Town Hall / Government / Codes & Zoning

Town Hall
19753 Main Street, Post Office Box 205
Buchanan, Virginia 24066
(540) 254 – 1212

Clerk – 254-1212 extension 1
Treasurer – 254-1212 extension 2
Town Manager – 254-1212 extension 3
Downtown Program & Events & Town Park – 254-1212 extension 4
Utility Department – 254-1212 extension 5

For public water or sewer emergencies (not on private property) after 5:00pm and on weekends, please call Sheriff’s Dispatch at 540-473-8230 and Town staff will be contacted.

Nondiscrimination Statement – This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer. For the full Nondiscrimination Statement, please see Nondiscrimination Statement – Full


Town Council Meetings
Town Council Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Buchanan Town Hall on Main Street. The next Buchanan Town Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers.

Buchanan Town Council Agenda – October 2016 (small file)

Buchanan Town Council Packet – October 11 2016 (large file)

Archived agendas are located at Town Council Agendas in the right side bar.

Minutes can be found at Meeting Minutes in the right side bar.

Town Council Members

left002 to right top Back row – Larry Hall, Mayor, Ed Tolley, Jane Kneisley and Diane DiPalma,
bottom row left to right – Ardelia Smith, Della Hylton, Sarah Boblett, Vice Mayor

Town Elections
Elections are held every two years on the first Tuesday of November with the general elections. 2016 is an election year. Elected officials are sworn in on January 1st of the next year.
For more information, please contact the Botetourt County Registrar at (540) 928-2120.

The polling place for registered Town voters is the Buchanan Elementary School located at 255 Schoolhouse Road.

Planning Commission Meetings
Planning Meetings are held on the first Monday each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Buchanan Town Hall on Main Street. The upcoming Buchanan Planning Commission Meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 7, 2016 at 3:00 pm. The Commission has called a meeting for Friday, November 4, 2016 at 9:00am to tour the City of Staunton.

Town Codes including Zoning Ordinance

Hard copies are available for viewing at the Buchanan Town Hall.

Buchanan Town Code

Buchanan Zoning Ordinance

Zoning Code Changes made not in the full ordinance above:
Ordinance for zoning text – Commercial_Ag-Res_Chickens-O16-0509-01
Ordinance-o15-0810-01- Pet Grooming zoning text
Ordinance-o15-0608-01 – Zoning text amendments – New uses
Ordinance-o15-0713-01 – Zoning text amendment – Public Utility

Ever wonder what makes Buchanan a Town in Virginia? Here’s how:  Town Charter – Buchanan – 1992 with 2015 amendments

Fee Schedule for Land Use Review:  Fee schedule – Adopted – July 13 2015

Land Use Request:
1. Special Use Permit – $100 + direct ad, mailing and legal fees
2. Rezoning – $100 + direct ad, mailing and legal fees
3. Variance/Appeal of Zoning Administrator Decision (BZA) – $100 + direct ad, mailing and legal fees
4. Zoning Permit, including Sign – $50
5. Home Occupation Zoning Permit – no fee
6. Site Plan – $150 + $10/acre
7. Minor Subdivision – 4 or less lots – $75.00
8. Major Subdivision – 5+ lots or a new road – $100.00 + $25/lot
9. Boundary Line Adjustment – $50.00
10. Zoning Verification Letter (formal) – $25.00

Zoning Permit Application – Town of Buchanan

Sign Permit Application – Town of Buchanan

Town ManaZirkle Headshotger
Town Manager Mary Zirkle welcomes your input. To reach her, please come by the Buchanan Town Hall, or call 254-1212 ext. 3, or email


The Town has a Comprehensive Plan – FINAL as required by the Code of Virginia. Our Plan was adopted in 2007 (please disregard Draft references) and is currently under review by the Planning Commission for updating.


Virginia 811 is the “one call” Virginia communications center for excavators, contractors, property owners, and those planning any kind of excavation (digging) or demolition. We notify participating utilities of the upcoming excavation work so they can locate and mark their underground facilities in advance to prevent possible damage to underground utility lines, injury, property damage and service outages.

Calling before you dig is a simple step, but one that can make your construction, planting or home improvement project safer while preventing utility outages that can be inconvenient or even dangerous for your neighbors.

In addition, calling 811 before you dig is the LAW.  va811

You may know us as Virginia Utility Protection Service (VUPS) or Miss Utility of Virginia.  We are a non-profit organization functioning for the safety and benefit of everyone in our community. While our name has changed over time, our purpose has remained constant: To keep you, your friends and neighbors safe by helping you avoid buried power, sewer, gas and water lines.


Annual Water Quality Report – Annual Drinking Water Quality Report – 2015 VDH

Street Lights

Is a street light on your street out? Please let us know of any street lights problems by call the Buchanan Town Hall at 254-1212 extension 1.  Citizens can always report light problems directly to Dominion Power at or at 1-866-366-4357. 

Holiday Closings – The Buchanan Town Hall, County Offices and libraries are closed on major holidays.

The Buchanan Town Hall will be closed on Tuesday, November 8th for Election Day, and, Friday, November 11, 2016 for Labor Day.