Records Retained by Land Development Services
After a building permit has been issued, the plans and site-related documentation for both commercial and residential projects are retained either physically or electronically by Fairfax County in accordance with the Virginia Public Records Act. Questions about land development records can be emailed to the Records and Information Branch or by calling 703-324-1895, TTY 711.
- Agreements and bonds: Destroyed five years after project complete status.
- Architectural plan supporting documentation (permit applications, inspections, certifications): Destroyed three years after final inspection.
- Building plans: Destroyed three years after final inspection.
- House location plat: Most closing documents include a house location plat. However, the Fairfax County Zoning Permit Review Branch at 703-222-1082, TTY 711, may have a copy of a plat in their permanent records. Please note: Fairfax County does not have a recorded plat for all properties in the county.
- Site plans: Retained permanently. If requested, information can be provided on a CD for $5.00 by emailing records staff.
- Site plan supporting documentation: Destroyed five years after final approval/bond release.
Records Available Online
The Land Development Information History (LDIH) system consolidates building, site, zoning and complaint information from numerous county systems into a single repository. LDIH provides an overall search on land development records. The easy-to-use search features make this tool the simplest and quickest method to retrieve site- and building-related information. LDIH data is updated nightly.
The Fairfax Inspections Database Online (FIDO) system provides a more specific search on building-related records, including permitting, plan review, inspection and complaints management services. FIDO also includes a Web portal that enables customers to process permit applications online and obtain real-time information.
The LDSNet system provides a more specific search on zoning and site-related records. In addition, this database also contains bonding and escrow information as well as building permits issued information. The LDSNet system has multiple search function capabilities for plans, bonding, escrows, inspections and building permits. There are also capabilities to search by addresses and magisterial districts.