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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

Non Discrimination Statement – This institution is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


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 regularly scheduled Buchanan Town Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 8th at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers.

Buchanan Town Council Agenda – February 8 2016 (small file)

Buchanan Town Council Packet – February 8 2016 (large file)

Buchanan Town Council Agenda – January 2016 (smaller file)

Buchanan Town Council Packet – January 11 2016 (full packet)

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. Elected officials are sworn in on January 1st.

Registered Town residents may vote at 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. Upcoming Buchanan Planning Commission Meetings are scheduled for; Monday, February 1, 2016 at 3:00 pm.  There is a called Planning Commission Meeting on Friday, January 29, 2016 at 3:00pm in the Buchanan Town Hall located at 19753 Main Street.

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

Town Zoning & Town Code

Hard Copies are available for viewing at the Buchanan Town Hall and the Buchanan Library.

Buchanan Zoning Ordinance

Buchanan Town Code 

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


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.


Burn Ban in Effect February 15 through April 30

Virginia’s 4:00 p.m. Burning Law goes into effect on February 15.

Briefly, the 4:00 p.m. Burning Law states: from February 15 through April 30 of each year, no burning before 4:00 p.m. is permitted, if the fire is in, or within 300 feet of, woodland, brushland or fields containing dry grass or other flammable material.

Since forest fuels cure during the winter months, the danger of fire is higher in early spring than in summer when the forest and grasses are green with new growth. The 4:00 p.m. Burning Law is an effective tool in the prevention of forest fires. Localities may have more restrictive outdoor burning laws. For additional information

Annual Water Quality Report – Town of Buchanan – 2014 Water Quality Report from VDH

Snow Season is Here!

Town Residents, please prepare your water pipes for the cold temperatures. Following is a link to provide suggestions to prepare for the upcoming weather;frozen-faucet  cold-weather-plumbing-tips

Snow Removal – Happy Winter! We hope it brings you a prosperous season despite what may fall from the sky. Just a brief reminder about how snow is managed. VDOT is responsible for and ready to take care of street scraping. As you know, it is difficult for snow blades to work around cars parked on the street. Scraped snow also accumulates between the street and sidewalks making it hard to open car doors or get around snow banks to reach the sidewalk. The Town will work to remove snow scraped from the road that builds up between sidewalks and the streets.

For sidewalks, the following Town Codes are in place to help keep our sidewalks safe for pedestrians and people coming to your business.

 Please remove snow from the sidewalk in front of your property whether you own or rent.

Town Code Section 19-3. Removal of snow and ice from sidewalks.

The tenant or occupant, and in case there shall be no tenant or occupant, the owner, or any person having the care of any building or lot of land abutting on any curbed or paved sidewalk shall, during the first eight hours of daylight following the time when snow or ice cease to fall or form, cause the same to be removed from such curbed or paved sidewalk.

Please do not place snow from your parking lots on the sidewalks.

Town Code Section 19-4. Removal of snow and ice to sidewalks or streets.

It shall be unlawful for any tenant or occupant, the owner, or any person having the care of any building or lot of land, to remove snow from such building or lot of land by removing the snow to any sidewalk or street.

Thank you for your help in this matter of safety that can also help your business be accessible. We look forward to working with you over the winter season and hope it is a prosperous one for you!

Please feel free to contact Mary Zirkle, Town Manager, at 254-1212 ext. 3 or at Town Hall if the Town may be of additional assistance.


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. 

Buchanan Bicen100_1386tennial Gazebo

On Saturday, September 15, 2012 the Town of Buchanan dedicated the Buchanan Bicentennial Gazebo commemorating 200 years of history.

The gazebo sits gracefully amongst a planting of cherry trees on the Town Park overlooking the James River.

If you wish to reserve the Gazebo, or, other park structures, please contact the Buchanan Town Hall at 540-254-1212 x4 for availability as well as costs.


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

The Buchanan Town Hall will be closed on Monday, February 15, 2016 in honor of President’s Day. The Offices will reopen on Tuesday, February 16th at 8:00 am.

For more information, contact
Buchanan Town Hall
(540) 254-1212; 19753 Main Street

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