Temporary Special Permits

Temporary Special Permit A Temporary Special Permit (TSP) may be required for certain temporary outdoor uses and activities per Part 8 of Article 8 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance. Such activities and uses requiring a TSP include: carnivals, festivals, fairs, seasonal sales of such items as pumpkins, Christmas trees, fireworks stands, etc., farmers’ markets, contractors’ and sales/rental offices, associated with new construction, construction material yards and equipment sheds, and promotional events and grand openings of retail merchants. Standards and time limits apply and vary depending upon the activity or use.

The TSP application fee is $205.00 and a separate escrow deposit of $100.00 is required for certain activities such as fairs, festivals, and seasonal sales.

Two TSP application forms exist:

  • one for non-profit sponsorship for uses and activities such as fairs, carnivals, festivals and seasonal sales as set forth in Paragraph 1 of Sect. 8-801 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance, and

  • one for either profit or non-profit sponsorship for uses and activities such as contractors’ offices, equipment sheds, construction material yards, sales/rental offices, promotional activities of a retail merchant, and farmers’ markets as set forth in Paragraphs 2 through 9 of Sect. 8-801 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance.

The Zoning Permit Review Branch (ZPRB) processes and issues TSP applications. Applications may be mailed or delivered to ZPRB and must be received at least 21 days prior to the commencement of the use or activity. If the application is mailed please allow up to two (2) weeks processing time. For further information, please call our office.

In order to view or print the application form, you will need to have Adobe Reader version 6.0 or higher installed on your computer.

Department of Planning and Zoning
Zoning Administration Division
Zoning Permit Review Branch
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 250
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-5508

Phone Number: 703-222-1082, TTY 711
Fax Number: 703-324-2301

Office Hours:
8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday
9:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday

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