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Zoning & Natural Resources
The Zoning Division is tasked with the provision of services and enforcement of matters related to the City Code.Telephone: (434) 455-3900 FAX: (434) 845-7630
Zoning Ordinance (link to Municode)
The Zoning Ordinance regulates matters pertaining to uses permitted in specific zoning districts including: setbacks/yard regulations of principal and accessory structures (including residential and commercial uses), home occupations, livestock and poultry and sign regulations to name a few.
The Zoning Ordinance does not regulate matters such as private deed restrictions, noise and other complaints similar in nature. Private matters are civil matters that must be handled with a private attorney.
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) consists of five (5) residents of the City of Lynchburg, appointed by the circuit court of the City of Lynchburg to 1.) hear and decide appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by an administrative officer in the administration or enforcement of this ordinance and 2.) authorize upon appeal or original application in specific cases such variance or conditional use permit as defined in Section 35.2-12.
The BZA meets as necessary on the 4th Tuesday of each month, or as called by the Chair.
Members of the Board of Zoning Appeals
Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance
As a regional urban hub, the City of Lynchburg will focus and strive to attract new developments. In the process, the City of Lynchburg aims to conserve land, water, air and other natural resources, while also maximizing the quality of those resources. The City's Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance is one of the regulatory tools that has been adopted to protect the City's natural resources during the development process.
Stormwater Management Program
Beginning July 1, 2014, all localities will be REQUIRED by the Commonwealth of Virginia to enforce the Virginia Stormwater Management Act. Please review the City of Lynchburg Stormwater Ordinance for more details.
This map shows areas that discharge to a combined sewer system and are therefore exempt from quantity and quality regulations (but must still comply with MS-19):
As of July 1, 2014, new regulations are in effect regarding the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP). If you are a builder or land developer, you could be required to obtain a VSMP authority permit from DEQ for each new project prior to issuance of a local land disturbance permit. The VSMP Permit will:
Add Time. Permits will require additional time to work through the permitting process.Add Cost. Permit fees will increase, as will the associated costs of planning, implementation and construction. These items will need to be taken into project budget consideration.
Add Responsibility. Responsibility for stormwater management practices during and after construction will increase for the builder and the homeowner.
For more information on the Virginia Stormwater Management Program, including links to the Laws and Regulations, please visit the following websites:
- Zoning Ordinance (note this ordinance was repealed by City Council on 2/23/16)
- Administrative Guidance Manual-VSMP
- Single-Family Detached Residential Structure Coverage Letter
- Adequate Channel Document
Kevin Henry | Zoning Administrator
Patricia Willoughby | Development Liasion