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Family Day Home (Child Care) Within a Residence

Applying for Zoning Approval

Submit in person or by mail, the following information to the Zoning Administration Office at 5 County Complex Court, Suite 210, Prince William, Virginia, 22192.
  • Home Occupation Certificate Application for Family Day Home (childcare)(HOC2)
    • Note that for a Family Day Home allowed pursuant to a Special Use Permit, the application for Zoning Approval shall be submitted after approval of the Special Use Permit.
  • Completed and signed Homeowner's Release Affidavit, if the applicant is not the property owner.

  • Processing fee in cash, check, money order or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) in accordance with the current Fee Schedule.

  • Provide proof of current residence through a valid government issued identification card (such as a valid driver's license or DMV identification card) or through other proof of residency that can include deeds, leases, and utility bills. Cell phone bills, letters, and expired driver's licenses are not accepted.

  • Provide a copy of your current Infant and Child or Pediatric Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) Certificate, from an approved certification center (Internet certificates are not accepted).  

  • Prior to approval by the Zoning Administrator, notification shall be sent by certified mail to the last known address of each adjacent property owner. If the Zoning Administrator receives no written objection from a person so notified within thirty (30) days of the date of sending the letter and determines that the Family Day Home otherwise complies with the provisions of the Ordinance the Zoning Administrator may issue a permit for the Family Day Home. An applicant who is denied a permit through the aforesaid administrative process may request a hearing before the Board of County Supervisors following public notice as provided in Section 15.2-2204, VA Code Ann.

    • A Certificate of Occupancy through Building Development with the paid fee. The process to receive the Certificate of Occupancy begins through the submission of the HOC2 - Family Day Home through the Zoning Administration.  

    • State of Virginia Certification (Once received, a copy is to be submitted to Zoning Administration).

Single Family Detached – Lot area less than 5,000 SF, Mobile Home, Townhouse, Two-Family Dwelling, Multifamily Dwelling, or other Dwellings as defined by the Zoning Ordinance

Single Family Detached - Lot area g
reater than 5,000 SF
County Approval Requirements:
County Approval Requirements:
4 or less

No Permit is required from the Prince William County Zoning Administration Office.
4 or less

No Permit is required from the Prince William County Zoning Administration Office.
5 – 9
SUP - Family Day Homes
Call 703-792-7615 for information.
HOC2 - Family Day Home
Certificate of Occupancy
Business License*
5 – 12
No SUP Required
HOC2 - Family Day Home
Certificate of Occupancy
Business License*
Strictly Not Permitted
13 +
Must comply with the requirements for a
SUP – Child Day Center

1 Provider's children are not counted regardless of age.
* Business License may not be required. Please see details.


Family Day Home: The secondary use of a dwelling unit as set for in subsections 32-300.02.15(a) through (d), and as defined in Section 63.2-100 VA Code Ann, to provide care during only a part of the twenty four (24) hour day for one through twelve children under the age of 13, when at least one child receives care for compensation, exclusive of the provider's own children and any children who reside in the home, meaning those related by blood, adoption or marriage to the provider who maintains the home, and those in foster care with the provider, or in the provider's permanent custody or already residing in the provider's dwelling, and which may employ at any one time not more than two (2) persons not residing in the home, provided that such person shall be at least fourteen (14) years of age and shall be certified or otherwise meet the appropriate social service regulatory agency's approval. The term "family day home" is not intended to include babysitting services of a casual, irregular nature in or outside of the child's own home. It is also not intended to include cooperative, reciprocal child care by a group of parents in their respective residences, subject to meeting the following standards.

Please note:

  • Family Day Care businesses are subject to the provisions of Sec. 32-300.02 (15) of the Prince William County Zoning Ordinance (conditions/restrictions are also listed on the HOC2 application form).
  • Two non-resident employees (CPR certified) are allowed (contact Social Services at (703) 792-7500 for age-limit restrictions).
  • Renewal of zoning approval for a Family Day Home (HOC-2) is no longer required as long as the conditions under the initial approval remains the same. Should any conditions change, such as maximum number of children, number of assistants, address change, etc., a new zoning permit will be required.
  • If the business is transferred to a new location, a new zoning approval and a new occupancy permit must be obtained for the new location.
  • The maximum number of children allowed does not include the applicant’s own children.

Area Agencies offering CPR Training
  • Prince William Hospital Wellness Center
    • (703) 369-8543
  • Potomac Hospital
    • (703) 670-1504
  • American Red Cross - VA
    • (703) 368-4511

Virginia Department of Social Services: 
For information about the State required process to be licensed, please see the following:

 Business License Procedures:
  •  Business License (issued by Prince William County Department of Finance)
  • Virginia Tax ID Number

Additional Resources for Starting a Small Business:


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