Planning & Land Use Office

The Planning and Land Use Office is responsible for enforcement and administration of the Lancaster County Zoning Ordinance, Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance and Wetlands Ordinance, and also handles enforcement of the Solid Waste Disposal Ordinance and Inoperable Vehicle Ordinance.

Other areas of responsibilty include the Comprehensive Plan and the Capital Improvements Program, both of which are reviewed and updated periodically to conform to the changing needs of Lancaster County and its citizens.

This office also provides administrative support for the Lancaster County Planning Commission, Wetlands Board and Board of Zoning Appeals.

Staff Includes:

  • Director - Brian D. Barnes
  • Zoning Officer - M.L. "Pete" Ransone
  • Environmental Codes Compliance Officer - Brian D. Barnes
  • Administrative Assistant - Crystal L. Whay

Waterfront Property Owners with Private Septic Systems

The Lancaster County Board of Supervisors has required implementation of a Septic System Pump-out/Inspection Program, requiring all private septic systems to be pumped out at least once every 5 years. This program is in accordance with the County's Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance and mandated by the Chesapeake Bay Local Assistance Board of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR).

Since all land within Lancaster County is designated as Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area, all properties are required to comply. The Septic Pump-out/Inspection Program is broken down into two phases. Phase I ensures compliance with all private septic systems on waterfront properties. Phase II ensures compliance of all other properties having private septic systems.

Letters to all waterfront property owners with private septic systems are now going out, along with a verification compliance form to be mailed back with confirmation of pump-out.

Questions regarding this program may be directed to the Planning and Land Use Office at (804) 462-5220 or e-mail Brian Barnes.

Tree Cutting

Any person planning to cut or direct the cutting of trees within 100 feet of tidal waters or wetlands must contact the Lancaster County Planning and Land Use Office, (804) 462-5220, prior to doing so.

Contact Information

Director of Planning & Land Use

Brian Barnes
Phone: (804) 462-5220
Fax: (804) 462-0031


Office Location & Address

County Administration Building, Main Floor
8311 Mary Ball Rd
Lancaster, VA 22503
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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