Building, Planning and Zoning

Get your building permits before you start building

The Department of Building, Planning and Zoning was established for the purpose of providing construction regulation, land use control, and preservation of wetland areas, for the protection of life, safety and general welfare of its citizens.

Community Input Sought for Update of Giles County Comprehensive Plan

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The Giles County Planning Commission will be developing updating the County’s Comprehensive Plan in the coming months and wants to hear from citizens.  To help gather citizen input, the Planning Commission has developed a survey that was distributed with the October PSA billing.

The comprehensive plan is a document that identifies a range of issues and concerns that are of importance to the community.  The plan also typically documents existing conditions and trends.  The Code of Virginia notes that the purpose of the comprehensive plan is to guide coordinated development of a locality’s territory, in accordance with present and probable future needs and resources, to promote the health, safety, and welfare of residents.  State Code also requires that comprehensive plans be reviewed and updated on a regular basis.

As noted above, community survey forms were distributed with the October PSA billing.  The form is also available as a PDF on the County website at  The survey may be completed online at Completed paper survey forms should be returned along with PSA payments to the County Treasurer’s Office (130 North Main Street, Pearisburg, VA 24134).  Completed forms may also be dropped off at the County Administration Office at 315 North Main Street in Pearisburg.  The deadline for return of surveys is November 15, 2016.

A copy of the County’s current Comprehensive Plan is available for review at the County Administration Office during regular business hours (9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.), Monday through Friday.  For more information, please contact John Ross, County Planner/Zoning Administrator, at (540) 921-2527 or


Planning Commission meets at 5:00 p.m. on the 4th Tuesday of each month at:
Giles County Administration Board Room
315 North Main Street
Pearisburg, VA 24134

Giles County Building Permit Fee Schedule
No permit to begin work for new construction or other building operation shall be issued until fees described in this section have been paid. The fees shall be affixed at the following rates:

On all building structures or alterations requiring a building permit, fee shall be paid as required at the time of filing application, in accordance with the following fee schedule:

NOTICE: Permit fee for a project WHICH IS STARTED WITHOUT A PERMIT, will be computed at one and one half times the following approved rates: Download the PDF of Fees


Planning Commission Members:
  • Steve Taylor, Chairman
  • Tom Pitzer, Vice-Chair
  • “Chappy” Baker, Board of Supervisors Representative
  • Leon Law, At-Large Member
  • Ben Johnson, At-Large Member
  • Bill Browning, Eastern District
  • Jim Berckman, Eastern District
  • Fred Hackney, Western District
  • Roger Browning, Western District
Building & Zoning

Building Official for Giles County and
Maintenance Official for County Buildings
315 North Main Street
Pearisburg, VA 24134
(540) 921-2527 phone
(540) 921-1329 fax

John Mills

Anna Welch

Building Inspector
Josh Williams

Zoning Administrator
John Ross
(comprehensive plan info)
(540) 921-2527

Quick Links
This online version of the Official Giles County Zoning Ordinance is provided for convenience and reference only. The official Giles County Zoning Ordinance is on file in the office of the Zoning Administrator and in the official minutes of the Giles County Board of Supervisors.  Although a diligent effort is made to avoid discrepancies between the Official Giles County Zoning Ordinance and this online reference, the same cannot be guaranteed.  Further, recent amendments to the Official Giles County Zoning Ordinance may not yet be incorporated into this online reference.  Before taking any action or relying upon this online version, please contact the Giles County Planning & Zoning Department for information and verification of the text of the official ordinance.