LDS Overview - Planning Commission

LDSnet: Overview and Instructions for Use

LDSnet provides online access to information in the Fairfax County Land Development System (LDS). It consists of the following two systems:

Through LDSnet, it is possible to search for individual zoning applications and/or plans and studies submitted to the county to perform land-disturbing activities. The LDS database can be searched for zoning applications or construction plan submissions meeting any combination of the thirty-one search criteria.

Through LDS, you can search for land use activity by Supervisor District or by property address by clicking on the following links:

The LDSnet home page provides a choice of links to access information from the LDS system. Information about the following five options is provided below.

LDSnet OVERVIEW To access this page, click on the LDSnet Overview button. The overview page provides general information about LDSnet and provides links to additional information on ZAPS and PAWS.

ZONING AND PLANNING (ZAPS) To view information on a zoning application (if you know the specific application number) click the link to ZAPS. Enter the application number in the individual application search field and click the Search button. A search results window will appear with a highlighted link to the application overview window. To link directly to an overview of ZAPS, click here.

PLANS AND WAIVERS (PAWS) To view information on an individual site/construction plan (and you know the specific submission number) click the link to PAWS, enter the plan number and click the Search button. A search results window will appear with a highlighted link to the submission overview window. To link directly to an overview of PAWS, click here.

SEARCH The LDSnet Search function allows the user to select one or more standardized criteria to search for information on a zoning application or site/construction plan. The search can be limited to a single zoning application or site plan submission or it can include a number of search criteria to identify multiple applications or submissions matching the selected criteria. To access this function, click on the Search button and enter the information on the specific application or submission in the open window. The standard search criteria contain information that is common to both ZAPS and PAWS. The following is a list of the criteria contained in the standard search:

  • Application/Submission Type
  • Application/Submission Received Date Range (limited to five years)
  • Application/Submission Accepted Date Range (limited to five years)
  • Participant Name and Role
  • Tax Map Number
  • Magisterial District

You can select information from a drop down list or key in information for one or more search criteria. After selecting the criteria, click the Search button to initiate the search and the results will be displayed in a summary window. Click on the application or submission number to take you to a set of detailed information windows. Select a zoning application to view detailed information in ZAPS. Select a site/construction plan to take you into PAWS to view the detailed information.

CUSTOM SEARCH If the LDSnet standard search does not provide the criteria required to obtain the desired information, go to Custom search by clicking on the button on the main LDSnet page. Custom search contains a list of over 30 criteria that can be selected. The criteria are organized into several groups including ones that are common between ZAPS and PAWS, criteria unique to ZAPS and criteria unique to PAWS.

You can select one or more criteria for the search by pressing Ctrl on the keyboard and clicking on the desired criteria. Note that mixing specific PAWS and ZAPS criteria may not provide any search results. After selecting the appropriate criteria, click on the Search button. Results will be displayed in a table with the application or submission number highlighted. Click on one of the highlighted application or submission numbers to get to the overview window. If you selected a zoning application number, the system will go into ZAPS and provide the detailed information. If you selected a site plan/construction plan, the system will take you to PAWS to view the detailed information. You can then screen print the information if desired.

After viewing the provided information, you can return to the custom search function for other applications or submissions; go back to the search results window if a multiple application search was performed; or, exit the system.


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