FIDO Automated Telephone System


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The automated telephone system of the Fairfax Inspections Database Online is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Follow the instructions below to schedule or cancel an inspection.

Scheduling an Inspection

  1. Dial 703-222-2474.
  2. Listen to the introductory message, then press 1 to access the system.
  3. When requested, key in your 10 digit telephone number, area code first, e.g., 7035551234.
  4. Press 1 to SCHEDULE an inspection within the next 5 business days.Inspection requests made prior to 11:59 p.m. will be scheduled for the next business day.
  5. When requested, key in the permit number followed by the # sign.
  6. Confirm the address as it is spelled out for verification.
  7. Enter the code for the appropriate inspection type (use the table of inspection codes listed on this brochure).
  8. Listen as the request is verified.  If there is an error, please follow the instructions and re-enter the request. 

Canceling an Inspection

  1. Dial 703-222-2474.
  2. Listen to the introductory message, then press 1 to access the system.
  3. When requested, key in your 10 digit telephone number, area code first, e.g., 7035551234.
  4. Press 2 to CANCEL an inspection.
  5. When requested, key in the permit number followed by the # sign.
  6. Enter the code for the inspection type to be canceled.
  7. Listen as your request is verified. If there is an error, please follow the instructions and re-enter the request.

You cannot cancel current day inspections using the FIDO automated systems. To cancel inspections on the day scheduled, please call 703-631-5101, option 4, TTY 711 for residential inspections and 703-324-1910, TTY 711 for commercial inspections.

Inspection Codes

CODE INSPECTION DESCRIPTION CODE INSPECTION DESCRIPTION CODE INSPECTION DESCRIPTION
01 Backfill 13 Footing 27 Routine Beam Pocket
02 Ceiling Concealment 14 Framing 28 Routine
03 Cross Connection 15 Groundwork Storm 30 Sanitary Sewer
04 Ductwork 16 Groundwork Sanitary 31 Sewer Tap
05 Electrical Concealment 17 Insulation 32 Slab
06 Electrical Service 18 Lateral 33 Storm Sewer
07 Electrical Service Temp To Perm 19 Manhole Tap 34 Structural Steel
08 Final 20 Masonry 37 Temporary Service On Pole
09 Fireplace Hearth 21 Mechanical Concealment 38 Wall Concealment
10 Fireplace Throat 23 Plumbing Concealment 39 Water Service
11 Fireproofing 25 Reinforced Concrete Pour 40 Waterproofing
12 First Gas 26 Retaining Wall    

Inspection Scheduling Options

In addition to the FIDO automated telephone system, you can schedule your inspections on the FIDO Web site or by calling the inspection scheduling staff at 703-222-0455, TTY 711, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


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