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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 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 a residential addition:
  • No application form is required. 
  • Processing fee in cash, check, or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover) in accordance with the current Fee Schedule.MontclairHome2.JPG
  • A Special Power of Attorney Affidavit is required if the applicant is not the homeowner or a registered Prince William County contractor.
  • The applicant must draw the proposed addition to scale on the house location survey plat and submit three (3) copies to the Zoning Division of the Planning Office. The plat must be to scale and clearly show the surveyor's seal, signature and scale used.
  • Applicant must provide all dimensions of the proposed structure, setbacks to the property lines, and proposed use.
  • Additions shall maintain the same required yard setbacks as for the principle structure; setbacks vary by zoning district. Zoning staff will verify setbacks before issuing zoning approval.
  • The applicant may be required to demonstrate that the proposed building will meet Zoning Ordinance standard for additions: it must be an integrated part of the principal building (by location, materials and architectural design). 
  •  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 overlays.
  • The maximum building height is 35 feet.
For more information on other requirements, see Building an Addition or Garage.
NOTE: A residential addition may possibly qualify for a Rehab Tax Exemption from the County’s Real Estate Assessment office. For more information, click here.


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