The Department is charged with the responsibility of assisting in the improvement of Salem's natural and built environments. This is achieved through the Department's involvement in most major public and private development projects during the City's development review processes, long-range planning, and economic development activities.
Situated in the Roanoke Region between the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains on the Roanoke River, Salem possesses all the beauty and grandeur that nature can bestow.
The Economic Development office is located on the top floor at Salem City Hall located in the heart of downtown at 114 N Broad Street.
- How do I get a street address?
Email or call the Building Inspections & Zoning department at 375-3036 to request a street address.
- How do I start my own business from home?
The City of Salem allows certain businesses and occupations to be conducted in a residential dwelling provided the use is clearly incidental or secondary to the use of the home as a residence. The character and scale of the business activity must be clearly minor and meet the Home occupation standards regulations. Some examples of permitted home occupations are:
- beauty shop/barber shop
- small family childcare home
- office for:
- cleaning service
- computer design service
- consulting business
- contracting business
- lawn care business
- sales business
The procedure for obtaining a home occupation permit is as follows:
- Contact the office of Building Inspections and Zoning for a Home Occupation Permit Application.
- Submit the completed application to the Building Inspections and Zoning office.
- Upon receipt of a complete application, the Zoning Administrator will review the application for compliance with the regulations.
- A minimum of 7 business days is required to process your application, and you will be contacted with an approval or denial.
- If approved, contact the office of the Commissioner of Revenue to apply for a business license.
- Businesses that will use a trade name must also register that name with the Clerk of the Circuit Court.
If you are denied, the Administrator will notify you of the changes necessary to achieve compliance with the provisions. If you disagree with the opinion of the Administrator, you may appeal the decision to the City of Salem Planning Commission. You will be required to file for a "Special Exception Permit". Fees will apply, so please refer to the fee schedule (PDF).
All home occupations are subject to a $25 home occupation permit fee and will be renewed at the same time as your business license renewal. Renewals will be automatically subject to payment of the $25 fee, business license renewal, and no complaints or violations of the regulations have occurred during the previous year.
- Where do I get a survey plat for my property?
Plats are originally drawn by surveyors who provide a copy to the purchaser at the real estate closing for a property. If a survey was completed prior to a real estate sale, a survey plat may be attached to the deed for property located in the City of Salem and should be available in the records room of the Clerk of the Circuit Court located at 2 E. Calhoun St. In some cases, the Real Estate department may have a copy of the plat.
- Where can I find your schedule of fees?
For a schedule of fees, click here. Or you may call the appropriate department, or call the City of Salem for general information at 375-3000.