Department of Planning and Zoning

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday

703-324-1280
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy, Suite 801
Fairfax, VA 22035

Lorraine Giovinazzo,
Clerk to the Board of Zoning Appeals

Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals

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:
Board of Zoning Appeals

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

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 cancelled 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 access the county's Web page www.fairfaxcounty.gov. Please listen to more than one station to verify County closings and unscheduled leave, and be sure the announcement is referring to Fairfax County Government, not the school system, court system, or the City of Fairfax Government.