Office of the Fire Marshal

CONTACT INFORMATION: 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
Assistant Chief, Fire Official - 703-246-4753

What We Do

The Office of the Fire Marshal provides plan review, permits, inspections, code enforcement, and fire investigation. Our inspectors ensure code compliance and provide technical assistance in the application, enforcement, and interpretation of codes and standards. 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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2021 Codes in Effect

On January 18, 2024, the 2021 Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC) and the 2021 Virginia Construction Code (VCC) were adopted by the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The 2021 SFPC is live and the enforced code.  There is a one-year grace period for the 2018 VCC and new construction may either use 2018 or 2021 editions.  Once the code edition has been chosen, you must use that code edition and the reference standards within it for the duration of the project.  In January 2025, the 2018 VCC grace period will expire and only the 2021 VCC will be the building code for new work.

PLUS logoPLUS is the new central platform customers can access to apply for permits, obtain plan review approvals, schedule/request inspections, etc. for many land development processes.  In PLUS, applications are commonly referred to as records.  Below you will find a list of Fire's record types along with the associated process requirements for that record.



To apply for a record, you will need to log into or create a PLUS account.
  • If you have questions with submitting an application in PLUS, call 703-246-4803, TTY 711.
  • If you have technical questions (i.e., account setup, password issues) with PLUS, call 703-324-2222, TTY 711, or email

Fire Record Types in PLUS

  • Blasting
  • Bonfire
  • Controlled Burn
  • Event/Gathering
  • Fireworks - Display
  • Fireworks - Retail
  • Floor Finishing
  • Fumigation
  • Hot Work
  • Storage Tank - Abandon/Remove/Temp Out of Service

  • FPCP License

  • Hypothermia Center
  • Regulated Care Facility

Email Subscriptions

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

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