Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Hours of Operation: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Permitting Business Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (M-Th), 9:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. (F)

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,

Building Plan Review

Building Plan Review is responsible for verifying that designs submitted for construction comply with the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and other standards. This page provides information about the review process and access to the review results of active projects.


Design Information

There are also several Project Specific Guidelines available to assist you with design requirements as well as with the permit and inspection process. Some popular publications for residential construction are Decks, Finished Basements and Residential Additions. There are also publications available for commercial construction that provide information on New Commercial Buildings and Additions as well as for Tenant Layouts.

Review Programs

Walk-Thru Program

The Walk-Thru Building Plan Review Program allows customers to apply for a permit and obtain a review with county staff on the same day.

Adaptive Reuse Program

Adaptive reuse is the process of changing the use of an existing building for any purpose other than it was originally designed for.  The Adaptive Reuse Program seeks to promote the reuse of existing buildings by providing incentives, guidance, and reduced review timeframe.

Expedited Building Plan Review

This program offers a method to obtain a building permit in at least half the usual time. The program enables the use of county-certified, private-sector, registered design professionals to “peer review” construction documents for code compliance prior to submission to the county.

Fast Track Program

Commercial tenant plans for smaller spaces, with no structural work or food service uses, are reviewed in the Fast Track Program by county staff on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Green Building Priority Plan Review

To promote green building practices, qualifying residential and commercial projects are eligible for benefits during the building plan review process.  More on the Green Building Priority Plan Review process.

Modified Processing

The modified processing procedures allow for issuance of Rough Grading Permits, partial (footing and foundation) permits and extensions of partial permits on projects with $50 million worth of improvements or more, prior to full approval of site and building plans.

Pre- and Post-Submission Meetings

Pre- and Post-Submission Meetings are available when the design of large or complex commercial projects are substantially complete or when plans have failed rounds of review or have a significant number of review comments. 

Revitalization Districts

Revitalization Districts provide guidelines for building owners, designers and developers on the resources available when altering or rehabilitating buildings in revitalization districts.

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