When and What Permits are Required

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Required Permits in Tidal Areas You will need permits to conduct any construction on the shoreline or at the water’s edge before you begin work. Make certain that the contractor you choose to help you with your project is licensed to work in the County.

The following activities may result in land disturbance.  Land disturbances and related construction activities often require a permit if done in an area that is in or adjacent to a Tidal Wetland.

The following types of land disturbing activities and construction projects will require permits:

  • Any construction project on, over or adjacent to a tidal body of water.
  • Any project in which fill material is placed in or near wetlands such as riprap.
  • Construction of bridges, tunnels or roads which may have an impact on wetlands, either tidal or non-tidal
  • Projects designed to protect shorelines in order to minimize erosion such as bulkheads.

The following Fairfax County Boards and Agencies issue permits for land disturbing activities and construction projects in or adjacent to a Tidal Wetland 

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Regulation Information and Resources (DPWES)

Permits for Land Disturbing Activities (DPWES)

Site Related Plans (E & S Grading Plans) Information (DPWES)
Permits, such as Occupancy Permits, Building Permits, Electrical and Mechanical Permits, etc. (DPWES)

Building Activities In or Around a Floodplain

Information on Building in or Around a Floodplain (DPWES)
Floodplains - Frequently Asked Questions (DPWES)

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance (DPWES) Forms with Submission Instructions

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Waiver/Exemption/Exception Request Form
Exception for Public Hearing (Resource Protection Area)

Exception Request Form & Water Quality Impact Assessment (Minor Addition)

Additional Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Information

Frequently Asked Quesstions: Resource Protection Areas (RPA's)
Designation of Resource Protection Areas (RPA's)

FEMA Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHA) Maps


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