Zoning Services

The Zoning Services Group is responsible for administering and enforcing zoning and subdivision regulations. Staff provides zoning analysis to city agencies, residents, architects, engineers and builders, and reviews and approves construction permits and business licenses for compliance with the Zoning Ordinance. Inspectors respond to resident complaints and inspect property for zoning and Special Use Permit violations. In addition, zoning staff provides support to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Page updated on Feb 23, 2017 at 5:21 PM


Notice:  Early Closing on Monday, 2/27/17

The Department of Planning and Zoning will close for business at 3:00 pm on Monday, February 27th for staff to attend a department-wide meeting.

Your understanding is appreciated.

Board of Zoning Appeals

The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) hears requests for variances, special exceptions and appeals. The BZA holds monthly public hearings in the City Council Chambers at 7:30 p.m. on the 2nd floor of City Hall. 


Special Use Permits

Uses listed in the Zoning Ordinance as Special Uses require either an administrative or public hearing Special Use Permit (SUP) before they can be established. Forms are available below to apply for SUP approval.


Tools & Resources

Applications and Fees 

Initiatives and Programs 

Zoning Resources 


Contact Us

Department of Planning and Zoning
Zoning Services
301 King Street, Suite 2100
Alexandria, Virginia 22313
Phone: 703.746.4666
Office hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm

All Zoning Services staff can be reached at the above phone number:

  • Alex Blakeslee, Zoning Inspector
  • Mary Christesen, Zoning Manager
  • Alex Dambach, Division Chief
  • Marlo Ford, Urban Planner
  • Kerry Hall, Zoning Inspector
  • Ann Horowitz, Urban Planner
  • Sam Shelby, Urban Planner
  • Shaun Smith, Urban Planner
  • Anh Vu, Urban Planner

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