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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

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 Main Street in Old Town Warrenton. Upon request, applications can be mailed, or faxed by calling (540) 347-1101 x106. 

Applications will be reviewed by Town staff or the Architectural Review Board (ARB) depending on the scope of work. If reviewed by the ARB, applicants must attend the ARB meeting to answer any questions about their project. Click the links below for more information on the review process or the ARB.

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

Click here for more information regarding the Architectural Review Board

The application deadline is the first of the month or the business day immediately following.  Please contact staff at (540) 347-1101 x311 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)

Where can I get more information?

Architectural Review Board Document Center

The Trees of Old Town Warrenton
*published by the Fauquier County Master Gardeners and sponsored by the Fauquier County Extension Office and the Town of Warrenton.

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 x311