Historic District Regulations and Guidelines

Historic District Regulations

Article 6-1800 of the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance provides for the protection of historically and culturally significant areas by the creation of Historic Site / Historic and Cultural Conservation / Historic Roadway Overlay Zoning Districts. In addition to land use regulations that apply in a particular area, landowners must comply with architectural guidelines that protect the historic character of the Historical and Cultural Conservation District.

Article 6-1900 of the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance outlines the regulations of Historic Districts. A requirement of Article 6-1900 is the Certificate of Appropriateness. Before any alterations to existing structures (including demolition) or construction of new structures or buildings (including fences but excluding farm fences and bona fide farm buildings primarily used or to be used for agriculture or horticultural purposes) and signs can proceed, plans must be presented to and reviewed by the Loudoun County Historic District Review Committee (HDRC).

Historic District Guidelines

CAPP applicants should also refer to the appropriate updated guidelines for guidance.

Beaverdam Creek Historic Roadways District Guidelines

The county has one designated historic roadways district, the Beaverdam Creek Historic Roadways District, that is guided by its own historic district guidelines (PDF). The Beaverdam Historic Roadways District is comprised of a network of 32 rural roads located in the southwestern corner of Loudoun County. The Historic Roadways District guidelines apply to consenting parcels and are limited to 35 feet from the designated roadway centerline. 

Copies of Historic District Guidelines

Copies of the Loudoun County Historic District Guidelines are also available for review in the Loudoun County Department of Planning and Zoning, the Thomas Balch Library, Oatlands Plantation, Lincoln Preservation Society, and The Waterford Foundation. Copies may also be purchased from the Department of Planning and Zoning, which is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in the:

Loudoun County Government Center
1 Harrison Street, SE
Leesburg, VA 20177