The type of activity you plan will
determine the type of permit you need
The 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. That document is
Wetlands 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
County’s Zoning Ordinance, Article 2-900, and may require written
approval from the Department of Public Works and Environmental
Services (DPWES) or a Special Exception approval by the Board of
Supervisors. If you have question about floodplain
regulations, call the 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, 12055
Government Center Parkway, Suite 801, Fairfax, VA 22035-5504, or
by calling 703-324-1290.
The regulations regarding activities in the
floodplain, can be found in the County’s
Zoning Ordinance, Article 2-900 at:
Your shoreline project may also require permitting related to the
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance. The
Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, Chapter 118
of the County Code, 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. If you want to read the Chesapeake Bay
Preservation Ordinance, go to: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/government; choose
the County Code, Chapter 118, to view the ordinance.
Regulatory programs involved in living shoreline
Source: Rivers & Coast, Newsletter for the Center for
Coastal Resources Management, Winter 2006