Older buildings and neighborhoods in Fairfax County are part of Fairfax County’s "heritage resources" and are economic and social investments that pay dividends. However, these investments can be lost if not protected or properly cared for.
This public stewardship responsibility has been recognized for over thirty years. In 1969, the Board of Supervisors amended the Zoning Ordinance to better protect those unique areas, sites, and buildings that are of special architectural, historic, or archaeological value to local residents and visitors. These heritage resources continue to be recognized as major contributors to the quality of life in Fairfax County and to its reputation as one of the major centers for cultural tourism in Virginia and the United States. This is not a new idea. In fact, the County’s heritage resources have been studied and preserved since the 1850s and, since the 1969 action by the Board of Supervisors, many have been recognized and protected by what are known as Historic Overlay Districts.
The Zoning Ordinance is available in portable document format (PDF). In order to view PDF files, you will need Adobe Reader version 6.0 or greater installed on your computer.
Zoning Ordinance Article 7 (PDF) – Overlay District Regulations
Zoning Ordinance Appendix 1 (PDF) – Historic Overlay Districts