Planning & Zoning

The Greene County Planning and Zoning Department meets the needs of the public by reviewing various applications which include, but are not limited to, property development, new construction, property divisions, signs, and certifications to insure that county regulations are adhered to. In order to achieve these goals, staff works with other agencies to review, inspect, and enforce applicable requirements and regulations throughout the construction process while assisting business owners, property owners, and applicants in accomplishing their proposed projects.


2019 FEMA Floodplain Map Update

Upcoming Changes to Firm (Floodplain Insurance Rate Map)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has proposed new floodplain boundaries for Greene County. Online mapping that presents the proposed new areas long with the current effective flood hazard areas, are available for viewing at

Floodplain maps can also be viewed on the Greene County GIS. (Located in the Help Links box to the right of this screen) Click on Layers and then select Preliminary Floodplain. 

FEMA’s project officer is Lee Brancheau who can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FEMA will hold a 90-day appeal period beginning in the spring of 2019. Revised maps are scheduled to be effective in Greene County in the summer of 2019.

Supporting documents:

  pdf FEMA’s January 17, 2019 presentation (Greene – Madison CCO presentation) (4.47 MB)

  pdf Dashboard (630 KB)

  pdf Appeals and comment information Virginia Floodplain Ordinance (182 KB)

A wealth of resources is available at

as well as at the following:

• The FEMA Map Service Center (MSC), , if the official public source for flood hazard information produced in support of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Use the MSC to find your official flood map, access a range of flood hazard products, and take advantage of additional tools.

• Information related to the NFIP and flood insurance is available at

• Map specialists are available at the (FEMA Map Information Exchange (FMIX)) to assist customers with locating and reading flood maps, applying for Letter of Map Change (LOMC), and obtaining and understanding Elevation Certificates, FMIX also serves to connect stakeholders with a wide range of technical subject matter experts

• Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation Floodplain Management Regulations and Ordinances.

Call: 1-877-FEMA-MAP (1-877-336-2627)

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Website and Live Chat:

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-6:30pm ET (After hours self-service and voicemail support is provided)


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How close can I build to my property line?

    Each zoning district has setback requirements that may vary by district. Please contact the Planning and Zoning Department to obtain the accurate setback information prior to beginning construction.
  • Do I need a permit to build a fence?

    Fences are not regulated by the Greene County Zoning Ordinance. However, there may be height restrictions related to fences that may be addressed by the Building Inspections Department. Please contact the Building Inspections Department for further information.
  • Do I need a permit to build a shed?

    Residential accessory storage structures 256 square feet or less are exempt from building and zoning permits. Please contact the Building Inspections Department for more information relating to building permits.
  • How can I register a complaint?

    Complaints may be registered by completing a Complaint Form and submitting it to the Planning and Zoning Department.
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Contact the Planning & Zoning Department


Mailing Address

P.O. Box 358
Stanardsville, VA 22973


By Email

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By Phone

Fax: 434-985-1459

County of Greene

Greene County VirginiaGreene County is a county in central Virginia in the eastern United States. Greene County was established in 1838. Its county seat is Stanardsville.

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  40 Celt Road, Stanardsville, VA 22973

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