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)

703-324-1780
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,
Director

Codes and Standards

Building Codes

Fairfax County is required to enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC). Both codes are administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and reference the 2012 International Codes as published by the International Code Council.  Fairfax County Land Development Service’s Building Division has been awarded the highest achievable rating for building code effectiveness under the current Virginia USBC. Read more.

The 2015 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code becomes effective on September 4, 2018. Over the next year, permit applications may be made using the technical provisions of either the 2012 or 2015 code. The available regulations are listed below.

The full 2015 codes will be provided on this webpage when available.

Statewide Codes

County Code

Local Design Load Criteria

The following load criteria are based on Chapter 16 of the Virginia Construction Code, the 2010 ASCE-7 and Chapter 3 of the 2012 Virginia Residential Code.

Type Criteria
Ground snow load 25 psf 1.25 kN/m2
Wind:    

Basic
Ultimate (Vult)

90 mph
115 mph

40 m/s
51 m/s

Frost depth
24 in.
600 mm
Earthquake spectral response acceleration at short periods: 0.129
at 1 second period: 0.053
Residential Seismic Design Category B
Weathering probability for concrete severe
Termite infestation probability moderate to heavy
Decay probability slight to moderate
Ice shield underlayment required yes
Flood hazards (date of entry into National Flood Insurance Program) 3/5/1990
Winter Design Temperature 17°F -9°C
Air freezing index <=1500°F <=815°C
Mean annual temperature 50°F 10°C

                        

Site Development Codes

The code for land development is administered by Fairfax County's Department of Land Development Services. The codes regulating site development are generated from federal, state and county laws, regulations, resolutions and policies, as well as specific standards from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Public Facilities Manual

Technical Bulletins

County Code

State Roads and Manuals