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What do I need to submit a Subdivision application?
  • A completed Land Development Application form available online or from the Department of Building and Development. This includes a minimum submission checklist of required items to be submitted.
  • A plat prepared by a professional engineer or surveyor which has been prepared in accordance with the Administrative Procedures chapter of the FSM and meets the minimum submission checklist requirements;
  • A check for the appropriate fee made out to Loudoun County;
  • Legal documents as may be appropriate. At minimum this usually requires a deed of subdivision and/or a deed of easement and dedication. Sample forms are online and also may be obtained from the Subdivision Review Division’s documents page.

How do I apply for a Subdivision application?
Although it is not required, it is strongly recommended that a pre-application meeting be conducted with a staff member from the Department of Building and Development. Since the LSDO provides for several alternatives which may be used to subdivide property, applicants are encouraged to meet with the staff to discuss potential subdivision options. It is strongly encouraged that a pre-application meeting occurs prior to the preparation of any plats. A preliminary sketch, a description of what the applicant would like to do, and the property information is requested for any pre-application meeting. The pre-application form can be downloaded from our documents page.

If you chose to forgo a pre-application meeting, then submit the required number of copies of the application material accompanied by the fee check to the Department of Building and Development. Please note that a Land Development Application Form with original signatures from all property owner(s) and applicant(s) is required with the initial submission of every Land Development Application.

How long does the subdivision process take?

Section 1243 of the Land Subdivision and Development Ordinance provides the procedures for the submission, approval, and recordation of all plats.

Where can I get more information about the subdivision process?
Department of Building and Development
1 Harrison Street, SE, 2nd Floor
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
703-777-0220 or email

What are the fees for a subdivision?
Please visit the Subdivision Review Division documents page for a copy of the fee schedule.

Where can I get a plat?
Subdivision plats reviewed and approved by Loudoun County can be obtained at the 2nd Floor Land Development Counter in the Government Center in Leesburg and at the Clerk of the Courts once the plat has been recorded. Please be aware that subdivision plats are a “shot in time”. They do not show all easements, encumbrances, or utilities. There are restrictions and other encumbrances that are recorded outside of Loudoun County’s review. Loudoun County does not keep records of house location surveys.

How can I find out about what’s going on around me?
The Department of Planning webpage contains a link to the Loudoun Online Land Applications (LOLA) that provides information on new rezoning (ZMAP) applications and Subdivision Review Division’s new preliminary (SBPL) applications. More specific information can be obtained by calling Loudoun County’s hotline 703-777-0118. Please have an address, tax map number, or Parcel Identification Number (PIN) to help identify the area you want more information about. The local papers also list advertisements for legislative applications that are reviewed by the Department of Planning and preliminary subdivision applications reviewed by the Subdivision Review Division. Signs are posted on the properties subject to the application listed in the paper. The application number and the proposed action is also listed on the sign. Citizens can find out more information at Building and Developments Land Development Counter on the second floor of the Government Center in Leesburg with the information provided on the sign or from the LOLA webpage.

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