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​Welcome to the Prince William County Planning Office Website

Rural Preservation Study Public Meeting

Prince William County (PWC) is hosting a Public Meeting for Stakeholders to share their perspectives regarding rural preservation in Prince William County. This session will focus specifically on creating a vision and implementing recommendations from the Rural Preservation Study, as the County seeks to address rural preservation.

Your input and voice are greatly valued in these public meetings. We look forward to your participation and engagement to shape the County’s vision for rural preservation. Help us keep Prince William a Community of Choice!

Please join the PWC Planning Department and an external facilitator on Monday, June 24th from 5:00 - 8:00pm at the Development Services Building located at 5 County Complex Court Woodbridge, VA 22192.

Please send an email to with a response of "Will Attend" or "May Attend" so that the Planning Office can get an idea of staffing and seating needs for the hearing.

For more information see the Rural Area Preservation Study Implementation web page

Interactive Online Comprehensive Plan

The Planning Office invites you to explore the new online interactive Prince William County Comprehensive Plan at The new format includes the recently adopted Technical Update to the Comprehensive Plan, the first step in the Comprehensive Plan Update, which included seven chapters and three sector plans. For further information regarding Prince William County's Comprehensive Plan Update status, schedule, and process, visit If you have any questions or comments, please visit

Community Conversations on the Comprehensive Plan

Citizen involvement in developing the 2040 Comprehensive Plan is critical.  You are invited to attend any of the three community conversations, conveniently located across the County.  Please share your thoughts,  ideas, and suggestions with the Planning Office and other County agencies to help shape the ongoing Comprehensive Plan update and the future of Prince William County. Help us keep Prince William a Community of Choice!



New and Improved Development Application Processing Schedule (DAPS)

The Development Application Processing Schedule (DAPS) has been reformatted and made easier to use. Improvements include consolidating the report to eliminate duplications, sorting cases by status, and other changes. The information is the same but the format is different and easier to use. The DAPS report updates automatically on a nightly basis and is available by clicking on the link to the report that is on the Planning Pending Cases page. If you have any questions please call the Planning Office at 703-792-7615 or email

Comprehensive Plan Update

​The Prince William County Comprehensive Plan contains a strategy for responsible, fiscally-sound growth to produce a vibrant, prosperous, stable, "livable" community. On August 3, 2016, the Board of County Supervisors approved the scope of work for a Comprehensive Plan Update. The update has been divided into sections:

Work sessions focusing on different sections and chapters will be held periodically during the update process. Meetings and work sessions will be announced as they are scheduled and will be open to the public. Sign up for the Planning Announcements eNotifications to receive messages about plan updates and events.

What We Do

The Planning Office has three divisions: Long Range Planning, Current Planning, and Zoning Administration. The office is responsible for the development and implementation of the County's Comprehensive Plan, reviewing development applications, supporting land use tools and policies, and lastly acting as staff to the boards, committees, and commissions.  

Development Applications:
   Comprehensive Plan Amendments
   Public Facilities
   Rezonings & Proffer Amendments
   Special Use Permits
   Zoning Approval & Administration
   Zoning Appeals & Variances
Boards, Commissions and Committees:
   Agricultural and Forestal Districts Advisory Committee
   Architectural Review Board
   Board of Zoning Appeals
   DCSM/Zoning Ordinance Advisory Committee
   Historical Commission
   Planning Commission
   Trails and Blueways Council 

What's Up In Adjacent Jurisdictions?

​Curious about what neighboring jurisdictions, including our towns, are doing with development adjacent to Prince William County? When Prince William County receives notices from other jurisdictions, we will post them on our website. Click here to see what's up in our adjacent jurisdictions and towns.

Mission Statement

To implement the Board's Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan goals, the Planning Office collaborates with the community and its customers to achieve a high quality of life and regional identity, through innovative land use planning.


 Planning Events

Upcoming Events
Wednesday, June 19
6:00 pm
Wednesday, June 19
7:00 pm
Tuesday, June 25
6:30 pm

 News & Announcements

  • Contact Information

    May 31, 2017

    The Planning Office is located in the Development Services Building at 5 County Complex Court, Suite 210, Prince William, VA 22192-9201.
    Office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except federal holidays.

    Planning Office Contact Information:
       Phone: 703-792-7615
       Fax: 703-792-4401

    Zoning Administration Office Contact Information:
       Phone: 703-792-7615
       Fax: 703-792-4401 


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