Temporary Special Permits (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 on company letterhead covering the following points (when applicable):

    • Description of work being conducted on site
    • Number of employees on site (at any one time)
    • Number of off-street parking spaces
    • Sanitary facilities (if temporary facilities will be used a copy of the contract is required)
    • Structure(s), including tents, trailers, canopies, or shelters
    • Utilities, including outdoor lighting or loudspeaker

  •  A copy of a plat or plan to scale showing the location of the trailer(s) and the distance from these structures to corresponding lot lines, off-street parking spaces and their access to and from adjacent streets, and any proposed signs. 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 applicant use of the property as proposed is required if the applicant is not the property owner.

  • A Non-Residential Use Permit (Non-RUP) is required in order to occupy the trailer or model home. Therefore, a Non-RUP fee of $70.00 is required. A separate check for $70.00 should be made payable to the County of Fairfax. The Non-RUP will be presented at the time of TSP issuance.

  • A TSP filing fee of $205.00. A separate check for this amount 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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