Steps for Starting an Outdoor Rural Recreation Establishment
Thank you for considering what it takes to open an outdoor rural recreation establishment in Loudoun County! Rural recreation businesses provide entertainment opportunities for both visitors and residents, thanks to talented entrepreneurs like you.
This page is designed to give you an overview of important considerations before establishing an outdoor rural recreation business, 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 an outdoor rural recreation business, it is important to understand what is permitted with that use. An outdoor rural recreation establishment allows you to provide seasonal facilities directly related to outdoor recreation for:
- Camping, outdoor skating rink, lodging, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, outdoor games and sports;
- Animal-mounted trail riding;
- Accessory refreshment stands.
This does not allow you to build tracks for motorized vehicles, or to build a restaurant unless you seek approval for that additional use.
While this page focuses on outdoor rural recreation businesses, 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.