Land Development Notice


Land Development Services
12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, Virginia  22035
703-324-1780, TTY 711

July 30, 2014

When a Building Permit is Required for Retaining Walls

In accordance with Section 108.2.7 of the 2012 Virginia Construction Code, adopted July 14, 2014, a building permit is not required for a retaining wall supporting less than three feet of unbalanced fill that is not supporting a surcharge other than ordinary unbalanced fill.  Additional information can be obtained at the following link:   http://www.dhcd.virginia.gov/images/SBC/CodeBooks/2012%20Virginia%20Construction%20Code.pdf.  

Staff is updating the applicable sections of the Public Facilities Manual. Please note that the revised wall height as stated above supersedes wall heights denoted in Items 1 and 2 of the Checklist for Retaining Wall Submissions, published by Land Development Services on Oct. 1, 2001, in Letter to Industry #01-09.

If you have any questions, please contact the Site Development and Inspections Division at 703-324-1720, TTY 711.


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