The County Department of Zoning Administration is responsible for the administration of Washington County's subdivision and zoning ordinances (Chapters 52 and 66 of the County Code, respectively). The Department provides technical assistance to the public on zoning and subdivision issues as well as to the County Planning Commission, County Board of Zoning Appeals and Board of Supervisors. The Department is also responsible for investigating violations of the County's zoning and subdivision ordinances.
The Washington County Planning Commission is composed of seven Commissioners appointed by the Washington County Board of Supervisors, one Commissioner from each of the County's seven Election Districts for four year terms. The Planning Commission is charged with advising the Board of Supervisors on matters pertaining to the County's zoning and subdivision ordinance and the County's Comprehensive Plan. The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is composed of five residents of Washington County appointed by the County Circuit Court for five year terms. The BZA is responsible for hearing and deciding appeals from determinations made by the Department of Zoning Administration and County Zoning Administrator in the administration or enforcement of the County's zoning ordinance. The BZA is also responsible for hearing and deciding requests for variances from the terms of the County zoning ordinance as will not be contrary to the public interest, when, owing to special conditions strict enforcement of the provisions of the ordinance would result in unnecessary hardship.
Please Note: Any modification (division, boundary adjustment, consolidation) to a parcel must be approved by the Zoning Administration Department to ensure compliance with Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances. Failure to obtain approval will result in the involved parcels being labeled nonconforming. Building permits cannot be issued for parcels considered nonconforming until approval of modification is obtained.