When and What Permits are Required
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 :
Fairfax County Wetlands Board must issue a permit for shoreline
disturbances along the water’s edge which may impact vegetated or
non-vegetated wetlands, such as the construction of bulkheads, the
placement of rip rap or dredging. The Policy Plan of the County’s Comprehensive Plan
provides an analysis of the County’s tidal shoreline.
permit applications require that you submit very detailed
drawings which demonstrate important information about your plan. A
professional engineer can assist in the preparation of your plan.
In addition to the wetlands permit, your project may also require permits from other Fairfax County agencies.
Activities in the Floodplain are regulated by the Fairfax
County Zoning Ordinance, Article 2-900, and may require approval from the Department of Public Works and
Environmental Services (DPWES) or a Special
Exception application submission to the Department of Planning and Zoning
with approval by the Board of Supervisors. If you have question
about Floodplain regulations, call the DPWES Engineer of the Day at 703-324-1575.
Information regarding applications for Special Exception approval for uses in the floodplain is available from the Zoning Evaluation Division, Department of Planning and Zoning by calling 703-324-1290.
- Your shoreline project may also require permitting related to the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, Chapter 118 of the County Code, The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance is administered by the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services (DPWES). If you have questions about the ordinance, call the Engineer of the Day at 703-324-1575.
Permits for Land Disturbing Activities (DPWES)
Building Activities In or Around a Floodplain
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance (DPWES) Forms with Submission Instructions
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Waiver/Exemption/Exception
Exception for Public Hearing (Resource Protection Area)
Exception Request Form & Water Quality Impact Assessment (Minor Addition)
Additional Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Information