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Yes, in February 2016, Town Council approved a new urban agriculture ordinance, which grants permits for backyard hens under certain conditions. Owners must meet setback and other requirements to qualify and must pay an annual fee. Permit applications are available online and at Town Hall. Chickens are also allowed in the Town’s agricultural zoning district.
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Yes, all structures require a building/zoning permit. A plat of the property and a simple drawing showing the proposed location of the building is required when applying for the permit. The plat and drawing allows staff to verify easements and setbacks.
(1) Locate your property corners to ensure the fence is being placed within your property. If you are unsure about the location of property corners, many plats showing the boundaries of property can be located in the Clerk of Circuit Court's office, specifically the Records Room, in the Montgomery County Courthouse at 55 East Main St., Suite 1, Christiansburg, VA - (540) 382-5760.
(2) There are no setback requirements for fences but barbed wire and electric fences are not allowed within five feet of and parallel to any street right-of-way.
(3) A fence may be placed in a public utility or drainage easement on your property; however, it is your responsibility to move the fence if the easement needs to be accessed or to make sure that drainage is not impeded by the placement of the fence. The plat of your property should show any easements on the property if they exist.
(4) If you are placing a fence on a corner lot, a 20-foot site triangle needs to be met to ensure the safety of road users. The site triangle is an area formed by a straight line connecting two points, one in each street, on the adjacent street right-of-way line 20 feet distant from the intersection of the two street right-of-way lines which border the property. [Town Code Sec. 30-14(a)].
Please contact the Planning Department at (540) 382-6120 if you should have any further questions regarding fences.
No, there is not a surveyor on staff with the Town. To have your property corners marked, please contact a local engineering/surveying firm. You can also try to locate the property corner markers yourself by consulting your plat and using a metal detector.
Sec. 42-704 of the Town Code provides an allowance for some signage to be displayed without a permit. The amount of signage that can be displayed without a permit depends on the type and size of the sign and the zoning of the property. The sign permit and a sign FAQ sheet are available on the Planning webpage.
Ordinance Violation Complaint Form
- a certified violation letter is mailed to the tenant and/or property owner.- the recipient of the violation letter has ten (10) days to come into compliance. The ten days begin on the day the violation letter is signed for. - A ten day follow-up inspection is conducted by the staff member handling the violation. If the property has reached compliance, the violation case is closed. - if the violation remains, the staff member sends a final violation letter and another ten days is given for compliance. - A final ten day follow-up inspection is performed. If the property has reached compliance, then the violation case is closed. - If the violation remains, staff will contract the property for mowing/cleanup or pursue court-mandated compliance.