Community Development

The Community Development Department is responsible for the following core programs:
  • Administration and enforcement of the County’s Zoning, Subdivision, and Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinances
  • Approval of plats and commercial site plans
  • Issuance of zoning approval on building permits and business licenses
  • Manages the County’s structure addressing system
  • Oversight of the County’s planning process via implementation and administration of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Represents the County on regional planning organizations
  • Research and provide technical advisement on land use matters for the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors
  • Serves as a clearinghouse for public information pertaining to land use and development in the County

Lighting Requirements for New Construction

Section 83-469(d) of the Zoning Ordinance requires all lighting for new construction use fully shielded lighting fixtures.  While commercial projects will generally include a lighting plan for review, single-family homes typically have no such plan, thus it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure installed fixtures meet the requirements of the ordinance.  Fixtures will be inspected prior to issuing a Certificate of Occupancy.  The Exterior Lighting Brochure provides additional information as well as some examples of light fixtures that do and do not comply.

County of Powhatan, Virginia, 1777