Board of Architectural Review (BAR)

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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
9/20/2017 Agenda  Items 4, 5, 6  Actions   
9/6/2017 Agenda Items 4, 5  Actions  Minutes 
7/19/2017  Agenda  Item 4  Actions  Minutes 
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 

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

Click here to download the BAR application, which includes information regarding Guidelines for Submission, Review Criteria and a Submission Checklist.

General Information

The Board of Architectural Review assesses all significant improvements or changes to architectural and landscape features visible from public places (rights-of-way, squares, parks, government sites, and similar) prior to construction or installation with the exception of:

  • Repair work or exact replacements
  • Construction of and modifications to single-family detached houses outside the Historic Districts
  • Construction of and modifications to single-family attached housing, duplexes, and town houses outside of the Historic and Transition Districts
  • Modifications to single-family attached housing, duplexes, and town houses in the Transition Overlay District after their initial construction

Approved projects are awarded a major certificate of appropriateness. Certain minor improvements may not require BAR review, and may be approved administratively and awarded a minor 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.

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.

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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