Steps for Starting a Rural Resort
Thank you for considering what it takes to open a rural resort in Loudoun County! Rural resorts provide group lodging amenities for visitors, thanks to talented entrepreneurs like you.
This page is designed to give you an overview of important considerations before establishing a rural resort, but your specific situation may have different requirements. The Revised 1993 Loudoun County Zoning Ordinance is the ruling document.
Working with Loudoun County and Virginia Commonwealth staff will help verify that those requirements are met. Our combined goal is to ensure that your operation is safe for customers so that your business can be successful.
Before establishing a rural resort, it is important to understand what is permitted with that use. Opening a rural resort permits you to provide the following on-site services:
- Banquet and event facilities;
- Conference and training facilities.
The number of guest rooms allowed is determined by Zoning Ordinance Section 5-601(D). The number of private party attendees allowed will be determined during the legislative process to gain approval for the rural resort.
While this page focuses on rural resorts, think about what additional uses (if any) you might consider later. Communicating these additional uses to Loudoun County and Virginia Commonwealth staff up front can help avoid surprises later in the process. If you have questions at any point, please contact Loudoun Economic Development at 1-800-LOUDOUN.
Detailed contact information for County and Commonwealth regulatory departments can be found at the bottom of this page.