Department of Development Services:          Planning and Zoning Division

Jeffrey Busby

County Planner

5 West Main Street

Suite 100

Fincastle, VA 24090

Monday - Friday

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Phone: (540) 473-8320

Fax: (540) 473-2018


The Planning Division handles:

This 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.

Comprehensive Plan




Planning Commission


Land Use Changes - Rezoning / SEP / Text Amendment

The Planning Commission, a five (5) member body appointed by the Board of Supervisors, makes recommendations on rezoning, text amendment and special exception permit applications. The Board of Supervisors makes the final decision regarding these recommendations.

The Planning Commission normally meets at 6:00 PM on the second Monday of the month, in the Old District Court Building in Fincastle. Agendas and minutes are posted in this website's Meetings area. For more information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department.


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.


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 Buiilding in Fincastle. For more information, contact the Planning and Zoning Department.