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Commission Permit
What is a Commission Permit?
The Commission Permit is used to verify that any street, park, public area, public structure, public utility, public building or public service corporation (other than railroads), whether publicly or privately owned, is in keeping with the adopted Comprehensive Plan before the public facility is constructed or established.

Why do I need a Commission Permit?
The purpose of the Commission Permit application review process is to allow the Planning Commission an opportunity to review such requests and hear public comment.

What is the first step in the application process?
It is highly recommended that prior to submitting an application, the applicant or a designated representative meet first with the Department of Planning and Zoning staff in a Pre-Application Conference (PRAP). The Pre-Application Conference is an informal one-hour meeting between the applicant and staff in the Planning and Zoning Department to discuss the applicant’s proposal. See the Request for Formal Pre-Application Conference Form for instructions.

What materials do I need to make a Commission Permit application?
The Commission Permit Checklist of Minimum Requirements details the information required by the Department of Planning and Zoning to initiate an application.

How do I apply for a Commission Permit?
Submit a completed Commission Permit application to the Department of Building and Development on the second floor of the County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E., Leesburg, Virginia 20175, accompanied by a fee check payable to: County of Loudoun. For more information, view fee information.

What is the county process for a Commission Permit?
Once the application is accepted as an active case for processing, the Department of Planning and Zoning will assign a project manager. This person will serve as the point of contact and coordinator during the entire review of the application. The state-mandated time line for the review of a Commission Permit application is 60 days after the application is accepted. The following generally illustrates the review process:
  • Application accepted as an active case or rejected pending submission of necessary materials (30 days)
  • Application reviewed by planning staff
  • Staff and applicant discussion of the application
  • Staff report prepared
  • Planning Commission public hearing/review (60 days)
  • Planning Commission decision
  • Board of Supervisors ratification or override of Planning Commission decision (60 days)

Where can I get more information?
Information about specific land applications is available online through the Loudoun Online Land Applications system. You may also contact:
Loudoun County
Department of Planning and Zoning 
1 Harrison Street, S.E.
PO Box 7000
Leesburg, VA 20177-7000
Ph: 703-777-0246 

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