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PDR (Purchase of Development Rights) Program

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Bắn cáAgriculture is the leading industry in Fauquier County. A critical mass of farmland is necessary for the continued vitality of the economic engine of production agriculture. Farmland owners interested in preserving their farm and natural character of their property may be eligible to have development rights purchased by the County. The Fauquier County Board of Supervisors formally established the Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) Program, a voluntary program that pays landowners to protect the farmland and natural resource assets of their property. The PDR Program allows landowners to enter into agreements to sell the development potential of qualifying property to the County while maintaining the right to continue to own and use the property. The purpose of the PDR Program is to protect farmland and retain the agricultural industry’s critical mass, in particular, farm parcels that are economically viable operations.

As of April 2017, approximately 12,123 acres in Fauquier County have been approved for the PDR program. Fauquier County leads the Commonwealth in farmland acreage protected through PDR.

Peach tree
aluminum silos
pond with hay bales next to it
cows by tree
combine in field
squash tomatoes and cucumbers
Farm property with a pond, black fencing, fall trees in background with a rainbow
No Farms No Food Sign


 Fauquier County PDR Program to Accept New Applications!

Fauquier County’s Purchase of Development Rights Program is happy to announce they will be accepting new PDR Applications February 18, 2019 through May 17, 2019. 

Click here for an Application or contact us at:

Fauquier County Agricultural Development Department                35 Culpeper Street, Warrenton, Virginia 20186

(540) 422-8280.  



These signs are being given to landowners enrolled in the PDR Program.  




Please notify the County of Fauquier within Thirty (30) days after a sale, transfer, boundary adjustment or change of ownership has occurred by filling out this interactive PDR Change of Ownership Form, print and mail it to:

Fauquier County Agricultural Development Department,
Attn: PDR Program
35 Culpeper Street
Warrenton, VA 20186

OR FAX to 540-422-8277.


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