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What do I need to build a home in Orange County?
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.

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1. How do I find the zoning classification for a piece of property?
2. I would like to subdivide my land. What is the process?
3. What do I need to build a home in Orange County?
4. What is required to obtain a Zoning Permit?
5. When is an Agreement in Lieu of an Erosion and Sediment Control needed?
6. What is required to obtain an Agreement in Lieu of an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan?
7. When is approval of an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan and issuance of a Land Disturbance Permit required?
8. Are any land disturbance activities exempt from permitting and bonding requirements?
9. How much land is required to build a house in Orange County?
10. How many dwellings are allowed on one piece of property?
11. Do I need a permit for a shed or storage building?
12. What is my tax parcel number?