mountain view park shelter rentals

Mountain View Park offers 5 picnic shelters which can accommodate from 35-75 people.  Each shelter has a water spigot closely associated, and a permanent grill available for use.  All shelters have electricity available. There are fees to reserve a picnic shelter and reservations may be made anytime after March 1 of each year.  

Rental and capacity are as follows:

Shelter #1          
8 Tables            
Accommodates approximately 75 people            
$40/day

Shelter #2          
8 Tables            
Accommodates approximately 75 people            
$40/day

Shelter #3          
8 Tables            
Accommodates approximately 75 people            
$40/day

Shelter #4          
4 Tables            
Accommodates approximately 35 people            
$30/day

Shelter #5          
4 Tables            
Accommodates approximately
35 people            
$30/day

grand caverns shelter rentals

Grand Caverns offers 5 picnic shelters which can accommodate from 75-200 people.  There are also several free standing picnic tables available.

Each shelter has a water spigot closely associated and a permanent grill available for use. All shelters have electricity available and Shelter #2 has a massive stone fireplace.  There are fees to reserve a picnic shelter and reservations may be made anytime after March 1 of each year.  

Rental and capacity are as follows:

Shelter #1          
10 Tables            
Accommodates approximately 100 people          
$65/day

Shelter #2          
25 Tables            
Accommodates approximately 200 people          
$80/day

Shelter #3          
10 Tables            
Accommodates approximately 100 people          
$65/day

Shelter #4          
10 Tables            
Accommodates approximately 100 people        
$65/day

Shelter #5            
8 Tables            
Accommodates approximately 75 people          
$50/da

company picnic facility rentals

Grand Caverns also hosts company picnics which include cavern tours, mini-golf, and pool admissions.  Please call (540)-249-5729 for details and pricing.  Contracts are taken beginning in January.

indoor facilities for rent

The Community Room at the Grottoes Town Hall may be rented for various events for the day for a fee of $100 plus a refundable deposit of $50.  You can obtain more information about reserving the Community Room by calling (540) 249-5896.  
View/download the Community Room Use Agreement Form.

water & sewer billing

PAY BILL

Water bills are mailed on the 5th of every odd month and due on the 5th of every even month, as shown on the table below.  If the 5th falls on a weekend or holiday, the bill will be due the following business day.  A 10% penalty is applied to the outstanding balance on the 6th of the month the bills are due.  Payments are accepted in the form of cash, check, credit cards, or money order.  We also accept payment on our website.   When paying by check or money order, please make payable to the Town of Grottoes.  There is a $30.00 charge for returned checks.

Bills Mailed:            Bill Due By:
January 5                   February 5
March 5                     April 5
May 5                         June 5
July 5                          August 5
September 5            October 5
November 5             December 5

The day after bills are due, a final notice will be mailed to all customers with an outstanding balance.  This notice will provide a disconnection date and time.  If full payment is not received by the given date, services will be disconnected.  A reconnection fee will be due in addition to any remaining balance in order to restore your services.  Reconnection fees are $30.00 during regular business hours and $60.00 during non-business and holiday hours.

Water and Sewer Rates
All rates are per 1000 gallons with the minimum billing being 2000 gallons.  Each budget year there is a cost-of-living increase for water and sewer rates.

Gallons Used:             Water:                    Sewer:       
0-2000                          $20.63                      $47.53
Above 2000                 $2.01/1000 gal.        $3.75/1000 gal.


Turning on Water Service
To establish water service in a new name for an existing water and sewer connection, please contact the Town Office.  

An Application for Water & Sewer Account must be completed and a deposit in the amount of $75.00 must be paid prior to the Town turning on the water service.  This must be done in person and a photo ID must be presented to a Town official.  Deposit payments are accepted in the form of cash, check or money order.  Currently, we accept debit or credit cards for utility payments only.  Utility payments may also be made by calling 1-833-266-8326.  Convenience fees apply to online and phone payments. When paying by check or money order, please make payable to the Town of Grottoes.  There is a $30.00 charge for returned checks. The deposit will be held on each account until services are terminated.  Upon termination, the deposit will be applied towards the final billing and any overage will be refunded.  A forwarding address is required to receive a refund.

New Service Connections
Connection Fees:
To receive new Town water and/or sewer services, the property owner is responsible to pay the connection fees.  Paying the connection fees establishes the property owner's rights to connect onto the Town's water and/or sewer system.  The connection fees are as follows:  $3,500 for residential water connections $3,500 for residential sewer connections $3,500 for commercial water connections $3,500 for commercial sewer connections

Additional Costs:
The property owner is responsible for installing the service lines from the Town's main line to the building that will receive the water and/or sewer service.  The property owner is also responsible for installing a septic tank for sewer and a water meter box with setter for water.  Usually these tasks are preformed by an independent contractor, licensed by the state to perform such tasks.  The property owner will hire the contractor of their choosing and make the arrangements to pay their fees.

Questions? Please contact us.

zoning permits

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To construct a new building, make a structural alteration, install signage or fencing, or conduct a significant repair to your property, you must first obtain a Zoning Permit from the Town of Grottoes Zoning Administrator and then a Building Permit from the Rockingham County Office of Community Development.

Zoning permits establish setback requirements and similar regulations. Building permits are issued by the County and all inspections are handled by Rockingham County building officials. To apply for a zoning permit, you will need to schedule an appointment with the Town Manager/Zoning Administrator and will be asked to provide the following information:    

Name and Address of Property Owner    
Name and Address of Contractor    
Dimensions of Building/Addition/Signage    
Plot Plan and Plat (if applicable)    
Construction Plans (if applicable)    
Estimated Cost of Project    
Estimated Date of Completion

The cost for a zoning permit is $2.50/$1,000 cost of the project, with a minimum fee of $30.For questions about obtaining a zoning permit or to schedule an appointment, you may contact the Town Office at (540) 249-5896.

For questions about obtaining a building permit, you may contact the Rockingham County Office of Community Development at (540) 564-3030.

The official zoning map can viewed in the office of the Town Manager, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

The Town of Grottoes has the following zoning districts:
B1  General Business District    
B2  Planned Business District    
B3  Business District    
R1  Low Density Residential District    
R2  Residential District    
R3  Residential Limited District    
R6  Manufactured Housing District    
R7  Planned Business District    
M1  Light Industrial District    
I1  General Industrial District

View/download table of regulations for each zoning district. For more specific information about a particular zoning district, please refer to Section 100 of the Town Code.

View/download Development Guide

business licenses & town decals

Business Licenses
Chapter 144 of the Grottoes Town Code establishes License Requirements to conduct business within the Town. If you have any questions contact the Town Office at (540) 249-5896.

Every person shall apply for a license for each business or profession when engaging in a business in this jurisdiction.  All license taxes become due and payable on or before July 1 of the license tax year. (For license taxes based on gross receipts, penalty for late payment will begin July 2.)

A penalty of ten percent, or ten dollars, whichever is greater, shall be added to all license taxes which are delinquent and unpaid on the due date.  Unless otherwise specifically provided, no license tax imposed under this Title shall be less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00).

Applications for existing businesses are mailed out during the month of April.  If you have not received your Application for Town Business License, you may download it here or contact the Town Hall at (540) 249-5896.

Town Decals/Vehicle License Fees
Effective November 8, 2010, the Grottoes Town Council voted to eliminate the Town decal. Decals will no longer be issued or required for display on motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailers or semi-trailers.

To replace the decal a Motor Vehicle License Fee will be assessed each calendar year. This fee will be assessed on all motor vehicles, motorcycles, trailers and semi-trailers licensed in the Town of Grottoes as of January 1st of each year.

The license fee will be billed with the personal property bill that is due December 5th of each year. The Vehicle License Fee is levied on each motor vehicle, motorcycle, trailer and semi-trailer for which a state license plate is required and which is normally garaged, stored or parked in the Town of Grottoes. A Vehicle License Fee is assessed each calendar year based on January 1st ownership/garage jurisdiction.

For calendar year 2011 and subsequent years the license fee is due December 5th of the preceding year and will be billed by the Treasurer at the same time as personal property taxes. Along with the Personal Property taxes, the Vehicle License Fee can be paid in person by cash, check or money order at the Town Office at 601 Dogwood Avenue, Grottoes, Virginia or by mail at P. O. Box 146, Grottoes, Virginia 24441.

Please make checks payable to Town of Grottoes.

tax schedule

Retail Sales
The License tax imposed on a person engaged in retail sales is based upon gross receipts from the business during the preceding calendar year. The fee schedule is $0.15 per $100 of Gross Receipts with a minimum fee of $50.00.

Wholesale Merchants
All wholesale merchants and peddlers at wholesale shall pay an annual license based upon gross purchases from the business during the preceding calendar year.  The fee schedule is $0.05 per $100 of Gross Receipts with a minimum fee of $25.00.

Contractors whose principal office is located within the Town limits
The state code requires contractors to provide Certification of Workers Compensation coverage when applying for a business license. The license tax imposed upon contractors is based upon gross receipts from the business during the preceding calendar year.  The fee schedule is $0.12 per $100 of Gross Receipts with a minimum fee of $25.00.

Contractors whose principal office is located outside the Town
When a contractor has paid a local license tax in the city, town or county of his principal office other than this Town, no further license shall be required by the Town for conducting business herein except where the amount of business done in the Town exceeds the sum of $25,000.00 in one year, in which case the excess shall be subject to tax as provided under this Part. Section 65.2-801 of the Code of Virginia requires each Virginia locality issuing Business Licenses to provide a notice to employers regarding the State’s requirements for Contractors to provide Certification of Workers Compensation coverage. Section 58.1-3714 of the Code states that no locality may issue or reissue a business license to any contractor who has not obtained or is not maintaining workers’ compensation coverage for his employees. The following Virginia Worker’s Compensation Commission Form No. 61A, Contractor’s Certification of Insuring Liability for Worker’s Compensation in Virginia, must be completed and returned with any contractor’s business license application. This completed 61A form must be on file at the Town Office in order to issue a license. Should you have any questions concerning this, please do not hesitate to contact the Town Office at (540) 249-5896.

View/download the Contractor's Certification of Insuring Liability for Workers' Compensation in Virginia.

Financial, Real Estate and Professional Services
The license tax imposed on a person engaged in a financial, real estate, or professional service is $0.30 per $100.00 of gross receipts from the business during the preceding calendar year (with a minimum of $25.00).

Repair, Personal, Business, and Other Services
The license tax imposed on a person engaged in repair, personal, or business service is based upon gross receipts from the business during the preceding calendar year. The fee schedule is $0.20 per $100 of Gross Receipts with a minimum fee of $25.00.  For direct sellers whose total sales are less than $4000 per year; such seller shall still be required to obtain a license for such business, but the tax rate will not be assessed.  For amounts exceeding $4000 per year, the tax shall be charged at the same rate of $0.20 per $100 with a minimum fee of $25.00.

Peddlers and Vendors Selling Door to Door
For the privilege of peddling or selling products door to door, the Town imposes a license tax of $500.00.  Prior to the issuance of a Peddlers License, a Background Check must first be performed by the Town of Grottoes Police Department.

Click here to download a Request for Background Check for Issuance of Peddlers Business License.

Coin Operated Machines
There is a fee of $10.00 per machine plus $0.12 per $100 of gross receipts. Telephone and Power CompaniesThe license tax imposed on telephone and power companies is 0.5% of gross receipts.

trash collection Schedule & Fees

The Town of Grottoes contracts with Waste Management to provide curbside trash collection to Town residents on a weekly basis.  There is a bi-monthly charge of $26.50 that is added to the water and sewer bill and includes one (1) trash can provided by Waste Management.  

PICKUP SCHEDULE:
- Dogwood Avenue West: Tuesdays
- Dogwood Avenue East: Thursdays
Please ensure that trash is out by 6:00 am.
National Holidays and Inclement Weather may affect the routine schedule.

An additional can is available and will be provided at an additional rate of $1.00/can/month.  

Regular household trash should be placed in containers provided by Waste Management and only trash contained inside the Waste Management cans will be picked up.  

Trash should be placed adjacent to the street for pick-up no later than 6:00 a.m. the day of scheduled collection.  Do not allow trash from outside of Town to be placed at your home.  This will cause an increase to our landfill costs and ultimately make it necessary to increase refuse rates.

brush & grass clippings

Brush and grass clippings are not picked up with the weekly curbside trash collection.  There is an area located west of the Recycle Center on 20th Street that is for grass clippings only.  If grass clippings are brought in plastic bags, the clippings must be dumped from the bags and the bags removed from the site. Please Do Not put any brush in with the grass clippings.  Do not dump any other type of refuse at either of these locations.  Violators will be prosecuted if found dumping illegally at this location.  This area is for use by Town residents only.                          

BRUSH PICK-UP WEEK
Each year starting around the 15th of May our Town Maintenance will pick-up brush & limbs that originated from your property.  These limbs must  be placed into bundles wrapped with twine not to exceed 6 feet in length, 2 feet in diameter, or exceed 60 pounds in weight.  

Place these bundles next to the road and the Town will dispose of them for you. Brush and tree limbs will be accepted at the dump site on 20th Street on the first Saturday of each month (unless in case of a holiday- see schedule below). The dump site is close during the winter months.  

Two Town of Grottoes staff members will be on site to chip the brush.  You must present your license/registration to our staff members before dumping in order to prove residency.  If your license/registration has a Post Office Box address rather than a physical address, you must obtain written permission from the Town office PRIOR to using this service.  

If you have any questions regarding this area please contact us.

leaf collection

The Town maintenance department vacuums up leaves in the fall.  This process usually begins during the last week in November.  The exact beginning dates will be posted in the Town newsletter and on the sign in front of the Town Hall.  The maintenance crew will make two trips through the Town to collect leaves.  

If you would like for your leaves to be collected, rake them to the edge of the road, DO NOT put them in bags.  Leaves will not be picked up with your weekly trash.

refuse container & recylcing

The Rockingham County Recycle Center is located at 1005 20th Street in Grottoes.  Their hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sundays and closed on Wednesdays.  

This facility is open to all Grottoes and Rockingham County residents.  Proof of  Town of Grottoes or Rockingham County residency is required to access this facility.  For more information, please call (540) 564-3159 or visit their website.

Recyclables Accepted:    
Glass food and beverage containers    
Aluminum beverage cans    
Newspaper, magazines, telephone books, greeting cards    
Cardboard, chipboard    
Plastic (all plastic must be marked with a number on base)    
Plastic Bags (example: Wal-Mart & Food Lion bags)    
Ferrous metal    
Steel and bi-metal cans    
Washing machines    
Dryers    
Household Batteries (AA,AAA,9V,etc.)    
Used Motor Oil    
All types of shoes (paired except ice skating shoes), purses, wallets, luggage, computer laptop bags, school backpacks, belts, hats

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Grottoes Town Office
601 Dogwood Ave
P.O. Box 146
Grottoes, VA 24441
Phone: 540-249-5896

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