Public Facilities Manual and Code Amendments

Listed below are the proposed and recently adopted amendments to the Public Facilities Manual and the County Code.

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 Current Proposed Amendments

  • Proposed Amendment to the Code of the County of Fairfax, Chapter 122 (Tree Conservation Ordinance): The proposed amendment will add a new Article 8, Notice, and renumber the subsequent article accordingly. Pursuant to the authority granted by § 15.2-961.2 of The Code of Virginia, the new provision authorizes the Director of Land Development Services to post a sign on private property to notify the public that an infill lot grading plan has been submitted to the County for review. The proposed provision specifies the minimum information that will be included on the sign and incorporates the state mandated limitation that the County cannot disapprove the plan for the failure to post the notice.

    Public Hearings

    • Planning Commission: Jan. 11, 2017, 8:15 p.m.
    • Board of Supervisors: Feb. 14, 2017, 4 p.m.



Written comments may be forwarded to: Fairfax County Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, Site Code Research and Development Branch, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 608, Fairfax VA 22035-5503, or via email.

Speaker Information

Persons wishing to speak at the public hearings on these topics may call the Office of the Clerk to the Planning Commission, 703-324-2865, TTY 703-324-7951, and the Office of the Clerk to the Board of Supervisors, 703-324-3151, TTY 703-324-3903, to be placed on the respective speaker's list, or you may appear at a public hearing and be heard.

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Recently Adopted Amendments

  • Stormwater Management Ordinance and related County Code Amendments: Amendments to Chapter 124 (Stormwater Management Ordinance), Chapter 101 (Subdivision Ordinance), and Appendix Q (Land Development Services Fees) of The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia. The proposed amendments implement changes to the Virginia Stormwater Management Act (Va. Code Ann. § 62.1-44.15:24, et seq.) and Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Regulation (9 VAC 25-870 et seq.) and also include minor changes to Stormwater Management Ordinance language for consistency with the language in the regulations and to clarify existing requirements.

    Effective Date
    • Chapter 124 (Stormwater Management Ordinance) and Appendix Q (Land Development Services Fees) - March 4, 2015
    • Chapter 101 (Subdivision Ordinance) - April 1, 2015, except that Final Subdivision Plats submitted to the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services prior to April 1, 2015, and approved prior to Oct. 1, 2015, shall be grandfathered.


  • Pro Rata Share Program: Proposed amendment to Chapter 6 (Storm Drainage) of the Public Facilities Manual. The proposed amendment would replace the 27 current watershed-based pro rata share rates with a single countywide rate for assessment purposes, implement a credit system for on-site stormwater management and best management practices, and provide for the inclusion of low-impact development stormwater practices in the county’s general drainage improvement program.


  • Amendments to the Public Facilities Manual (in conjunction with the proposed Stormwater Management Ordinance): Amendments to Chapter 6 (Storm Drainage) and Chapter 12 (Vegetation Preservation and Planting) of the Public Facilities Manual Re: Water Quality Controls, Adequate Outfall, Detention, Maintenance of Stormwater Management Facilities, and Replanting of Disturbed Areas.


Please note: Written signatures may have been redacted from the online versions of documents for protection against unlawful duplication.

For more information, contact Site Code Research and Development Branch at 703-324-1780, TTY 711, or via email.

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