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​            Welcome to the Prince William County Planning Office Website


Prince William County Government Development Services Building is open.  This includes the following Departments and Offices: Development Services, Environmental Services, Fire Marshal, Geographic Information Systems, Planning, Public Works, Transportation and Environmental Health – Prince William Health District. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Planning Office remains committed to providing excellent customer service, while keeping the health, safety and well-being of our employees, customers, and community as a top priority.   Please note the following:

  • Appointments are highly recommended.  To make an appointment, please call 703-792-7615. 
  • For general inquiries, please contact us at 703-792-7615 or
  • Pre-application meetings and post-submission meetings will continue to be scheduled and held via phone call or electronic meeting system.
  • Staff will be working in the Development Services Building and/or teleworking.


  • A full list of Planning and Zoning applications can be accessed HERE.
  • Please contact the Planning Office before submitting an application to determine if electronic submission can be made.
  • In addition to in-person application drop-offs, the Planning Office has a drop-off rack located in the atrium of the Development Services Building
  • If you are dropping off a large volume package, please call ahead at 703-792-7615 so we can promptly receive your package.
  • Please place application(s) in the sealed envelopes provided.
  • The drop-off rack will be monitored regularly between 8AM – 4PM each workday.
  • Applications can also be sent using other mail services (USPS, FEDEX, UPS).

Records Requests

  • Appointments are highly recommended.  To make an appointment, please call 703-792-6863.  Please note:  The Records Center closes every day from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm.
  • Records requests can also be made ONLINE or by telephone at 703-792-6863.


  • Checks should be made payable to:  PWC.  Please ensure all checks are secured to the application(s).
  • Credit Card payments for some applications types and most records requests can now be made via telephone.  For details, please call 703-792-7615 (applications) or 703-792-6863 (records requests).

Planning Commission Remote Comments (COVID-19 Accommodation)

If a member of the public would like to comment on any Planning Commission agenda item or other County business, but does not want or is unable to attend a meeting, they may register to speak remotely during Public Comment time or on scheduled cases, by clicking HERE! (Note: Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday before the scheduled meeting) or comments may be submitted to  Visit the Planning Commission web page for more information.

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.

How to Find Information on Pending Planning Cases

There a different ways to find out about planning development cases happening in the county and the Planning Office has put together a helpful document to show the options for looking up a current planning development case.

PDF version             PowerPoint version

More information about pending cases is available here. If you have any questions please call the Planning Office at 703-792-7615 or email

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, April 21
6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 21
7:00 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 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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