Zoning Evaluation Division

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

703-324-1290
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy., Suite 801
Fairfax, VA 22035

Tracy Strunk,
Director

Special Exception Process

All Special Exception requests require the submission of the Special Exception application package. Examples of parcels that require a special exemption include: schools of general education and private schools of special education; churches, chapels, temple, synagogues and other such places of worship with a child care center, nursery school or private school of general or special education with an enrollment of 100 or more students daily.

Process Overview

  1. Application is filed by the Applicant.
  2. Application submissions are reviewed. When all Zoning Ordinance submission requirements are met, application is accepted and distributed to various county agencies.
  3. Application is scheduled for Planning Commission Public Hearing and is assigned to a staff coordinator.
  4. Prestaffing of application/Applicant will be contacted by staff about initial staff comments.
  5. Revisions relating to prestaffing comments are submitted.
  6. Staffing of application/Applicant. Will be contacted by staff about final staff comments.
  7. Revisions relating to the staffing comments are submitted.
  8. Final submission deadline (6 weeks prior to Planning Commission Public Hearing. Staff report is published based on information received by this date).
  9. Notification to adjacent property owners (sent to Applicant 30 days prior to hearing, notices mailed by Applicant postmarked at least 15 days prior to hearing).
  10. Staff report published (2 weeks prior to public hearing).
  11. Planning Commission Public Hearing.
  12. Application is scheduled for Board of Supervisors Public Hearing.
  13. Notification to adjacent property owners (sent to Applicant 30 days prior to hearing, notices mailed by Applicant postmarked at least 15 days prior to hearing).
  14. Board of Supervisors Public Hearing.

Related Documents

Special Exception Application Package

Special Exception Application Only

Special Exception Affidavit

Reaffirmation of Affidavit Form

Zoning Application and Development Review Process

The development review process applies to all those seeking approval of a rezoning, a special exception, a special permit or a variance in Fairfax County.