Zoning

Mission

The mission of the Zoning Department is to serve the citizens of Stafford County by providing the highest level of customer service relating to your property needs.  We strive to apply fair and uniform interpretations; guidance for successful development; and abatement of violations under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia with integrity for the citizens of Stafford County.


Responsibilities


The Stafford County Zoning Division administers, maintains, and enforces the Zoning Ordinance and related regulations to assure that property is developed and used in accordance with the required provisions. 

What is Zoning?


As established under the Code of Virginia, provides localities the ability to regulate land uses, density, lot size and coverage of a parcel, structure height, the placement of structures, yard requirements, etc.  Zoning Requirements can be found in Chapter 28 of the Stafford County Code, Zoning Ordinance.  

What does the Zoning Department enforce?


Enforces:

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
Frequency of Trash Removal
Home Businesses
Inoperable Vehicles
Kennel Uses / Number of Animals on a Property
Land Disturbance
Light Trespass
Outdoor Storage
Setbacks
Short Term Rentals on Residential Property
Signs
Tall Grass, Weeds, & Bamboo

Does Not Enforce:

Abandoned Vehicles on Public Streets
Air Quality
Building or Structure Maintenance
Contractors' Licensing
Dead, Dangerous, or Fallen Trees
Dust
Food Trucks
Hazardous Materials
HOA Covenants
Hoarding or Trash (inside a home)
Mold
Mosquitos
Noise
Parking on Public Streets
Pest Infestation
Private Septic Systems & Wells
Property Line Disputes
Snow Removal
State Owned Property
Trash in VDOT Right-of-Way
Unsafe Structures