New Hotline to Report Potential Construction Violations
April 19, 2016
For Immediate Release
New Hotline Allows Residents to Report Potential Construction Violations
Older communities throughout Fairfax County are changing rapidly as smaller houses give way to larger ones through the “tear down and rebuild” infill development process. Virginia allows this type of infill development; however, developers must adhere to county building codes, erosion and sediment control rules, stormwater management obligations, and tree conservation rules and other considerations.
In response to residents who have expressed concerns about infill development projects in their communities, the county’s Land Development Services agency, a division of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, has launched a new site construction hotline to respond to complaints. The phone number for the Site Construction Hotline is 703-324-7470.
Calls will be answered by Site Development and Inspections Division staff, who will address common complaints such as tracked mud on the roadway, construction activity within a tree save area, construction beyond or without a county-approved plan, malfunctioning erosion and sedimentation controls, and drainage problems. While infill development was the impetus for the creation of the hotline, residents may report any problems they see on or around any active construction site. Callers should provide an address and a description of the problem. If a hazardous material incident or other emergency is suspected, call 911 immediately.
Residential infill development rules require that developers adhere to environmental and safety regulations. Such regulations include stormwater controls, tree preservation and tree conservation, and erosion and sediment control. As a Dillon Rule state, each of these local restrictive regulations is authorized by state legislation and cannot exceed the authority granted to the locality.
Land Development Services inspectors work daily with builders to ensure that these obligations are met. Notwithstanding, in any given year there are 800 residential tear down projects underway. Neighboring residents may have a closer vantage point to notice if issues arise, but they are advised to avoid trespassing on private property and to be mindful of heavy equipment and vehicles if they are observing an active construction site from the road. The Site Construction Hotline (703-324-7470) is the best avenue for residents to seek a county response for construction activity concerns.
Contact: Matthew Kaiser, Public Information Officer
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
703-324-8455 TTY 711