Types of Use Permits

The uses, services and establishments below all require use permits and this application.

Please note that, depending on the purpose of the use permit, several supporting documents are required with the application. Generally the approval process takes about 68 days from the date of final filing. Occasionally, there are circumstances that may require further analysis and therefore, additional time is necessary.

Uses

  • Telecommunications
  • Outdoor café
  • Live entertainment
  • Transitional use
  • Subdivision per §10
  • Kiosk
  • Comprehensive sign plan

Services and Establishments

Automobile service station/gas station:  Any premises used for supplying gasoline and oil, at retail direct to the customer, including minor accessories and services for automobiles.

Bed and breakfast:  A one-family dwelling with (5) or fewer guestrooms available as overnight accommodations for compensation to guests for no more than fourteen (14) consecutive days per stay.

Car wash:  A facility for washing motor vehicles by hand or by automated methods.

Child care center:  Any facility, but not including family day care homes, operated for the purpose of providing care, protection, and guidance to a group of children separated from their parents or guardians during only part of the twenty-four (24) hour day, and that complies with the requirements of chapter 52 of the Arlington county code.

Comprehensive sign plan:  An alternative method to establish the placement of signs, the hours of lighting, the height of signs, the total number of square feet of sign surface and the number of signs on a site.

Dormitory:  A residence for groups who are associated with an organization such as a school or a university, a religious order, a health care program or a nonprofit, charitable, benevolent, or governmental agency providing shelter for needy persons or persons who are objects of the agency’s charitable, benevolent, or governmental activity, which institution customarily provides housing quarters with a single kitchen and living area for the group and may include groups residing with one (1) or more resident counselor(s) or other staff person(s). Said residence shall not be operated primarily for commercial gain.

Drive-through:  Any use that offers sales or services through a window to customers in motor vehicles.

Educational institution:  A college or university giving general academic instruction equivalent to the standards prescribed by the state board of education.

Family day care home:  Any dwelling unit where nine (9) or fewer children not related by blood, adoption, or marriage to the person who resides in and maintains the home are received for care, protection, and guidance during only part of the twenty-four (24) hour day, on a regular basis, for a minimum of ten (10) hours per week, and that complies with the requirements of Chapter 59 of the Arlington County Code.

Food delivery service:  Any establishment which prepares food and beverages to fill orders from off the site where the order is taken for delivery to off-site locations for customers as prepared and delivered.

Institutional home:  A place for the care, including day care, of dependent children and persons needing assistance in the activities of normal daily living because of age or disability.

Motor vehicle sales or rental lot:  Places where motor vehicles are sold or rented.

Nursery school:  Any place, however designated, operated for the purpose of providing training, guidance, education, or care for six (6) or more children under six (6) years of age, during any part of the day other than from 6 pm- 6 am, including kindergartens, but not including family day care homes.

Open-air market:  An outdoor market held on a regular basis, and at which groups of individual sellers offers goods, new or used, for sale to the public. Open-air market shall not include garage sales not held on a regular basis, outdoor display or sales associated with retail establishments that are principally located in indoor facilities or motor vehicle dealerships.

Outdoor Café: An outside seating and/or dining area which is accessory to restaurant (excluding rooftops). Guidelines for outdoor cafés are here.

Private club:  An association organized and operated on a nonprofit basis for persons who are bonafide members paying dues, which association owns or leases premises, the use of which premises is restricted to such members and their guest, and which manages the affairs of such association by and through a board of directors, executive committee, or similar body chosen by the members. Food, meals and beverages may be served on such premises, provided adequate dining room space and kitchen facilities are available.

Public garage:  A business used for the care, repair or equipment of motor vehicles that is available to the public.

Public parking area:  An open off-street area of land or space within a building used for the parking of motor vehicles which is available for general public use.

Recycling center:

  1. a place open to the public for the drop-off, collection, and interim storage prior to off-site processing and recycling of newspapers, corrugated papers, glass bottles, metal cans, plastic products, and other similar materials, and for associated parking spaces; and
  2. a place open to the public for the pick-up of leaves, wood chips, fill dirt, and other similar materials, and to Arlington county agencies for the collection and interim storage of these materials.

Rooftop sign:  A sign mounted on the wall of a building at a height greater than 35 feet.

School, elementary and high:  An institution which offers instructions in the several branches of learning and study required to be taught in the public schools by the Education Code of the State of Virginia. High schools may include junior and senior.

School of higher instruction:  A college or university.

Transitional use:  A use permitted on any transitional site under the regulations for the district but not permitted elsewhere in the district except on transitional sites, and subject to all other regulations for the district.

Transitional site:  A lot or part thereof located in an “R,” “S-3A” or an “RA” district and lying within a distance of two hundred (200) feet from the boundary of a “C” or an “M” District when such lot or part thereof:
(a) Lies contiguous to such boundary but not across any part of a street therefrom; and
(b) Is not contiguous at more than one (1) lot line to a side lot line in an “R,” “S-3A” or “RA” district. (12-2-78)

Unified residential development:  Provides an alternative to subdividing R-20 through R-5 districts to promote compatibility of one-family residential developments with surrounding neighborhoods by coordinating building forms, the bulk, scale and placement of new buildings, and the relationship between buildings and structures within the development and surrounding properties.

Unified commercial/mixed use development (UCMUD):  provides for the new construction of residential units within in commercial zoning districts limited to “C-2” Service Commercial, “C-3” General Commercial and the “Clarendon Revitalization District,” as well as “C-1” and “C-TH”, as part of a mixed use development in accordance with specific guidelines.  The intent of a UCMUD is to:

  • provide for flexible, site-specific solutions for the revitalization of existing shopping areas while preserving commercial service levels;
  • promote the compatibility of commercial developments within the commercial district and surrounding properties by coordinating aspects of site layout, site design and building form;
  • provide for creative opportunities that encourage and retail local and small business and promote opportunities for affordable housing.

An administrative regulation provides guidance on review and submission of unified commercial mixed use development[A1] use permit applications under Section 10.2  of the Zoning Ordinance.  In addition, a documented process[A3]  has been developed for community review of unified commercial nixed use development use permits.

Use permit application and checklist (PDF)

Development Use Permits

Unified Commercial Mixed Use Development (UCMUD) provides for the new construction of residential units within in commercial zoning districts limited to “C-2” Service Commercial, “C-3” General Commercial and the “Clarendon Revitalization District,” as well as “C-1” and “C-TH”, as part of a mixed use development in accordance with specific guidelines.  The intent of a UCMUD is to:

  • provide for flexible, site-specific solutions for the revitalization of existing shopping areas while preserving commercial service levels;
  • promote the compatibility of commercial developments within the commercial district and surrounding properties by coordinating aspects of site layout, site design and building form;
  • provide for creative opportunities that encourage and retail local and small business and promote opportunities for affordable housing.

An administrative regulation provides guidance on review and submission of UCMUD use permit applications.  In addition, this documented process has been developed for community review of UCMUD use permits.

Applicants may also find these resources helpful:

Unified Residential Development provides an alternative to subdividing R-20 through R-5 districts to promote compatibility of one-family residential developments with surrounding neighborhoods by coordinating building forms, the bulk, scale and placement of new buildings, and the relationship between buildings and structures within the development and surrounding properties. An administrative regulation provides guidance on review and submission of URD use permit applications. Learn more about Unified Residential Development with Administrative Regulation 4.11.

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