Zoning Ordinance

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Amended through October 12, 2017

Please Note: This document is updated periodically. The official Zoning Ordinance with all the recently adopted amendments is maintained in the Zoning Office. Fauquier County is offering access to the Zoning Ordinance on the Internet as a service to the public. We are unable to assist users of this service with legal questions nor respond to requests for legal advice or the application of the law to specific facts. Therefore, to understand and protect your legal rights, you should consult your own private lawyer. The Zoning Office can respond to questions, for example, regarding uses allowed on specific properties, existing zoning, the rules regulating its use, as well as the rezoning, special exception, special permit processes and other administrative procedures.

Most Recent Amendments

Table of Contents

ARTICLE 1 - THE CONSTITUTION OF THE ORDINANCE

  • PART 1 – Title
  • PART 2 – Purpose and Intent
  • PART 3 – Severability
  • PART 4 – Conflicting Ordinances
  • PART 5 – Minimum Requirements
  • PART 6 – Effective Date
  • PART 7 – Copy on File

ARTICLE 2 - GENERAL REGULATIONS

  • PART 1 – Scope of Regulations
  • PART 2 – Zoning Districts and Boundaries
  • PART 3 – Interpretation of District Regulations
  • PART 4 – Qualifying Lot and Yard Requirements
  • PART 5 – Qualifying Use, Structure Regulations
  • PART 6 – Common Open Space and Common Improvement Facilities
  • PART 7 – Non-Common Open Space and Improvements Regulations
  • PART 8 – Low and Moderate Income Housing Provisions
  • PART 9 – Minimum Required Improvements

ARTICLE 3 - DISTRICT REGULATIONS

  • PART 1 – Districts
  • PART 2 – Purpose and Intent
  • PART 3 – Uses
  • PART 4 – Use Regulations
  • PART 5 – Use Limitations
  • PART 6 – Additional Regulations

ARTICLE 4 - SPECIAL AND OVERLAY DISTRICT REGULATIONS

  • PART  0  – Special and Overlay Districts in General
  • PART  1  – Special Development - Planned Residential District (PRD)
  • PART  2  – Affordable Housing Overlay District (AH)
  • PART  3  – Historic Area District (HA)
  • PART  4  – Floodplain District (FP)
  • PART  5  – Airport Area District (AP)
  • PART  6  – Planned Commercial Industrial Development District (PCID)
  • PART  7  – Planned Development Mixed Use District (PDMU)
  • PART  8  – Conservation Easement Incentive Overlay District (CEI)
  • PART  9  – Mixed Use Special District – Bealeton Service District (MU – Bealeton)
  • PART 10 – Marshall Code

ARTICLE 5 - SPECIAL PERMITS AND SPECIAL EXCEPTIONS

  • PART 0 – General Provisions
  • PART 1 – Category 1 – Residential Uses
  • PART 2 – Category 2 – Residential Businesses
  • PART 3 – Category 3 – Transient Housing
  • PART 4 – Category 4 – Community Uses
  • PART 5 – Category 5 – Educational Uses
  • PART 6 – Category 6 – Institutional Uses
  • PART 7 – Category 7 – Adaptive Uses
  • PART 8 – Category 8 – Temporary Uses
  • PART 9 – Category 9 – Outdoor Recreation
  • PART 10 – Category 10 – Recreation and Amusement
  • PART 11 – Category 11 – Public and Quasi-Public Uses
  • PART 12 – Category 12 – Commercial Retail Uses
  • PART 13 – Category 13 – Commercial Business and Personal Services
  • PART 14 – Category 14 – Motor Vehicle Related Uses
  • PART 15 – Category 15 – Wholesaling and Processing
  • PART 16 – Category 16 – Limited Industrial
  • PART 17 – Category 17 – General Industrial
  • PART 18 – Category 18 – Agriculture
  • PART 19 – Category 19 – Extraction
  • PART 20 – Category 20 – Public Utilities
  • PART 21 – Category 21 – Transportation
  • PART 22 – Category 22 – Interment Uses
  • PART 23 – Category 23 – Floodplain Uses
  • PART 24 – Category 24 – (Section Deleted)
  • PART 25 – Category 25 – Standards for Approving a Waiver of Lot Size, Width or Frontage Requirements
  • PART 26 – Category 26 – Standards for Approving a Decrease in Open Space Requirements
  • PART 27 – Category 27 – Standards for Reduction of Common Open Space
  • PART 28 – Category 28 – Standards for Waiving Requirement for Type I Private Streets
  • PART 29 – Category 29 – Standards for Waiving Requirement for Public Streets
  • PART 30 – Category 30 – Standards for Waiving Requirement for Public Sewer
  • PART 31 – Category 31 – Standards for Waiving Requirement for Public Water System and Central Water System
  • PART 32 – Category 32 – Standards for Approval of a Use Not Otherwise Allowed

ARTICLE 6 - ACCESSORY USES, ACCESSORY SERVICE USES AND HOME OCCUPATIONS

  • PART 1 – Accessory Uses and Structures
  • PART 2 – Accessory Service Uses
  • PART 3 – Home Occupations
  • PART 4 - Farm Wineries

ARTICLE 7 - OFF-STREET PARKING AND LOADING, STREETS, WATER AND SEWER, TREE CANOPY, LANDSCAPE AND BUFFER REQUIREMENTS

  • PART 1 – Off-Street Parking
  • PART 2 – Off-Street Loading
  • PART 3 – Private Streets
  • PART 4 – Public Streets
  • PART 5 – Public Water and Sewer and Central Water System Requirements
  • PART 6 – Tree Canopy, Landscape and Buffer Requirements

ARTICLE 8 - SIGNS

  • PART 1 – Statement of Intent
  • PART 2 – Scope of Article
  • PART 3 – Definitions
  • PART 4 – Exemptions
  • PART 5 – Prohibited Signs and Sign Elements
  • PART 6 – Permitted Signs
  • PART 7 – General Regulations
  • PART 8 – Temporary Signs
  • PART 9 – General Standards for Temporary Signs
  • PART 10 – Permits Required
  • PART 11 – Violations and Removal of Signs
  • PART 12 – Non-Conforming Signs
  • PART 13 – Planned Development Mixed Use (PDMU), Planned Residential Development (PRD), and Planned Commercial Industrial (PCID) Zoning Districts
  • PART 14 – Off-Site Freestanding Signs
  • PART 15 – Variances and Special Exceptions

ARTICLE 9 - PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

  • PART 1 – General Provisions
  • PART 2 – Air Pollution Standards
  • PART 3 – Fire and Explosion Hazard Standards
  • PART 4 – Radiation Hazard Standards
  • PART 5 – Electromagnetic Radiation and Interference Standards
  • PART 6 – Liquid and Solid Waste Standards
  • PART 7 – Noise Standards
  • PART 8 – Earthborn Vibration Standards
  • PART 9 – Glare Standards
  • PART 10 – Outdoor Light Control

ARTICLE 10 - NONCONFORMITIES

  • PART 1 – Nonconforming Uses
  • PART 2 – Substandard Subdivisions
  • PART 3 – Nonconforming Buildings

ARTICLE 11 - TELECOMMUNICATIONS ORDINANCE

  • PART 1 – Purpose

ARTICLE 12 - SITE PLANS

  • PART 1 – Statement of Intent
  • PART 2 – Development or Use Requiring a Site Plan
  • PART 3 – Site Plan Waiver
  • PART 4 – Minor Site Plan
  • PART 5 – Major Site Plan
  • PART 6 – Minimum Standards and Improvements Required
  • PART 7 – Administration and Procedures
  • PART 8 - Code of Development Site Plan

ARTICLE 13 - ADMINISTRATION, AMENDMENTS, VIOLATIONS AND PENALTIES

  • PART 1 – Administration
  • PART 2 – Amendments
  • PART 3 – Appeals
  • PART 4 – Variances
  • PART 5 – Zoning Permits
  • PART 6 – Violations, Infractions and Penalties

ARTICLE 14 - BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES

  • PART 1 – Planning Commission
  • PART 2 – Board of Zoning Appeals
  • PART 3 – Architectural Review Board

ARTICLE 15 - ORDINANCE STRUCTURE, INTERPRETATION AND DEFINITIONS

  • PART 1 – Ordinance Structure
  • PART 2 – Interpretation
  • PART 3 – Definitions

APPENDIX A - SOILS

  • PART 1 – Prime Agricultural Soils
  • PART 2 – Prime Forest Soils
  • PART 3 – Highly Erodible Soils

APPENDIX B - LOW AND MODERATE INCOME FAMILIES HOUSING POLICY

  • PART 1 – Definition
  • PART 2 – Incentives
  • PART 3 – Standards

APPENDIX C - OUTLINE FOR CODE OF DEVELOPMENT

APPENDIX D - FAUQUIER COUNTY BONUS PROVISIONS FOR SIGNS

 

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