Temporary Special Permits (Non-Profit)

Submission Requirements 

An application for a temporary special permit (TSP) must be filed at least three (3) weeks prior to the date on which the permit is to take effect. Applications not received within this timeframe or without the required fees and supporting documentation outlined below may be refused. Applications may be delivered or mailed to the Department of Planning and Zoning, Zoning Administration Division, Zoning Permit Review Branch, 12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 250, Fairfax, Virginia 22035-5508. For further information call 703-324-1359. The submission requirements are:

  • A completed application form.

  • A narrative statement from the sponsoring organization covering the following points (when applicable):
    • General description of activity or use
    • Sanitary facilities – identify by what means (if temporary facilities will be used a copy of the contract must be provided)
    • Structure(s) – identify all structure(s) (tents, trailers, canopies, etc.)
    • Outdoor lighting and/or loudspeakers – describe use
    • Rides, games, food vendors, and/or animals – identify all uses and participants. Provide the name, address, and phone number of commercial organization(s) contracted to provide services

  •  A copy of a plat or plan to scale showing the ingress and egress to the event and the location of all rides, games, vendors, structures, off-street parking spaces, sanitary facilities, and proposed signs. If parking is anticipated on adjacent lot(s), a letter of permission from that property owner must be provided. If signs will be erected, contact the Zoning Inspection Branch at 703-324-4300 for further information.

  • A letter from the property owner granting the sponsoring organization use of the property as proposed is required if the sponsoring organization is not the property owner.
  • A filing fee of $205.00. An escrow deposit in the amount of $100.00 is also required to ensure the lot is cleaned after the event. For all applications received after December 31, 2015, if the lot is determined to be clean after the event the escrow check will remain undeposited and will be shredded.  Checks should be made payable to the County of Fairfax.

 The following agencies and phone numbers may be of service to you in the application process:

Permit Application Center


Health Department (Sanitation)


Health Department (Food Service) 


Fire Marshal


Animal Control


The Zoning Administrator may deny any application which he or she believes may have an adverse effect on the surrounding community. If denied, an appeal may be made to the Board of Zoning Appeals within thirty (30) days. For further information regarding temporary special permits, refer to Part 8 of Article 8 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 112 of the Fairfax County Code).

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