Town Hall/Government/Zoning & Codes

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.

ATTENTION TOWN RESIDENTS: If your regular garbage pick up is Thursday, your pick up for this week is moved to Friday, November 27th.


There are no Public Hearings to post at this time

Town Council Meetings
Town Council Meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Town Hall on Main Street. The next regularly scheduled Buchanan Town Council Meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers.

Buchanan Town Council Agenda – November 9 2015 (small file)

Buchanan Town Council Packet – November 9 2015 (full packet – 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. 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 Friday each month at 3:00 p.m. in the Buchanan Town Hall on Main Street. Upcoming Buchanan Planning Commission Meetings are scheduled for; Friday, November 6, 2015 at 3:00 pm, Friday, December 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm, Friday, January 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm.

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

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.

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.

Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 26, 2015

Christmas – Friday, December 25, 2015

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

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