Planning & Zoning



The Department of Planning and Zoning will be open to the public beginning Monday, March 1, 2021.  Customers are still encouraged to make appointments. 

The Department of Planning and Zoning is continuing to serve the customers and citizens of Stafford County in a safe manner.  At the moment, the Planning and Zoning staff are working from remote locations.  Moving forward, customers can continue to communicate with us in a variety of ways.  A contact by application type has been provided for your convenience.  You may also visit our staff directory for additional staff information.  For general inquiries, you can call the main office line and leave a voicemail message.  Voicemails will be returned in a timely manner. 

The Stafford County Board of Supervisors and the Stafford County Planning Commission held a joint public hearing on October 29, 2020, to consider amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan relating to allowed densities in the A-1, Agricultural Zoning District.  For more information regarding the proposal, click here.  The Board of Supervisors voted to defer action until after the County Administration Building can be safely opened to the public.

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ALL NEW SUBMITTALS: Construction Plans and Site Plans shall be through E-Plans

Subdivision plats and other development applications can be dropped off at the front of the Stafford County Government Center.  The drop-off cart will be available only during normal business hours:  Monday through Friday between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM.

Mailing Address:  P. O. Box 339, Stafford, VA  22555-0339
Physical Address:  1300 Courthouse Road, 2nd Floor, Stafford, VA 22554

If you have questions, please call (540) 658-8668.


The Planning and Zoning Department provides guidance to the Board of Supervisors and appointed Boards and Commissions in developing the vision of Stafford County. This guidance ensures future orderly development and economic growth that is reflective of the community’s desires and needs.  

Stafford County treats all applications and applicants equally.  The County does not discriminate against religion, or on the basis of race, sex, age, national origin, or disability, in its planning, zoning, permitting, utilities,  and land use processes.  Stafford welcomes all.

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan Amendment

Bike and Pedestrian Facilities Plan Update

On September 3, 2019, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors adopted a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan, which is an element of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.  This Plan serves as a framework for the development of shared use paths, sidewalks, and other accommodations at both the countywide and neighborhood level.  

Are you experiencing streambank or shoreline erosion on your property?

The Virginia Shoreline Erosion Advisory Service, or SEAS, was established in 1980 to help private landowners and localities in Virginia with shoreline erosion problems.  Services are free of charge in tidal and non-tidal areas of the state.

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