Building Inspections

Having inspections performed at specific intervals during construction ensures your project conforms to the scope of work, is built according to approved plans and complies with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Every permit requires a final inspection.

County Inspections

  • Schedule, Change or Cancel an Inspection Online up to 11:59 p.m. the night before the intended inspection date or call 703-631-5101, TTY 711, during normal business hours. Have all permit numbers available for scheduling.
  • To receive an estimated time of your inspection, call 703-631-5101, TTY 711, beginning at 7:30 a.m.the morning of your inspection.
  • Ensure your address is clearly visible from the street, you have a copy of the permit, house location plat and approved building plans on the job site and available to the inspector during each inspection. 
  • Check your inspection status: by permit | by address

At a minimum, building permits require a footing, framing, and a final inspection. Trade (electrical, mechanical and plumbing) permits require a concealment and a final inspection. Required inspections for your project may be found in the project specific publications. If you are unclear on how to proceed with your project, or what Fairfax County requires, email us your question.

After-Hour Electrical Inspections

Electrical inspections that need to be performed after normal working hours require an Electrical After-Hour Inspection. A letter to request the special inspection must be submitted in person or by fax at 703-324-1846 at least 48 hours prior to the inspection date. The request should include the date, time, address, purpose of the inspection and the name and number of a contact person who will be on the job site. Once the request is approved by the electrical supervisor, an after-hour permit must be obtained. The after-hour permit is for one inspection with a fee of $201.00 per half-hour.

Occupancy Permit Inspections

  • Residential Use Permits (RUPs) are scheduled by calling Residential Inspections at 703-631-5101, TTY 711. Call Site Development and Inspection Division at 703-324-1720, TTY 711, to find out who your Site Inspector will be for your RUP inspection.
  • Non-Residential Use Permits (Non-RUPs) are obtained through the Department of Planning and Zoning. Call Zoning Permit Review Branch at 703-222-1082, TTY 711, for more information.

Third Party Inspections


  • Third Party Inspections – Specific residential footing and foundation inspections are available to pre-approved Registered Design Professionals, in-lieu of a county inspector. These requests by engineers must be approved by the Director of Residential Inspection Branch. Call 703-631-5101, TTY 711, for pre-approval information.


  • Certified Third Party Inspection Program – Specific buildings and all commercial inspections except finals may be conducted by an approved third party. More information can be found in the Certified Inspections Program publication.
  • Special Inspections Program – Special inspections are conducted during the construction of buildings which require particular expertise. The owner must retain a Registered Design Professional and bears the associated costs.

Elevator Permits and Inspections

Permit applications and all plan review for the installation of elevators, escalators and other vertical transportation equipment are processed by Commercial Inspections. The following are required in order to apply for a permit for the replacement or installation of new equipment:

  • Three copies of the construction drawings showing in detail all the work to be done. Four copies are required for temporary personnel/material hoists.
  • Drawings must be on a minimum of 11 x 17 inch paper for residential or modernization installations and a minimum of 21 x 30 inch paper for commercial installations. Minimum scale of 1/8 inch = 1 foot.
  • Scope of work and all specifications must be on the drawing.
  • Address of equipment must be printed on every page of the construction drawings.
  • The drawings must be signed and sealed by a professional engineer or architect licensed in the commonwealth of Virginia.
  • Applications must be submitted by a contractor licensed to install vertical transportation equipment in the commonwealth of Virginia.

All commercial elevators and escalators must be inspected twice a year. Other vertical transportation equipment must be inspected once per year, in accordance with the provisions of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Most residential elevators are exempt from periodic inspections. Inspection fees are billed accordingly. Call Commercial Inspections at 703-324-1910, TTY 711, for more information. 

Related Agency Inspections

Fire Marshal 

Health Department

  • Well and Septic inspections are done by the Health Department prior to final building inspections and occupancy.
  • Commercial Pool inspections are done by the Health Department.


  • Setback certifications are required for all new single family detached dwellings and additions to existing single family detached dwellings where the proposed structure is within 2 feet or less of the minimum yard requirement.


Building Inspections
12055 Government Center Parkway
6th Floor
703-631-5101, TTY 711

Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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