Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Regular hours for calls and emails are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday.

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Permits

No plans are required for EVCS in single family dwellings however you are required to submit an electrical permit through our FIDO system before installation.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

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. For more specific information or questions, contact the Permit Application Center at 703-222-0801, TTY 711.


The types of permits required, as listed below, may be required depending on the size and complexity of your EVCS.

  • Electrical permit for new circuits and outlets (no permit is required if you are plugging a stand-alone charging station into an existing outlet).
  • New Commercial Building permit for commercial charging stations with an overhead canopy or other type of structure.
  • Sign permit for commercial charging stations with advertising signs.
  • There are also applicable Zoning Provisions for electric vehicle charging stations.  Please review the EVC memorandum and checklist for more information.

Who should apply for the permit?

If you are performing the work yourself, property owners may obtain permits in their own name. If you are hiring a contractor, however, the building code requires the contractor to be listed on your permit as the responsible party. By listing your contractor on the permit, county staff can verify that they are properly licensed for the work being performed. Additionally, when a licensed contractor is listed on the permit the county is better able to assist in gaining compliance for defective work.


Many installations of commercial EVCS (structures that disturb more than 250 and less than 2500 square feet) can be performed under a minor site plan. For a complete review of site plan submission requirements, please see the Application for Minor Site Plan and Site Related Plans.

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