The Pittsylvania County Zoning Department helps protect property owners by regulating uses and ensuring that future development is compatible with the area, ultimately protecting property values. In short, certain types of development are allowed in certain zoning classifications, which are determined by the Pittsylvania County Zoning Ordinance. A strong Zoning Ordinance is beneficial to businesses because it identifies the most appropriate locations for uses and helps drive the beautification of areas through development requirements such as landscaping, parking, and sign regulations, making business locations more attractive for customers.
The zoning department also works in concert with the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Board of Supervisors. When a citizen requests to have their property rezoned to a different classification, the case goes before the Planning Commission and then the Board of Supervisors, who make the final decision. If a citizen asks for a special use permit—which is needed for some types of development in certain zoning classifications—then the case goes before the Planning Commission and then the Board of Zoning Appeals, which makes the final decision.
- How can I find out what my property is zoned?
A property’s zoning can be found on the County’s GIS website by searching based on the parcel ID, property address, or owner
- How can I find out what uses are allowed within a specific zoning classification?
A list of permitted uses and uses allowed by Special Use Permit can be found for each zoning classification in the County’s Zoning Ordinance.
- Can I live in a camper on my property?
No. Campers (recreational vehicles) cannot be used for “living, sleeping, or other occupancy when parked or stored on a residential lot or in any other location not approved for such use.” Campers can only be used for habitation when in an approved campground, regardless of the length of time.
- Can I add a second dwelling on my property?
Two dwellings are permitted on a single parcel within both A-1, Agricultural District and C-1, Conservation District zoning districts.
- Where can I place an accessory building on my property?
Accessory buildings are allowed in the side or rear yard and must meet all required setbacks. A building permit is required for any accessory structure over 256 square feet.