Many development projects in Arlington require county-approved landscape plans and tree preservation plans that adhere to county regulations and best practices in urban design and urban forestry. For more detail, please review our recently updated Guide to Arlington County Landscape Standards (DRAFT 2017).
The following is a list of project types that require landscape and tree preservation plan review:
- Site Plan – all projects require review per site plan conditions
- Use Permit – some projects’ conditions will require review
- Form Based Code – all projects require review
- By-Right – plan review may be required depending on the development standards of the zoning district, as a condition of Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approval, or if associated with a parking plan. For specific guidance about when landscape plans may be required, consult the Arlington County Zoning Ordinance.
All projects disturbing over 2,500 SF of land require an LDA (Land Disturbance Activity) permit, which is a separate review and permitting process, though it also requires landscape and tree preservation plans.
Application and Review Process
*Process Change! Tree Preservation Plans will be reviewed and approved as part of the Civil Engineering Plan starting December 1, 2017
- TREE PRESERVATION PLANS: APPLY ONLINE: as part of the Civil Engineering Plan
- LANDSCAPE PLANS: APPLY IN-PERSON at the Zoning Office on the 10th Floor at 2100 Clarendon Boulevard, with a filled-out Landscape and Tree Preservation Plan application
Regulations & Standards
Landscape and Tree Preservation Plans need to meet all regulations identified in the Zoning Ordinance, Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, and other county plans and standards as applicable, including:
- Guide to Arlington County Landscape Standards (DRAFT 2017)
- Zoning Ordinance
- Stormwater Manual/Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance
- Arlington Invasive Plants List 2015
- Design Standards and Details (DPR)
- Design Standards and Details (DES)
- Drawing No. R-7.9.C – Structural Soil
- Drawing Reference No. II.H. – Underground Garage Located Under Sidewalk
- Tree Replacement Guidelines
- Recommended Tree List
- Installing Underground Utilities Near Trees