Fairfax County GIS & Mapping Services provides a selection of wall maps and map books for purchase at our front counter.
Please note that most of the maps we sell are available online in the Fairfax Geoportal. The Digital Map Viewer is the best source for current as well as historic official map books. Or, visit the Map Wizard to create current versions of these maps, but with custom extents and scales. We also have a large selection of letter and poster-size maps available in the Map Gallery.
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County-Wide Wall Maps
A selection of large printed countywide wall maps is available for purchase at the Front Counter. Themes include: ZIP codes, Supervisor Districts, School Areas, Parks, and Zoning. These maps include products created by GIS & Mapping Services in addition to those compiled by other County agencies. See price list for details. Many of the wall maps are available to view and download for free in the Wall Map section of the online Map Gallery.
Supervisor District Map Series
The Supervisor District map series includes a detailed, poster-size map of each Supervisor District, featuring voting precincts, parks, polling places, and other public facilties. See price list for details. These maps are available to view and download for free in the District Maps section of the online Map Gallery.
Map Books Available in Hard Copy
Official County of Fairfax map books have been published on an annual basis since 1961. Recent books have the County's jurisdiction divided into 444 map grids, with one grid per page. Several types of map books have been published with various themes which are explained below. Please note that Digital Map Viewer application provides the most recent updates to the map book pages in addition to historic versions (as far back as 1961).
In an effort to map the county for the Department of Tax Administration, a grid was established that divides the county into 444 numbered sections. These sections are commonly called base maps, property maps or tax maps. Every property in the county has a unique property identification number. This several digit property number begins with the tax map number and is followed by a subdivision or acreage number, and a lot or parcel number. The boundaries of the individual maps in the map books are determined by the tax map grid.
Property maps include:
> Boundaries: State, County or Corporate, Subdivision, Block Division, Property
> Legal Rights of Way: State or Interstate Highway, Railroad, Public Street, Private Street, Outlet Road, Unconstructed Right-of-way, Parking or Pavement limits
> Easements: Approved Flood Plain, Recorded Flood Plain, Storm Drainage, Conservation, Ingress-Egress, Major Public Utility
> Drainage: Streams, Creeks, Rivers, Ponds, Lake Banks, Concrete/Steel Dams, Earthen Dams
> Districts: Agricultural and Forestal District, Special Tax District
> Unique Identifiers: Double circle and number - Acreage or Subdivision, Single circle and number - Block designation, Uncircled number - Parcel or Lot number
> Features and Symbols: Addresses, Address Grid, Address Grid Ticks, Subdivision Name, Split Parcels, Consolidated Lots, Questionable Property cut, Buildings, Control Monuments, Churches, Cemetaries, Schools, Firehouses, Parkland, Nature Conservancy, Marine Clay
Currently all property information is captured and maintained digitally. Property maps are updated daily and published in book format yearly. Our reference collection of property books dates back to 1961. Current and historic property maps can be viewed at the GIS and Mapping offices, though electronic versions of the map book pages are available online using the Digital Map Viewer application.
Source materials for property maps include site plans, deed descriptions, subdivision plats, and acreage plats. A plat is a detailed drawing taken from the survey of a property boundary. A few of the many features included on a plat are: Bearings and Distances of lot lines, Utility Easements, Area, and Curve Data. The collection is comprised of paper plats which vary in size, scale, number of pages, and condition. Most subdivison plats may be viewed at the Fairfax County Land Development Services.
All land in Fairfax County is zoned into residential, commercial or industrial districts. The permitted density in each zoning district and the uses allowed in each district are described in detail in the County Zoning Ordinance. The location and boundaries of the zoning districts established by this Ordinance are illustrated on official zoning maps. These maps illustrate all of the property map information as well as the zoning districts.
Zoning maps include:
> Residential: 5 acres - Agricultural, 10 Acres - Preservation, 5 Acres - Conservation, 2 Acres - Estate, 1 Acre - 1 DU/AC (Dwelling Unit per Acre), ½ acre - 2 DU/AC, 3 DU/AC, 4 DU/AC, 5 DU/AC, 8 DU/AC, 12 DU/AC, 16 DU/AC, 20 DU/AC, 30 DU/AC, Mobile Home Park
> Commercial: Low Rise Office, Limited Office, Office District, High Intensity Office, Neighborhood Retail, Community Retail, Highway, Super-regional Retail
> Industrial: Institutional, Light Ind. Research, Research, Light Intensity, Medium Intensity, General, Heavy
> Planned Units: Planned Development Housing, Planned Development Commercial, Planned Residential Community, Planned Residential Mixed-Use
> Overlay Districts: Airport Noise Impact, Highway Corridor, Historic, Natural Resource, Sign Control, Water Supply Protection, Commercial Revitalization
> Other Categories: Boundaries of Public & Semi-Public Lands, Planning Area Designation, Pending Zoning Cases
Currently all zoning map information is maintained digitally. Zoning maps are updated daily and published in book format yearly. The Zoning Map book, as well as, individual grid section maps are available for sale. Please note that Digital Map Viewer application provides the most recent updates to the map book pages in addition to historic versions (as far back as 1985).
These maps illustrate soil types, soils problem areas, and soil symbols that describe ground surface characteristics. There are two soils maps available: the 2011 official soils map and the 1990 soils map. They both show property information, but vary in their depiction of soil types. The 1990 soils maps were published by the County’s soil office and, at the time, about 40,000 acres of unmapped land remained. The soil’s office was closed in 1996, and since there were still significant areas of the County unmapped, the County requested the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to complete the maps. A combined effort between Fairfax County, NRCS, and the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD) led to the publishing of the official 2011 soils maps. Any construction, building or site plans submitted to the county for permitting that require soil identification must now use the 2011 soils map. For general information purposes, either map may be used.
More information regarding the official 2011 maps may be viewed online in the Description & Interpretive Guide to Soils in Fairfax County , or through the Map Legends section of the Digital Map Viewer. More information regarding the 1990 maps may be viewed online in the Soil Ratings guide, or through the Map Legends section of the Digital Map Viewer. All of the maps may be viewed and downloaded online through the Digital Map Viewer application. The complete 1990 edition of the soils map book may be purchased at our Front Counter. The 2011 maps are not published in book format, howerver, all 444 grid sections have been compiled in PDF format in the Digital Map Viewer.
For more information about soils in Fairfax County, contact the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District office at (703) 324-1460.
Other Map Books Available Digitally
A contour map illustrates ground surface elevation with lines that join points of equal elevation. These maps illustrate all of the property map information as well as contour lines. The contour interval is 2 feet over the entire county. The date of the aerial photography used to determine the ground elevation is 2009. It should also be noted that the 2009 source contour maps have their elevations stored in the North American Vertical Datum 1988. The contour map series is not published in book format, however, all 444 grid sections are available in PDF format in the Digital Map Viewer. Please note that the Digital Map Viewer application provides the most recent updates to the map book pages as new contour data are created, with the latest being from 2009. The Digital Map Viewer may also be utilized to view and download the 2003 Contour maps; these maps include property features from 2003 and elevation contours from 1997.
A topographic map illustrates ground surface elevation, as well as, natural and human-made features on the ground surface. The features on this map series includes building outlines, roadbeds, parking lots, bridges, water features, as well as other features. These maps also include a surface depiction with colored elevation changes and a hillshade to depict shadows in hillsides. This information was derived from 2009 aerial photography. The contour interval is 2 feet. It should also be noted that the 2009 source contour maps have their elevations stored in the North American Vertical Datum 1988. These topographic maps do not show property map information. The topographic map series is not published in book format, however, all 444 grid sections are available in PDF format in the Digital Map Viewer. Please note that the Digital Map Viewer application provides the most recent updates to the map book pages as new contour data are created, with the latest being from 2009. The Digital Map Viewer may also be utilized to view and download the 2003 Topographic maps; these maps, created in 2002, include planimetric data and elevation contours from 1997 aerial imagery.
In 1988 the Virginia General Assembly adopted the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act. As a result, local governments were required to incorporate general water quality protection measures into their comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, and subdivision ordinances and to establish programs, in accordance with criteria established by the Commonwealth, that define and protect certain lands which are called Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas.
The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area maps illustrate all of the property map information as well as Resource Management Areas (RMA) and Resource Protection Areas (RPA). A RMA is that component of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area comprised of lands that, if improperly used or developed, have a potential for causing significant water quality degradation or for diminishing the functional value of the RPA. [See Fairfax County Code, Ch. 118, Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance.] A RPA is that component of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area comprised of lands at or near the shoreline or water's edge that have an intrinsic water quality value due to the ecological and biological processes they perform or are sensitive to impacts which may result in significant degradation of the quality of state waters. In their natural condition, these lands provide for the removal, reduction or assimilation of sediments from runoff entering the Bay and its tributaries, and minimize the adverse effects of human activities on state waters and aquatic resources. New development is generally discouraged in an RPA. [See Fairfax County Code, Ch. 118, Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance.]
You can read the full Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance for more infomation. Chesapeake Bay preservation areas maps display the boundaries of the RPAs adopted by the Board in 1993 and the additional RPAs adopted by the Board in 2003. The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area map series is not published in book format, however, all 444 grid sections are available in PDF format. All of the maps may be viewed and downloaded online through the Digital Map Viewer application.