Zoning Ordinance

The Arlington County Zoning Ordinance (AZCO) contains the land use regulations for all land in Arlington County. The Code of Virginia Title 15.2 Chapter 22 forms the basis for such land use regulation as follows:

15.2-2280. Zoning ordinances generally. – Any locality may, by ordinance classify the territory under its jurisdiction or any substantial portion thereof into districts of such number, shape and size as it may deem best suited to carry out the purposes of this article, and in each district it may regulate, restrict, permit, prohibit and determine the following:

  1. The use of land, buildings, structures and other premises for agricultural, business, industrial, residential, flood plain and other specific uses;
  2. The size, height, area, bulk, location, erection, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, maintenance, razing, or removal of structures;
  3. The areas and dimensions of land, water, and air space to be occupied by buildings, structures and uses, and of courts, yards, and other open spaces to be left unoccupied by uses and structures, including variations in the sizes of lots based on whether a public or community water supply or sewer system is available and used; or
  4. The excavation or mining of soil or other natural resources.

On May 18, 2013, the Arlington County Board adopted a new format for the Zoning Ordinance that will make it easier to use, understand, and administer.  No substantive changes were made.  You can learn more about the process here.  The new-format Ordinance is effective as of July 1, 2013.  As a reference, the old-format Zoning Ordinance is available here.  Should you have any questions regarding the Zoning Ordinance, contact the Arlington County Zoning Office at 703-228-3883.

The AZCO is subject to amendment by the Arlington County Board. All amendments to the AZCO can be found on the AZCO amendments page in the Resource Library.

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