About Public Hearings
To speak at a public hearing before the Board, you are encouraged to register in advance with the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903. Lists of scheduled speakers for specific public hearings are posted inside the Board Auditorium. Public hearings are held at the Fairfax County Government Center located at 12000 Government Center Parkway, in the Board Auditorium, which is off to the right of the lobby when you enter the building.
Note: If you cannot appear on the date of the public hearing but wish to submit written testimony, please mail to Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 533, Fairfax, VA 22035, or e-mail Clerk to the Board. (Please provide your full name, home address and home and work telephone numbers as applicable.) For accomodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903, or by e-mail Clerk to the Board.
If you are speaking on your own behalf you are given three minutes to
speak; if you are speaking for an organization, association or group you
have five minutes.
When you begin your presentation to the Board, you must state your name
and address for the record. lf you wish to distribute copies of your
statement to the Board and the media, please bring 15 copies with
The Board Auditorium is equipped with a variety of audio-visual
equipment you may use to assist with your presentation. Materials, such
as slides, maps, graphs, blueprints, small three-dimensional objects, and
videos, can be presented simultaneously to both the Board and the
audience. Arrangements must be made in advance with the Department of Cable and Consumer Services at
703-324-5930 for use of the equipment for Powerpoint presentations or
It is recommended that you use one-inch margins and 12 point type with no more than 25 single-spaced lines on a page. Charts and graphs are most readable when produced with a type size of at least 14 points. The chart or graph should be printed on an 8-l/2'' x 11" sheet of paper using a horizontal format. lf these standards are met, the entire page will be readable and easily viewed at once. Documents produced with other standards may not be seen as clearly or in their entirety when projected.
Residents can contact the chairman or their supervisors by calling or writing at any time, but they can address the Board as a whole during public comment time.
Residents and businesses of Fairfax County are encouraged to present their views on issues of concern. Public comment time is scheduled bimonthly, generally as the last public hearing of the day at a regularly scheduled Board meeting. The Board will hear public comment on any issue except issues under litigation, issues that have been scheduled for public hearing before the Board and personnel matters and/or comments regarding individuals.
Each speaker must register in advance and will have three minutes to provide comment. A maximum of 10 speakers will be heard. Speakers may address the Board only once during a six-month period. For more information and to register, call the Office of the Clerk to the Board at 703-324-3151, TTY 711.
Broadcasts of Board Meetings and Agendas
Board meetings are shown live on Fairfax County Government Channel 16, and can also be seen live via the Internet at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government/board/meetings. A replay of the morning session is at 8 p.m. on the following Friday, and the entire meeting is aired at 10 a.m. each Saturday following the meeting. The meeting can be listened to live by calling 703-324-7700, TTY 711.
Channel 16 broadcasts of Board meetings are closed-captioned. Call 703-324-5930, TTY 711, to purchase recordings of the meetings or to arrange to visit the Communications Productions Division to view a meeting at no charge. Go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/cable/channel16/vod.htm to view meetings over the Internet from the past three months.
If you would like more information about the Fairfax County government, call the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, 703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, or the Office of the Clerk to the Board, 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903.