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
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
To receive an estimated time of your inspection, call
703-631-5101, TTY 711, beginning at 7:30 a.m.the morning of
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:
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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
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
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
Third Party Inspections
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.
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
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
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
The drawings must be signed and sealed by a professional
engineer or architect licensed in the commonwealth of
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
Related Agency Inspections
Well and Septic inspections are done by the
Health Department prior to final building inspections and
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.