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Board of Zoning Appeals
Roles and Responsibilities
The Loudoun County Board of Zoning Appeals, frequently referred to as the BZA, was established pursuant to the provisions of Article 7, Chapter 22, Title 15.2, of the Code of Virginia. The BZA's powers, duties, and procedures are set forth in broad terms in the State Code, and are further detailed in the Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance. The duties of the BZA include hearing and deciding:
  • Appeals from the decisions of the Zoning Administrator regarding interpretation of the zoning map where there is uncertainty as to the location of a zoning district boundary
  • Appeals of administrative decisions made pursuant to the Zoning Ordinance
  • Applications for special exceptions when buildings / structures have inadvertently encroached into a setback
  • Applications for variances as authorized by the Zoning Ordinance

Click here to view the BZA by-laws.
Click here for the BZA Appeal Application.
Click here for the BZA Pre-Variance Application. 

The BZA consists of five (5) members and two (2) alternates appointed by the Circuit Court for staggered terms of five years. All members of the BZA are private citizens and are required to be residents of Loudoun County. They serve only as a Board, and not as Loudoun County employees. They do not have county office space nor are they available by telephone in the County Government system. The Zoning Administration Division of the Department of Planning and Zoning provides the principal administrative support for the BZA. 

For a current list of members, click here.

Meetings/Public Hearing
The BZA normally meets on the fourth Thursday of of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Loudoun County Government Center, 1 Harrison Street, S.E. in Leesburg. The meeting includes a public hearing. Agendas for public hearings are published in the Wednesday editions of the Loudoun Times-Mirror newspaper and are posted on Wednesdays on the Loudoun Times-Mirror website. The newspaper notices are printed two weeks prior to the public hearing. Dates for meetings also are posted on the Loudoun County Government Master Calendar.

Accessibility and Reasonable Accommodations
If any member of the public requires a reasonable accommodation for any type of disability in order to participate in a public meeting, please contact the Office of the County Administrator at 703-777-0200/TTY-711. At least one business day of advance notice is requested; some accommodations may require more than one day of notice.

Meeting Documents
Meeting packets are made available for public review on Monday prior to the public hearing at the Building and Development's Land Development Front Counter, 1 Harrison Street, SE, 2nd Floor, Leesburg, Virginia.

For more information on the BZA and the public hearing click here.

BZA Meeting Agenda
Agendas are available prior to the meetings
View Most Recent Agenda/ View All

BZA Meeting Schedule
BZA Meeting Schedule 2017
Dates for meetings also are posted on the Loudoun County Government Master Calendar.

Staff Contact

The staff contact for the BZA is Kristine Smolens of the Department of Planning and Zoning, who can be reached by email phone at 571-258-3458.

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