Rezonings & Special Use Permits
Rezonings / Special Use Permit Applications
The Roanoke County Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations on rezoning and special use permit applications
to the Board of Supervisors
at their monthly public hearing. The deadline for application submission is six weeks before the date of the public hearing.
Definition of Rezoning
A rezoning is the reclassification of a parcel of land from one zoning district to another zoning district. A rezoning is often requested when the applicant wishes to use a piece of property for a use that is not permitted in the current zoning district. An application for a rezoning can be initiated by the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, or any other party with the written consent of the property owner.
Definition of Special Use Permit
Uses in a zoning district are divided into by-right uses and uses that are allowed only by special use permit. These uses may, depending on their scale, design, and location, be compatible with other uses within that zoning district. Special use permits are generally subject to certain standards or conditions to ensure that the use is appropriate to the area.
Virginia State Code requires that all rezoning and special use permit applications proceed through a series of advertised public hearings with the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Adjacent property owners are notified by mail of the date, time, and location of these public hearings.
A typical rezoning or special use permit application takes approximately two months from submission of the application to the final decision of the Board of Supervisors. As of July 2017, pre-application meeting is required.
For more information or to begin the rezoning or special use process, download a rezoning and/or special use permit application
and contact the Planning and Zoning Department at (540) 772-2065.