The Architectural Review Board (ARB) was authorized by vote of the Board of Supervisors of Fairfax County on November 22, 1967, to oversee and administer Fairfax County regulations concerning certain physical changes and uses within Historic Overlay Districts in Fairfax County as designated by the Board of Supervisors, and to assist the Board of Supervisors in its efforts to preserve and protect historic places and areas in the County, pursuant to the Code of Virginia which authorized local governments to establish such historic districts and review boards. The ARB was established as Part 3 of Article 19 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance.
The purpose of the ARB is to administer the regulations of Historic Overlay Districts under Part 2 of Article 7 (Overlay District Regulations), of the Zoning Ordinance and to advise and assist the Board of Supervisors in its efforts to preserve and protect historic, architectural, and archaeological resources in the County.
Staff of the County’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) administer the work of the Architectural Review Board and can answer any general or procedural questions about Historic Overlay Districts and the ARB review process. Proposals may be brought before the ARB by any landowner or their representative, or a contract purchaser.