2 CITY OF RICHMOND | CUP Application | Last Revised September 7, 2018
Conditional use permits are intended as a means for the City Council, after review and recommendation by the
Planning Commission, to authorize certain uses which, although generally appropriate in the district in which
they are permitted, have potentially greater impacts on neighboring properties than uses which are permitted as
a matter of right. Such uses may or may not be appropriate at a particular location in the district depending on
surrounding land uses, other site-speciﬁ c factors, and determination in each case of potential local impacts from
the use and the measures proposed by the applicant to mitigate any adverse impacts. The conditional use permit
procedure provides the opportunity for the city council to review each proposed conditional use and to approve
or disapprove the use or impose such conditions as reasonably necessary to ensure the use will be compatible
with the surrounding area.
Conditional use permits can only be applied for those uses enumerated in the zoning ordinance as being eligible
to be authorized by a conditional use permit. These listed uses vary according to the zoning district in which a
property is located. The listing of a use as being permitted in a particular zoning district by conditional use permit
does not constitute assurance or presumption that a conditional use permit for such use will be approved.
Approval of a conditional use permit for a particular use at a speciﬁ c location within a district is subject to
evaluation by the City Council and a determination in each case based on the standards and conditions set forth
in the City’s Zoning Ordinance.
Applicants must schedule a pre-application conference with the Division of Land Use Administration sta to
review the standards for approval of conditional use permits, the speciﬁ c conditions applicable to particular uses,
the City’s Master Plan, and other issues that may be involved prior to making application. Please call
(804) 646-6304 to schedule an appointment with the sta . Sta will review submitted applications to ensure
all required materials and information are provided. If the application is not acceptable, the required information
must be provided prior to formal sta review.
Applicants should also discuss the proposed conditional use permit with area civic associations, property owners,
residents, and the area Council Representative prior to submitting an application. Letters from the associations
and property owners stating their position in regards to the request should be submitted with the application.
The Division of Land Use Administration circulates the application materials to appropriate City agencies as
determined necessary. City agencies reviewing the proposal may include: Public Works, Building Permits &
Inspections, Public Utilities, Water Resources, Zoning Administration, and Fire and Emergency Services. The
Division of Land Use Administration will coordinate responses by City agencies. Written comments will be
provided generally within 30 days of the application submittal date.
After review by these agencies and by the Division of Land Use Administration, the sta will confer with the
applicant regarding suggested conditions to be included in the ordinance and any suggested changes to the
application. If the property is located in a City Old and Historic District and the request involves exterior
alterations, additions or new construction, the plans should also be reviewed by the Commission of Architectural
Review prior to an ordinance being introduced in City Council. Once the application is in ﬁ nal form, an ordinance
is drafted and the plans are attached to and are made a part of the ordinance. The sta will forward a copy of the
ordinance to the applicant for review and approval.
The ordinance is then reviewed by the City Attorney’s o ce and the City Administration. Once their review is
complete, the ordinance is introduced to City Council and a public hearing is scheduled, usually thirty days after
introduction. During this thirty-day period, public notice of the hearing is posted on the site and in a daily
newspaper. Notices are also mailed to the owners of all properties within 150 feet of the subject property. One
week prior to the City Council public hearing, the Planning Commission, after receiving a report from the
Department of Planning and Development Review, considers the proposed special use permit and forwards a
recommendation to City Council. The Planning Commission welcomes information submitted prior to the
meeting and may ask questions of proponents and opponents during the course of its deliberation on the
A conditional use permit shall be approved by the City Council only if it ﬁ nds, after consideration of the recom-
mendation of the Planning Commission, that the proposed use and related plans are appropriate at the location
proposed based upon its consideration of the following standards and the speciﬁ c conditions, where applicable,
for the particular use in the district in which it is proposed to be located. No conditional use permit shall be
Review & Approval process for
CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT