DPWES Letters to Industry
Land Development Services
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035-5503
703-324-1780, TTY 711
January 20, 2006
Street Acceptance Procedures and Bond Extension Policy
This is an update to a letter to industry 05-04 that was issued on February 15, 2005. All subdivision plans, and site plans that are bonded with Fairfax County and that require the Virginia Department of Transportation’s acceptance of a street or additional right-of-way, must submit a signed copy of VDOT’s Initial Street Acceptance Package (PDF, large file, 227K) memorandum with any bond extension request that is submitted to Fairfax County after July 1, 2006.
In an effort to improve Fairfax County’s bond release and VDOT’s street acceptance processes, the county in conjunction with VDOT implemented new street acceptance procedures on June 6, 2005. The submission and approval of most of the paperwork that is required by the state and is needed to obtain acceptance of the street for maintenance now occurs early in the development process. Most of the street acceptance paperwork is required to be submitted and approved either as part of VDOT’s Tie-In Permit process for site plans, with the exception of townhouse projects, or prior to the first bond extension for subdivision plans and site plans associated with townhouse projects. The county has routinely deferred the requirement to submit VDOT’s Initial Street Acceptance Package (PDF, large file, 227K) memorandum as part of the bond extension request for a little over a year. The deferrals have been made to allow developers a sufficient amount of time to obtain approval of the Initial Street Acceptance Packages from VDOT.
All Initial Street Acceptance Packages should be submitted, by the developer's engineer who designed the project, directly to VDOT's Permit Office. For planning purposes, review and approval of the Initial Street Acceptance Package may take up to 30 days. It is important to note that construction of the street does not have to be complete in order to obtain approval of the Initial Street Acceptance Package.
Details on the current street acceptance process and submission requirements can be obtained from the VDOT Fairfax Permits Office at 703-383-2888, TTY 711.