Zoning Permits

Overview


The City of Manassas requires zoning approvals and certifications for certain uses. Visit the Applications, Forms and Fees page to download the applications listed below.

Residential Zoning Permits / Approvals


View the following information about residential zoning certificates, home occupation, home child care, and yard sales.

Zoning Certificate - Residential


In general, it is recommended to call development services before you proceed with any exterior changes to your yard. The most commonly overlooked approvals for residential uses are the certifications for routine items such as:
  • Driveway installation or expansion
  • Small sheds from 75 to 256 square feet
  • Fences above 4' in height
  • Storage of campers, RV’s, or any private residential vehicle exceeding 10,000 lbs., 102 inches wide, or 21 feet in length
  • Placement of temporary structures (such as a storage container or tent) for more than 5 days and up to 90 days.
The following items are required for submission:

Home Occupation


A permit is required for any home occupation, such as a home office. Home Occupation will need to be obtained. Home Occupations are regulated by Section 130-96 of the Zoning Ordinance. The following items are required for submission:

Home Child Care


A permit is required for any home child care activity (which can have a maximum of four children). The following items are required for submission:

Yard Sales


A residential yard sale does not require a permit, but must comply with the following rules per Section 130-101 of the Zoning Ordinance:
  • No more than two yard sales are held within a given calendar year by the same household at the same location and last no more than three consecutive days.
  • Up to four temporary signs may be used to direct traffic to the site without a permit.
  • All signs shall be located upon stakes, not on a city structure or tree, and shall not exceed three square feet area and shall be located only on the shoulder of the road adjacent to a sidewalk and not within the median strips.
  • Signs shall not be installed until the night prior to the event and  shall be removed the last evening of the event.

Commercial Zoning Permits / Approvals


View the following information about temporary banners, temporary outdoor events, and temporary outdoor sales.

Temporary Banners


A permit is required for a banner sign subject to the provisions of Section 130-126 (d) of the Zoning Ordinance.  Approval of a permit is good for one month and allows the banner to be displayed up to 14 days. The following items are required for submission:

Temporary Outdoor Events

A permit is required for any short-term outdoor event on privately owned commercial property. An example would be a one-day promotional event held in a commercial parking lot. Please note the City requires a minimum of three weeks to process the request. To obtain approval the following items are required:

Temporary Outdoor Sales


A permit is required for temporary outdoor sales and can be approved up to four times per year in any commercial or industrial district subject to the requirements of Section 130-104 of the Zoning Ordinance including:
  • Roadside stands for the retail sales of agricultural products permitted for a period not to exceed 120 consecutive days
  • Roadside stands for the retail sales of holiday goods, including fireworks, permitted for a period not to exceed 30 consecutive days
  • On-site promotional sales events for a permanent retail store permitted for a period not to exceed fourteen days

To obtain approval the following items are required for submission: 

food trucks

Food trucks are permitted to open on commercial or industrial property if an owner with at least one acre of land grants permission, and the truck owner or property owner obtains an annual  zoning permit. In addition, the truck owner must obtain a peddler’s license from the Commissioner of Revenue, and all appropriate licenses and inspections from the Virginia Department of Health.   Up to three food trucks can operate at an approved location for a maximum of four hours between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m., and all trucks must be removed from the property at the end of the day. To obtain approval, the following items are required: 

  • Completed Application
  • A fee of $50
  • Owner’s Written Permission
  • Site Layout (Copy of Current Site Plan or Survey) Showing:
  1. Location of food trucks (maximum 3) in approved parking or loading spaces
  2. Current or updated parking tabulation
  3. Location of any accessory structures including outdoor seating and trash cans

More Information


Zoning Ordinance
Planning and Zoning Services