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Community Development

The Martinsville Community Development office develops and administers plans, ordinances, and programs to promote the public health, safety, and welfare of present and future City residents. Within the Community Development Office, one will find guidance for Building Inspections and Permits, Zoning, Planning, and Subdivisions. 

The department maintains and updates the City's Comprehensive Plan; administers Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances; coordinates federal and state grant applications for community development projects; and provides staff support to City Council, the Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Tree Board, and Architectural Review Board.  The department also collects data and provides information for policy development relating to economic development, transportation, affordable housing, and environmental planning.

  • Kris Bridges
    Zoning Administrator
  • Megan Spencer
    Community Development Specialist 
  • Amy Walker
    Community Development Associate

Phone: 276-403-5171 or 276-403-5156

Fax: 276-403-5381

55 West Church Street
Room 217
Martinsville, VA 24112

For information about obtaining a building permit, please visit the Inspections page.

Zoning Ordinance Update

The new City of Martinsville Zoning Ordinance is in effect as of August 1, 2017.  

Entrance Corridor Overlay ECO Map - Draft
Transitional Neighborhood Development Overlay (TND-O) Map Draft
Historic Preservation Overlay (HP-O) Map Draft
Martinsville Subdivision Ordinance Draft-June 2017


Community Development Projects

  • Northside CDBG (neighborhood)
  • Brownfields Assessment Grant
  • Zoning Ordinance Updates
  • Partnership with Piedmont Arts Association for a National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Grant for the Piedmont Public Art Garden
  • Uptown Martinsville Business District Revitalization - VA DHCD Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) 
  • Partnership with the Piedmont Health District and MHC Coalition for Health & Wellness for a Complete Streets program
  • Partnership with the Artisan Center of Virginia and stakeholders to establish the Smith River Artisan Trail
  • M-HC Enterprise Zone Designation Application - Approved October 2015
  • New College Institute - Building on Baldwin
  • The Henry Hotel adaptive reuse project - complete

City of MARTinsville Forms

Sign Permit Application  (Fill out the "Sign" section on this application)

Zoning Clearance Form (If you need a business license, please bring this completed form to the Zoning Office)

Home Occupation Application

Variance Application

Rezoning Application

Special Use Application

Enterprise Zone Incentive Chart - City of Martinsville

Enterprise Zone Incentive Application

All permit applications may be mailed, faxed, emailed or delivered in person. 

Uptown Master Plan

The Uptown Martinsville Physical Improvements Plan by Land Planning Design Associates is below.