Code Compliance

Fairfax County, Virginia

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703-324-1300
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12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 1016
Fairfax, VA 22035

Jack W. Weyant, P.E.,
Director

Yard Coverage

Residential Paving and Yard Coverage Flyer
Residential Paving and Yard Coverage Flyer

 

Article 6 of the Zoning Ordinance limits paving and coverage of front yards.
 
For single family detached dwellings on lots containing 36,000 square feet or less in the R-1, R-2, R-3 and R-4 Districts, all parking for vehicles or trailers in a front yard must be on a surfaced area, except for  temporary parking on an unsurfaced area in a front yard for a period not to exceed forty-eight (48) hours for loading, unloading, cleaning or repair of vehicles or trailers. In addition, in the R-1 and R-2 Districts, no more than twenty-five (25) percent of any front yard and in the R-3 and R-4 Districts, no more than thirty (30) percent of any front yard shall be surfaced area for a driveway or vehicle/trailer parking area; provided, however, that these limitations may be exceeded for a surfaced area that is:

  1. Limited to two (2) side-by-side parking spaces as long as the surfaced area is not more than twenty-five (25) feet long and eighteen (18) feet wide;
  2. On a lot which has its primary access from a major thoroughfare and consists of two (2) side-by-side parking spaces and a vehicular turn-around area as long as the surfaced area is not more than twenty-five (25) feet long and eighteen (18) feet wide and the turn-around area does not exceed 150 square feet; or
  3. Provided as an accessibility improvement as approved by the Zoning Administrator.

Surfaced area  includes asphalt, poured or precast concrete, brick, stone, gravel, or any other impervious surface, or grasscrete or other similar pervious surface. On a pipestem lot, the surfaced area within the pipestem driveway shall not be included in calculating front yard coverage. 
 

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