Neighborhood Design District

The Neighborhood Design District is a special overlay zoning that was developed in response to citizen concerns about the incompatible design of new construction in traditional neighborhoods. The intent of the Neighborhood Design District is to provide minimum design standards for new dwellings and additions/exterior modifications of existing dwellings to ensure compatibility with existing development.

In 1993, the Virginia General Assembly granted Roanoke the authority to establish the Neighborhood Design District in areas identified by the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority as Conservation and Rehabilitation Districts. These districts enable the Housing Authority and the City to undertake special projects and programs that promote revitalization. In 2002, Roanoke City Council approved Design Standards and implemented the first Neighborhood Design District in the Melrose- Rugby neighborhood. In 2005, the district was expanded to all or part of 15 additional neighborhoods surrounding Downtown.

Find out if you are in the Neighborhood Design District by entering in your address or parcel number in the map below.  Also, find out more information about what NDD means for you and your project by looking at the documents below and if you still have questions give us a call at 853-5550.

Important Documents

NDD Affidavit for Building and Zoning Permit