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Architectural Review
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Steve Wojcik, Chair 
Laura Bartee, Vice Chair
Virginia Gerrish
Kevin Roop
Carole Hertz


What is the Warrenton Historic District?

In 1982 the Town of Warrenton designated a Historic District as defined in the Code of Virginia. The intent of this designation is to protect against the deterioration, destruction and/or encroachment on the Historic area and its structures.


The Historic District designation encourages the continuance of conservation improvements and preserves the 
irreplaceable architectural heritage of Warrenton for the benefit of present and future generations.

Although the aesthetic value of the Historic District cannot be precisely measured in dollars and cents, the compilation of Warrenton's historic buildings, nevertheless, is a positive economic asset. The creation and maintenance of standards in the Historic District not only encourages an awareness and interest in the history of Warrenton and its unique architectural resources, it also contributes significantly to tourism and thus the overall economy of the Town.

The Warrenton Historic District is characterized by a variety of building types and styles representing the Town's importance as the county seat. The focus of the Historic District is the central business district and its five surrounding residential neighborhoods. Within these boundaries are the Fauquier County Courthouse, the County and Town government buildings, an example of an early jail, churches, and many other architecturally significant buildings. Also included are the homes of a former Virginia Governor, and three prominent figures from the Civil War era.

Click here for a map of the Warrenton Historic District

What is the Architectural Review Board and when do they meet? 

The Architectural Review Board (ARB) consists of five citizen volunteers who must have specialized knowledge and interest in history, historic preservation and/or architecture. The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 P.M at Town Hall. Applications for a Certificate of Appropriateness must be submitted by 4:30 P.M. on the first day of the month or the business day immediately following in order to be reviewed during that month's meeting.

Click here to view Architectural Review Board agendas, minutes, and staff packets

How do I apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness? 

Applications for the Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) are available by clicking the link below, or in the Department of Planning & Community Development located in the lower level of Town Hall at 21 Maint Street in Old Town Warrenton. Upon request, applications can be mailed, or faxed by calling (540) 347-1101 x106. 

Applicants must attend the ARB meeting to answer any questions about their project. After the Board has reviewed and voted on the proposal, the applicant will receive formal notification of the Board's action via mail. 

Click here for more information regarding the COA and the review process.

The application deadline is the first of the month or the business day immediately following.  Please contact staff at (540) 347-1101 x225 or planning@warrentonva.gov with questions.

Click here for the ARB Application


Please note the new ARB Administrative Review Criteria for signs.  Signs meeting all of the criteria may be reviewed and approved administratively by staff. 

***Click here for the ARB Administrative review criteria for signs


Town Council adopted changes to the Guidelines for metal roof materials on January 14, 2014. Pre-finished and pre-painted metal roof materials are allowed with specific criteria. 

***Click here for the metal roof materials amendment to the Historic District Guidelines

The Guidelines have been updated to include the amendment.  Click on the link below for the Guidelines.


Warrenton Historic District Design Guidelines:

Click here to download the Historic District Design Guidelines (pdf)

31WinWhere can I get more information?

Architectural Review Board Document Center

For more information contact:

The Department of Planning & Community Development
Town of Warrenton - Town Hall
21 Main  Street
Warrenton, VA 20186

E-mail: planning@warrentonva.gov
Phone: (540) 347-1101 x225

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