Planning and Zoning continues to remain fully operational and we look forward to providing you with excellent customer service. Please be advised that while the office is staffed daily, in order to ensure social distancing, not all staff is available in the office every day. All permit and plan submissions will continue to be submitted electronically using APEX.
- Just as before the pandemic, not all services are available as a walk through (ex. building permit additions of any size are not a walk through). Many projects require research to provide customers with a complete and accurate answer.
- For questions that require an in-person meeting that cannot be addressed virtually, please contact the staff member you have been working with or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 703.746.4333. Direct inquiries related to Special Use Permits, Subdivisions Encroachments and Vacations to email@example.com. Please be sure to include detailed information about your inquiry, including the address, so we can provide you a thorough answer when we follow up.
- Temporary Outdoor Opportunities for Retail and Businesses.
- Arlandria-Chirilagua Plan Update
- Co-living Initiative
- Inova Alexandria Hospital - Proposed Rezoning of Seminary Road Site
- Joint City-ACPS Capital Planning Initiatives and Implementation
- Microgrids Information
- Potomac River Generating Station Power Plant Redevelopment (Old Town North)
- FY 2021 Master Plan Status of Implementation Report
- Interdepartmental Long-Range Planning Draft Work Program
- Presentations and Awards
Alexandria's Permitting & Land Use System (APEX) makes it easier for customers to apply and obtain permits and approvals electronically. Visit Permits & Land Use Applications for detailed information and instructions.
The Alexandria Master Plan is made up of 18 Small Area Plans covering neighborhoods throughout the city, plus chapters on key topics, such as Historic Preservation, Transportation, and Open Space. The Alexandria Master Plan was adopted by the City Council in 1992, and chapters are updated on an ongoing basis through Master Plan Amendments. More information.
The City of Alexandria has a strong commitment to citizen participation as evidenced by the number of citizen boards and commissions established by City Council. Planning and Zoning works closely with the Boards and Commissions listed on this page.
Alexandria continues to be a desirable location to live, work and play. The City’s collaborative development review process strives to balance quality development and the needs of the growing community. Visit this page for a complete list of active development projects, rezoning criteria, green building policy, and design guidelines. The following links may also be helpful: Development Resources | GIS Planning and Development Viewer | Dockets, Webcasts and Staff Reports
There are two locally regulated historic districts in the city: the Parker-Gray District and the Old & Historic Alexandria District. Find out more about the historic districts, the Boards of Architectural Review (BAR), and the types of requests that can be reviewed by staff by visiting this page. The following links may also be helpful: Historic Districts Map | BAR Applications & Instructions | Dockets, Webcasts, and Staff Reports | Design Guidelines & Policies
The Neighborhood Planning and Community Development division provides community-based long range planning and analysis regarding the physical development and appearance of the city; develops and implements the City's Interdepartmental Long Range Planning Work Program; manages plan implementation; and advises other agencies on land use, design, demographics, and other planning issues. More information.
Visit this page to find information about the City’s upcoming zoning initiatives, regulations pertaining to residential infill, additions, front porches and garages, or resources for small businesses and home occupations. The following links may also be helpful:
Zoning Map |
Zoning Ordinance |
Dockets, Webcasts and Staff Reports |
Applications and Forms