Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our offices are open to the public by appointment only from 9 a.m. - noon. Regular hours for calls and emails are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Friday.

703-324-1780
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,
Director

Masterfiles

Masterfiles are a set of approved architectural, structural, or trade drawings that can be used throughout the county without having to submit a full set of plans for each lot on which a structure is built. They are typically used by developers for single family dwellings or townhomes.  However, Masterfiles can also be used for commercial projects where the same installation or repair will occur on multiple commercial properties, such as balcony repairs or washer/dryer installations in apartments.

New Countywide Submissions

  1. Apply online for a new single family dwelling via FIDO online.
  2. Pay your fees and the link will appear for you to do an ePlan submission.
  3. Upload your architectural drawings in the appropriate folder.
  4. Upload completed application for new countywide submission, Building Plan Review cover sheet and options sheet that include all structural and life-safety options (i.e. egress window, etc.) into the documents folder.  VA State Contractor's License and the Fairfax County BPOL are required in the documents folder.
  5. Upload site-related plan into the appropriate folder.
  6. Click Submit.

Residential Masterfile Transfers

  1. Apply online for a new single family dwelling via FIDO online.
  2. Pay your fees and the link will appear for you to do an ePlan submission.
  3. Do not upload your architectural drawings.
  4. Upload Building Plan Review cover sheet into the documents folder.
  5. Upload site-related plan into the appropriate folder.
  6. Click Submit.

Masterfile Code Updates

No additional master file updates are being accepted as of March 31, 2020.  Everything must be submitted as a new submission.

Commercial Masterfiles

  1. Apply online for the applicable permit.
  2. Submit via ePlan.
  3. Pay fees for the associated parent permit number.
  4. Upload your architectural drawings in the appropriate folder.
  5. Upload completed application for the new master file submission and Building Plan Review cover sheet into the documents folder.  VA State Contractor's License and the Fairfax County BPOL are required in the documents folder.
  6. Upload a site-related plan if applicable into the appropriate folder.
  7. Click Submit.

Masterfile Homes in an Approved Subdivision

  1. Apply online for a new single family dwelling via FIDO online.
  2. Pay your fees and the link will appear for you to do an ePlan submission.
  3. Upload site-related plan into the appropriate folder.
  4. Click Submit.

Amendments to Add Options

  1. Email the application to LDSBuildingPermits@fairfaxcounty.gov.
  2. A tech will reach out to you.

Townhomes

  1. Apply for the full row of townhomes individually - one permit per townhouse - via FIDO.
  2. Do not upload your architectural drawings.
  3. Upload your site-related plan into the appropriate folder.
  4. Click Submit.

Change of House Type

  • Amendments to change the house type after permit issuance are no longer permitted.  Please process a new application,  upload accordingly and send a cancellation request to LDSBuildingPermits@fairfaxcounty.gov.
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