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Permits are required before starting work that is not exempt from the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC). Work including, but not limited to the following items requires a building permit:
A permit is required for the following work:
Common exemptions that do not require a permit are as follows:
If you require clarification if concerning work requiring a building permit, please contact the Franklin County Building Inspections Department between 8 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday at 540-483-3047.
If it is determined that work requiring a permit is being made without valid permits, the permit fee will be doubled up to an amount of $2,500 per Section 5-27 (u) of the Franklin County Code. Additionally, engineering may be required to verify work made prior/without inspections complies with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VAUSBC).
The three main classifications of permits are Residential, Non- Residential, and Miscellaneous Permits. Permit applications are available for each of the listed categories. These applications have either a cover page or other comments on the application to assist the applicant with permit requirements.
Requirements for permits will vary based upon the intended scope of work (i.e. a Construction Permit from the Health Department is required when a dwelling is to be constructed or when bedrooms are added, but not required for additions such as a sunroom or alterations such as finishing a basement). View the following requirements:
Residential & Non-Residential Building Permits require plans to be submitted, reviewed, and approved by the Building Department prior to the issuance of the permit. The Residential review typically requires 5 business days. The Non-Residential review process may require additional time up to four weeks. Some Non-Residential permits may require sealed plans by a Virginia licensed Registered Design Professional (Architect/Engineer).
According to the Codes which are adopted by the State of Virginia in the Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), here are some of the requirements for Franklin County:
Landowners, contractors, or agents may apply for the Building Permit. If someone other than the landowner applies for a “Demolitions or New Structure” permit (other than accessory/secondary buildings), a notarized affidavit (included with the permit applications) must be completed by the landowner(s) to authorize the work. The notary public is not required to be registered in Virginia for landowners who live out of the state.
The Building Inspections Office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 4:30 pm excluding State Holidays and other times approved by the Board of Supervisors. Application submissions are received and permits are issued between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm.
Cash, Checks, Visa, Mastercard and Discover are acceptable means of payment. Checks should be made payable to “Franklin County Treasurer.”
Inspection requests received up until 3:30 pm (on the IVR system) are normally scheduled for the next working day if so requested. Requests made after 3:30 are scheduled for the next working day. Future enhancements within the software's inspection request system may require the cut-off time for inspections to be modified.
Inspections may not completed on the day requested if the inspection volume is excessive. Rescheduled inspections are prioritized by inspectors on the following work day. In the event that the inspector does not complete an inspection on the requested day, that does not authorize the owner or contractor to proceed without receiving department approval. Individuals who violate this policy are subject to Notices of Violation, referral to the Virginia Board for Contractors, and other legal action as determined necessary by the Building Inspections Department. Also engineering may be required at the owner's/contractor's expense to certify that work not inspected by the Franklin County Building Inspection's Department is acceptable to the requirements of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC).
Inspectors are unable to provide specific times for inspections due to variables such as:
Please make inspection locations available throughout the day. If additional security is desired please provide key location information with the inspection request. Locked/inaccessible locations are subject to a $45 reinspection fee. This fee is to be paid before a reinspection or another type of inspection is scheduled. Please have unattended pets contained so that animals will not interfere with the inspection.
View the fee schedule and descriptions currently listed on the Building Inspections website page. Briefly, new construction and additions are based on a flat fee per square foot, while alterations are based on the estimated cost of the work.
For alterations permits only. When providing the estimated value/cost you may deduct the cost of the following items from the alterations total (Some residential buildings may be eligible for additional exclusions for roofing, siding, or device/equipment replacement. Inquiries are suggested):
No, the structure needs to be accessible for the inspection only. If there are minors present in the home (and the inspector is required to enter the home), an adult is required to be present for the inspector to complete the inspection. All incomplete inspections and following re-inspections are the responsibility of the contractor and/or the Landowner.
Inspector's office hours are in the afternoon between the hours of 3 pm until 4:30 pm. Before this time they are in the field and unable to take calls. Please leave a detailed message or call the following business day during the time specified above.
You will need the building permit number which is located on the placard or receipt provided at the time of permit issuance. For temporary or permanent electrical power inspections, the nine digit AEP work order number will be required in addition to the permit number before the inspection can be scheduled.
When the building permit is issued a list of common inspections associated with your permit type may be located on the customer copy of the building permit. As a rule of thumb, inspections must be made prior to the Placement of Concrete, Concealment, or Occupancy.
The Franklin County Library has the 2012 International Residential Code Book available in their reference section to provide code access to citizens. Our department does not have code books available for sale. Code books can be purchased from the International Code Council at 1-888-ICC-SAFE.
On September 4, 2018 Virginia adopted the following codes in addition to State amendments located in the 2015 edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code:
For the 2015 series, Virginia Amendments have been incorporated into International codes creating ICC publications tailored specifically to the State of Virginia (does not include the National Electric Code). These editions of the code are recommended over International versions because they include Virginia specific amendments. Examples are:
Manufactured Homes are commonly referred to as mobile homes. They are often constructed as a single, double, or triple wide. Manufactured Homes are not constructed to the requirements of the Building Code, instead they are constructed in accordance with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations.
The HUD Code is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, using independent third party inspection agencies for enforcement. Every HUD Code manufactured home is built in the factory. It has a label affixed to the exterior of the home which indicated that the home has been designed, constructed, tested, and inspected to comply with federal standards.
These systems may require additional work during the set-up process, but systems included during the construction of the Manufactured Home include:
All work made on site not covered by the Manufacturer’s Installation Manual must comply with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Manufactured Homes are designed to be set up as specified in the manufacturer’s installation instructions. Any deviations from the requirements established in the Installation Manual require accompanying engineering from a Virginia licensed Registered Design Professional (RDP). Foundations/supports for Manufactured Homes normally consist of interior piers that receive the weight of the home above via steel I-beams that run the length of the home. The presence of the metal frame does not always constitute a Manufactured Home; On-Frame Modulars (which are constructed to the requirements of the State’s Building Code) can also be designed to be supported on a metal chassis.
Any decks, additions, or other attachments to any home on a metal chassis must be self supporting.
The following steps are involved in obtaining a permit:
The Franklin County Building Inspections Department recommends that:
Most importantly, you have the right to understand the local CSA process:
If your child is eligible for special education, all the rights and protections of special education continue to be available to you and your child:
If you think that your child may be eligible for special education, contact the principal of your child’s school. The principal will guide you through the process to determine your child’s needs.
If your child is in foster care you can ask the foster care social worker for help. Unless the court has taken away your parental rights, you have a right to be involved in making decisions about your child. The following rights are available to the child:
For more information about foster care services, contact your local Department of Social Services, 540-483-9247.
Enroll in 4-H Programs by calling us at 540-483-5161 or stopping by our office:90 E Court StreetRocky Mount, VA 24151
Your child must be age 5 to 19 to participate in 4-H.
You can sign your child up for 4-H camp starting on March 1st of each year.
Contact the Franklin County Extension Office at 540-483-5161. To learn more about volunteering, visit our Volunteer at 4-H page.
No, 4-H is open to all youth ages 5 to 19.
For most situations, Fescue is a suitable choice. In some situations, such as for pregnant mares, Fescue may not be the best choice and other grasses such as Orchard grass may be a better choice. For help choosing the right grasses for your hay or pasture, contact Virginia Cooperative Extension's Franklin County Office at 540-483-5161.
Generally, the varieties of corn seed made available for sale in this area are suitable to the growing conditions of Franklin County. There can be variation in performance from farm to farm. For help in choosing the right varieties for your farm, contact Virginia Cooperative Extension's Franklin County Office at 540-483-5161.
Proper soil sampling procedure is critical to getting the correct fertilizer and lime recommendations. Instructions, boxes, and the form for submitting a soil sample are available at Virginia Cooperative Extension's Franklin County Office, located at:90 E Court StreetRocky Mount, VA 24151
The most common tobacco production problems in Franklin County include soil fungal diseases such as Black Shank, Rhizoctonia, and Pythium. These diseases, although not severe, cost county producers approximately $30,000 per year in lost tobacco sales.
The main tobacco grown in Franklin County is flue-cured. Flue-cured tobacco is used primarily for smoking purposes in cigarettes. Several farms in the county also produce Virginia dark-fired tobacco that is sold on the export market for snuff, chewing tobacco, and cigars.
Tobacco producers are free to sell their tobacco at any operating tobacco market in Virginia or upper North Carolina. Due to traveling distance limitations, most of Franklin County tobacco is marketed in the Danville area. Producers have the option of selling at auction or directly to tobacco companies or leaf dealers. The general trend over the past three years has been away from the traditional auction to the direct sale arrangements.
All tobacco producers are being faced with a declining demand product. Recent governmental and consumer litigation against the tobacco industry has led to a drastic reduction in the amount of tobacco an individual farmer can produce. Franklin county producers can only plant 56% of the tobacco they planted in 1997. This tremendous reduction in income has placed much hardship on county tobacco producers.
Learn more about environmental regulations by contacting:
If you think you have a stray voltage problem, you can contact:
Virginia Cooperative Extension's Franklin County Office can give you an evaluation. Contact us at 540-4383-5161.
If you think you have problems with mycotoxins in your feed, contact Virginia Cooperative Extension's Franklin County Office at 540-483-5161, or your local feed company.
Call Carol Haynes at Virginia Cooperative Extension's Franklin County Office at 540-483-5161.
Yes, Virginia Cooperative Extension's Franklin County office co-sponsors the Senior Citizens Nutrition Outreach Project with classes being held at the Senior Center in Rocky Mount, Virginia.
Contact Virginia Cooperative Extension's Franklin County Office at 540-483-5161.
Learn more about food safety by contacting Carol Haynes, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, at the Franklin County Extension Office. Call 540-483-5161.
Learn more about money management programs by contacting Carol Haynes, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, at the Franklin County Extension Office. Call 540-483-5161.
For information regarding home water quality, contact Virginia Cooperative Extension's Franklin County Extension Office at 540-483-5161.
Restaurants limited to ten (10) patrons at one time – Since Governor Northam’s announcement on March 17 concerning the limiting of ten patrons at a time in Virginia restaurants, restaurants in Franklin County and its two Towns have rapidly adjusted by closing or vastly reducing use of their dining rooms and moving to carryout and delivery service. There have been some questions locally regarding the implementation of this order as it pertains to specific local situations. Many local restaurants have multiple spaces that are separated from each other, such as an indoor dining room and an outdoor patio with tables and food service. Some have asked if the ten-person limit is for each space or for the business as a whole. The Virginia Department of Health has received numerous inquiries regarding this question from around the Commonwealth and their Office of Environmental Health in Richmond has reached out to the Governor’s office for further guidance. At this time, the state’s view is that the limit on patrons is ten at any one time no matter the configuration of the restaurant. We do note that the guidance is that the ten-patron limit is specific to patrons (customers) and the limit does not include restaurant staff, delivery drivers, etc. If any further guidance, changes, or clarification to the Governor’s order is provided to the VDH, they will communicate that to their permittees as quickly as possible. Changes to the guidance will also be posted here: http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/environmental-health-services/guidance-on-food-establishments-and-social-distancing/. For additional information, see the Governor’s Order.
Please visit the Mountain Valley Pipeline website for filings and other information.
Franklin County will:
No. Mountain Valley Pipeline and their contractors will be responsible for the security of their own property.
Yes, Mountain Valley Pipeline security personnel will require certification by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice. No Franklin County personnel will be employed as security for the Mountain Valley Pipeline project.
The Sheriff's Office will continue to conduct patrols and speed enforcement in areas affected by construction traffic just as it does elsewhere in the County, to include concentrating enforcement efforts in areas where crashes and violations increase. Enforcement of traffic laws will be objective and fair.
Mountain Valley Pipeline has expressed their intention to work with the County to avoid interfering with school buses, trash trucks, and other vehicular traffic. Some restricted width due to parking is probably inevitable but vehicles that unreasonably impede traffic may have to be removed. The County will post information concerning known road closures as soon as possible.
A permit is not required, but Mountain Valley Pipeline has agreed to provide burn notifications to Franklin County Public Safety at least 48 hours prior to each burning event.
From February 15th to April 30th, open burning, including recreational fires, can only be done between the hours of 4 pm and midnight, so that Department of Forestry guide lines can be met.
Yes. Blasting operations shall only be conducted by persons certified through the State Fire Marshal's Office. All blasts shall be in accordance with the Statewide Fire Prevention Code and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 495, and a bond or certificate of insurance shall be on file in the minimum amount of $1,000,000. Blasting shall be conducted in daylight hours unless otherwise approved.
When blasting in congested areas, measures shall be taken to reduce earth vibrations and air blast effects. Measures include, but not limited to, the use of blasting mats and monitoring vibrations and air blast effects with a seismograph. Detailed records of each blast shall be maintained.
The County does have an ordinance concerning demonstrations. Chapter 6 of the County Code provides the requirements for demonstrations. Those wanting to demonstrate must contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors to obtain an application by phone at 540-483-3032 or by emailing the Clerk.
People can demonstrate peacefully in the following locations:
However, participants may not obstruct the free passage of others. You may not obstruct vehicular and pedestrian traffic in roads, in parking lots, driveways, etc. without first obtaining a demonstration permit from the Board of Supervisors.
Contact your neighbors to see if they know the ownership of the animal. If no success, contact us at 540-483-7440, and we will come pick up the stray animal.
There is no leash law in Franklin County, however, the animal owner is responsible to contain their animal on their property to prevent it from running at large. You can contact the Magistrate's Office at 540-483-3076 and acquire a nuisance warrant.
Emergency calls include:
We do not capture or pick up cats at this time. We do have loaner traps for residents to use in a timely manner. The shelter will accept cats from County residents during our operating hours of:Tuesday through FridayNoon to 4 pm
Saturday10 am to Noon
No. If you have questions or encounter a wild animal, use precaution and contact the Virginia Game Warden at 540-483-3077.
No. We are a municipal pound, so we can only take in animals that are being relinquished or strays from Franklin County.
Franklin County Animal Services (FCAS) is a municipal animal shelter. Although we do our best to find every healthy, adoptable pet a good home, we are not a No-Kill facility. Through a variety of programs, we make every effort to place all adoptable animals in our care. Some of these animals are euthanized due to lack of space and homes. FCAS works with many rescue groups in the County to help place the adoptable pets in our care.
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CodeRED is an emergency notification service that allows emergency officials to notify residents and businesses regarding time-sensitive general and emergency notifications by:]
Only authorized officials have access to send notifications with the CodeRED system.
Any emergency notification regarding the safety, property, or welfare of the community may be sent using the CodeRED system. These may include:
In addition, all subscribers have the option to opt in to non-emergency community alerts.
CodeRED delivers the notification through a high-speed telephone calling system to a phone number on the CodeRED database. County staff will access CodeRED via a secure portal on the web. A "call area" will be marked identifying street addresses. Telephone numbers will be matched up electronically to these addresses through the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS). A voice and/or text message will be sent out via the telephone with information about the incident and possibly instructions for action to be taken.
This system is an enhancement to existing means of communication and is meant to supplement current or procedures used for mass notification. In addition to CodeRED, the County will still provide information to local TV, radio, and newspapers, as well as Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Initially, all phone numbers listed in the "white pages" are entered by the County into the CodeRED system. However, this database does not include cell phone numbers or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone (internet calling) type numbers. No resident should assume that their information is in the system. Therefore we urge all persons living or working in Franklin County to enter their phone numbers into the CodeRED system, along with their home or work address. In this way everyone can quickly receive CodeRED emergency notices from the County.
Enroll your contact information into the CodeRed system.
Yes. Fill out the CodeRED Registration Form, but be sure to select the "This address is business" option. Please note that emergency calls can only be delivered to a direct dial number. Automated attendants and phone trees will disrupt the process and the calls will not be delivered. Businesses should register their main number and establish a procedure for distributing the CodeRED notification to their workforce.
After you submit the initial registration form, you may start the registration process again and submit more numbers for the same address.
A CodeRED Emergency notification will have a caller ID of 866-419-5000 and will show up as "EMERGENCY COMM". A CodeRED General notification will have a caller ID 855-969-4636 and will show up as "ECN COMMUNITY". It is highly recommended you program both numbers in your cell phone as a "new contact" and use "CodeRED Emergency" and "CodeRED General" as the contact name. If you need to replay the emergency notification again, simply dial the number, and you will be able to hear the notification again.
If you receive a CodeRED notification:
Make sure you have at least one working corded telephone, and be sure to turn the ringer on. The CodeRED signup form allows you to indicate both a primary and alternate phone number. Cell phone and/or work phone numbers can be entered as alternate phone numbers. Both primary and alternate phone numbers will be contacted when a notification is sent.
Yes, the CodeRED system will leave a message on a machine or on voicemail. The CodeRED system will leave the entire message in one pass.
The emergency message delivery depends on how the resident's voicemail is set up. If the voicemail starts with a "Hi" and then a pause, the system will think someone has answered live and start playing the message. The good news is, the resident can always play back the message in its entirety by calling number listed on the caller ID to replay the message.
If the line is busy, CodeRED will try two more times to connect.
Franklin County will receive a report of undelivered calls, and can instruct the CodeRED system to begin another round of calls to busy numbers. It is best to have an alternate phone number in the calling database for these situations.
If your area of the community is not be affected by the incident, the County may elect to target the notification to the specific area where the emergency is going on. In this case, you won't receive a call, even if it's only a block away. This is an effort to ensure that only residents and businesses that need to take action receive notifications. You will need to opt in to receive non-emergency community notification using the CodeRED Web Portal.
We recommend that you register a cell phone number which can receive text notifications into the system. During an emergency when many people are trying to utilize their phones, text notifications are much more likely to go through than a voice call.
We highly discourage residents or businesses from unsubscribing from CodeRED, as they will not receive critical emergency notifications. However, if you are in our database, and you do not want to be in our database and be contacted by CodeRED, you must fill out a Do Not Call Form. Once you fill out the form, return it to:Franklin County Public Safety1488 Franklin StreetRocky Mount, VA 24151
The form will then be forwarded to CodeRED for processing. Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for your number to be removed from our database.
911 should be called for any emergency which is threatening to life or property. This includes:
Residential smoke detectors are early warning devices to alert persons to a potential fire. Smoke detectors should be placed in living areas of the home including each bedroom and in the hallway leading to the bedrooms. Contact the Public Safety Department at 540-483-3091 if you have any further questions.
Having a fire extinguisher in the home is a great idea. If you have an extinguisher, it should be placed where it is easily accessible. The kitchen and garage are good sites for an extinguisher. However, do not place an extinguisher over the stove or buried in storage in the garage. Hang it on the wall between 4 feet and 5 feet from the ground.
Call the Franklin County Perinatal Education Center at 540-489-1800.
By Virginia Law, you are required to pull to the nearest edge of the roadway and stop, thereby yielding the right-of-way to the emergency vehicle.
You cannot conduct any open burning before 9 am, and you cannot add fuel to the fire after 9 pm. The fire must be totally out by midnight. In addition, someone must remain with the fire at all times, and there must be a water source present. Refer to State Laws and Franklin County Code.
Yes, Franklin County does operate an emergency medical services revenue recovery program. Your insurance company will be billed, and you may receive a bill for the co-pay. Under no circumstances will ability to pay impact service. Please contact Franklin County Public Safety at 540-483-3091 for additional information.
The money is reinvested into the Public Safety system to continue to improve service to our citizens.
No. Due to limited resources and liability, department standard operating guidelines require that you be transported to the nearest hospital that can handle your emergency.
A Knox Box is a secure key vault that is installed on the exterior of a building near the main entrance. This box contains building keys to provide access for the Fire Department in emergency situations. The Fire Department maintains master keys for the Knox boxes in secure locations.
For new commercial structures and on existing commercial buildings, a Knox Box is not required to be installed in Franklin County, Virginia. However, commercial buildings where access is restricted can cause delays for the Fire Department to gain access either by forcible entry tactics or by waiting for a key holder. Many businesses in the area have had Knox Boxes installed on their buildings.
Knox Box devices may be purchased through the Knox Box website. At the Knox box online store, the department name will be entered as Franklin County Department of Public Safety. If you have any questions, please contact the Fire Marshal's Office at 540-483-3091.
When installing a Knox Box, consider the following:
Keys to exterior doors, interior doors, and electrical and mechanical rooms, as well as elevator keys, are normally kept on one ring inside the Knox Box. After the Knox Box is installed, the owner or their designee must contact the Franklin County Public Safety Fire Marshal's Office at 540-483-3091 to schedule an appointment to secure the keys and lock the Knox box.
The landfill is located five miles south of Rocky Mount. There is a small sign located on the southbound lane (left side of highway) that says county landfill next left. This will be a cross over; the landfill entrance will be the second entrance after making U-turn.
Monday through Friday7:30 am to 4 pm
Saturday7 am to Noon
Monday through Friday7:30 am to 4:30 pm
Open all county holidays except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day7:30 am to 3 pmClosed on Sundays
Tipping fees are $43 per ton.
We do not accept debit or credit cards for payment. Cash or check only.
We will accept waste oil from homeowners only. We have a waste oil tank at the landfill to put waste oil in. We will accept old gas tanks if they are cut in half.
These boxes are left at various locations year round. A schedule will be made for the cleanup and will be announced. View Schedule.
No commercial haulers allowed to dump in the roll-off’s or large containers! These boxes are for homeowners only. No construction debris of any kind, no car tires, no car batteries, no brush. Items such as old appliances, mattresses, and furniture may be placed in the roll-off’s.
The county does not rent roll-off’s or large containers to individuals. View contact information to obtain containers:
At this time there is no market for recycled glass and plastic. As the market becomes available, we will put the recycle boxes for glass and plastic back out.
No. We transport all Recycling to the Recycling location by our Franklin County trash truck