In FAIRFAX COUNTY the minimum lot size required to keep livestock on residential property is two acres. Article 2, Section 2-512 of the county Zoning Ordinance details the number and types of animals allowed. However, I recommend you contact FAIRFAX COUNTY and confirm the requirements as they may have changed without the county website being updated.
Regardless of lot size regulations some subdivisions do not allow livestock. The good news is there are areas in Fairfax County where subdivisions were developed with horse ownership in mind. They will normally be found in Clifton, Fairfax Station, Great Falls, Lorton and McLean.
FRYING PAN PARK is operated by Fairfax County and is an equestrian facility.
PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY regulations regarding livestock are not delineated on the website, but you can CONTACT PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY for details. There are many areas in the county where horses are kept such as Nokesville, Brentsville and Haymarket as well as the western and northwestern areas of the county.
A review of the telephone directories for both counties reveals there are a substantial number of private boarding facilities.
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