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

Richard A. Roatch, Deputy Chief


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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Effective Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.

The Office of the Fire Marshal will continue to accept paper plans dropped off at the front of the Public Safety Headquarters building while county buildings are closed to the public.  Please check back often; we may have to adjust our practices as guidelines change.

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.

Testing Electric-Powered Fire Pumps

Effective April 1, 2018, fire inspectors from the Fairfax County Office of the Fire Marshal will not witness or be a party to any fire pump test in which fire pump testing technicians do not wear proper protective equipment to protect against the potential arc flash hazards.

Fairfax Joint Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

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Online Tier II Reporting

Fairfax Virtual Assistant