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

Expedited Building Plan Review Program

 

The Expedited Building Plan Review Program offers a method to obtain a building permit in at least half the usual time. The program enables owners, developers, designers and homeowners to hire county-certified, private-sector, registered design professionals to “peer review” construction documents for code compliance prior to submission to the county.

Once submitted, permit issuance is accelerated as the peer reviewed plans are given priority status during the building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing plan review process. To see a list of approved peer reviewers, see the Certified Peer Reviewer List. If you wish to expedite the plans through the fire review, it is recommended that an approved fire protection engineer pre-review the plans.

Owners and developers, especially those unfamiliar with Fairfax County process, are encouraged to employ peer reviewers during the initial design phase to help streamline the design/development process. They are cautioned to remember that peer reviewers are not a part of the design team. Rather, they are a knowledgeable resource with code enforcement responsibilities like those of county staff. Read about peer reviewer conflict of interest below.

The program is available to all commercial and residential projects. This is a great option for commercial tenant fit-out plans that do not qualify for our Fast Track process and residential projects that are not eligible for walk-thru. New commercial projects also benefit from the program; however, highly complex buildings may not see time savings.

If you have additional questions, please contact Building Plan Review at 703-222-0114, TTY 711, or via email.

Peer Reviewer Conflict of Interest

  • The peer reviewer may be retained at any stage of the design process and engaged to answer code-related questions. The role of the peer reviewer is not a member of the design team to avoid conflicts of interest.
  • A peer reviewer may review a design performed in the same firm where not involved in the design.
  • A peer reviewer must not have a financial interest other than their review fee with the owner/developer.
  • The peer reviewer must avoid all appearance of conflict of interest.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May

03

8:00AM, 2015 Virginia Energy Code mechanical provisions for plan review.…

May

24

9:00AM, *Certified Peer Reviewers are required to attend at least three…

May

31

8:00AM, Changes in the 2015 Virginia Plumbing code for plan review. Presented…

Jun

21

8:00AM, Changes in the 2015 Virginia Mechanical code for plan review.  …

Jun

28

8:00AM, Kitchen hoods for 2015 code compliance plan review. Presented by…

Sep

20

9:00AM, *Certified Peer Reviewers are required to attend at least three…

Nov

15

9:00AM, *Certified Peer Reviewers are required to attend at least three…

How to Become a Peer Reviewer

If you are an architect or professional engineer and you wish to obtain certification as a Peer Reviewer, you must meet the minimum qualifications and program requirements listed below.

Licensed Professional

To be a certified Peer Reviewer you must hold a valid and current license in the commonwealth of Virginia as a professional engineer or architect.

ICC Certifications and Examinations

Each Peer Reviewer must hold certifications from the International Code Council as shown in the table below in order to be certified as a Peer Reviewer for the specific component. You may obtain International Code Council certification by successfully completing Professional Certification Examinations.

Component Certifications Required Related Codes
Building Building Plans Examiner
Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner
International Building Code
ICC/ANSI A117.1
Mechanical Mechanical Plans Examiner
Commercial Energy Plans Examiner
International Mechanical Code
International Fuel Gas Code
International Energy Conservation Code
Plumbing Plumbing Plans Examiner
Accessibility Inspector/Plans Examiner
International Plumbing Code
International Fuel Gas Code
ICC/ANSI A117.1
Electrical Electrical Plans Examiner
Commercial Energy Plans Examiner
National Electrical Code
International Energy Conservation Code
Residential Residential Plans Examiner
Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner
International Residential Code
International Energy Conservation Code

Experience in Code Application and Plan Check/Review

Provide an abbreviated resume to demonstrate a minimum of five years of experience designing, checking and reviewing using the Code(s) for the discipline(s) in which certification is sought. Include additional information that may be helpful evaluating your experience.

Provide three references with contact information that will verify your professional experience. Questions may be directed to Bill Crodick, Expedited Building Plan Review Program coordinator, at 703-324-4395, TTY 711.

Program Guidelines

As a Peer Reviewer, you may review plans that were designed by your own firm. However, you cannot be involved in any stage of the design or preparation of any portion of the construction documents for the project under review.

Peer Reviewers shall only review those components, i.e., building, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, residential, which he or she is certified to review and authorized to design under Chapter 4 (§54.1-400 et seq.) of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia.

Peer Reviewer Revocation

Fairfax County may revoke your certification as a Peer Reviewer if you do not consistently recommend drawings which meet the requirements of the building code, following the program guidelines or maintain the minimum qualifications for certification as listed above

Initial Training

Once you have passed your required examinations, you must attend a Fairfax County initial training session. Initial training sessions are held by appointment and can be scheduled by contacting Bill Crodick at 703-324-4395, TTY 711, or by email.

Annual Training

Certified Peer Reviewers are required to attend at least three round table discussions per calendar year with Building Plan Review.

  • Additional training sessions, as listed above, are offered on Friday mornings from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. in Room 106 (unless noted otherwise) of the Herrity Building.
  • You must sign in upon arrival in order to receive credit.
  • If county offices are closed or on "unscheduled" leave due to inclement weather, classes will be canceled.
  • For more information, contact the Expedited Building Plan Review coordinator at 703-324-4395, TTY 711.

Additional Training Resources