Zoning Administration Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Pkwy.
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Agritourism and Related Changes – Adopted Zoning Ordinance Amendment

animalsSection 3.2-6400 of the Code of Virginia defines agritourism activity as “any activity carried out on a farm or ranch that allows members of the general public, for recreational, entertainment, or educational purposes, to view or enjoy rural activities, including farming, wineries, ranching, historical, cultural, harvest-your-own activities, or natural activities and attractions. An activity is an agritourism activity whether or not the participant paid to participate in the activity.” The Code goes on to address local regulation of agritourism activities in Section 15.2-2288.6 and states that no locality is allowed to regulate agritourism activities unless there is a substantial impact on the health, safety, or general welfare. However, the Code of Virginia does not identify any criteria by which to measure those impacts. Therefore, prior to this amendment, the Zoning Administrator had to determine on a case-by-case basis whether such activity has a substantial impact on the health, safety, or general welfare of the public. The establishment of these provisions in the Zoning Ordinance create a more predictable and consistent path for future agritourism activities in Fairfax County for not only agritourism providers but the surrounding community as well.

This amendment explicitly lists types of agritourism activities in the definition of  agritourism while establishing standards, including a tiered system based on associated acreage ranges and total number of attendees per day, that address concerns surrounding the health, safety and general welfare. The following activities are included in the definition of agritourism:

The amendment also increased the minimum acreage required to be in agricultural production from 5 acres to 7 acres when establishing an agricultural operation.

Other changes included the creation of a by-right option for bed and breakfasts when in conjunction with an agricultural operation and located on 20 acres or more; permit food trucks in association with agritourism, limited brewery, limited distillery, and farm winery; rename “quarters for a tenant farmer and his family” to farm worker housing with additional standards; and modify and relocate the provisions for wayside stands.

For more information about this amendment, please see the Recently Adopted Zoning Ordinance Amendments webpage.

Related Resources

Community Outreach

Agritourism Workgroup Meeting #1
July 11, 2019
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Agritourism Workgroup Meeting #2
December 2, 2019
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


zMOD’s Land Use Attorneys Work Group
January 8, 2020
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


zMOD’s Citizen Advisory Group
January 9, 2020
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Agritourism Workgroup Meeting #3
January 9, 2020
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee
January 17, 2020
Herrity Building, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Policy Committee
February 4, 2020
Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax


Clifton Town Hall
February 19, 2020
Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Road, Clifton


South County Federation Land Use Committee
February 25, 2020 
Workhouse Arts Center Building 16, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton


Dranesville Town Hall - CANCELED
March 11, 2020
Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls
Note: Canceled by meeting organizers. The PowerPoint presentation that would have been presented at the meeting can be found below under Related Resources.


Mason Neck Citizens Association Meeting - CANCELED
March 24, 2020
Gunston Hall, 10709 Gunston Rd, Lorton
Note: Canceled by meeting organizers. The PowerPoint presentation that would have been presented at the meeting is the same as the South County Federation Land Use Committee Presentation which can be found under Related Resources.


Sully District Council of Citizens Associations (SDCCA) & West Fairfax Council of Citizens Association (WFCCA) Joint Meeting
July 20, 2020
Virtual meeting via WebEx


Hunter Mill Land Use Committee
July 21, 2020 
Virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams


South County Federation Land Use Committee
July 28, 2020
Virtual meeting via Zoom


Great Falls Citizens Association
August 12, 2020 
Virtual Meeting via Zoom


Fairfax Food Council: Urban Agriculture Workgroup
August 17, 2020
Virtual meeting via Zoom


Springfield Land Use Committee
September 10, 2020
Virtual meeting via Zoom


Agritourism Workgroup Meeting #4
October 1, 2020
Virtual meeting via GoTo Meeting


Mason Neck Citizens Association Board of Director’s Meeting
December 2, 2020
Virtual meeting via Zoom


Planning Commission’s Land Use Process Review Committee
January 14, 2021
Virtual meeting via Channel 16


Board of Supervisor’s Land Use Policy Committee
February 2, 2021
Virtual meeting via Channel 16


zMOD’s Land Use Attorneys Work Group
February 10, 2021
Virtual meeting via GoTo Meeting


zMOD’s Citizen Advisory Group
February 11, 2021
Virtual meeting via GoTo Meeting


Clifton Town Hall
Monday, March 29, 2021
Virtual meeting via Channel 16


Board Authorization of Public Hearings
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 
Virtual meeting via Channel 16


Sully District Council of Citizens Associations (SDCCA) & West Fairfax Council of Citizens Association (WFCCA) Joint Meeting
Monday, April 19, 2021
Virtual meeting via WebEx


Meeting with Representatives of the Environmental Quality Advisory Committee
April 29, 2021
Virtual meeting via Microsoft Teams


Planning Commission Public Hearing
May 12, 2021
Virtual meeting via Channel 16
Note: Planning Commission recommended approval of the amendment on May 19, 2021. Motion to be posted to Related Resources.


Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee
May 18, 2021
Virtual meeting via WebEx


Board of Supervisors Public Hearing
June 22, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

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