Land Development Services - Public Records
Land Development Services (LDS) will provide releasable documents in the time frame permitted under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA).
Records Retained by LDS
LDS retains records in accordance with the Virginia Public Records Act; the retention period for each record is indicated below. Questions for the LDS Records Manager or about LDS record keeping may be sent to LDS Records.
Agreements and bonds: Destroyed five years after project
Architectural plan supporting documentation (permit
applications, inspections, certifications): Destroyed three years after
Building plans: Destroyed three years after final
Site plans: Retained permanently.
Site plan supporting documentation: Destroyed five years after
final approval/bond release.
House location plat: Fairfax County retains a limited number of
house location plats in our permanent records. Contact Zoning Permit
Review Branch at 703-222-1082, TTY 711, for more information.
Also, a copy is sometimes included in the closing documents from the
purchase of your home.
Records Available Online
The Land Development Information History (LDIH) system consolidates building, site, zoning and complaint information from numerous county systems into a single repository. LDIH provides an overall search on land development records. The easy-to-use search features make this tool the simplest and quickest method to retrieve site- and building-related information. LDIH data is updated weekly on Friday evenings.
The Fairfax Inspections Database Online (FIDO) system provides a more specific search on building-related records, including permitting, plan review, inspection and complaints management services. FIDO also includes a Web portal that enables customers to process permit applications online and obtain real-time information.
The LDSNet system provides a more specific search on zoning and site-related records. In addition, this database also contains bonding and escrow information as well as building permits issued information. The LDSNet system has multiple search function capabilities for plans, bonding, escrows, inspections and building permits. There are also capabilities to search by addresses and magisterial districts.
How do I submit a FOIA records request?
If you are unable to access the information or documentation you are seeking using the resources above, you can submit a request for records under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Learn more about FOIA. Staff will deliver you the requested documents, if they exist, as quickly as possible and within the context of the law. Fees will apply and are dependent on the staff time necessary to retrieve the required records. Use the FOIA Request Form to begin the process.