Land Development Services

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703-222-0801 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035
Bill Hicks

Minor Site Plan (MSP)

A minor site plan may be applicable when public improvements listed in Zoning Ordinance subsection 8101.4.A are not required or already exist. Minor site plans are also appropriate for:

  1. Additions to existing buildings or uses when the addition does not exceed 2,000 square feet or one-third of the gross floor area of existing buildings, whichever is greater.
  2. Any permitted use on a temporary basis for a period not to exceed two years from the date of approval.
  3. Additions and alterations to provide an accessibility improvement or other reasonable accommodation not otherwise exempt under subsection D.
  4. Uses that do not involve construction of gross floor area, such as tennis courts or storage yards, or modifications to existing uses that do not involve construction of gross floor area such as changes to walkways, parking lots or landscape plans.

If your proposed use does not qualify for a minor site plan record, see the Site Plan record.

Depending on the scope of your project, you may need to apply for a separate building permit record in PLUS. To determine whether your project requires a permit, visit When a Permit is Required. Once you determine the appropriate record type, review the associated Permit Library guide to find details regarding the submission and review process.

This information is the most common for how to obtain the necessary approval for your project and is not representative of all the conditions you may encounter.



Homeowners or their duly authorized agents may submit minor site plans, however, the plan itself must be certified by a professional engineer, land surveyor, architect or landscape architect licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia and meeting the respective code requirements.



Before submitting, ensure you are aware of all applicable regulations and conditions that could affect your project to avoid surprises during the review process. Some of those factors include:

  • Zoning Information
  • Design Codes and Standards
  • Do I Need to Hire a Design Professional?
  • Floodplains
  • Resource Protection Areas (RPA)
  • Grading/Site Plans
  • Parking Tabulation
  • Types of Soils and Problem Soils
  • Researching Site Conditions

To get a detailed description about each regulation and condition, visit our Plan Ahead page.



PLUS Application

Apply for your minor site plan online in PLUS under the Site tab. If you are a first-time user, you must first register for an account.

application tab


Submission Guidelines

Visit our Site-Related Submission Guidelines page for information on how to submit your plan, including strongly encouraged naming conventions.


Tutorial on Uploading Plans and Documents in PLUS

Helpful Instruction Guide:




Depending on the scope of your project, one or more of the following may be required:

First Submissions:


Subsequent Submissions:

  • Digital signature - verifiable digital signature of the licensed design professional
  • Applicant responses - enter responses to all open issues in the PLUS Digital Plan Room
  • Review fee

Helpful Videos:

red arrow in gray box Reviewing Issues, Conditions, & Notes in PLUS - YouTube

red arrow in gray box Upload Corrected Plans in PLUS - YouTube

Helpful Instruction Guides:


Revisions to previously approved plans (per the PFM):

  • Digital signature - verifiable digital signature of the licensed design professional
  • Revision narrative - separate letter detailing the revision and referencing its general location. Narrative should be uploaded to the Digital Plan Room via PLUS, under the “plans” document type.
  • Revision block - updated revision block incorporated as part of the plan or profile sheet
  • Certification of No Change - certification that no other changes have been made to the plan or profile except those previously approved
  • Changes circled in red
  • Review fee

Helpful Video:

red arrow in gray box Submitting Revisions in PLUS - YouTube

Helpful Instruction Guides:


What's Next?

To get a step-by-step guide on PLUS statuses and what they mean, see our What is My PLUS Status? Site Plans Infographic.


Review Process

Staff from the Site Application Center, Minimum Submission Review Team, Health Department (if on well or septic), and Site Development and Inspections Division will review your package for completeness and compliance with applicable codes and county ordinances. You will be notified of any deficiencies. Plan corrections, resubmission fees and additional supporting documents may be required.

For a detailed summary of application progress, to include the name(s) of assigned review staff, click on “Reports” in the top-right corner of the PLUS screen, when you are in a specific record, and select “Workflow Routing Slip Report.”

workflow routing slip


Plan and Permit Issuance

Once all reviews are approved, fees have been paid and all associated post-approval conditions have been satisfied, your land disturbance permit and approved plans will be available to download from PLUS.

Visit the  Meeting Approval Condition web page to learn more about your plans specific approval conditions, including where to locate them in PLUS and to get the appropriate form for each condition. Once completed, submit all required documents using this form.

Once you obtain your issued land disturbance permit and approved site-related plan, you may proceed with your associated building permit record(s). For more information on building record types to include when a permit is required and how to apply, visit When a Permit is Required.

Helpful Video:

red arrow in gray box Access Approved Plans in PLUS - YouTube Video


Site Inspections

Before beginning any land disturbing activities associated with your approved site/grading plan and land disturbance permit, you are required to request a pre-construction meeting. Before requesting your pre-construction meeting, certain items must be completed such as an approved Virginia 811 ticket. To review all required items, visit the Site Inspection web page.


Conservation/Bond Release

The release of the associated conservation deposit is coordinated with your site inspector upon project completion. The assigned site inspector will notify Bonds and Addressing staff to initiate the conservation escrow release process. Any associated building permit records must have a passed final inspection.

For process details, click the below graphic. For any process-related questions, please contact the Bonds and Agreements Center via email or phone at 703-222-0801, TTY 711.

escrow release process chart
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Additional Resources


Need More Assistance?

For questions or additional information, please visit the Site Application Center website or via telephone at 703-222-0801, TTY 711.


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