Department of Planning and Zoning

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Short-Term Property Rentals in Fairfax County

A short-term rental (STRs) is any occupancy of a dwelling for a period of less than thirty days. The Zoning Ordinance currently does not permit such uses in any dwelling unit and only allows short-term overnight stays as a hotel/motel or bed and breakfast, both of which could require a rezoning or special exception. The Code of Virginia was changed in 2017 to allow localities to require the registration of STRs. In order to implement the registration, the Zoning Ordinance would need to be revised to specify the parameters under which short-term rentals could be allowed. As such, staff will be developing options for the Board’s consideration and potential adoption.


In 2017 the Virginia General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1578, which gives localities the authority to require registration of Short-Term Rentals. As a result, the Board of Supervisors directed the creation of a working group to draft zoning regulations for Short-Term Rentals in the County and to establish a registry of Short-Term Rentals. In proposing Short-Term Rental regulations to the Board, the working group seeks to balance residents' interests to protect the character of their neighborhood with the interests of persons wanting to operate Short-Term Rentals within their residence.

Areas of consideration

  • Where these rentals would be allowed in the County
  • How often they could be rented out
  • What types of properties could be rented out
  • How many people would be allowed to stay in a property at any one time

Additional Information

Calendar of Events and Process Timeline

Frequently Asked Questions 

Draft Strawman for November 1, 2017

Short-Term Property Rental Info Sheet

Submit Feedback

We want your input to help us develop the proposed zoning regulations and Short-Term Rental Registry:

  • Call us at 703-324-1314, TTY 711.
  • Email us your comments or concerns.
  • Offer testimony at the public hearings (not yet scheduled)