Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia



Office hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Counter hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (M-Th), 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. (F)

703-324-1780 | TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks, Director

Land Development Services


Land Development Services ensures that all development in Fairfax County meets the safety and health standards of all applicable codes such as the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building and county ordinances. We value our partnership with the public and the building industry.

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August 15, 2018
On Sept. 4, 2018, Virginia will adopt 2015 Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), which references the codes listed below and includes the Virginia-specific technical amendments. 2015 International Building Code 2015 International Residential Code 2015 International Mechanical Code 2015 International Fuel Gas Code 2015 International Plumbing Code 2014 National Electrical Code (NFPA 70) 2015 International Energy Conservation Code 2015 International Pool and Spa Code 2015 International Existing Building Code 2015 International Property Maintenance Code From Sept. 4, 2018 until Sept. 3, 2019, permit applicants may choose to use the technical provisions of either the 2012 or 2015 USBC. Mixing provisions between the two editions of the code is prohibited.  Beginning Sept. 4, 2019, all applications and plans must meet the 2015 USBC requirements. The administrative provisions and technical amendments of the USBC are available below. Virginia versions of the codes which incorporate the Virginia-specific provisions are not yet available. 2015 Virginia Construction Code 2015 Virginia Existing Building Code 2015 Virginia Maintenance Code 2015 Virginia Amusement Device Regulations 2015 Virginia Certifications Standards 2015 Virginia Industrialized Building Safety Regulations 2015 Building and Related Laws Package County-wide masterfile plans designed under the 2012 Virginia Residential Code will not be required to be updated to the 2015 code. Upon the first application under the 2015 code, permit technicians will administratively upgrade the drawings for the current code.  For more information, please contact the Building Division by email or telephone, 703-631-5101, TTY 711.  

August 14, 2018
While I know the best podcast around is Code Talk produced by our very own Building Division, there is another amazing podcast that I’m currently obsessed with. It’s called 99% Invisible, and it’s produced by team of people that think just like the analytical nerd that I am. Maybe you’re that type too? From their website, the podcast is described as “about all the thought that goes into the things we don’t think about – the unnoticed architecture and design that shape our world.” The last two episodes have been about wildfires and protecting communities from the ravages of these blazes. With the fires going on right now in California, this is very topical stuff. Check out Episode 317, Built to Burn and Episode 318, Fire and Rain. Many of their other episodes border on building design and building code. There are too many to list here, but do subscribe (right after you subscribe to Code Talk), and enjoy!  

August 6, 2018
Code Talk is the podcast where we discuss building code and its impacts on residents and business owners in Fairfax County. On this edition, we're exploring Finished Basements. To find out more, go to and click the "publications" link on the left side.