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Zoning & Natural Resources
The Zoning and Natural Resources Division is tasked with the provision of services and enforcement of matters related to the City Code.
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 35.1-13(a).
The BZA meets as necessary on the 4th Tuesday of each month, or as called by the Chairman.
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):
If you are a builder or land developer, you may be required to obtain the Virginia Stormwater Management Program Permit (VSMP Permit) for individual single-family projects located within a subdivision, or if disturbing greater than one (1) acre of land outside of a subdivision.
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.
Region 2000 publishes an informative document entitled, "Choose Blue" which discusses the benefits of community stormwater management programs. To read this document, you may click below, or on the image shown on the left.
To assist with this transition, you may follow the implementation of the VSMP Permit law by visiting the following websites:
Commonly Used Zoning and Natural Resources Documents
- VSMP Administrative Guidance Manual
- Single Family Land Disturbance Permit Application
- Adequate Channel Document
- Letter of Zoning Approval
- Fireworks Sale Permit
- Height Elevation Certificate
- Sign Permit Application
- Zoning Ordinance
- Zoning Ordinance Diagnostic
- BZA Application