This information is the most common for how to obtain the necessary permits for your project and is not representative of all the conditions you may encounter.
PERMITS & FEES
You will be required to obtain a demolition permit and a plumbing permit for utility cap offs. You may also need an asbestos removal permit (if asbestos is present) and/or a VDOT permit for land disturbance in the public right-of-way or if you are accessing your property from a new street entrance.
To demo an existing pool you must obtain a demolition permit, with a submitted plat or grading plan, which will require site, zoning and health (if applicable) reviews. No additional cut-off letters, cap-off's or demo-bonds are required for a pool demo.
Fees vary depending on the scope of your project; use the online fee estimator to help determine your costs.
Who should apply for the permit?
Homeowners may obtain permits in their own name. However, it is strongly recommended a properly licensed contractor pull the permits as the responsible party so the county can better assist in gaining compliance for defective work.
If asbestos is present, an asbestos abatement permit is required to be issued to properly licensed contractor. The contractor must complete and submit an Asbestos Removal Certification to close that permit.
Begin your permit application process online using FIDO. Follow the prompts to create your account, apply for your residential plumbing and demolition permits and pay the appropriate fees. Upload your required documents into the documents folder in ProjectDox. With an issued plumbing permit, cap off the applicable utilities and obtain a final inspection. Obtain abandonment letters from utility companies. If well or septic system is present, a Health Department review will be required.
County staff from the Permit Application Center, Health Department (if on well or septic), Site and Zoning will review your package for completeness and compliance with the building code and county ordinances.
All debris must be properly removed. The demolition permit must have an approved final inspection. Erosion and sediment controls must be in place. Established grades must be in place.
You are required to obtain final inspections from the county for the plumbing and demolition permits. All county approved plans must be available on the jobsite. To schedule, cancel or modify an inspection online or with the Fairfax County smartphone app.
Before you begin excavating for your project, you must first call Miss Utility at 811, TTY 711. Miss Utility is a free service that marks underground utilities.
Is a new structure planned?
If new construction is intended for your site, the site-related plan for both the demolition and the new structure can be combined. The building permit for each project will be issued simultaneously after the site-related plan is approved.
Accessory structure only?
Structures such as garages or sheds that were never served by a utility can be demolished without following Step 1 or obtaining a plumbing permit. You can submit an Affidavit for Demolition of Accessory Structures to assume responsibility for utilities during demolition.
To determine your project’s impact on your property, one of the site-related plan types listed below must be submitted. To learn more, see our Site-Related Plans publication or contact the Permit Application Center.
A conservation plan is much like a house location plat, but also shows erosion and sediment control measures. You can use one when your project disturbs 5,000 square feet or less and drainage improvements and water quality controls are not required. If you do not meet these conditions, you must submit a grading plan.
A grading plan is a drawing of your site which shows topography, new construction and improvements and is required when your project disturbs more than 2,500 square feet, blocks existing drainage patterns or soil is to be cut or filled more than 18 inches.
Listed below are utility companies that serve Fairfax County. You must obtain written confirmation from the utility company in order to obtain a demolition permit.
Washington Gas: 703-750-1000
Columbia Gas: 800-543-8911
Fairfax County: 703-324-5015
Dominion Power: 888-667-3000
Fairfax Water: 703-698-5600
Falls Church: 703-248-5071
Fairfax City: 703-385-7915
Herndon: 703-435-6800 Vienna: 703-255-6385
All telephone numbers above are accessible in TTY by calling 711.