Planning and Zoning

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Public Input Requested (Survey)

The City's current Comprehensive Plan has been guiding development decisions for over seven years and it is time for an update. The Comprehensive Plan provides a long-range plan for the physical development of the community. A strong Comprehensive Plan, most importantly, needs to reflect the voices of the city’s residents. The process for creating the plan will include several opportunities for the public to voice opinions and to comment on in-progress plan materials. This survey is your first opportunity to provide feedback about the future of the City of Winchester. Your input will help guide preliminary planning concepts to be generated through a series of public meetings (coming soon). We are excited to hear your thoughts. Click here to take the survey.

The Planning and Zoning staff assist City Council, appointed boards and commissions, and the citizens of Winchester anticipate the future needs and desires of the community and ensures that physical development within the community is consistent with that vision.

Click2Gov Online Services

building permits

Enables citizens and contractors to complete the most common steps in the building permit process online, including scheduling inspections and viewing inspections results.

Code Enforcement

Enables citizens and inspectors to perform case inquires and view case-related data online, including the case status and next course of action related to a case. Citizens can also pay fines and fees online.

Development Application online status inquiry

Enables citizens and contractors to check the status of planning and engineering project information online (site plans, rezoning applications, etc.).


  • Long-range Planning - Undertake Comprehensive Planning and long-range visioning for the physical development of the City. Establish goals and objectives; inventory and analyze existing demographic, land use, transportation, and community facility patterns; project future trends; develop scenarios for future development; assist Council and Planning Commission with selecting alternatives and implementation of the Plan.
  • Current Planning - Process Site Plans, Conditional Use Permits, Rezonings, Subdivisions, Zoning Ordinance amendments, Subdivision Ordinance amendments, Street and Alley Vacations and Conveyances, Historic District reviews.
  • Transportation Planning - Assist Council with establishing and prioritizing road and other transportation projects; coordinate transportation projects with Frederick County, VDOT and FHWA; represent the City on regional transportation planning committees; prepare grants for TEA-21 Enhancement grants; review I-81 widening project.
  • Information Services - Provide updated maps depicting parcels, streets, zoning districts, floodplains, elementary school zones, capital projects, land use, etc. Maintain street addressing system; serve as liaison to Census Bureau; prepare and distribute reports, ordinances, guides, maps, and drawings in hardcopy and electronic form.
  • Historic Preservation - Assist Board of Architectural Review, process certificates of appropriateness for work in the Historic District.


  • Zoning Administration - Interpretation, enforcement and administration of the City's Zoning Ordinance. Conducts field inspections to identify zoning violations and investigates zoning-related complaints.
  • Permits - Reviews for zoning approval building, sign, temporary trailer and certificate of occupancy permits.
  • Enforcement - Conducts field inspections to identify zoning violations and investigates zoning-related complaints.

Timothy YoumansTim Youmans
Planning Director

​Rouss City Hall
15 North Cameron Street
Winchester, VA  22601

(540) 667-1815
Fax (540) 722-3618



Aaron GrisdaleAaron Grisdale
Director of Zoning & Inspections

Rouss City Hall
15 North Cameron Street
Winchester, VA  22601

(540) 667-1815
Fax (540) 722-3618