With a population just over 45,000, Fayette County boasts low crime rates, lack of congestion, environmental quality, affordable housing and a sense of community in a beautiful setting without sacrificing conveniences and amenities. The area is rich in music, art, culture and a compelling history including Civil War battles, the coal industry, and the more recent growth of tourism and recreation.

Fayette County’s top employers include the Fayette County Board of Education, Mount Olive Correctional Center, Plateau Medical Center, West Virginia University Institute of Technology, Elkem Metals, Global Contact Services and the Whitewater Rafting industry. More business and industry listings can be obtained through the Fayette County Chamber of Commerce, and Economic, Demographic, Tax, Housing, and Labor shed data tables can be accessed at New River Gorge Regional Development Authority.

Fayette County is home of the Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, the permanent home of the National Boy Scout Jamboree beginning July 2013, and will host the World Jamboree in 2019. The Summit will also include Scout venturing activities seasonally throughout each year.

Explore Fayette County and discover for yourself why we are the live, learn, work and play outdoor recreation capital of West Virginia!

Fayette County Chamber of Commerce

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority

Region 4 Planning & Development Council

New River Gorge Convention & Visitors Bureau

As per West Virginia Code, Fayette County adopted and established a Comprehensive Development Plan and subsequently a Unified Development Code. 
Please access the links below for the different components of the Fayette County Comprehensive Development Plan and Unified Development Code:

2011 Fayette County Comprehensive Development Plan Amendments

2001 Fayette County Comprehensive Development Plan

Fayette County Comprehensive Development Plan MAPS

2009 Fayette County Unified Development Code

For more information regarding the UDC, Zoning, Special Use and Variance requests, click here for the Zoning Office.