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January 4, 2018
There will be a delayed opening for Land Development Services offices on Friday, January 5, 2018, as all staff will be attending a division-wide meeting. Public counters will open at the usual Friday start time of 9:15 am. All offices will be delayed and open at 9:15 a.m. If you have any questions, please contact the Land Development Services Director’s Office at 703-324-1780, TTY 711.
December 19, 2017
The 2012 Virginia Construction Code, which references the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (Section 305.2.9), requires a clear zone of not less than 36 inches around the exterior of the barrier (fence) and around any permanent structures or equipment such as pumps, filters and heaters. This is to prevent these elements from being used to climb the barrier. This was interpreted by many to require a fence be installed 36 inches inside a property line to ensure the pool owner has control over what is placed beside their fence. The provision in the 2015 code provides clarity and removes ambiguous language responsible for the erroneous interpretation. Fairfax County relies on the improved 2015 code for enforcement and will allow pool fences to be installed at the property line.
October 27, 2017
To increase the county’s responsiveness to reports of potential construction violations, the Site Construction Hotline will now be available on evenings and weekends. The number, 703-324-7470, has been active since April 2016, and now the Department of Land Development Services has assigned on-call inspectors to assess and, if necessary, respond immediately to complaints after hours. The hotline was put in place to respond to residents with concerns about development projects in their communities, and gives the public a direct line to appropriate personnel who can address issues such as: malfunctioning erosion and sedimentation controls drainage problems tracked mud on the roadway construction activity within a tree-save area construction beyond or without a county-approved plan or permit or any activities that may harm the environment, cause safety risks, or damage another property. Land Development Services inspectors work daily with developers to ensure the multitude of construction projects in our county are conducted in the safest and least disruptive manner possible, but residents often have a closer vantage point to notice if issues arise. When calling the hotline, callers should provide an address and a description of the problem. If a hazardous material incident or other emergency is suspected, call 911 immediately. Never trespass on private property to get pictures or investigate a development project. The hotline is the best avenue for residents seeking answers and resolution to these issues.