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Contact customer service 804-365-6040 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m or call the automated inspection line 804-365-6036. In addition you may schedule an inspection by visiting the Hanover County Building Inspector's Office
No, but you can contact your inspector the day of your inspection to receive an approximate time for your inspection.
For additional information concerning when a permit is required please contact our office at 804-365-6040. View our various forms and applications for building by viewing documents of the Building Inspector's Office.
- The property owner or lessee of the building - A licensed engineer - An architect, contractor, or subcontractor employed in connection with the prospective work Engineers, architects, contractors, or subcontractors must be licensed to practice in Virginia. If you are not a licensed contractor you need to submit the
The 2018 edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC), learn more by visiting the website of the
You can discover additional information from the Virginia State Police
Submit the following in person to the Hanover County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office:
By mail: (Only for renewals)Hanover County Circuit Court ClerkAttention: Civil DivisionP.O. Box 39Hanover, VA 23069
In person:Hanover CourthouseCircuit Court Clerk’s Office2nd Floor7530 County Complex RoadHanover, VA 23069Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.Monday - Friday
You can obtain it by visiting: Circuit Court Clerk’s Office Circuit Courthouse 2nd Floor 7530 County Complex Road Hanover, Virginia 23069 Or online by visiting the
Requirements can be found on the Virginia State Police
The clerk’s office will provide notice in writing upon denial of the application of your right to a court hearing and the requirements for perfecting an appeal. Information on appeals can be found in Virginia Code Section 18.2-308.08.
If you have questions about obtaining a marriage license, please contact us at 804-365-6120. You may also be interested in reading the Virginia State Bar pamphlet,
Each attorney, staff member, or governmental employee must complete the OCRA Application and Subscriber Agreement (PDF).
Most Board Meetings are held in the Board room on the first floor of the Administration Building, located at 7516 County Complex Road, at the back of the parking lot. Occasionally the Board will schedule a special meeting at a different location. These meetings are publicized. All of the Board's meetings are open to the public. Board meetings which are held in the Board's meeting room are video streamed on the website.
If you do not know which department is the owner of the records in which you are interested, contact the County Administrator's Office at 804-365-6005, or click the Freedom of Information Act link on the County Administrator's webpage.
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Burn times change throughout the year – and at times you are unable to burn. If there is currently a burn ban in effect, you will be unable to receive a temporary burn permit.
Unless there is a current burn ban in effect please use the following burn times:
a. February 15th – April 30th: Open burning is restricted to the hours of 4:00pm – 12:00 Midnight
b. May 1st – September 30th: Burning is restricted by size. The open burn shall not exceed the size of a Bonfire.
c. October 15th – December 15th: Open burning is restricted to the hours of 4:00pm – 12:00 Midnight
(Click here to find out if you are burning legally)
Bonfire: The term “bonfire” is used to describe an outdoor fire utilized for ceremonial purposes. Bonfires shall not exceed a pile size of five (5) feet by five (5) feet by five (5) feet.
Burning is always prohibited the urban service area unless:
Open burning is permitted in accordance with any restrictions the fire marshal may impose for public safety purposes for bona fide fire services instruction with a permit from the fire marshal; for campfires or other fires used solely for recreational and similar purposes or for outdoor noncommercial preparation of food; for safety flares or for warming of outdoor workers.
Permissible open burning, recreational fires, and use of portable outdoor fireplaces shall be attended at all times by a person eighteen (18) years of age or older and with legal authority by the owner or agent of the property until the fire is extinguished.
The attendant of permissible open burning, recreational fires, and portable outdoor fireplaces shall have a means to extinguish the fire to include but not limited to portable fire extinguishers or fire extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck.
These are not Prohibited if it is an outdoor fireplace being used in accordance with the manufactures instructions (metal screen on top) and greater than 15 feet from a structure or combustible material.
Also, not Prohibited if it is a recreational fire (warming or cooking) is completely contained within a ring of rocks, cinderblocks, metal ring or similar device and also covered by a ¼” or smaller metal screen.
Recreational fires shall be 25 feet from a structure if the size is 3 feet or less in diameter and 2 feet or less in height.
Constantly attended with adequate means extinguishment.
Recreational fires should be no less than 25 feet from a structure or combustible material.
Bonfires and land clearing shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible material.
The location of the burning shall take place on the premises of private property and shall not be less than 300 feet from any occupied building unless the occupants have given prior permission other than a building located on the property on which the burning is conducted.
For commercial operations, the burning shall be at least five hundred (500) feet from any occupied building other than a building located on the property on which the burning is conducted.
The open burning of garbage and refuse is prohibited, except the open burning of land-clearing refuse in an open pit incinerator on the site of clearing operations resulting from commercial, industrial, or residential development, the construction of roads or highways, railroad tracks, pipelines, and power or communication lines, and agricultural operations, with a permit from the fire marshal. The burning shall be at least three hundred (300) feet from any occupied building other than a building located on the property on which the burning is conducted.
The burning of leaves and tree, yard, and garden trimmings on residential property in the regulated area is allowed only outside the urban service area.
You cannot burn the following:
Construction waste: The term “construction waste” means solid waste which is produced or generated during construction of structures. Construction waste consists of lumber, wire, sheetrock, bricks, shingles, glass, pipes, concrete and metal and plastics if the metal or plastics are a part of the materials of construction or empty containers for such materials. Paints, coatings, solvents, asbestos, any liquid, compressed gases or semi-liquids and garbage are not construction wastes and the disposal of such materials must be in accordance with the regulations of the state waste management board.
Garbage: Solid waste from the domestic and commercial preparation, cooking and disposing of food and from the handling, storage and sale of produce. The term “garbage” also includes rotting animal and vegetable matter.
Hazardous waste: The term “hazardous waste” means refuse or combination of refuse which, because of its quantity, concentration or physical, chemical or infectious characteristics may:
Cause or significantly contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating illness; or
Pose a substantial present or potential hazard to human health or the environment when improperly treated, stored, transported, disposed or otherwise managed.
Household refuse: The term “household refuse” means waste material and trash normally accumulated by a household in the course of ordinary day to day living.
Industrial waste: The term “industrial waste” means all waste generated on the premises of manufacturing and industrial operations such as, but not limited to, those carried on in factories, processing plants, refineries, slaughter houses and steel mills.
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Yes, all tomatoes available for sale at the Hanover Tomato Festival are delivered directly from Rosa's Garden in Mechanicsville and Hanover Vegetable Farm in Ashland.
The event is free to attend, but will have select agriculture, handcraft and artisan vendors as well as delicious Hanover Tomatoes for purchase. It is not guaranteed that all vendors will accept credit cards.
There is no ATM on site.
Yes, we do offer accessible parking and restrooms.
Please keep in mind that this event venue is on turf and covers a significant distance.
The Hanover Tomato Festival strives to provide guests with a safe, comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere. All event attendees and park patrons are to abide by the following park rules and event regulations. Those who witness other guests violating these policies should report to the nearest event staff person, volunteer or law enforcement officer.
The following are prohibited on Hanover County park property, including the event field and parking areas for the Hanover Tomato Festival:
The following are prohibited on the event field and parking areas for Hanover Tomato Fest:
Yes, there is no alternate date for the Hanover Tomato Festival.
Be prepared to be outside in hot, sunny weather or humid and rainy weather. We will be here regardless!
Yes. Please keep in mind that all animals must remain on a leash at all times.
The event does have some canine cooling stations with water and dog pools.
No, please keep all motorized vehicles (including but not limited to ATV's, golf carts, and e-bikes) at home. They are not permitted at the event.
Manual bicycles are also not recommended as it will be too crowded to safely maneuver around.
Yes. On December 9, 2020, The Hanover County Board of Supervisors adopted a Blueprint to Broadband plan for ultimately providing internet access to unserved and underserved residents.
Just over a year ago the Board of Supervisors created an advisory committee of industry expects and staff to focus on the critical need of broadband for unserved areas and underserved areas of Hanover County. The committee outlined a path from which to solve this issue for county residents.
While broadband internet access is essential, Information Technology Director Kevin Nelson told the Board at its December 13 meeting, the solution will have to be diverse and will take commitments of resources, including staff to administer, time and funding.
“Hanover County is too big to have just one solution,” Nelson told the Board. “There is no practical way to get fiber (in-ground cable) to everyone in Hanover. Fiber is part of the solution, wireless is part of the solution, satellite is part of the solution.”
Nelson presented an array of findings and recommendations of the Broadband Advisory Committee. The committee recommended that the county government leverage the expertise and infrastructure of private internet service providers. Part of this approach is to use grants to supplement funding solutions because applications are stronger when local funding is included. The full report can be read here.
As an interim solution, the County is using CARES Act funding to increase local access at the location of county government facilities. By the end of the year, public Wi-Fi areas will be installed at five park facilities (Courthouse Park, Pole Green Park Community Center, Taylor Complex, Poor Farm Park and the Montpelier Community Center-Parks & Recreation building). It will also be in the parking lot at the County Courthouse complex and at the Fleet Services building on North Lakeridge Parkway, as well as outside the County’s libraries.
Hanover will continue to seek federal and state funding opportunities. The county government is not eligible to apply for grants on its own, but it joined with Comcast and CenturyLink this summer to seek funding in two separate applications to serve about 1800 customers in the far eastern and western portions of the county. A decision on those grant applications is expected to come before the end of the year.
“We absolutely welcome any internet, wireless or satellite provider to Hanover County,” Nelson told the Board. For example, he emphasized, “we would love for Verizon to come here with Fios. They have said they are not going to. They have said that, not we. We will take all comers. We just want solutions.”
In addition to those residents who are unserved, others have service that they are unhappy with, either because of the quality or the cost or both. Addressing those issues might take longer but are a focus of the plan, said County Administrator John A. Budesky.
“There’s not going to be a silver bullet that solves the internet problem,” Budesky told the Board. A team of staff has been established to focus on short and long-term solutions. He projected that addressing all the issues might take 10 years.
Board members all agreed that it is important to find a solution. Ashland District supervisor Faye O. Prichard feared the County was falling “further and further behind” in providing solutions for businesses and schools. Henry District supervisor Sean Davis recognized the funding challenge, but looked forward to continued dialogue and community input.
The Board’s adoption of the plan enables the County to move forward with review of specific policy recommendations.
Construction of improvements to Sliding Hill Road between Atlee Station Road and New Ashcake Road should be substantially complete by the end of this month (December).
As of December 2, the contractor is finishing up final paving and striping, followed by final seeding and clean-up throughout the project. Some checklist items could remain but at that point the project will be essentially complete for public use. Bad weather could impact schedules but the project remains on schedule.
In addition to widening Sliding Hill Road between Atlee Station Road and New Ashcake Road, the project includes other improvements such as adding sidewalks and bicycle paths and upgrading traffic signals at Atlee Station Road, Kings Charter Drive and Air Park Road.
Hanover County hold a citizen information meeting on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, to present preliminary plans for the proposed widening of Pole Green Rd between Bell Creek Road and Rural Point Road. The meeting will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Board of Supervisors meeting room in the Hanover County Administration Building, 7516 County Complex Road, Hanover, Va.
Since Hanover County recognizes COVID-19 restrictions on the number of people who can gather in person, the meeting also will be live-streamed. When the meeting goes live that night, you will be able to view it at the following link: https://hanovercova.civicclerk.com/Web/Player.aspx?id=388&key=-1&mod=-1&mk=-1&nov=0
Because in person attendance at the meeting is limited due to COVID-19 protocols, seating must be reserved in advance. Seating will be assigned on a priority basis to property owners abutting the project, on a first come basis for those wishing to attend. There are 20 spaces available. Anyone who attends will be required to wear a mask at all times. To reserve a seat, please call the Department of Public Works at (804) 365-6176.
Questions and comments are invited prior to and following the meeting and every effort will be made during the presentation to address questions received prior to the meeting. Questions and comments can be submitted to [email protected], or mailed to the Department of Public Works, P.O. Box 470, Hanover, VA 23069. Please reference “Pole Green Rd Widening” in all correspondence.
For those attending the meeting in person, comments can be submitted in writing on note cards distributed at the meeting. Anyone who is unable to view the meeting online or attend in person and would like to discuss the project further can contact the Department of Public Works at (804) 365-6176 to arrange to meet virtually or in person.
The purpose of this meeting is to present the preliminary design including the road alignment, storm water management, intersection layouts and bicycle and pedestrian accommodations early in the development of the project to allow the public to have early input in the design process.
A diagram of the preliminary road alignment and other exhibits can be viewed on the Department of Public Works web page under “Quick Links” at the following link: https://www.hanovercounty.gov/816/Roads-and-Transportation
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Authority is building a $91 million headquarters complex, expected to open next year.
The 40-acre property will include a 315,000 square foot warehouse and a 95,000 square foot office building that will provide the workspaces for approximately 500 employees.
According to the ABC Authority marketing department, the project is on schedule and tracking to submit a request for a Certificate of Occupancy from the County by June of next year. Virginia ABC plans to operate out of the new facility in time for the 2021 holiday season.
Zoning approved by the Board of Supervisors last year also permitted fast-food restaurants, gas or convenience stores and other retail uses on part of the site. This property is located within one of the County’s Economic Development Zones.
As part of the May 2019 zoning, the state will make several traffic improvements on Pole Green Road, including constructing a continuous “Green T” intersection at AMF Drive/Pole Green Road/Antique Lane.
The state also agreed to make a cash contribution of about $800,000 to go towards improvements to Pole Green Road.
Hanover County has long planned to widen Pole Green Road between Bell Creek Road and Rural Point Road.
Many residents of adjacent neighborhoods have struggled through reduced cell phone coverage since the former tower on the property of New Highland Baptist Church was badly damaged by a fire several weeks ago. This tower was not owned or operated by the County. Verizon Wireless has filed an application for a Special Exception to place a temporary tower on the Church property. The temporary tower is expected to be in place for one to two years, while the former bell tower structure is demolished and a new bell tower is constructed.
Per Verizon’s plan, this is one step in a multi-step process which began with the placement of a temporary communication tower vehicle. Just this week, that vehicle was replaced with a COW (Cellular on Wheels). The COW is expected to provide enhanced service from that which was provided by the truck tower. The tower which is the subject of the Special Exception application will consist of a monopole structure. It will be 110 feet in height, and will again further enhance telecommunication services to the area. A public hearing on this Special Exception permit is scheduled to be held by the Board of Supervisors on August 26; public hearings begin at 7 p.m.
Hanover County and Verizon Wireless have worked very closely to ensure that all permits are submitted and processed as fast as possible. The community’s patience is appreciated as Verizon works towards restoring service to the area.
Hanover began outsourcing the processing of county bills 20 years ago to save taxpayers money. To align with our current banking service contract, bills are now mailed directly to the bank's payment processing center. This reduces the processing time to 3 to 5 business days. The current contract saves about $32,000 annually in various fees.
Taxpayers can always pay their bills in person at the Treasurer's Office at Hanover Courthouse and can pay personal property and real estate bills online via
All Hanover County public roads and bridges (outside of the Town of Ashland) are operated and maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). VDOT also maintains roadside ditches, performs snow removal functions and builds new roads with money allocated by the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
On VDOT’s Work Request page, you can submit a request to have a road repaired, to remove something from a road, to have signs or traffic devices repaired, to request new signs or traffic devices, to submit a claim or to ask for more information. This page can also be used to submit snow plowing-related complaints.
You can call VDOT’s Customer Service Center at 800-367-7623 around the clock. TTY users can call 711.
If you have a unique road or drainage problem or other questions and need help determining the appropriate agency contact, you can call the Hanover County Department of Public Works at 804-365-6181 and they will help you.
All personal mail to inmates can be sent to:
Pamunkey Regional Jail VAFull name and jacket numberP.O. Box 247Phoenix, MD 21131
Example:Pamunkey Regional Jail VAJohn Smith #50744P.O. Box 247Phoenix, MD 21131
Please ensure that your full name and physical address is supplied in the top left corner of the envelope.
Do not send legal mail to this address, only personal correspondence. Please note: the contents will be scanned, screened, and electronically delivered to the inmate.
Oasis Commissary Services operates the jail commissary. They may be contacted at 804-365-6400, ext. 3102.
You can visit Oasis Commissary at https://pamunkey.jailcanteen.com/ to order commissary items for inmates.
Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted by:
A service fee will apply for all cash and credit/debit card transactions.
All inmate personal mail from family and friends such as letters and pictures will be digitally delivered to the inmate via the tablet. Please send all personal mail to the address below:
Pamunkey Regional Jail VAInmate Name, Inmate Booking NumberP.O. Box 247Phoenix, Maryland 21131
Example:Pamunkey Regional Jail VAJohn Smith #34700P.O. Box 247Phoenix, Maryland 21131
The sender's full name and physical address must have clearly written on the top left corner of the envelope.
Legal mail, packages, and parcels should still continue to be mailed to the facility at the address below:
Inmate Full NameC/O Pamunkey Regional JailP.O. Box 485Hanover, VA 23069
Incoming mail is received Monday through Friday (except holidays). A staff member will deliver incoming mail within 24 hours after receipt.
All incoming mail is scanned to ensure that no contraband enters the facility including:
Parks and Recreation makes every effort to get the summer information to you as soon as possible. Look for the physical copy of the Hanover Review or the Discover Recreation brochure between the end of March to the middle of April. You can view programs online at:
Picnic shelters are available at the following parks: Courthouse, Hanover Wayside, Montpelier, Poor Farm, Pole Green, Taylor and Washington Lacy. Rental information.
Office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Parks are open dawn until dusk, with the exception of permitted lighted amenities.
Zoning regulates the use of property. All property in the county is located within one of several zoning districts, which govern how property may be used. Zoning districts are generally classified for residential, business, or industrial use. The county’s mapping system can be used as a guide to determine the zoning classification of an individual property.
Also, a few systems have plastic filters permitted by the Virginia Department of Health. These systems are also not required to pump-out every 5 years because they routinely require more frequent maintenance. If you have an approved plastic filter, you may submit evidence and request being removed from the program. The Virginia Department of Health does not have a list of systems with approved plastic filters. Regular pumping and maintenance will save you money and protect the environment.
Plastic filters require regular maintenance to keep them from clogging and backing sewage into your home. Routine maintenance typically includes the removal and proper disposal of non-biodegradable solids from the filter and then hosing down the filter over your septic tank to return the filtered solids to the tank for additional treatment. While not mandatory, the Virginia Department of Health still recommends that systems with plastic filters pump have their septic tanks pumped regularly to maintain peak system performance and extend the life of your drainfield.