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.