Published: September 16, 2020
Approved in June, 2020 by the Virginia State Corporation Commission, this new area code will serve the western portion of the state of Virginia currently covered by Numbering Plan Area 540. Some of the largest cities and towns using area code 540: Blacksburg, Front Royal, Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Winchester.
The new area code 826 will be activated in 2022, on June 14. Residents in the area will have to start dialing 10 digits for local calls.
See official announcement (PDF document).