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,

Land Development Services (LDS) - Public Records

Records Information Management is located at 12500 Government Center Parkway, Suite 555, Fairfax, Virginia 22035. To request records information, complete the Records Request Form, or email Records and Information Branch.

Records Retained by Land Development Services

Building Plans Plans

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.

  • Bonds and Agreements: Investment loan documentation and certifications.
    • Destroyed five years after project complete status.
  • Building Plans:  Structural or non-structural architectural drawings.
    • Destroyed three years after final inspection.
  • Supporting Documentation for Building Plans: Permit applications, inspections, waivers, certifications, and architectural-related correspondences.
    • Destroyed three years after final inspection.
  • House Location Plat: Detailed mapping of the territory a single-family residence is built upon, as well as the territory’s borders and intersecting easements.
    • Retained permanently. Most closing documents include a house location plat. Contact the Fairfax County Zoning Permit Review Branch at 703-222-1082, TTY 711.
    • Fairfax County does not have a recorded plat for all properties in the county.
  • Site Plans/Subdivision Plat: Detailed mapping of the territory non-single-family structures are built upon, as well as the territory’s borders and intersecting easements.
    •  Retained permanently.
  • Supporting Documentation for Site Plans: Site-related correspondences (project files).
    • 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 performs an overall search on land development records. This easy-to-use cataloging system features make this the simplest and quickest method to retrieve site- and building-related information. LDIH data is updated nightly.


The Fairfax Inspections Database Online (FIDO) system performs more specialized research on building-related records, including permitting, plan review, inspections, and complaint management services. FIDO also features a web portal that allows customers to obtain real-time information updates and process permit applications.


The LDSNet  system performs more specific research on zoning and site-related records. In addition, this database also contains bonding and escrow information, as well as building permits issuance information. The LDSNet system has multiple search function capabilities for plans, bonding, escrows, inspections, and building permits. Searches can be performed by address or magisterial districts.

Land Development Records Request, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) is the state law governing access by citizens of Virginia, and representatives of the media, to public records and to meetings of public bodies.

VFOIA provides that, with some specific exemptions and exceptions, all meetings of public bodies shall be open to the public and all public records open for public inspection.

Submit the Request for Records form under FOIA if unable to access the requested information using the online resources above. Learn more about FOIA.

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