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Depending on the project, a business building or up fitting a facility may be required to obtain numerous permits. New construction may require rezoning of the property, existing facilities may require minor site plan approval for certain renovations or expansion and even installing a sign requires a permit.  Chesterfield County Planning’s Site Plan Process Brochure outlines the site plan process for the county and provides valuable information on developing property in Chesterfield County.

The Zoning Ordinance is Chapter 19 of the Chesterfield County Code, and provides standards for the use and development of land in the county. The ordinance states: “the purpose of this chapter is to promote the health, safety, convenience and general welfare of the public and to accomplish the objectives of Code of Virginia,  15.2-2200 and 15.2-2283.” 

Permitted land uses vary by zoning district. Other conditions of zoning (conditional uses, special exceptions) may also allow or restrict certain permitted uses. The Planning Department can verify specifically permitted uses for a property. A business may be required to apply for a rezoning or conditional use permit in order to operate in a specific location. The Planning Department handles the zoning process. The Chesterfield County brochure,  Tips For Managing Your Zoning Application,  provides valuable information on the zoning process.

Large companies often have real estate divisions that are well versed in the regulatory process; however, small and mid-sized companies may not have the expertise or the knowledge to know what needs to be approved and how the process works. Chesterfield Economic Development  offers guidance to companies through the permitting process. Our project managers will help identify which approvals are required for a particular project and will go through the process with the business owner and his contractors to help the process proceed smoothly and make sure all the required permits are in place when the business is ready to occupy the facility.