Fairfax County's Tidal Shoreline and Wetlands
As an owner of waterfront property within the tidal shoreline in Fairfax County, you are an important member of a partnership to protect our environment. This partnership includes Fairfax County government and other state and federal agencies. Our mutual goal is to preserve the quality of our waterways by preventing erosion and protecting wildlife and vegetation. View a Map of the Tidal Shoreline in Fairfax County.
So what does this mean when you want to build a deck to enjoy the water view? It means that you will probably need a permit to make any changes to your property. To learn more about the permit process, please review the following questions and answers. We have also included a glossary that explains the meaning of the words in italics and a list of resources if you have more questions.
Environmental Stewardship and Permitting Information for Waterfront Property Owners
- When and What Permits are Required
- How To Apply for a Wetlands Permit
- Sources For Additional Information About Wetlands & Permitting
- Glossary of Terms