Planning & Zoning FAQs

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For additional land development and building-related questions, please visit the Department of Plan Review FAQ page.

If you have a question that is not answered below, please email us with your question.

  • Businesses

    • Do I need a permit to have a special event for my business?

    • What type of signs can I have for my business?

    • When do I need a Temporary Use Permit?

  • Excessive Occupancy

    • How do I register an excessive occupancy complaint? Will my contact information remain confidential?

    • Under the Virginia Property Maintenance Code, what are the limitations on occupancy?

    • What happens once an excessive occupancy complaint is received?

    • What is considered to be the appropriate occupancy of a single family dwelling unit?

    • What is excessive occupancy?

    • What should I know about excessive occupancy in the Town of Leesburg?

    • Why is the Excessive Occupancy Enforcement Program in place?

  • Floodplain Ordinance Amendments

    • Is the designation of Minor Floodplain new within the Town's corporate limits?

    • What is the difference between FEMA's Flood Maps and the Town of Leesburg's Floodplain Overlay District?

    • What is the National Flood Insurance Program?

    • Who determines whether or not I need to purchase flood insurance?

  • Gateway Project

    • Can I Build a New Structure?

    • Can I change my existing structure?

    • Can I view the Gateway Design Guidelines?

    • Can I view the Gateway Standards?

    • Do I need to get designs for a new fence, shed or house addition approved by the Town?

    • Does the Gateway District change the allowed uses on my property?

    • Does this effect my property value?

    • Does this mean my property is historic?

    • How do I determine where the 15 foot boundary falls on my property?

    • How is the new Gateway District different from the old H-2 District?

    • My parcel is the subject of approved proffers which reference the H-2 Corridor. Am I also subject to the Gateway Guidelines?

  • Home Based Businesses

    • Are signs permitted to advertise my home based business?

    • Are there limitations on the number of employees I can have working from my home?

    • Are there limitations on the sale of items within my home?

    • Are there special regulations pertaining to operating a daycare in my home?

    • Do I need a license or permit to operate a business in my home?

    • Do I need to renew my Home Occupation Permit?

  • Land Development

    • Are additional permits or review required for projects within the H-1 Old and Historic District or H-2 Corridor District?

    • How do I know if a property is located in the H-2 Historic Corridor District

    • How do I know if a property is located with the H-1 Old and Historic District?

    • How do I research my property, and what information may I find?

    • How do I start the rezoning process?

    • How do I start the special exception process?

    • What do I need to submit with the Rezoning Application?

    • When do I need a Zoning Permit?

    • Where can I see information regarding active land use applications?

    • Whom do I contact at Loudoun County for a Building Permit?

    • Whom do I contact for additional questions regarding a Zoning Permit application?

    • Why do I need both a Town Zoning Permit and County Building Permit?

  • Outdoor Dining Temporary Use Permit

    • Can downtown restaurants put outdoor seating areas on the public sidewalk?

    • Can I use a tent?

    • Do I need a permit for outdoor dining?

    • How do I submit an application for temporary outdoor dining?

    • How long will the outdoor dining temporary use permit be valid?

    • How much outdoor seating will be allowed?

    • Is there a fee?

    • What do I need to include with the permit application?

    • Where can I place the outdoor seating?

    • Who can apply for a temporary use permit for outdoor dining?

  • Permits

    • Are additional permits or review required for projects within the H-1 Old and Historic District or H-2 Corridor District?

    • Are there limitations on the number of employees I can have working from my home?

    • Are there limitations on the sale of items within my home?

    • Do I need a permit to install a fence?

    • Do I need a license or permit to operate a business in my home?

    • Do I need a permit to have a special event for my business?

    • How do I know if a property is located in the H-2 Historic Corridor District

    • How do I know if a property is located with the H-1 Old and Historic District?

    • How do I research my property, and what information may I find?

    • Is a Town Zoning Permit required if all I am doing is repair work (e.g., installing additional electrical sockets, or replacing my hot water tank or leaking water pipes)?

    • What do I need to provide to obtain a Zoning Permit?

    • What type of signs can I have for my business?

    • When do I need a Temporary Use Permit?

    • When do I need a Zoning Permit?

    • Whom do I contact at Loudoun County for a Building Permit?

    • Why do I need both a Town Zoning Permit and County Building Permit?

  • Rezoning & Special Exceptions

    • How do I start the rezoning process?

    • How do I start the special exception process?

    • What do I need to submit with the Rezoning Application?

    • Where can I see information regarding active land use applications?

  • Zoning

    • Are additional permits or review required for projects within the H-1 Old and Historic District or H-2 Corridor District?

    • Do I need a permit to install a fence?

    • Do I need a permit to have a special event for my business?

    • Do I need to renew my Home Occupation Permit?

    • How do I know if a property is located in the H-2 Historic Corridor District

    • How do I know if a property is located with the H-1 Old and Historic District?

    • How do I know if a property is located within the Crescent Design District?

    • How do I research my property, and what information may I find?

    • Is a Town Zoning Permit required if all I am doing is repair work (e.g., installing additional electrical sockets, or replacing my hot water tank or leaking water pipes)?

    • What do I need to provide to obtain a Zoning Permit?

    • What type of signs can I have for my business?

    • When do I need a Temporary Use Permit?

    • When do I need a Zoning Permit?

    • Whom do I contact about an abandoned or inoperable vehicle?

    • Whom do I contact at Loudoun County for a Building Permit?

    • Whom do I contact for additional questions regarding a Zoning Permit application?

    • Whom do I contact regarding animal complaints?

    • Why do I need both a Town Zoning Permit and County Building Permit?