Board of Zoning Appeals

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Board of Zoning Appeals

Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals

Fairfax County Seeks Two Members for the Board of Zoning Appeals

The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals has upcoming openings for two members. One seat will become available on February 21, 2024, and the other on June 14, 2024. 

Interested candidates must apply by Friday, March 15, 2024, to the Fairfax Circuit Court, which appoints the board’s seven members. Applicants should send their resume to Chief Judge Penney S. Azcarate, Fairfax Circuit Court, by email entitled “Board of Zoning Appeals Application” to OR by first-class U.S. mail to Chief Judge Penney Azcarate, 4110 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. 


This position will be for a five-year term from the date of appointment. Members of the Board of Zoning Appeals are appointed for staggered five-year terms; are compensated at a bi-weekly rate of $357.69; and serve as private citizens, not as County employees. Applicants must be residents of Fairfax County. Previous applicants are encouraged to reapply.

For more information, contact Brent Krasner; Zoning Evaluation Division, Department of Planning and Development, at 703-324-1280, TTY 711.

BZA Hearing

The Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) was established pursuant to the provisions of Article 7, Chapter 22, Title 15.2 of the Code of Virginia. The BZA consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Circuit Court for staggered terms of five years. The BZA's powers, duties and procedures are set forth in broad terms in the State Code and are further detailed in the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance. Such powers and duties include:

  • Hearing and deciding appeals of administrative decisions made pursuant to the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Hearing and deciding upon applications for special permits and variances as authorized by the Zoning Ordinance.
  • Hearing and deciding on applications for interpretation of the Zoning Map where there is uncertainty as to the location of a zoning district boundary.

BZA Inclement Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, the County Executive may close all county offices or may grant unscheduled leave to county employees. In both cases, all Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) public hearings scheduled for that day shall be canceled and the applications rescheduled for the next available meeting date which can accommodate the hearings and allows sufficient time for re-advertising.

BZA members, county staff and citizens should listen to emergency announcements featured on Fairfax County Cable Channel 16 and provided to area television and radio stations and/or Please verify County closings and unscheduled leave from multiple sources, and be sure the announcement is referring to Fairfax County Government, not the school system, court system, or the City of Fairfax Government.

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