Zoning Information

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Zoning is the process of classifying land into areas known as “zones” or "districts" for the purpose of prescribing regulations concerning building and structure placement, as well as uses for land, buildings and structures. Zoning standards preserve and improve the quality of the community through sound land use planning, code enforcement, neighborhood regulations, and education. 

Current Permit Submission Procedures 

The Department of Planning & Zoning is now offering online processing of permits such as Sign Permits, Home Occupation Permits, Temporary Use Permits, Zoning Permits and Certificate of Appropriateness applications.

Fillable PDF application forms can be found below and emailed, along with all required support documentation, to permitting@leesburgva.gov. Once an application is accepted for review, you will be contacted by a member of staff with directions as to how to pay the permit fee online or via mail.  Please note that there is a convenience fee of 2.49% for credit card payments or $0.50 for check payments online. Permits will not be processed until payment is received. Please see our Fee Schedule for additional information.

All applicants are encouraged to submit applications online. If you must submit your application in person, you may submit your applications at our intake counter on the 2nd floor of Town Hall where a member of our staff will be able to assist you. Staff contact information is also available by visiting our department directory page

Applications may also be mailed to Town staff at the following address:

Town of Leesburg
Attn: Department of Planning & Zoning
25 West Market Street
Leesburg, VA 20176

IIf you have questions or would like additional information, please call our main department line at 703-771-2765 or consult our department directory.

Zoning Ordinance

The Town adopted its Zoning Ordinance to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the residents and businesses in Leesburg,to advance the objectives set out in Section 15.2-2200 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, and to implement the Town Plan.

Staff is responsible for administering and interpreting the regulations contained in the Zoning Ordinance, including the types of buildings constructed on lots, placement and height of structures, land uses and density of development permitted, number of parking spaces required, size and placement of signs, and other land use regulations.

Land Use Applications & Permits

Applications are accepted at the 2nd floor service counter in Town Hall (25 West Market Street) for:

  • Home Occupations 
  • Rezonings
  • Sign Permits, including comprehensive sign plans 
  • Special Exceptions, including use permits and site plans
  • Subdivision Plat Review
  • Town signatures on Loudoun County-issued Certificates of Occupancy
  • Variance Requests
  • Zoning Permits

For assistance with Zoning and Sign Permits, please contact Zoning Administrator Michael Watkins. 

For assistance with Certificate of Appropriateness applications or projects in the H-1 Old and Historic District or H-2 Historic Corridor District, please contact Preservation Planner Lauren Murphy.

Permit fees are listed within our Fee Schedule.

Looking for the Zoning District assigned to a Particular Parcel?

Our Interactive Zoning Map provides an overall look at the zoning districts within the Town with the capability of searching by address or zooming in on a particular location and linking directly to the use information for each district.  If you are looking for additional tax data for a particular parcel, you can search by property address, property identification number or tax map number with the Loudoun County WebLogis mapping system.  Just click on the "Search" tab to enter your information. 

If the parcel you are searching returns as CDD (Crescent Design District), our Crescent Design District Map will show you the zoning categories by address point.

Our Historic District Map can help you determine whether your parcel is located within the H-1 (Old and Historic Overlay District).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our zoning staff for assistance.

Zoning Staff

Please be aware that correspondence sent to Town staff is subject to the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.

Watkins, Michael

  • Departments:Planning & Zoning
  • Divisions:Staff, Zoning Division Staff
  • Title:Zoning Administrator
  • Phone:(703) 737-7920
  • Fax:(703) 771-2724
  • Email:
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