How tall can my house, garage, or commercial building be?

Residential structures in the City of Falls Church are limited to 35 feet or 2.5 stories. The height of a building (in feet) means the vertical distance measured from the average grade of the building footprint to the highest point of the coping of a flat roof, or the deck line of a mansard roof, or the mean height level between eaves and ridge for gable, hip, and gambrel roofs. Average grade shall be determined using the finished grade level or the natural grade level, whichever is lower. Garages and auxiliary structures are limited to 12 feet in height measured to the midpoint of the gable for non-historic properties and 1.5 stories and 20 feet in height for historic properties.

Commercial structures are limited to 4 stories and 55 feet in Zoning Districts B-1 and B-3, and are limited to 7 stories and 75 feet in Zoning District B-2.

Commercial structures are allowed more stories and greater height by approval of a Special Exception application. For details on the Special Exception process, please contact the Planning Division at 703-248-5040 (TTY 711). Building Height Examples.

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1. What is a variance and when will I need one?
2. How do I obtain a variance?
3. How do I obtain a Special Use Permit?
4. What are the required yard setbacks?
5. What percentage of a property can be occupied by structures and impervious surfaces?
6. How tall can my house, garage, or commercial building be?
7. Are there any special requirements for installing outside air conditioning units or other similar equipment?
8. What restrictions are there for improvements to properties located in the floodplain?
9. How do I know if my property is in the floodplain?
10. What rules apply to putting up a shed on my property?
11. What rules apply to putting up a fence, wall, or hedge on my property?
12. What rules are there regarding visibility obstructions on corner lots?