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BAR Meetings 

The Board of Architectural Review meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month with the exception of the month of August when all boards and commissions are in summer recess. The meetings are held at City Hall, in the City Council chambers. The meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.

Meeting Date Agendas Reports  Actions Minutes
7/19/2017  Agenda  Item 4  Actions   
7/5/2017  Agenda  Item 4 Actions Minutes
6/21/2017  Agenda  Item 4  Actions  Minutes 
6/7/2017  Agenda  Item 4  Actions  Minutes 
5/17/2017  CANCELLED       
5/3/2017  Agenda  Item 4  Actions Minutes 
4/19/2017  Agenda  Item 4  Actions  Minutes 
4/5/2017  Agenda  Items 4, 5  Actions  Minutes 
3/15/2017  Agenda  Items 4, 5 Actions  Minutes 
3/1/2017 Agenda Items 5, 6  Actions  Minutes 

Contact

If you have questions concerning the Board of Architectural Review submission process, the scheduling of hearings or design guidance, please contact the Board Liaison:

Tommy Scibilia    tommy.scibilia@fairfaxva.gov    703.385.7892

Information regarding Guidelines for Submission, Review Criteria and a Submission Checklist can be found as part of the application that can be downloaded as a PDF by clicking here or the link at the top of the page.

General Information

Except for single-family detached homes and townhouses under private ownership located outside the City's Historic Districts, all significant improvements or changes to architectural and landscape features visible from public streets, ways, or places must be approved by the Board of Architectural Review (BAR) prior to construction or installation. In addition, the BAR reviews applications for new residential construction in the Historic and Transition Districts and makes recommendations to the City Council regarding Special Exceptions to bulk and lot area requirements in the Historic Districts and Transition District. Approved projects are awarded a certificate of appropriateness.

 In Special Use, Special Exception, Rezoning, and Planned Development reviews where a certificate of appropriateness is required, the BAR must provide a recommendation to City Council who may then approve the certificate themselves, or refer it back to the BAR for final approval.

Certain minor improvements may not require BAR review, and may be approved administratively.

Board approval does not take the place of construction permits, sign permits, or other required permits and licenses. If a site plan is required, a preliminary plan submission and approval are required prior to application to the BAR. Final site plan approval and building and construction permits may not be issued until after Board approval. Please ensure that plans submitted for these permits reflect any conditions of approval adopted by the BAR.

BAR Members 

The Board of Architectural Review meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month with the exception of the month of August when all boards and commissions are in summer recess. The meetings are held at City Hall, in the City Council chambers. The meetings begin at 7:00 P.M.

The Board of Architectural Review is composed of seven members appointed by the city council.

  • Mark Angres (Chair)
  • Natasha Jackson (Vice Chair)
  • Paul Cunningham
  • Jagdish Pathela
  • Ryan Horner
  • Robert Kalmin
  • VACANT

In the event of a vacancy on the Board, interested parties may contact the Board Liaison for desired qualifications and application instructions.

Minutes 
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