Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: 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)

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance was adopted to protect our local streams and one of the world's most productive estuaries, the Chesapeake Bay, from pollution due to land use and development. All of Fairfax County drains into the Potomac River and ultimately the Chesapeake Bay. In an effort to protect and improve the quality of these waterways, sensitive areas along streams throughout Fairfax County have been designated as Resource Protection Areas.

General Information


Ordinance and Policy


For more information, contact the Site Development and Inspection Division at 703-324-1720, TTY 711 or via email. Ask to speak with a stormwater review engineer.        

Exception Review Committee (ERC)

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance Exception Review Committee (ERC) is a public hearing body appointed by the Board of Supervisors to review applications to conduct land disturbing activities within the Resource Protection Areas (RPA). The committee is comprised of an appointee from each of the nine magisterial districts and two at-large members.

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