Zoning in Fairfax County
The Zoning Ordinance of Fairfax County, Virginia, regulates zoning in Fairfax County. It is intended to promote the health, safety and general welfare of the public and to implement the adopted Comprehensive Plan for the orderly and controlled development of the County. It is administered by the Fairfax County Department of Planning & Zoning (DPZ) who's mission is to promote livable communities which enhance the quality of life for the present and the future.
Zoning/Noise Complaints - How to File a
Map (Zoning District Analyzer Interactive Map)
How Do I Find My Zoning
Appeals to the Board of Zoning
Sign Regulations and
Permits: Private Property
- Zoning Frequently Asked Questions
- Food Truck Vendors in Fairfax County
- Home Child Care Facilities
- Non-Residential Use Permits
New Noise Ordinance
On November 17, 2015, the Board of Supervisors adopted a new Noise Ordinance, repealed the existing Noise Ordinance, and repealed the Excessive Sound Generation in Residential Areas and Dwellings Ordinance. These amendments become effective on February 17, 2016.
- Starting A Business - Restaurants
How to Determine the
Type of Restaurant Use
- Other Zoning Topics
Zoning Application and
Development Review Process Overview
Rezoning, Special Exception, Special Permit, Variance Process and Applications
Affidavit/Reaffirmation of Affidavit
Forms and instructions. ( Please note Affidavit procedure change for Affidavits filed on or after Jan. 1, 2005)
Active Zoning & Land Use Application Staff Reports and Information
Research Zoning Applications through LDS Net
Determination of Pricing for For-Sale Workforce Housing (comment period extended to COB October 17, 2114)
Board of Supervisors' Policy on Workforce Dwelling Units
Board of Supervisors' Policy on Workforce Dwelling Units in the Tysons Corner Urban Center
Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA)
Process for appealing certain determinations of the Zoning Administrator and applying for Variances and Special Permits.
Commercial Revitalization Districts
Districts and areas designated to encourage economic development activities in older commercial areas of Fairfax County.
Home Occupation Permit
Interpretations of Proffers and Development Conditions
Guidelines for Submitting Requests for Interpretations Related to Approved Zoning Applications (Rezonings, Special Exceptions, Special Permits and Variances).
See Chapter 108 of the Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia.
Notifying Adjacent Property Owners of Minor Building Addition Interpretation
Instructions, sample letter, and affidavit for notifying adjacent property owners for an interpretation for administrative approval of a minor building addition.
Occupying an Existing Dwelling While Building a New Dwelling
Regulations and request form for the temporary occupancy of an existing dwelling during construction of a new dwelling on the same property.
Outdoor Lighting Standards
New standards designed to reduce the impacts of glare, light trespass and overlighting and to promote safety, security and energy conservation.
Places of Worship and Nonprofit Organizations
Assistance with the development process for organizations who are seeking to either expand or relocate their facilities.
Residential Development Criteria Plan
A tool used to evaluate rezoning requests for residential developments.
Temporary Outdoor Activities and Uses
Information and applications for temporary outdoor activities and uses that may require either a Temporary Special Permit, a Non-Residential Use Permit, or a 21-Day Non-Residential Use Permit.