Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,

Building and Trade Inspections

Need Help with PLUS? Visit the LDS PLUS Support page.


To schedule a Residential Trade Inspection while awaiting permit issuance:

LDS has implemented a temporary method for requesting Residential Trade Inspections outside of PLUS.  If you are seeking an inspection, please email the request and include the following:

  • Permit application number
  • Project address
  • Requested Inspection Date
  • Requested Inspection Type
  • Requestors contact information (name, phone number, email)
  • Requestor Comments to inspector


Building and trade (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) inspections are required by state law to ensure new construction complies with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.

It is the permit holders' responsibility to schedule inspections. Having inspections at various stages throughout construction allows you to feel secure knowing your project is safe and done to code.

All transactions related to inspections are now completed in the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS).


Schedule, Change or Cancel an Inspection in PLUS

All inspection notifications will be sent to the applicant and the onsite contact(s). They will receive an email the morning of, identifying the two hour window of arrival, inspectors name and phone number. They will also be sent the inspection results after the inspection has been conducted. Note: Inspectors cannot take a call while driving or during an inspection, so please leave a message and your inspector will call you back.

If the inspection is scheduled without the work being complete, it could result in a reinspection fee.


Watch Video for Instructions on Scheduling an Inspection in PLUS:


Inspection Programs/Processes

Third Party Inspections Program

The Third Party Inspections Program allows private-sector inspections firms to perform inspections of residential or commercial projects that would otherwise be conducted by the county.


The Third Party Foundation Program allows a pre-approved private-sector firm to inspect foundation inspection types on residential projects.

Special Inspections Program

The Special Inspections Program monitors all major commercial and residential construction projects.

Elevator Program

Existing elevators/escalators require additional periodic inspections, testing and county-acceptance to ensure these critical systems continue to function properly over their lifetime.

Cross Connections & Backflow Prevention Program

Backflow preventers require periodic inspections, testing and county-acceptance to ensure these critical systems continue to function properly over their lifetime.

Residential Use Permits (RUP) Requests

Often referred to as a Certificate of Occupancy, the RUP inspection is requested by email no later than 12 p.m. the day prior to the inspection.  The request shall include the requester’s name, phone number, address and permit number.

NonResidential Use Permits (NonRUP) Requests are requested differently. More information and the complete process is available online.

Electrical Underground Certification Form

Inspection certification for electrical work in parking lots, ditches, trenches, and concrete construction elements in non-residential construction and excluding swimming pools and hazardous locations.

The master electrician must provide this information prior to scheduling the final inspection.

Sewer Video Submission

Sewer submission videos are required for the following:

  • New Single Family homes built that wish to reuse the existing lateral.
  • Replacement of a lateral via “pipe bursting” means.
  • Before and after an approved Cured in Place Pipe (CIPP) liner installation.
  • As requested by an inspector.

The required Sewer Video will be uploaded through PLUS as an attachment, by the Applicant, on the associated Plumbing record.  The video will be required to be uploaded and approved prior to receiving a Passed Final inspection.

After-Hour Electrical Inspection

After Hours inspections will be processed through PLUS. Login to your account and find your associated record for which you want to schedule the After Hours inspection.

  • Under My Records, make sure they record has been issued and select the record.
  • Select Make changes
  • Select After hours Inspection
  • Fill out the required information
  • Application will be sent to permit staff to assess the fees
  • Applicant will receive notification to pay the assessed fees
  • Inspection staff will assign inspection to inspector

What is Needed During the Inspection

Ladders, scaffolds and other equipment necessary to access construction must be provided to the inspector.

Please ensure the approved building plans, site-related plan and shop drawings are also on site and available.

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