Arbors & Trellises

The processes outlined here are for the construction/installation of arbors (max 9 feet in height; 150 square feet and less) and trellises (max 9 feet in height; max 6 feet in width; max 3 feet in depth). Arbors and trellises exceeding the maximum standards, see Detached Accessory Structure.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Zoning and Basic Development Plan Application.
  • Basic Development Plan (1 copy), delineating the following:
    • Dimensions and shape of the lot
    • Adjoining streets
    • Location of the principal building on the lot
    • Location of the proposed arbor or trellis
    • Arbor or trellis details including height, width, depth, square footage, and surface detail
  • Certificate of Appropriateness, if located in an H-1 or H-2 local historic district.

Review Process

Once your permit application has been deemed complete and initialized in our system (you will receive a Permit Submission Confirmation Letter), City staff has 10 business days for zoning review. You may receive comments from City staff if additional information is needed to complete a thorough review. An Additional Submissions Form must accompany any resubmission of plans or information.

Arbors and trellises are reviewed for compliance with the following code:
  • Section 36.2-410. Fences, walls, arbors, and trellises. Zoning Code, City of Roanoke.
Visit the City of Roanoke's Real Estate GIS page to determine your property's zoning designation.


$25.00 flat fee


If work described in the zoning permit has not begun within 6 months from the date of issuance, the permit will expire. An extension may be granted by the Zoning Administrator at his/her discretion at the written request of the applicant within 90 calendar days of the expiration of the original zoning permit.