Phase 4 - Bond Release


image showing the four phases of the land development process in Fairfax County

Fairfax County requires developers to execute an agreement and post a security – commonly called a bond – if they are constructing public improvements in a new residential or commercial project.

Public improvements include:

  • Public streets
  • Public sidewalks
  • Public sanitary sewers
  • Storm drainage facilities in a county easement
  • Public waterlines
  • Traffic signals
  • Landscaping required by county ordinance
  • Streetlights

After the public improvements are constructed and accepted for maintenance by the state, the county returns the security to a developer in a process called “bond release.”

View a chart of the Bond Release process.

What are the conditions for releasing a bond?

  1. The public improvements must have been constructed to meet minimum county and state codes and construction standards.
  2. The Virginia Department of Transportation must accept any street improvements that they will maintain, and Fairfax County must accept any storm or sanitary sewer they will maintain.

Before a bond can be released, county and state agencies will inspect the public improvements to ensure they meet minimum standards. Urban Forestry will also conduct a tree inspection to verify that all proposed trees have been planted and all existing trees are in good condition, and if necessary, trees that were required to be planted or existing trees that were damaged during construction must be replaced.

If these inspections are not approved, the county will provide a “punch list” of items that must be completed in order to allow bond release to proceed.

How is a bond released?

After the public improvements pass final inspection, and appropriate agencies accept them for maintenance, county inspectors submit paperwork to Bonds and Agreements. Assuming all the conditions are met, the bond will be released after this paperwork is reviewed and any outstanding fees to the county are paid.

For additional information, contact the Bonds and Agreements Center staff via email or telephone at 703-222-0801, TTY 711.


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