When a property owner wishes to change the zoning or use of his or her property (i.e., residential to commercial); apply for a Special Use Permit, or begin a home day care business which requires a Home Occupational Certificate (HOC2) and/or a Special Use Permit, a visit or phone call to the Planning Office is necessary. Staff will determine which of the following review processes is necessary to allow a citizen to accomplish a desired use:
Before purchasing a new home, prospective homeowners should consider the following:
For zoning approval, check the application requirements online at Zoning Approval & Administration, or call (703) 792-6830. For building permits, contact the Department of Development Services Building Development Division at (703) 792-6924.
In all residential zones, a home business requires a Special Use Permit. Home employment uses require Zoning Approval for a Home Employment Certificate, and a home occupation requires Zoning Approval for a Home Occupation Certificate - Home Office. See Part 100 of the Zoning Ordinance for the definitions of these uses.
The zoning of your property determines the uses allowed and/or permits required for various uses. You may use the County Mapper to query and view your property and its associated zoning. Once you have identified the property's zoning, refer to the Zoning Ordinance to view allowed uses. If applicable, proffered conditions and overlays, such as a highway corridor overlay district, may place additional restrictions on land uses. For more information, call 703-792-7615.
To operate a day care with five or more children out of your home, you must obtain Zoning Approval for a Home Occupation Certificate (HOC2) - Family Day Care, as well as all other applicable County and state approvals. For more information, visit the Childcare Within A Residence page.
These activities require Zoning Approval for a Temporary Activity, as well as other related County approvals.
If your business operates under a trade name, the trade name must be registered prior to applying for zoning approval. Trade names are registered at the Judicial Center, 9311 Lee Avenue, Manassas, Virginia 20110, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays). Go to the Clerk of the Circuit Court Web page for information, or call 703-792-6045.
Status of Site/Subdivision Plans Under Review can be checked using ePortal or by calling 703-792-6830.
All advertising signs must receive zoning approval and a building permit from Development Services. Please call the Zoning Counter at 703-792-6830 regarding zoning approval for signs. Call Development Services at 703-792-6930 for information on building permits.
All development applications and permits are public documents available to the public for review upon request. In addition, the Planning Office provides information on new development by way of the following methods:
Please call 703-792-6830 to find out about development in the County.
Zoning complaints should be reported to the Neighborhood Services Department at 703-792-7018 or visit the Neighborhood Services Complaints Page to report zoning violations.
For information on plats, go to the House Location Survey Plat Web page.
To obtain zoning approval, you must submit a notarized Special Power of Attorney Affidavit with your application. To apply for a building permit, you must submit an Affidavit of Owner. Also, see Building an Addition or Garage.