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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 2012 and 2015 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.
Each attorney, staff member, or governmental employee must complete the OCRA Application and Subscriber Agreement (PDF).
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
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 it is:
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.
If during the times February 15th through April 30th you cannot burn before 4PM if the fire is within 300 feet of a woodland, brush-land, fields containing dry grass or other flammable materials.
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 seven hundred fifty (750) 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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The Hanover Tomato Festival showcases artisans unique craftsmanship and local food vendors’ savory menu items featuring the Hanover Tomato. Find out how you can become a vendor!
Find out all you need to know about event parking by visiting our Traffic and Parking page.
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.
Construction is proceeding on a phased schedule, with upcoming phases including Air Park Road to Atlee Commerce Boulevard through late August; Atlee Commerce Boulevard to Totopotomoy Trail from late August to mid-September; from Totopotomoy Trail to Kings Charter Drive in mid-September through the end of September; and from Kings Charter Drive to Atlee Station Road to the end of September. All construction schedules are dependent on favorable weather conditions.
The Department of Public Works advises drivers to be aware that construction activities will slow traffic through this area, and they recommend using alternate routes when possible.
This project includes other improvements such as adding sidewalks and bicycle paths in addition to upgrades to traffic signals at Atlee Station Road Kings Charter Drive and Air Park Road.
Construction is currently expected to be completed by the end of the year.
A video with more details on this project can be seen here
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 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
To invite wireless internet providers into the county, Hanover County created an incentive-based rate structure for use of its communications towers. It currently has a memorandum of understanding with one company about leasing space on its communications towers and serving county residents in rural areas in both the eastern and western sides of the County, and that work is underway.
Hanover County does not provide internet services but encourages all providers to offer these services to residents and businesses throughout the county.
Cash and credit/debit cards are accepted by:
A service fee will apply for all cash and credit/debit card transactions.
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.
Pole Green Community Center is open Monday and Tuesday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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.