Occupancy New Business

To apply for zoning approval for a new tenant to occupy an existing commercial, office, or industrial development, submit the following:

  • Application must be filed in person at the Development Services Building.
  • Completed and signed Application for Zoning Approval.
  • Completed and signed Power of Attorney form, if the applicant is not the property owner.
  • Address verification approval from the Geographic Information System (GIS) Division, located at 5 County Complex Court in the Development Services Building, Suite 140. For additional information, contact GIS at 703-792-6840.
  • Processing fee in cash, check or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, or Discover) in accordance with the current Fee Schedule.

The Zoning Division of the Planning Office, upon request for zoning approval, will verify the zoning of the property and then will determine if the proposed use is an allowed use by the Zoning Ordinance. As part of the verification process, the Division will check for rezoning proffers, special use permit conditions, verified nonconforming use (if any); any other applicable rules and regulations; and requirements of the applicable overlay districts (Airport Safety, Chesapeake Bay Resource Preservation Area, Data Center Opportunity Zone, Domestic Fowl, Flood Hazard Areas, Highway Corridors, Historic Areas, Redevelopment, and Technology).

If the use is a by-right use, and sufficient parking exists, a certificate of zoning approval will be issued. Prior to commencement of the use, the applicant shall obtain a Certificate of Occupancy from the Permitting Branch of the Building Development Division, Department of Development Services. Contact the Permitting Branch at 703-792-6924 to determine what is needed to obtain a certificate of occupancy.

After obtaining certificate of zoning approval and an Occupancy Permit, obtain a Business License if required. For further information regarding a business license, contact the Business License Office at (703) 792-6710 (TTY: 711).

Note: If your business will operate under a fictitious name, an assumed or fictitious name certificate must be filed in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court located at 9311 Lee Avenue, Manassas, Virginia 20110. Office hours: 8:30am to 5pm, Monday through Friday, except holidays. Trade Names may be applied for by mail. Visit the Trade Name Web page for information, or call (703) 792-6045 (TTY: 711).

For more information or questions regarding the process call the Zoning Counter at (703) 792-6830 (TTY: 711) or send an email to [email protected].