Zoning Evaluation Division

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 801
Fairfax, VA 22035

Tracy Strunk,

Special Permit Process

All Special Permit requests require the submission of the Special Permit application package.  Fairfax County's Special Permit Process takes approximately 90 days, from the time an application is filed, to the time of the Board of Zoning Appeals Public Hearing.

Process Overview

  1. Application is filed by the Applicant.
  2. Application submissions are reviewed. when all Zoning Ordinance submission requirements are met, applications are accepted (start of the 90 day process).
  3. Application is scheduled for Board of Zoning Appeals public hearing, is assigned to a staff coordinator, and distributed to various county agencies.
  4. Prestaffing of application. Applicant 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. Notification to adjacent property owners (sent to Applicant 40 days prior to hearing, notices mailed by Applicant postmarked at least 15 days prior to hearing). Instructions for Preparing Legal Notices for Board of Zoning Appeals Public Hearings.
  9. Staff report published (1 week prior to public hearing).
  10. Board of Zoning Appeals Public Hearing.

Related Documents

Special Permit Application Package (Updated June 2018)

Special Permit Application Only

Special Permit Affidavit Only

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.