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*COVID-19 change in zoning approval application process

*There is now a Zoning Counter window open to accept zoning approval applications from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Updated: September 21, 2020

Updates to Zoning Application Processes Now in Effect

  • In immediate effect, all homeowners, industry, developers, contractors, and permit runners with zoning submissions are asked to submit applications as follows:
    • Industry/Developers/Contractors and Permit Runners: A new option only for industry, developers,contractors and permit runners:
      • The Zoning Branch is now accepting ALL TYPES of zoning applications electronically via zoningcounters@pwcgov.org beginning September 21, 2020. All submissions must be in PDF format.
    • Residential: For residential homeowners, we continue to accept zoning applications:
      • in person at the zoning counter window;
      • via drop-off inside the Development Services Building at the Early Assistance Desk, or;
      • by US Mail or courier service to: Prince William County, ATTN: Zoning Counters, 5 County Complex Court, Suite 180, Prince William, VA 22192.

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience. We are working to expand electronic services to all customers. Until that is possible, we are monitoring commercial workloads to ensure we have the capacity to increase services to residents without generating a backlog and poor customer service.

Your submission should include the zoning application found here: 

As well as the following documents and payment:

  • A copy of your plat with location of structure shown with setback distances from property lines.
  • The fee in the form of a check, made out to "Prince William County" OR we are now accepting credit card payment over the phone. No cash!
  • If no check is included in mailed or dropped off applications a Zoning Technician will contact you for payment.

Please be sure to provide a contact name, phone number, and email address on all correspondence so we can contact you if necessary.

For questions please call 703-792-6830 to leave a message for a Zoning Counter Technician who will return your call.

To apply for zoning approval for an open deck*, applicant must appear in person with the following:

  • Three (3) copies of the house location survey plat with the proposed deck drawn to scale.
  • Plat must be to scale and clearly show the surveyor's seal, signature, and scale used. (For condominium units, applicant must provide three (3) copies of the approved Prince William County site plan and a letter from the condominium owners' association authorizing the deck).
  • A processing fee payable in cash, check, or credit card.
  • A Special Power of Attorney Affidavit is required if the applicant is not the homeowner or a registered Prince William County contractor.
  • If plat shows buffer areas, deck may have to remain outside these areas, depending on the type of buffer.
  • If property is identified as RPA (Resource Protection Area) on the overlay district map, written approval from Public Works Watershed Management (703-792-7070) is required prior to zoning approval. Visit the GIS County Mapper on the County's website to check for RPA and other zoning Overlay Districts
  • For required setbacks for open decks, check Section 32-300.06 of the Prince William County Zoning Ordinance. Modified Planned Mixed Residential (PMR) standards may have been approved for any individual subdivision in the following zoning districts: Residential Planned Community (RPC), Urban Residential Multi-Family (R-16), Planned Mixed Development (PMD), Suburban Residential (R-6), and Planned Mixed Residential (PMR). Zoning staff will verify setbacks before issuing zoning approval.

Please note:

  • *If the deck has a roof, it is no longer a deck, it is an addition. Click here to view information on residential additions.
  • After zoning approval is issued, applications for deck permits must be submitted to the Building Plan Review Division, for review. Decks that do not fall within the County's typical deck category are reviewed between the hours of 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. only. For questions regarding deck permits and submission requirements, contact Building Plan Review at 703-792-4040.

For more information on Decks, call 703-792-6830.

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