Most often, a code modification is a request to modify a code provision where your project's design or construction does not meet the letter of the Statewide Fire Prevention Code, Chapter 62 of the Code of Fairfax County, or fire protection related provisions of the Public Facilities Manual. "Code mod" requests must propose changes to a code provision that provide an equivalent level of fire and life safety. The county cannot outright waice code provisions. The Fire Code Modification record is required by the Office of the Fire marshal when the above provision is desired.
This information is the most common for how to obtain the necessary approval for your project and is not representative of all the conditions you may encounter.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Property owners or their duly authorized agents may submit fire code modifications.
Before submitting your application, ensure you are aware of all applicable regulations and conditions that could affect your project, to avoid surprises during the review process. For the best references, see the Codes and Standards Web page.
HOW DO I SUBMIT MY RECORD?
Apply for your Fire Code Modification record online in PLUS under the Fire tab. If you are a first-time user, you must first register for an account.
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- Reference the parent or related building permit number if the proposed scope of work for the same project and address:
- relates to a submitted Fire record.
Upon submission, the record number provided will start with FCDMOD.
Document requirements will vary based on answers provided during the application process.
- Submittal Package - Required for all submissions.
- Provide design deficiency and proposed solution.
- Projects located in the towns of Clifton, Herndon, or Vienna require separate approvals from the respective towns.
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Below are the necessary steps to follow after your application is accepted in PLUS.
Staff in Revenue & Records will review your package for completeness and compliance with the fire code and county ordinances. You will be notified of any deficiencies. Package corrections and additional supporting documents may be required.
The Chief Engineer of Engineering Plans Review, the Battalion Chief of the Fire Prevention Technical Services Section, and/or the Fire Official is responsible for verifying that the code provision submitted complies with the Statewide Fire Prevention Code, Code of Fairfax County, and/or Public Facilities Manual.
Once the review is complete, a decision will be communicated. If approved, your Decision Letter will be available to download from PLUS.