Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Permit counter hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-Thu and 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.

703-324-1380
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Barbara Byron,
Director

Historic Preservation and Heritage Resources

Historic Fairfax CountyOlder buildings and neighborhoods in Fairfax County are part of Fairfax County's "heritage resources" and are economic and social investments that pay dividends. These sites and buildings also tell the history of the built environment in the county, which includes Native American hunting camps and long-term settlements, the tidewater plantations of George Washington and George Mason, Civil and Spanish-American War campsites and training grounds, as well as the 20th century planned town of Reston and its 19th century counterpart Dunn Loring. Recording, preserving, and studying this evidence enriches the quality of life in Fairfax County by putting residents in touch with their heritage, providing residents and property owners with a sense of temporal stability and continuity, and instilling in both young and old a loyalty and commitment to place and community. This public stewardship responsibility has been recognized for over thirty years and continues today. 

Reston Architectural Survey and Report

Preservationists will survey Reston this fall and winter as part of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ Survey. To begin the survey process, Fairfax County and VDHR held a joint public information kick-off meeting at Reston Community Center Lake Anne on Tuesday, December 17. 

Historic Preservation

Architectural Review Board (ARB) - The ARB is responsible for public interest(s) as embodied in the Historic Overlay District Ordinance. Its job is to protect and enhance the resources that give a district its historic, architectural, or archaeological significance.

History Commission - The Fairfax County History Commission, established in 1969, helps identify, document, record, and preserve our county's history.

Preservation Easements - Conserving open space and historic resources through easements.

Historic Overlay Districts - Historic Overlay Districts provide regulations over and above the regular zoning protection to better protect those unique areas, sites, and buildings that are of special architectural, historic, or archaeological value to local residents and visitors.

Inventory of Historic Sites - A catalog of historically significant sites within Fairfax County.

Laurel Hill (Former Lorton Prison) - The former Lorton Prison is treated as a Historic Overlay District under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) since 2001.

Hollin Hills Historic Overlay District - Evaluation of the establishment of a Historic Overlay District for Hollin Hills.

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