The Public Facility Review Process

Public Facilities support the services and functions provided by the county government or public utilities companies.

Fairfax County's Facilities Review Processes ensure balance between the county's future land use intensity and facility quantity while ensuring that new facilities are located to maximize accessibility while minimizing neighborhood impact. The primary mechanisms used by the Facilities Planning Branch for ensuring a well balanced and adequate public facility system are the 6409(a) and 2232 Review processes.

Fairfax County's Public Facility Review Process applies to all public areas, public buildings or structures and public utility or public service corporation facilities, whether publicly or privately owned. Enlargements, changes of use, and other changes to public areas may also be subject to these provisions. Some facilities are generally not reviewed under this process. (See the list of exempt facilities.)


Thomas Jefferson Library

For review purposes, public facilities are either Telecommunications or All Other Public Facilities which include education, libraries, public safety and utilties and services excluding telecommunications.




Telecommunication Facilities

Monopoles • Treepoles • Towers • Co-locations • Modifications • Antennas • Cabinets • DAS • Small Cell

Understand the Federal 6409 Process and Fairfax County's 2232 Process. Understand which process you should use for your telecommunications facilty. Download an application for your proposed telecommunications facility.





Public Facilities (Other than Telecommunications)

Parks • Schools • Libraries • Sanitary Sewer • Public Safety • Gas • Solid Waste • Electric Stormwater • Water

Understand the steps of the 2232 Process, terminology, its origins in the Virginia Code and Comprehensive Plan 




About 2322 Process


Learn about the 2232 Review Process

Understand the steps of the Public Facility Review Process, terminology, its origins in the Virginia Code and Comprehensive Plan, and location of existing telecommunications facilities within Fairfax County.

The  Mobile and Land-Based Services (also known as Telecommunications) element of the Fairfax County Policy Plan was amended on April 30, 2013. Read the new Mobile and Land-Based Telecommunications Services Policy Plan element. Link to the amendment to see what was changed.


Submit 2232 Application


Submit a 2232 or 6409(a) Application

Fill out an application for either a telecommunications or non-telecommunications public facility. Mail or hand delivery submission. Read about common mistakes and questions. Identify the pertinent attachments required for your application.

6409 (a) Application


Understanding the 2232 Process

Understanding the 2232 Review Process (Video -Media Player)   You Tube

The 2232 Process for the Public (Video - Media Player)   You Tube



Research Past or In-Process Applications

Research the history of public facilities and applicable amendments to pertinent 2232 applications. Determine the state of active applications progressing through the 2232 application process. Obtain staff reports for 2232 applications scheduled for public hearing before the Planning Commission and selected past staff reports.


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