Zoning Information

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Purpose of Zoning Regulations

The zoning regulations and districts have been made in accordance with the comprehensive plan, to promote, in accordance with present and future needs, the health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity and general welfare of the citizens of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and to provide for efficiency and economy in the process of development; for the appropriate and best use of land, for convenience of access and of traffic and circulation of people and goods; for the appropriate use and occupancy of buildings; for healthful and convenient distribution of population; for protection against overcrowding of land, undue density of populations in relation to the community facilities existing or available, destruction of or encroachment upon historic areas, obstruction of light and air, or loss of life, health or property from fire, flood, panic or other dangers; to encourage good civic design and arrangement; to facilitate the creation of a convenient, attractive and harmonious community and for adequate public utilities, public services and facilities, by regulating and limiting the height and bulk of buildings and structures, the area of yards and other open spaces, and the density of use. They have been made with reasonable consideration, among other things, for the existing use and character of property, the comprehensive plan, to the character of the district and its peculiar suitability for particular uses, to trends of growth or change, and with a view to conserving natural resources and the value of land and building and encouraging the most appropriate use of land throughout the incorporated territory of the City of Harrisonburg, Virginia.

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Zoning Districts

Below is a list of Zoning Districts. For specific regulations pertaining to each district and the full text of the Zoning Ordinance view the Zoning Ordinance on the City Code website

The Zoning Districts map provides information on the location information of each zoning district. This link can also be used to find out what your property's zoning designation is. 


Map of Zoning Districts

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Other Zoning Regulations

The Zoning Ordinance also regulates:


Zoning Verification Letter

PDF[76KB] Zoning Verification Letter Application

A zoning verification letter is a document provided by the City to verify the current zoning of a piece of property. The letter can also confirm:  whether the existing use is conforming to the Zoning Ordinance, the types of uses allowed in the specific zoning district, whether the property has received variances, if the property is within a special or overlay district, if the property was developed with an approved site plan, if the property is in compliance with minimum parking requirements, and many other details. Depending upon the amount of the information requested, there could be a fee of $50.00.

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Questions about Zoning? Contact the Department of Planning and Community Development's Division of Planning and Zoning at 540-432-7700.

To report any problems with the links or other content on this page, please email Nyrma.Soffel@harrisonburgva.gov.