The Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance

Zoning OrdinanceThe 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) whose mission is to promote livable communities which enhance the quality of life for the present and the future.

The Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance is subject to periodic revisions upon action by the Board of Supervisors. The Zoning Ordinance presented here is current as of  July 12, 2017 . Should you have any questions regarding the Zoning Ordinance, please contact 703-324-1314, TTY 711 and ask to speak with the planner of the day.

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.


  1. The Constitution of the Ordinance
  2. General Regulations
  3. Residential District Regulations
  4. Commercial District Regulations
  5. Industrial District Regulations
  6. Planned Development District Regulations
  7. Overlay District Regulations
  8. Special Permits
  9. Special Exceptions
  10. Accessory Uses, Accessory Service Uses and Home Occupations
  11. Off-Street Parking and Loading, Private Streets
  12. Signs
  13. Landscaping and Screening
  14. Performance Standards
  15. Nonconformities
  16. Development Plans
  17. Site Plans
  18. Administration, Amendments, Violations and Penalties
  19. Boards, Commissions, Committees
  20. Ordinance Structure, Interpretations and Definitions



  1. Historic Overlay Districts
  2. Illustrations
  3. Enabling Legislation
  4. Deleted by Amendment #89-186, Effective 7/31/1990
  5. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors' Policy on Accessory Dwelling Units
  6.  Deleted by Amendment #89-171, Effective 3/14/1989, 12:01 AM
  7. Commercial Revitalization Districts
  8. Listing of Roadways by Functional Classification

Interpretation Pages


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