Office of the Fire Marshal

Fairfax County, Virginia



Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, Lobby Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

703-246-4800 | TTY 711

12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

John Walser, Deputy Fire Chief, Fire Official


The Fire Chief serves as the County Fire Marshal. The Office of the Fire Marshal provides permits, construction related inspections, safety inspections, operational inspections, code enforcement, and fire investigation. Our inspectors are certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia and work closely with other city, county, and state agencies to ensure code compliance and provide technical assistance in the application, enforcement, and interpretation of codes and standards. Successful implementation of the Fire Marshal’s mission is accomplished by over 100 Fairfax County employees who are trained and certified to enforce a variety of fire prevention regulations including the Fire Prevention Code and portions of the Uniform Statewide Building Code. The cumulative efforts of the Fire Marshal help to ensure lower property insurance costs, foster economic development, lower the number and severity of firefighter injuries, and increase the quality of life in Fairfax County.

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PLUS will be the new central platform customers can access through the Fairfax County website to complete their zoning, building, perPLUS logomitting, or other land development processes. PLUS is launching through a series of four releases, each adding new features and functionality to achieve increased reliability and capabilities in zoning evaluations, plan review, approval, permitting and inspections. The Office of the Fire Marshal is currently using PLUS for applying for operational permits, inspections not associated with a fire prevention code permit and inspection, testing and maintenance records. In October 2022 applying for acceptance testing of fire protection systems and special locks will be moved to PLUS. 


For Help with Getting Started with PLUS Check Out the Following Instructions 

PLUS Occupancy Application Instructions

PLUS Regulated Care Facility Application Instructions 

PLUS: Printing Attachments

PLUS: Uploading Required Documents

Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) records have moved to PLUS

The Office of the Fire Marshal now requires all ITM records and documents to be uploaded annually to the PLUS portal. To learn more about the changes visit: Inspection, Testing and Maintenance Records Scheduling has Moved to PLUS

Pool Fire Prevention Code Permit Renewal Process has moved to PLUS

Applying for a renewal of a pool operation Fire Prevention Code Permit has moved to PLUS. Pool operators can view the following for more information about the changes:

Temporary Tent Guidelines for Outdoor Dining and Outdoor Fitness Activities

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved emergency rules that will allow restaurants and exercise facilities to reopen outside during the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. Recognizing that some businesses affected by this ordinance may want to set up temporary tents for the comfort of their guests, the Office of the Marshal has highlighted a few of the fire safety requirements that allow safe use of these tents.

Walk-Through Program Changes

Beginning March 24, 2020, all walk-through plan review submissions must be submitted electronically. Paper submissions will no longer be accepted.

Email Subscriptions

The Office of the Fire Marshal now offers three email subscriptions for fire alarms, sprinklers, and general information.

Archive Plan Viewing Changes

To minimize the potential of COVID-19 transmission, in-person viewing of archived plans is suspended at present.  If you meet certain criteria, you may request this information by submitting a FOIA request.

Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) of Fire Protection Systems

Office of the Fire Marshal Inspectors will no longer be witnessing ITM activities of fire protection systems. These necessary safety items must continue to be maintained in an operational status. Fire inspectors will be confirming the necessary ITM has been done by reviewing contractor’s paperwork to verify system status.

Fairfax Joint Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

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Online Tier II Reporting

Fairfax Virtual Assistant