I'm looking at buying a house and I often wonder when walking though homes if something has had a permit. How would I know if something was properly permitted? Whatever house I end up buying, would i be liable if something happened that wasn't permitted by a previous owner?
Land Development history is available online at www.ldip.fairfaxcounty.gov/ Using this system will allow you to find information such as building permits, residential use permits, site plans, etc. When you a purchase a new home, you do become responsible for all unpermitted work performed by the previous owner.