Engineering Department

The Galax City Engineering Department performs a variety of City administrative and professional responsibilities relating to construction, zoning, land use, planning, development, geographic information system and City building/property maintenance. The Engineering Department also provides professional services for City infrastructure including the drinking water treatment and distribution systems, wastewater treatment and sewer collection systems, storm water collection systems, roads, bridges, sidewalks and traffic control signals. The City Engineer is Engineering Department Director providing management for City staff positions of Building Official, Environmental Program Manager, Zoning Administrator, GIS Coordinator, City Electrician and the City building/property maintenance staff.

Citizens, developers, contractors, architects, engineers and others considering construction, land use or building occupancy modifications should review the Engineering Department Services and Resources information below. Please contact City staff for additional information regarding State and City Code requirements for your proposed project.

Engineering Department Services and Resources

Contact the City Engineer for additional information on:

  • Regulatory matters involving the 1.) Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water, 2.) The Department of Environmental Quality and 3.) The Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Water Treatment Consumer Confidence Report
  • Wastewater Treatment Facility Virginia Pollution Discharge Elimination System Permit
  • Industrial Pretreatment Program
  • General environmental issues or concerns
  • Traffic control signal devices and street lights
  • City building and property maintenance issues
  • Issues or concerns on the operation of the Building Official, Environmental Programs, GIS Systems and Zoning Administration offices

Contact the Building Official for additional information on:

  • Building Construction Permits (including accessory buildings, water service, sewer service, fences or other structures)
  • Building Demolition Permits
  • Open Burning Permits
  • Property maintenance issues
  • City Code compliance issues

Contact the Environmental Program Manager for additional information on:

  • Land disturbing activities
  • Erosion and sediment control issues
  • Storm water management issues
  • Surface water environmental issues

Contact the Geographic Information Systems GIS Coordinator for additional information on:

  • General GIS mapping requests
  • GIS data requests
  • FEMA flood plain information

Contact the Zoning Administrator for additional information on:

  • Zoning Permit application
  • Land use and development planning
  • Zoning district identification
  • Zoning compliance issues
  • Zoning land use limitations
  • City Planning Commission
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • New and Re-facing Sign Permits
  • Temporary Sign Permits

Galax Business License Zoning and Building Code Review Application

Department of Engineering

Edwin Ward, P.E.
City Engineer
City of Galax
111 East Grayson Street
Galax, VA 24333
ph: 276-236-2422
fx: 276-236-2889

Terry Atwell
Building Official
City of Galax
111 East Grayson Street
Galax, VA 24333
ph: 276-236-7297

Joey Davis
Building Inspector
City of Galax
111 East Grayson Street
Galax, VA 24333

Adrienne E. Sikes
Environmental Program Manager
City of Galax
111 East Grayson Street
Galax, VA 24333
ph: 276-236-7380

Daniel Riegel
GIS Coordinator
City of Galax
111 East Grayson Street
Galax, VA 24333
ph: 276-601-3600

Daniel Riegel
Zoning Administrator
City of Galax
111 East Grayson Street
Galax, VA 24333
ph: 276-601-3600