Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office is open 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 730
Fairfax, VA 22035

Denice Dressel,
ARB Administrator

Historic Overlay Districts

In 1969, the Board of Supervisors amended the Zoning Ordinance creating thirteen Historic Overlay Districts to 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. The Districts promote the general welfare, education, and recreational pleasure of the public, through the perpetuation of those general areas or individual structures and premises that have been officially designated by the Board of Supervisors as having historic, architectural, or cultural significance.  

Regulations within the districts are intended to protect against destruction of or encroachment upon such areas, structures, and premises; to encourage uses which will lead to their continuance, conservation, and improvement in a manner appropriate to the preservation of the cultural, social, economic, political, architectural, or archaeological heritage of the County; to prevent creation of environmental influences adverse to such purposes; and to assure that new structures and uses within such districts will be in keeping with the character to be preserved and enhanced.

These heritage resources continue to be recognized as major contributors to the quality of life in Fairfax County and to its reputation as one of the major centers for cultural tourism in Virginia and the United States.

Potential Historic Overlay Districts

The following potential Historic Overlay Districts are currently under review:

Wellington at River Farm

Hollin Hills

Holmes Run Acres

Related Resources

Historic Overlay Districts Locator Map

Historic Overlay Districts Map Booklet

Overlay District Regulations

Historic Overlay District Design Guidelines

Historic Overlay District / Architectural Review Board (ARB) Frequently Asked Questions

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