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)

703-324-1780
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,
Director

Demolition Permits

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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.

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.

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

When applying for a permit, you must upload:

Permit Process

Follow the steps below to obtain the necessary approvals and permits for your project. Vienna and Clifton residents require additional approvals from their respective towns. You may obtain the status of your permit application at any time online.

  • Step 1) Asbestos Abatement Permit

    Asbestos Abatement Permit

    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.

     
  • Step 2) Plumbing and Demolition Permit

    Plumbing and Demolition 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 through the Document Upload Portal. 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.

     
  • Step 3) County Review

    County Review

    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.

     
  • Step 4) Bond Release

    Bond Release

    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.

     

Inspections

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.

Miss Utility

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.

Site-related Plans

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.

House Location Surveys

House location surveys, or plats, are required for the construction of additions and accessory structures. The proposed construction must be drawn on a plat to-scale with the dimension from the lot lines to ensure compliance with minimum yard requirements (setbacks). To learn more, see our Site-Related Plans publication.

Why do plats have to be “to-scale”? What exactly does that mean?
A “to-scale” plat is an exact copy of the original plat, with all lines being identical to that of the original. Lines on the original plat are to-scale to reflect, for example, that one-inch on the plat equals 30 feet, rather than one-inch on the plat equaling three feet when it is taken out of scale. A to-scale copy must be on the same sheet size as the original (for instance, if an original plat is printed on an 11” x 17” sheet, then only a copy on that same sheet size is acceptable). Plats that have been photographed, scanned on a phone app, faxed, reduced, enlarged or otherwise altered are not to-scale and cannot be accepted due to poor resolution and lack of detail (loss of accurate measurement).

Where’s my plat?
Search your residential loan closing documents or contact the lending institution from which your mortgage was obtained. If you do not have a copy, submit a request to determine if your plat is located in existing county files. If all these efforts have been exhausted, you will have to hire a private land surveyor to have a new plat prepared.

Conservation Plan

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.

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.

Utilities

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.

Natural Gas

Washington Gas: 703-750-1000
Columbia Gas: 800-543-8911

Sewer

Fairfax County: 703-324-5015

Electricity

Dominion Power: 888-667-3000
NOVEC: 703-335-0500

Water

Fairfax Water: 703-698-5600
Alexandria: 703-549-7080
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.

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