Planning and Zoning Division

Nicole Pendleton

Director of Community Development

Monday – Friday

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

5 West Main Street

Suite 100

Fincastle, VA 24090

Phone: (540) 928-2080

Fax: (540) 473-2018


The Planning Division handles:


This Planning and Zoning Division is responsible for all short and long-range planning functions affecting the growth and development of Botetourt County. It provides citizens with information related to land use issues, zoning, FEMA floodplain determinations, Home Occupation Permits, Manufactured Home (HUD) Permits, plat approvals, rezoning, site plan review, subdivision approvals, sign permits and variances, and performs review, inspection and enforcement duties.

All applications and permits are still being processed while the offices are closed to the public, unless an appointment has been scheduled. For the best response, please leave a voicemail at (540) 928-2080 or send an email to, and staff will contact you as soon as we are done assisting others. Thank you. 


Department Launches New Zoning Complaint Form

County Code

Botetourt County Code

Planning Commission

The Botetourt County Planning Commission is composed of five members who are appointed by the Board of Supervisors to represent their respective magisterial districts. The Commission makes recommendations on rezoning, text amendments, and special exception permit applications. The Board of Supervisors then makes the final decision regarding the Commission’s recommendations.

For more information, including meeting agendas and minutes, please visit the Planning Commission’s website.

Applications and Permits

Planning and Zoning Fees

Subdivision of Land

All land divisions in Botetourt County are governed by the County Subdivision Ordinance (Chapter 21). A subdivision is defined as a division of any tract, parcel or lot of land, into two (2) or more parts, at one (1) time for any extended period of time, for the purpose of transfer of ownership or building development.

Municipal Code – See Chapters 25 (Zoning) and 21 (Subdivisions)

Board of Zoning Appeals – Variances

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a five (5) member board appointed by the Circuit Court, which generally approves or denies zoning ordinance variance requests and hears appeals to the zoning administrators’ decisions. The BZA’s decision is final and appealable only to the Circuit Court.

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) normally meets at 9:00 AM on the second Tuesday of each month in the Old District Court Building in Fincastle. For more information, contact the Division of Planning and Zoning.


Other Resources

Botetourt County

        • Architectural Survey of Botetourt County, Virginia (Dec. 31, 2008)

          about the Survey Report (A. Firebaugh’s Fincastle Herald article 03/25/09) in County Libraries Reference;
          available for purchase from the P&Z Office: $15 hard-copy; $12 CD  (not available via download)

    • Commercial Permitting Information
    • GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Maps

State and Federal