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You can determine your property's zoning by visiting Warren County's GIS or by contacting our office at 540-636-3354.
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You can access the Warren County Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances on the Warren County website. From the main toolbar, select 'Residents' and scroll down to "Warren County Code". The Subdivision Ordinance is Chapter 155, and the Zoning Ordinance is in Chapter 180.
The construction of a single-family dwelling must adhere to the property line setback requirements for the underlying zoning district. It must also comply with the well and septic requirements as defined by the Virginia Department of Health rules and regulations and Warren County Code Chapter 179.
The Warren County Code permits one principle structure on a single lot in the Agricultural and Residential zoning districts.
Zoning setbacks are determined by the underlying zoning district. In the Agricultural (A), Rural Residential (RR), Residential One (R1), and Two (R2) districts, a principle dwelling must be 50' from the front from the edge of the right-of-way (R-O-W), 15' from each side property line, and 35' from the rear property line. For Village Residential (VR), the setbacks are 25' from the front from the edge of the R-O-W, 15' from side and rear property lines. For Suburban Residential (SR), the setbacks are 20' from the front from the edge of the R-O-W, 20' in the rear, and 15' from the side property lines.
Accessory structures must be located in the side or rear yard only and should meet the side and rear setbacks for the underlying zoning district. The Agricultural district may have an accessory structure in the front yard meeting the setback of 50' and used for maintenance equipment only. The number of these structures is based on lot acreage. Additional requirements relating to size, number of structures, height, and setbacks vary between zoning districts, so it's recommended to contact Planning and Zoning staff for additional information prior to your building permit application submission.
You can find out by contacting the Warren County Environmental Health Department at 540-635-3159.
Warren County requires a setback of 100' feet between well to well and well to drain field. You can find this information by contacting the Warren County Health Department or in Warren County Code Chapter 179.
Before the Commissioner of the Revenue can issue a business license, a certificate of zoning must be issued by the Planning Department. This is to determine if the use qualifies as a home occupation as found in Warren County Code Section 180-17. The current fee for this is $15, payable in check or cash only.
You can report such violations to the Planning Department, which will then speak with the Zoning Administrator. If the Zoning Administrator is unavailable, staff will fill out a Zoning Violation Complaint form with pertinent information. The Zoning Administrator will follow up with a site visit to the property and a letter of inspection or violation. Your report is confidential, and no names will be released regarding the complaint.
Four dogs six months of age or older per household are allowed by-right in all zoning districts. Kennels are allowed by Conditional Use Permit in the Agricultural (A) and Rural Residential (RR) Zoning Districts for five or more dogs. The County does not have an ordinance for cats.
This depends on the zoning district of your property. If zoned Agricultural (A), it is an allowed use by-right. If zoned Rural-Residential (RR), it is an accessory use permitted by-right but with some limitations. If the property is zoned Village Residential (VR), it is a conditionally permitted use subject to limitations and conditions approved by the Warren County Board of Supervisors.
Major recreational vehicles shall not be used for living, sleeping, or occupancy on residential lots not approved for such use. These vehicles, when not parked in a garage, carport, or other building, shall be located at least 3 feet from the dwelling or accessory structures and not be located in the front yard except in a driveway perpendicular to the street and a minimum of 10 feet from the right-of-way on the part of the property determined to be the front yard; as per Warren County Code Section 180-40.1: Major recreational vehicles and equipment.