Easements on Parkland
Easement Application Packet¹
Easements on Parkland Brochure¹
Easements F.A.Q. Brochure¹
HOW TO CONTACT US
The Planning and Development Division may be contacted Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. We welcome your questions and look forward to assisting you through the easement application and review process.
Fairfax County Park Authority is guided by policy to protect the natural and cultural resources found on county parkland by ensuring that all possible steps are taken to prevent any unnecessary, adverse impact to our land, streams, and historic resources. To this end, all applications for easements go through a thorough, separate review process by the Park Authority.
As a separate agency within Fairfax County, with land holdings of over 23,500 acres, the Park Authority has the same rights regarding the granting of easements as any other landholder in the county. Applications for easements are reviewed on a case by case basis and are subject to various fees, charges and monetary assurances to ensure that all work performed in the easement is completed to the satisfaction of the agency. Acceptance of an application for review does not guarantee approval.
The granting of easements in the Park Authority has been guided by board policy for many years. The most recent revision was adopted by the Park Authority Board in 1998 as Policy 302 - Easements, which reinforces the establishment of review procedures, fee schedules, construction inspection procedures and restoration standards. Park policy and/or restrictive covenants on some lands may make it impossible to approve easement requests.
TYPES OF EASEMENTSAs a major landholder in Fairfax County, the Park Authority is approached for and may grant sanitary sewer, storm drainage, general utility and various other easements related to the development of adjacent properties. We also actively seek out and work with private citizens and organizations to obtain conservation easements on private property as a means to preserve open space, and protect various natural, cultural and historic sites within Fairfax County.
It is often necessary for survey crews to enter upon parkland in the course of preliminary surveys or studies related to off site development. While our parks are open to the general public for recreation purposes, entering parkland for survey work or other non-recreational activities may require specific permission from the agency. Our mechanism for granting permission for this purpose is the Right of Entry License. This instrument serves to protect the agency against liability, provides a method for notification when someone intends to access our property, and provides a means to establish restoration responsibilities in the event that disturbance to the land occurs. It also establishes an expiration date so that open ended access is avoided.
A Right of Entry License may be obtained by contacting the Easement Coordinator at 703-324-8511.
If you are developing property adjacent to Fairfax County Park Authority land, there are steps that you can take to avoid unexpected project delays. Contact our Planning and Development Division in the early planning phases of your project to discuss options with us. We can provide information in the following areas to assist in expediting the process:
Frequently Asked Questions