Accessory Dwellings, Residential
These processes apply to the construction of a dwelling unit that is not physically attached to the main structure. An accessory dwelling must be located on the same lot of record as the principal structure. Please note different processes depending on zoning and overlay districts, principal use, size, and amount of land being disturbed.
Please visit the Accessory Dwelling Page for more details.
- Completed .
- Basic development plan (1 copy), drawn to scale, delineating the following. A design professional is not required for the preparation of a basic development plans.
- Dimensions and shape of lot
- Adjoining streets
- Existing and proposed structures on the lot including setback, dimensions, and height
- Impervious surfaces such as driveways, patios, and sidewalks including dimensions and material
- Public easements, if applicable
- Building plans and supporting documents (1 copy).
- Water/sewer availability letter from Western Virginia Water Authority, if applicable.
- Owner/Builder Affidavit, if requesting exemption from state contractor licensing.
- Contractor/Subcontractor Listing
- Floodplain Elevation Certificate, if in Special Flood Hazard Area.
- Certificate of Appropriateness, if located in an H-1 or H-2 historic district.
- Agreement-in-Lieu of Erosion and Sediment Control Plan, when applicable.
Other Permits That May Be RequiredThe Right-of-Way Excavation Permit may be required if the project involves work in the right-of-way such as driveway connections to the right-of-way, installation of public sidewalks, and utility connections.
Review ProcessOnce your permit application has been deemed complete and initialized in our system (you will receive a Permit Submittal Confirmation Letter), City staff has 10 business days for zoning review and 5 business days for building review for a total of 20 business days. You may receive comments from City staff if additional information is needed to complete a thorough review. An Additional Submissions Form must accompany any resubmission of plans or information.
Building and zoning permits are reviewed for compliance with the following codes:
- Chapter 36.2, Zoning Code, City of Roanoke
- 2015 Uniform Statewide Building Code