Appeals Process

Appeals Process

Can a DRB decision be appealed?
Either the applicant or a registered Affected Party may appeal a DRB decision. The DRB will hear only one appeal of a decision.

  • Applicants' appeals must be received by the DRB Secretary within fifteen days after notice of a decision has been mailed.
  • Affected Parties' appeals must be received by the DRB Secretary within seven days after notice of a decision has been mailed.
  • Requests for appeals must be submitted to the DRB Secretary in writing. The Secretary will schedule the appeal to the next available full Design Review Board.  DRB decisions may be overturned on appeal for either or both of two reasons:
    1. If the original reviewer(s) misapplied specific guidelines or DRB-approved cluster standards.
    2. If there is new and/or additional design information that was not available to the original reviewer(s).

In most cases, the appeal decision becomes the final decision. If you wish to appeal a decision, contact your property advisor, please email Covstaff@Reston.org or click here to find your advisor's phone number.