ZONING

Our mission is to serve our citizens by providing a consistent, timely, and efficient framework for planning and zoning to promote and advance community development within Stafford County
For inspections or to apply for a permit, contact the Community Development Services Center at (540) 658-8650.


The Zoning Office is responsible for performing zoning approvals and inspections, reviewing all county business license applications for compliance with zoning regulations, processing applications for variance, rezoning, and special use requests, processing zoning appeal applications, and enforcing the zoning and subdivision ordinances.

What is Zoning?
We regulate land uses, density, lot size and coverage of a parcel, structure height, the placement of structures, yard requirements, and issues affecting community appearance.

Zoning Applications - Determinations - Verifications

Applications
Determinations
Subject Location
(Tax Map)
Date of Determination Zoning Admin Response Appeal Deadline
TM 13C-A
Vesting Determination
Request Letter

13C-A 02/28/2024 Response 03/28/2024
TM 54F-3H-17A
Vesting Determination
Request Letter

54F-3H-17A 11/30/2023 Response 12/30/2023
TM 36-39A, 36-66, 36-67, 37-10
Proffer Determination 
Request Letter

36-39A, 36-66, 36-67, 37-10 11/09/2023 Response 12/09/2023
TM 37-30C
Zoning Determination
Request Letter

37-30C 09/07/2023 Response 10/07/2023
TM 31-97
Proffer Determination
Request Letter

31-97 09/25/2023 Response 10/24/2023
TM 54-121C
Zoning Determination 
Request Letter

54-121C 03/09/2023 Response 04/08/2023
TM 37-74S
Proffer Determination
Request Letter

37-74S 03/09/2023 Response 04/08/2023
TM 30-43, 30-43A, 30-44, 30-45, 30-46
Vesting Determination
Request Letter

30-43, 30-43A, 30-44,
30-45, 30-46
01/08/2023 Response 02/07/2023
TM 58-9E
Vesting Determination
Request Letter

58-9E 06/16/2022 Response 09/08/2022
TM 54-79, 54-79A, 54-80,
54-80A, 54-81
Vesting Determination
Request Letter

54-79, 54-79A, 54-80,
54-80A, 54-81
05/02/2022 Response 08/06/2022
TM 30-152A
Zoning Determination
Request Letter

30-152A 02/02/2022 Response 03/04/2022
TM 37-74J
Zoning Determination
Request Letter

37-74J



09/30/2021



Response



10/30/2021




TM 38-83C
Vesting Determination
Request Letter
38-83C


11/29/2021


Response


12/29/2021



TM 59-8
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
59-8

08/17/2021

Response

09/16/2021


TM 44-64 &
44-65
Zoning
Determination
Request Letter
44-64,
44-65
04/26/2021 Response 05/26/2021

TM 37-78, 37-79 & 37-30
Zoning
Determination
Request Letter
37-78, 37-79 & 37-30 03/09/2021 Response  04/08/2021

TM 38-24J
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
 38-24J  01/07/2021 Response   02/06/2021

TM 48-1D & 48-1E
Vesting Determination
Request Letter
48-1D, 48-1E  12/17/2019 Response  01/16/2020

TM 44W-H, 44W-J, 52-1
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
44W-H, 44W-J, 52-1  08/30/2019 Response  09/29/2019

TM 41-1A
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
41-1A  05/23/2019 Response  06/22/2019

Albion Subdivision
Vesting Determination
Request Letter
59-72B, 59-75A 05/30/2018  Response 06/30/2018 

Recreation Business Campus
Permissible Use
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
44W-2  08/07/2018  Response  09/07/2018

Forest Hill Estate Subdivision
Vesting Determination
Request Letter
16-1C 06/01/2018  Response  07/01/2018 
Stafford Hospital Center East Campus
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
39P-A, 39P-B, 39P-C, 39P-1, 39P-1A, 39R-A, 39R-B, 39R-C, 39R-1, 39R-2, 39R-3, 39R-4, 39R-5, 39R-6, 39R-7, 39R-8, 39R-9, 39R-10 06/01/2018  Response  07/01/2018 

TM 44Y-15C
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
44Y-15C 01/18/ 2017 Response 02/17/2017

TM 21-54F, 2195 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
21-54F 11/03/2016 Response 12/03/2016

Austin Park
Vesting Determination
Request Letter
30-7H 06/26/2015 Response 07/26/2015

Austin Ridge Commercial
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
29-60 03/09/2015 Response Withdrawn

Lot 6B, TM 54J-1J1-6A
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
54J-1J1-6A 12/17/2014 Response 01/16/2015

Fox Chase Commons
Proffer Determination
Request Letter
45-217 and
45-217A
07/30/2014 Response 08/30/2014
Crucible Properties II, LLC
Zoning Determination
Request Letter
35-22 04/10/2014 Response 05/10/2014
Stafford Lakes Commercial
Vesting Determination
Request Letter
44R-5 , formerly known as 44-47A; 44-47B;
44-47C
04/09/2013 Response 05/09/2013
3089C Parcel LLC Proffer Determination
Request Letter
21-64 10/26/2012 Response 11/26/2012
Aquia Town Center Vesting Determination
Request Letter
21-49 (portion), 21CC-A, 21CC-1,
& 21CC-2
06/08/2012 Response 07/13/2012
Embrey Mill / Proffer Determination of Ordinance 001-08, Proffer 3.a.(i), School Site Dedication - Request Letter 29-53 03/11/ 2010 Response 04/10/2010
Worman Development / Proffer determination of Ordinance O06-14, Proffer number 10 - Request Letter 13-37 03/22/2010 Response 04/21/2010
Austin Ridge / Rocky Ridge Joint Venture / Proffer Determination of Ordinance 003-16, Proffer 2e(i), Monetary Contributions - Request Letter 29-60,
29-66A
04/02/2010 Response 05/02/2010
Zoning Administrator's Determination regarding the proposed Aquia Pines Hotel Site - Request Letter 21-64 05/07/2010 Response 06/06/2010
Vulcan Construction Material, LP / Zoning Administrator's Determination of Stafford County Zoning Ordinance 28-57 - Request Letter 19-64, 19-65,
19-67T
09/30/2010 Response 10/30/2010
Cedar Post Enterprises, LLC / Zoning Administrator's Determination of Stafford County Code Section 28-273(a) - Request Letter 30-64 10/19/2010 Response 11/18/2010
Cedar Post Enterprises, LLC / Zoning Administrator's Determination of Stafford County Code Section 28-273(a) - Request Letter 30-65 02/02/2011 Response 03/04/2011
Trucks and Tractors, Inc. / Proffer Determination of Ordinance O88-95(R), Proffer #1 - Request Letter 38-25E 03/23/2011 Response 04/22/2011
Smith Industries, Inc./ Zoning Administrator Determination regarding the M-2 and B-2 uses - Request Letter/ 21-58 07/25/2011 Response 11/23/2011
         
Verifications
All requests for zoning verification are to be submitted, in writing, to the:
Department of Planning and Zoning
P. O. Box 339
Stafford, VA   22555-0339

Please be sure to include the assessor’s map and parcel number or property address. The fee for a zoning verification is $102.75 per parcel (this amount includes a 2.75% technology fee). 

Response Time

You should receive a written response to your request in approximately 10 working days; however, unusual or multiple requests may take longer. Verification will not be made over the phone. 

 

Enforcement

We Enforce...
  • Accessory Structures
  • Accumulations of Trash on Private Property
  • Blocking Roadway Site Distance
  • Commercial & Residential Uses
  • Commercial Vehicle Parking
  • Conditional Use Permits
  • Construction Without a Permit
  • Dwelling Occupancy
  • Fencing
  • Home Businesses
  • Illegal Short Term Rentals on Residential Property
  • Inoperable Vehicles
  • Kennel Uses 
  • Light Trespass
  • Outdoor Storage
  • Setbacks
  • Signs
  • Tall Grass, Weeds, & Bamboo
We DO NOT Enforce
Abandoned Vehicles on Public Streets  -  Stafford Sheriff’s Dept. non-emergency (540) 658-4450
Air Quality  -  VA Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) at https://www.deq.virginia.gov/permits/public-notices/air
Building or Structure Maintenance  -  Stafford County Building Office (540) 658-8650
Contractors' Licensing  -  DPOR- VIRGINIA - http://www.dpor.virginia.gov
Dead, Dangerous, or Fallen Trees  -   If located within VDOT Right Of Way (ROW), www.virginiadot.org, Stafford Emergency Services (540) 658-7200 (dial 911 for emergency) Stafford Transportation Department (540) 658-4900 If on private property please contact the property owner.
Dust  -  VA Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) - https://www.deq.virginia.gov/permits/public-notices/air
Food Trucks  -  Office of the Fire Marshal
Hazardous Materials  -  Stafford Emergency Services (540) 658-7200
Home Owners Associations (HOA) Covenants  -  HOA's are private and civil between residents and the HOA.  
Hoarding or Trash (inside a home)  -  No Zoning regulations for inside a residence.  Reference private help, mental and physical removal.  
Mold  -  Privately handled
Mosquitos  -   Privately handled 
Noise  -  Stafford Sheriff’s office non-emergency (540) 658-4450  County Code Chapter 16   (see Definitions for Daytime/Nighttime hours)
Parking on Public Streets  -  Stafford Sheriff’s office non-emergency (540) 658-4450
Pest Infestation  -  Privately handled
Private Septic Systems & Wells  -  Stafford Environmental Services (540) 288-9018
Property Line Disputes  -  Privately handled.  
Snow Removal  -  Roads located within the VDOT Right-Of-Way (ROW) – VDOT www.virginiadot.org, all others are privately handled. 
State Owned Property  -  http://www.virginia.gov/contact General Services 
Trash in VDOT Right-of-Way  -  http://www.virginiadot.org, RBoard - r-board.org
Unsafe Structures  -  Public works - Building code compliance (540) 658-4502