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Planning, Building, and Development



The Department of Planning, Building, and Development ensures a sustainable balance of growth, public safety, quality urban design, and environmental responsibility through long range community development planning, housing programs, and administration of land development codes for the City's neighborhoods, the City as a whole, and the region.


The Department of Planning, Building and Development is organized into four divisions and their subsets - Building Safety, Code Enforcement, HUD Community Resources, and Planning & Neighborhood Services.

Key resources may be found on the following pages.

Permit Center
Find information on obtaining permits required for building, zoning, and development activities; check the status of your existing permit; request inspections; view daily inspection calendar; or obtain inspection results.

Building Safety
Find information on the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) as it pertains to plan review and field inspections in the City of Roanoke.

Development Review
Find information on the City of Roanoke's Subdivision Ordinance, Stormwater Management Ordinance, and Erosion & Sediment Control Ordinance as they pertain to development/subdivision site plan review, subdivision plat review, land disturbance, and field inspections.

Zoning, Planning, and Urban Design
Find information on the City of Roanoke's Zoning Ordinance as it pertains to development plan review, special exceptions, variances, zoning amendments (rezonings), and zoning verifications as well as long-range planning documents, urban design standards, and special programs fulfilling the vision of the City of Roanoke's Comprehensive Plan, Vision 2001-2020.
Code Enforcement
Report a violation of the Virginia Building Maintenance Code, Zoning Code, Weed and Trash Code, Inoperative Motor Vehicle Code, or Graffiti Code.

Neighborhood Services
Develop your neighborhood group, find neighborhood resources, and explore educational opportunities to help strengthen the social fabric of your neighborhood.

Lead-Safe Roanoke
Learn about available grant funding for stabilizing lead-based paint hazards found in homes built prior to 1978 with exposure risk to children age 5 and younger.

Community Resources
Learn about available Housing & Urban Development (HUD) entitlement funds and other federal/state resources.