Temporary Activities Permit
 
Temporary activities are only permitted in accordance with Sec. 32-210 of the Prince William County Zoning Ordinance. Temporary uses and activities, and activities of similar nature, may be administratively approved in any zoning district by the Zoning Administrator through issuance of a temporary activity permit.
 
The following temporary uses are allowed with a permit:
  1. Roadside stands for sales of seasonal goods;
  2. Carnivals, circuses, craft fairs, concerts (outdoor), flea markets and car shows;
  3. Outdoor meetings, tent revivals, business events, organization picnics;
  4. Professional golf tournaments, horse shows, and similar activities;
  5. On-premise promotional sales events at permanent retail stores.
I. Minimum Submission Requirements | Temporary Activities Application
The following items must be submitted to the Zoning Administration Division for review and approval at least 10 business days prior to the temporary activity date:
    1. The Temporary Activity Permit Application with section related to the applicant fully completed.
    2. Notarized authorization from the property owner or agent stating the type of activity authorized and the dates of the activity, including availability of restrooms.
    3. If restroom facilities are not available on-site, submit notarized authorization from the adjacent property owners allowing employees and patrons to use restroom facilities, or a contract from a company providing portable sanitary facilities.
    4. For commercial sites, provide a copy of the approved site plan, survey plat or detailed (to scale) sketch of the site showing location of the proposed activity (must be at least 20 feet from all abutting streets), and the required number of off-street parking spaces allocated for the activity (parking must be at least 10 feet from all streets). 
    5. For residential sites, provide a house location survey plat showing the location of the proposed activity, and location of the off-street parking spaces allocated for the activity.
    6. Non-profit organizations must submit a copy of tax exempt status [i.e. copy of tax exempt certificate] to demonstrate bona fide nonprofit or not for profit status.
    7. Application fee per current fee schedule. If the fee is paid by check, make it payable to Prince William County.
    8. If a sign is proposed, submit a Sign Application (see Application to Alter, Erect, Reface or Relocated a Sign).
II. Temporary Activity Permitting Process
Roadside stands for sales of seasonal goods:
    1. Prior to submission of the application package to the Zoning Administration Division, applicants will meet with the review agencies listed on the Permit Review Status Sheet attached to the application, and obtain approval from the review agencies on the Review Agency Status Sheet.
    2. Applicant will submit all required documents itemized on the checklist to the Zoning Administration Permitting Counter at least 10 business days prior to the temporary activity date.
    3. Zoning staff reviews the request, and approves or denies the application within 10 business days from the submission date, and notifies the applicant.
    4. The applicant has an option to receive the permit in person or by regular mail.
Other temporary activities:
    1. Applicant will submit all required documents itemized on the checklist to the Zoning Administration Permitting Counter at least 20 business days prior to the temporary activity date.
    2. Zoning staff will schedule a post-submission conference between the applicant and review agencies. Scheduled meetings are held at the Zoning Administration Division every Tuesday, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Applications submitted prior to 1 p.m. on Wednesday will be scheduled for the following Tuesday. Applications submitted after 1 p.m. on Wednesday will be scheduled for the second Tuesday.
    3. The applicant will attend the post-submission conference, where the application will be reviewed and the review agencies will complete the Permit Review Status Sheet during the post-submission conference. 
    4. If all the agencies approve the application, the Zoning Administration will issue the permit within three business days after the approval date.
    5. The applicant has an option to receive the permit in person or by regular mail.      

For more information on Temporary Activity Permits, call (703)792-6830.