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)

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,

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.

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, including Groups R-2 or I-2, generally do not see time savings and are not recommended for submission under the program.

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

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
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
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

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 Haval Barzingy at 703-324-1921, TTY 711, or by email.

Annual Training

Certified Peer Reviewers are required to attend at least three training sessions per calendar year with Building Plan Review or the Virginia Building and Code Officials Association.

  • Training sessions, as listed below, 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 Building Plan Review at 703-222-0114, TTY 711.

Additional Training Resources