Zoning & Natural Resources

The Zoning Division is tasked with the provision of services and enforcement of matters related to the City Code.

View the 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.

View the Board of Zoning Appeals Application.

Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance

As a regional urban hub, the City of Lynchburg will focus and strive to attract new developments. 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.

View the City of Lynchburg Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance (PDF).

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. Visit the Stormwater Management page.

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 the issuance of a local land disturbance permit. The VSMP Permit will:

For more information on the Virginia Stormwater Management Program, including links to the Laws and Regulations, please visit the following websites:

View the COL - 2021 VSMP Admin. Guidance Manual (PDF).

Appendices (where you can view, print, or download the document):

Citizen Concerns - please contact Citizens First at 434-856-2489 for the following:

  • Property with land disturbance greater than 1,000 square feet
  • Stormwater runoff from an active construction site

Forms / Applications