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Public Comment Period is a time for Orange County citizens to speak about any topic of their choice and occurs at the second Board of Supervisors meeting of the month. You may sign up outside the Board of Supervisors meeting room to speak during Public Comment Period at the start of each meeting, up until the conclusion of Public Comment Period (immediately following Public Appearances) at which time the Chairman closes Public Comment Period.
You may sign up outside the Board of Supervisors meeting room to speak at an advertised Public Hearing. You must sign up in person at the time of the Public Hearing. If you are unable to attend the advertised Public Hearing in person, written comments may be submitted to the Board of Supervisors prior to the time of the advertised Public Hearing.
To donate to the Orange County Animal Shelter, click here.
The permit process is generally the same for all types of projects, but more specific requirements may be required for commercial construction and residential construction. If you have any questions regarding the permit process or if you need help in determining if you need a permit contact the Building Department at (540) 672-4574.
Please contact the Planning and Zoning Department for information on the calculation of land disturbance, bond information, and set back requirements.
The Building Department will review your plans when the review is complete and you have obtained your initial erosion and sediment inspection. If an Erosion permit was issued, the 911 address has been assigned, and if permit is for a new structure the Building Department will notify you that the permit is ready for pick up and the amount of fees due.
View the Orange County Code of Ordinances.
The Orange County Law Library can also be accessed in the Orange County Courthouse located at 110 North Madison Rd.
All citizens are urged to contact the Emergency Communications Center on their non-emergency line, (540) 672-1234, to report that they are having a controlled burn.
The Communications Officer will ask you:
And they will request you call back when the fire is out.
For further information on control burns please visit the Virginia Department of Forestry.
The mission of the EDA is to promote balanced growth and development within the County of Orange. The EDA also fulfills all purposes and intents of the Board of Supervisors to generate new capital investments and job creation for the citizens of Orange County.
Smart911 can help save your life in the event of an emergency. The more information first responders know about you up front, the quicker they can act when every second counts. Smart911 is free, 100% private, secure, and used by thousands of 9-1-1 call centers across the country. Smart911 Website
If you hang up, a Communications Officer will call you back to ensure that you have no emergency.
Examples of circumstances to call 9-1-1 include, but are not limited to:
Medical problemsFire emergenciesSuspicious persons or activitiesCrimes in progressMissing personsDomestic problems When to Call 911
Another document that's very helpful is the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), which reflects the actual financial activity of the County by fiscal year in all funds and in an entity-wide perspective as well. The CAFR includes a transmittal letter and management's discussion and analysis of the financial position of the County, including fund balances. This document includes a profile of the County, a discussion on economic conditions, updates on major initiatives, and the annual auditor's report. Ten years of financial trend information is provided in the statistical section.
Links to both the Budget page and CAFR page are included on the Finance webpage.
For more information please see the library website at the link below.
If the request is for something the library owns, the fastest way is to go through our online catalog at the link below. Search for item and click the "place hold" button. You will need your library card number and PIN number (generally the last 4 digits of your phone number).
You can also place holds easily using the library's CAPIRA mobile app - called OCPLVA and available in the app store for iOS and Android.
Please click on the link below to make a suggestion online. You may also fill out a suggestion form at any branch or call any location and ask a staff member to fill out the form for you. We respond to suggestions from cardholders and county residents only. Main Library (540) 672-3811 Wilderness Branch (540) 661-5434 Gordonsville Branch (540) 832-0712.
Click the link below for addresses and maps for our 3 locations.
Please click on the link below to get a list of our hours at each location.
The library uses the last 4 digits of the phone number provided when applying for your library card as our default PIN number. You can edit your PIN number through "My Account" at the link below, or stop in or call and have a staff member change it for you. Staff cannot view PIN numbers in customer accounts, but we can reset them.
As of Jan 1, 2023 our libraries have gone fine free with the exception of a $1.00 per day late fine on hotspots.
We still block accounts for later items once they are 30 days overdue and we charge the replacement cost for overdue items and set them to "lost" at 60 days overdue.
We also charge damage fees when items are returned with noticeable damaged not previously noted prior to checkout or items missing pieces or discs.
Fines and Fees
The Orange County Public Library has policies to encourage fair access to materials for all library users. Policies are designed to encourage prompt return of items so that all community members may have the use of them. Cardholders can continue to use the library’s many resources by returning their materials on time.
Cardholders will lose access to their account under the following conditions:
Loss of access means that no additional items can be checked out, including digital and streaming items, and that existing items cannot be renewed. Access to library buildings and facilities such as computers, scanners and copiers will continue to be provided.
To restore access, the block (s) must be removed. If the reason for the block is a late item or lost item, then the item must be returned, replaced with a new item with the same exact ISBN number (when available), or paid for. If the block is for fines, then the account must be paid down below $10.00 owed. If the block is for contact information, then it must be updated. Accounts more than 2 years expired will require address verification via a mailed postcard to be re-activated.
List of Fines and Fees
In the case of damage which prevents future circulation such as water damage, food stains, mold, loose pages, rips and tears, the purchase price of the item will be charged.
Staff will determine lesser charges for minor damage, such as coloring on a page or returning an item with a missing case, artwork or disc. See the Lost and Damaged policy 3.6 for a schedule of common charges.
Staff will be mindful of the age of the item at check out and its previous usage when assessing charges.
Lost item replacement charges. Items not returned before they are 60 days overdue will be automatically charged the purchase price for the item. If the item is missing a purchase price a default price based on the item type will be charged. If lost items are located and returned in good condition, the replacement charge will be waived, but the processing fee will remain. Lost item payments must be in full and cover the entire price of the item and the processing fee.
Lost item processing fee of $2.00.
Copier/Printing fee of 15 cents per page for black and white and 50 cents per page for color for copying or printing. Double sided pages are charged as 2 pages.
Library card replacement fee of $1.00 to issue a replacement library card. Initial card is free.
Postage fee for 3rd or following post card verification of address. First 2 attempts are paid by the library.
Return postage fee for Interlibrary loan (ILL) of $4.00.
Additional ILL postal fees of up to $5.00 may be charged by the lending library for postage as well.
Lending fees for borrowing an ILL (if requested by the lending library) will be presented to the customer for approval and payment before ordering the material.
Fines and fees accruing to over $10.00 may be paid by credit card, with the exception of the ILL lending fee. Smaller charges may be paid by cash or check.
Library management staff are empowered to work with citizens regarding charges on their accounts.
Approved by the Library Board of Trustees 1/1998, amended 10/1999, 7/2000, 5/2001, 10/2002, 3/2003, 3/2004, 5/2004, 5/2006, 10/2006, 12/2006, 7/2007, 4/2008, 5/2010, 8/2010, 3/2011, 5/2011, 8/2013, 5/2015, 3/2019, 4/2021, 4/2022, 8/2002, 10/2022.
Please contact the library right away by phone or e-mail so that we can deactivate the lost card to prevent unauthorized use. Adults can obtain a replacement card at any library location by presenting a photo ID and minors by verifying account information. There is a $1 fee for a replacement card. Main Library (540) 672-3811 Wilderness Branch (540) 661-5434 Gordonsville Branch (540) 832-0712
We offer a public meeting room at each branch. Our meeting room policy is available by contacting the Library. Use is free of charge. However, Library events have priority over other meeting room uses. Repeat usage may be refused in order to allow access to all groups. A copy of the meeting room form must be submitted to the library branch where you are seeking to use the meeting room and approved in advance by the branch manager. We also have a brief form for on the spot use of the room when it is available.
Link to Policy and Meeting Room Request form
The library has a web page for kids programs (see link below) and we also post these events on our events calendar on the library website.
Interlibrary Loans (ILLs) are requests to other libraries for items that our library system does not own. We do not process ILLs for newly published items, items in special demand, DVDs or audio books. Most libraries do not lend these items to other libraries as they chose to serve their own communities first. There is a $4.00 return postage charge for each item requested on ILL. Some lending libraries may charge additional fees to lend or copy an item. We pass those charges along to the end user. We will contact the requesting user in the event these charges exceed $5.00 to seek their permission before borrowing the item on their behalf. National best practices for ILLs require that they be requested from the user's "home" library in the city/county where they reside. If you do not reside in Orange County, Virginia, we will not process your request. The due date for an interlibrary loan item is set by the lending library and will likely differ from our library's normal policy. Our library is fine free but the lending library may not be. We will pass along any late fines charged by the lending library if applicable. To request an ILL, we need a completed request form. You may either download the form and fill it out in advance or fill it out at the library. There is a link to the form below.
Items returned at neighboring library systems such as Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Culpeper Library or Central Rappahannock Regional Library may not make it back to us and may incur charges for lateness or replacement.
To donate to the Orange County Public Libraries, click here.
Unfortunately, no. We do not have online registration capability at this time. However, we are usually able to accommodate off-site registrations. Call our office at (540) 672-5435 for options. Additionally, online payment of most program registration fees can be completed through our Paymentus Service. We cannot accept credit card payments over the phone. IMPORTANT: Be sure to select the appropriate category from the "Payment Type" dropdown menu for the program for which you wish to complete payment. Select a payment type first, and the "Account Number" field will update to "Customer Name."
Selected programs may have full online registration if offered in partnership with a third party, such as our British Soccer Camps offered with Challenger Sports.
No. Unfortunately, we cannot accept registrations or payment on-site at the beginning of a program unless otherwise noted. Please come to our offices in the Sedwick Building, located at 146 North Madison Road, Suite 205, Orange, Virginia 22960, and we can handle the registration and payment here. Alternatively, if you are unable to make it into our offices, we are usually able to accommodate registrations through fax and email. Call us at (540) 672-5435 if you have any questions. Please note that pre-registration for our programs is very important. Programs may be cancelled due to lack of interest if not enough pre-registrations are received. Don't wait. To ensure the viability of a program you are interested in, please register as soon as possible.
Online payment of most program registration fees can be completed through our Paymentus Service. We cannot accept credit card payments over the phone.
Another option is to check our programming calendar. This can be found on the right side of the Parks & Recreation department page.
To stay as up to date as possible, you can choose to sign up for our "Notify Me" feature. This can be found in the lower left of the Parks & Recreation department page or on the right side of the Orange County Government main page. By signing up for this feature, you can be automatically notified by email or text message whenever we add a program to our calendar.
In addition to these electronic methods, you can also find out about our programs in the Orange Review, flyers that are seasonally distributed through the schools, calling us at (540) 672-5435, or by stopping in our office in the Sedwick Building located at 146 North Madison Road, Suite 205, Orange, VA 22960. Sign Up For Notify Me
Our offices are housed in the former Sheriff's Office facility located at 11350 Porter Road, Orange, VA, 22960.
We can accept cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard in our offices as payment for our programs. By mail we accept checks made out to "The County of Orange." Online payment of most program registration fees can be completed through our Paymentus Service. We cannot accept credit card payments over the phone. Please note that we cannot accept checks for discount theme park ticket sales.
OCPR operates and reserves Barboursville Park, near the intersection of Route 20 and Route 33.
For most programs, our policy allows for a refund for missed program dates if the dates were missed due to a medical reason. For example, Susie registers for a program, attends the first class but then breaks her leg. She would be eligible for a partial refund. We do not offer refunds for other reasons, except in the event of a cancellation on our end. Some programs, especially partnership programs like discount tickets, have no refund option.
The best method for checking the zoning information for a piece of property is to use the County's Geographic Information System (GIS). A link, labeled "GIS Map", can also be found on the County's website (orangecountyva.gov). The GIS office has put together a guide on utilizing the GIS. The zoning layer can be found under the "Orange County GIS" layer group in the "Overlays" subgroup. The different colors denote zoning districts. If the zoning on the property is striped and labeled "conditional", it means it is subject to special conditions called proffers. Contact the Planning & Zoning Services office with questions regarding zoning.
There are 2 important notes regarding zoning and the GIS: 1. The GIS should only be used for general information and is not guaranteed to be 100% accurate.2. The zoning layer is the "official" zoning map. The zoning listed under parcel details for a property IS NOT the official record of zoning.
It is best to contact the Planning & Zoning Services office directly to discuss the subdivision process. This is too in-depth for an FAQ.
Yes. Depending on the size of the property and the zoning district in which your property/house is located, you may be eligible for either a home enterprise or a home occupation. Home enterprises are more intensive, so they are only allowed on properties zoned Agricultural (A) and that are at least 2 acres in size. Home occupations are less intensive and permitted for residentially-zoned properties and those that are zoned Agricultural but are under 2 acres in size. Home enterprises may be conducted in the home and/or in an accessory structure (e.g. a garage or shed), and may utilize the land around these structures for the business. Home occupations must be conducted within the home only. It is advised that business owners review the home occupation and home enterprise forms, which can be found under the Planning & Zoning Services "Permit Applications, Forms, & Guides" page on the County's website. If there are additional questions, the owner should contact the department directly. Orange County does not have a business license program. Additional permits may be needed for signs, new construction, or other types of new development.
A Zoning Permit, an Agreement in Lieu of an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan (or a Land Disturbance Permit in certain cases), and a Building Permit must be obtained prior to building a house in Orange County. The posting of an erosion control bond is also required for most projects. If the home will utilize a private well and septic drainfield, an application must be made to the local Virginia Department of Health office. If the home will utilize public water and sewer, the provider of those utilities should be contacted to arrange the connection(s). Obtaining the Zoning Permit, Erosion Control Permit, and posting the erosion control bond are always the first steps in the process.
The vast majority of single-family dwelling construction projects will require an Agreement in Lieu of an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.
- The application for the Agreement must be completed, signed, and submitted.- The fee for the Agreement must be submitted.- The Erosion & Sediment Control Bond packet should be read, and the appropriate bond form must be completed and submitted. The appropriate bond form will depend on how the bond is being posted (cash/check, letter of credit, or performance bond). Issuers of letters of credit and performance bonds are required to submit documentation that they are licensed by the State Corporation Commission to conduct business in the Commonwealth of Virginia.- The actual bond must be submitted with the application. This will either be cash/check, or a physical document from the issuer. Documents must be originals; photocopies will not be accepted.
Engineered Erosion & Sediment Control plans and the issuance of a Land Disturbance Permit are always required for commercial/nonresidential projects which involve 10,000 square feet or more of land disturbance. All projects involving land disturbance of 1 acre or greater are also required to obtain permit coverage under the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP).
* Any project which results in total land disturbance under 10,000 square feet, or under 2,500 square feet in the Town of Orange, Town of Gordonsville, and/or on any residentially-zoned property.* Structures utilizing pier or post foundations (e.g. a deck or pole barn)* Home gardens and/or landscaping.* Individual utility connections (i.e. power, water, sewer, communications, etc. connections). This does not include the installation of new wells and septic fields during home construction.* Septic tank and drainfield repair work.* Tilling, planting, and harvesting of agricultural crops and timber crops. The exemption for timber harvesting ONLY applies if the area will be reforested in accordance with state law, or converted to cropland and/or for livestock. The general clearing of trees is NOT exempt.* Agricultural engineering operations (e.g. terraces, ponds, check dams, ditches, strip cropping, contour cultivating, irrigation, etc.)
Generally speaking, only one home (i.e. one principal structure) is permitted per parcel (an "over-and-under" style duplex is considered one principal structure). For a parcel with an existing single-family dwelling, one additional home known as an accessory apartment may be permitted. An accessory apartment must be smaller than the existing home as measured in gross square footage. Gross square footage is measured from the exterior walls and includes all area within. For any bona fide farm, up to seven additional homes may be permitted for farm tenants, managers, and similar employees. The property owner must certify, via an affidavit supplied by the county, that a tenant house is not being built to circumvent county law.
Generally, yes, zoning and building permits are required for sheds and other accessory buildings. The exception is for buildings which do not exceed 150 square feet; such structures are not required to obtain permits for construction. They must however meet the building setback requirements for the zoning district.
If you are summoned to Orange Circuit Court as a prospective juror, you will go to the third floor of the courthouse located at 110 North Madison Road, Orange, Virginia 22960. If you receive a subpoena to serve as a juror, please contact the Jury Hotline at (540) 672-6165 the day before the trial to see if the case is still set or it it has been cancelled.