies, or exchanges organized pursuant to the laws of this Commonwealth or any other state, provided that the word “cooperative” shall be included as a part of the name. Except for a cooperative association organized to conduct business as a water or sewer company, no cooperative association organized under this article shall conduct any business in this Commonwealth as a public service company or exercise any privileges of such company.The provisions of Chapter 9 (§ 13.1-601 et seq.) and Chapter 10 (§ 13.1-801 et seq.) of this title, as the case may be, shall apply to cooperative associations created under this section or subject to the provisions of this article, except so far as the same are in conflict with the following sections of this article which shall be applicable only to such cooperative associations, and except that no stock cooperative association shall issue stock without nominal or par value.
Code 1950, § 13-238; 1952, c. 668; 1956, c. 428; 1986, c. 363; 1992, cc. 155, 653; 1994, c. 217.