Frequently Asked Questions


The Department of Code Compliance investigates neighborhood quality of life complaints, involving most zoning, noise, property maintenance, building, fire, blight, grass and health codes. The department consolidates many of the county’s code enforcement activities into a single agency.

Construction

Too Many People in Home

Vehicles

Maintenance

Businesses

DCC Processes

Animals

Mold

 

 

 

Construction

Visit What Tenants and Landlords Need to Know for specific information regarding tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities or call Consumer Affairs at 703-222-8435, TTY 711.

The Permit Application Center can be reached at 703-222-0801, TTY 711, or visit the Building Permits Web page for more information.

What is the number for Residential Inspections?

Residential Inspections can be reached at 703-631-5101, TTY 711, or visit the Building Inspections Web page for more information.

Please visit Residential Setback Requirements to determine the setback for your property.

How is my property zoned?

Use the Zoning District Analyzer to find out how your property is zoned.

 

Too Many People in Home

The Zoning Ordinance regulates how many people can occupy a single residence.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the planner of the day in the Ordinance Administration branch of Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1314, TTY 711.

 

Vehicles

DCC does not have jurisdiction on public streets. Parking Restrictions and Related Issues gives more detailed information.   

Paragraph 8 of section 11-102 of the Zoning Ordinance regulates vehicles parked on the grass and in the front yard.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the planner of the day in the Ordinance Administration branch of Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1314, TTY 711.

 

Maintenance

No. There is no county regulation regarding the removal of tree debris unless in a Resource Protected Area.  More information regarding tree care and removal is available online

To report a drainage issue, please fill out and submit the Report a Storm Drainage Problem online form or call the Maintenance and Stormwater Management at 703-877-2800, TTY 711. 

Homes and properties must be well maintained both inside and outside, according to the Property Maintenance Code. The Department of Code Compliance enforces the Property Maintenance Code. Fill out the online complaint form to file a complaint or call 703-324-1300, TTY 711.

 

Businesses

Article 10 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance regulates businesses being conducted in homes.  More information on home occupation permit guidelines is available online or by calling the planner of the day in the Ordinance Administration branch of Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1314, TTY 711.

 

DCC Processes

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Yes. Code Compliance staff do not reveal the identity of the complainant, and this information is even exempted from Freedom of Information Act Inquiries. Anonymous calls are accepted but not preferred. Investigators may need to contact the complainant when additional information is needed. Without that, the case may have to be closed.

This depends on the nature of the code violation. Fire Code, Property Maintenance, and Building Code violations are all appealed to the Local Board of Building Code Appeals. Please complete the online appeal form or call 703-324-1780, TTY 711, for more information. Zoning Violations are appealed either to the Board of Zoning Appeals or the Zoning Administration Division. Information and forms can also be obtained on the Board of Zoning Appeals Web page.

Civil penalties entered by the General District Court shall be paid to the Office of the County Attorney.  Investigators may not accept any payments, including those associated with fines and fees.

A Code Compliance investigator will notify the responsible part(ies) in writing by issuing a Corrective Work Order or a Notice of Violation. These documents will itemize code violation(s), require correction within a reasonable timeframe, and direct how to bring code violation(s) into compliance. Once the specified timeframe for compliance has expired, the investigator will conduct a follow-up inspection. If violation(s) are still found to be present, further action will be taken. This may result in the initiation of criminal or civil litigation.

New cases do not all carry the same level of priority for investigation, as some cases will need the investigator’s attention more urgently than other cases. The general practice for prioritizing cases is as follows: first, matters concerning a threat or potential threat to life-safety and welfare; secondly, high profile or matters of significance; and then other cases. Life safety and welfare cases should always receive the utmost attention, so that injury and death can be avoided. This may include, but is not limited to, such cases as: a vacant house on the verge of collapse, exposed sewage backup in an occupied building, or children, the sick or disabled, or the elderly living without utilities.

 

Animals

Paragraph 2 of Section 2-512 of the Zoning Ordinance regulates keeping animals on your property.  If you have any questions, please contact the planner of the day in the Ordinance Administration branch of Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1314, TTY 711.

Paragraph 2 of Section 2-512 of the Zoning Ordinance regulates the number of dogs allowed on your property.  If you have any questions, please contact the planner of the day in the Ordinance Administration branch of Department of Planning and Zoning at 703-324-1314, TTY 711.

 

Mold

The county does not have codes or regulations addressing mold. For more information, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency online.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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