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Community Development

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Community Development Department 
21 Main Street
Phone: (540) 347-2405
Fax: (540) 212-6342

Monday - Friday
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

R. Walton
Director of Community Development
Rob Walton

Building & Permits: Permittech@warrentonva.gov

Planning & Historic District: 

Zoning and Land Development: LandDevelopment@warrentonva.gov
Kelly Machen, Zoning Administrator:  
(540) 347-1101 x312

Examples of the department's work include implementation of the Warrenton Comprehensive Plan; administration, maintenance and enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance; review of development site plans; processing of special use permits, sign permits, variances, rezonings, comprehensive plan amendments; and administration of the Historic District. The department also provides staff support for the Planning Commission, the Board of Zoning Appeals, and the Architectural Review Board.

Included in the Community Development Department are the offices of Building Safety & Inspections and the Town's Fire Marshal. These two offices are responsible for implementation and enforcement of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and the Virginia Statewide Fire Prevention Code. By performing a series of inspections during the construction process, town inspectors insure the future health, safety and welfare of town citizens.

The department also houses the town's Geographic Information System technology (GIS), which is used to create visual representations of geographic features through map making. Using this technology the town maintains up-to-date maps of municipal infrastructures such as roadways, sewer systems, utility lines, flood plains, property parcels, structures, zoning designations and overlay districts.

The Community Development Department also provides management and oversight of the Town-sponsored Warrenton Farmers' Market. This seasonal open-air market is open 8-12 on Saturdays and 8-1 on Wednesdays from Easter to Thanksgiving. The Saturday market takes place at 5th & Lee Streets, and the Wednesday market is outside the WARF at 800 Waterloo Road.

Applications & Permits
Download application forms and checklists for building permits, zoning permits, land disturbance permits, and planning applications (rezonings, special use permits, and certificate of appropriateness). Applications may be submitted in person, by mail, or via email at permittech@warrentonva.gov. 

Historic District
As a northern Virginia county seat since 1759 and a community long noted for its beautiful setting, the Town of Warrenton boasts an exceptional collection of governmental, residential, and commercial architecture reflecting a wide range of styles and tastes. The Historic District was established in 1982 to implement an evaluation process regarding potential impacts on historic resources. The Historic District Guidelines help reinforce the distinctive architectural character of the Warrenton Historic District, public awareness of the unique cultural value of the developmental history of the town, and a sense of pride in the quality of life are enhanced while tourism and the local economy grow.

Maps / GIS
Utilize the Town's interactive mapping system. Find your zoning district, future lane use designation, nearby utilities, and more. To download GIS data files contact landdevelopment@warrentonva.gov for Town maintained layers or contact the Fauquier County GIS Department

Newly Adopted Comprehensive Plan
Plan Warrenton 2040, adopted by the Town Council on April 13, 2021, serves as Warrenton's Comprehensive Plan. It is the summation of public outreach, steering committee meetings, public workshops and surveys, public hearings, and work sessions with the Planning Commission and Town Council. 

View the Town of Warrenton's Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance. 

  • American Planning Association
  • American Institute of Certified Planners Building Officials & Code Administrators
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • Tree City USA, National Arbor Foundation
  • Urban Land Institute
  • Virginia Main Street Program
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