Steps necessary for a new business locating in an existing building to start operations in the County of Warren (outside the Town of Front Royal) are as follows:

  • Ensure that the property is zoned for the proposed use.
  • If the property has proper zoning and the business is moving into an existing business structure, the business must:
    • Apply to the Planning Department for approval of a use by right. If the proposed business activity is not a use by right, either a Conditional Use Permit or a request for an amendment to the zoning ordinance will be required.  Check with the Planning Department for specific requirements.
    • Submit a letter of intent to the Planning Department addressed to the Planning Commission at least 14 days prior to the monthly meeting (2nd Wednesday of each month).
    • Go to the Commissioner of the Revenue's office for a county business license.
    • Register trade name with the Clerk of the Court's office.
  • If the property does not have the proper zoning, a rezoning is needed. Rezoning requires a public hearing before both the Warren County Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Specifics of the project should be discussed with the Planning Department.

 

A new business or an existing business wishing to construct a new building would need to follow these steps:

  • Ensure that the property is zoned for the proposed use and is suitable for development (i.e., not in a floodplain or geological risk area).
  • If the property has proper zoning, the business must:
    • Appear before the Warren County Planning Commission for approval of a use by right. If the proposed business activity is not a use by right, either a Conditional Use Permit or a request for an amendment to the zoning ordinance will be required. Check with the Planning Department for specific requirements.
    • Submit to the Planning Department twelve (12) copies of an engineered site plan and a letter of intent addressed to the Planning Commission at least 14 days prior to the monthly meeting (2nd Wednesday of each month).
    • Apply for a building permit at the Building Department after approval has been received.  The Building Department is responsible for for approving the construction methods and sediment and erosion control plan.
    • Obtain business license and register trade name as previously described.
  • If the property does not have proper zoning a rezoning is needed as described above.

 

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