Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,

Public Facilities Manual and Code Amendments

Listed below are the proposed and recently adopted amendments to the Public Facilities Manual and the County Code.

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Recently Adopted


Amendment to the Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia (County Code) to Repeal Chapter 71 (Expedited Building Plan Review): The amendment repeals Chapter 71 in its entirety. The statutory authority for Chapter 71 expired in 2002.  Provisions for expedited review of building plans are included in the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) which does not require a separate chapter in the County Code. Chapter 71 is outdated and not needed. There are no changes to the County’s Expedited Building Plan Review Program, which operates under the authority provided in the USBC, with this amendment.

Effective Date:

  • March 20, 2019



Amendment to Update Appendix Q (Land Development Services Fee Schedule) of The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia Regarding ePlans and Other Updates: The amendment updates the fee structure, enabling Land Development Services (LDS) to review certain plans electronically. The amendment proposes new technology surcharge on all land development applications, new digitization fee to scan and electronically index each plan into the ePlans system and new fee for processing landscape deferral applications. The amendment also proposes to adjust some inspection fees.

Effective Date:

  • March 20, 2019 (except Technology Surcharge, which will become effective on July 1, 2019)



Proposed Amendments to The County Code of the County Fairfax, Chapters 101, 112, and 118 and the PFM to revise the submission requirements for plans of development: Site Plans, Minor Site Pans, Preliminary Plans, Subdivision Plans, Infill Lot Grading Plans, Conservation Plans, Rough Grading Plans and Public Improvement Plans to require a delineation of the buildable area on each lot, based on the performance criteria in the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance, minimum required yards in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance, and other relevant easements and limitations regarding lot coverage. There are also other amendments to Chapter 118 to add running bamboo to the list of noxious weeds, as well as other corrections and editorial changes.

Effective Date:

  • Jan. 23, 2019 



Proposed Amendments to The Code of the County of Fairfax (Code) and the Public Facilities Manual (PFM) Regarding the “PFM Flex Project,” a Fairfax First Initiative to Improve the Speed, Consistency and Predictability of the County’s Land Development Review Process:  The proposed amendments are necessary to make technical and non-technical updates, clarifications, and editorial changes to the PFM, and to align the Code with the updated PFM. This effort is a result of goal three of the Strategic Plan for Economic Success in Fairfax County: to improve the speed, consistency, and predictability of the land development review process. This effort has been dubbed the “PFM Flexibility Project.”

Proposed amendments to the PFM, as part of the PFM Flexibility Project, can be found in the Staff Report and Attachments.


Amendments to Chapter 101 (Subdivision Provisions) and Appendix Q (Land Development Services (LDS) Fees) of The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia (Code) and to the Public Facilities Manual (PFM) related to interpretation of the PFM, hydraulic grade lines, debris control devices, new fees for code modifications and appeals, and other edits: The adopted amendment to Chapter 101 (Subdivision Provisions) updates the County Code to mirror Virginia Code § 15.2 2260 (A).

The amendment to Chapter 1 (General Information) of the PFM clarifies that the LDS Director may authorize deviation from the PFM, as appropriate. The adopted amendments to Chapter 6 (Storm Drainage) of the PFM makes it mandatory, unless waived by the Director, for all storm sewer system designs to include the use of hydraulic grade lines, amends the standards and guidelines for debris control devices, and updates the PFM to require that a copy of the standard maintenance specifications for stormwater management facilities be made a part of construction plan submissions.

The amendments to Appendix Q of the Code clarify various inspection and study fees while also aligning current inspection fees with LDS’s annual Comprehensive Unit Price Schedule. The amendment proposes a new fee of $208.00 for building and fire prevention code modifications and a new fee of $208.00 for applications for appeals from the Building Official, Fire Official, or Property Maintenance Code Official.

Effective Dates:

  • Appendix Q Amendment - July 1, 2018
  • Other Code and PFM Amendments - May 2, 2018



Amendments to  Chapters 107 (Problem Soils), Chapter 112 (Zoning Ordinance) of The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia (County Code) and the Public Facilities Manual (PFM) Related to the County Soils Map and Uses Exempt from Site Plan Requirements: The adopted amendment to the County Soils Map more accurately delineates soil boundaries, provides more detailed information, and ensures the mapping stays current with changing land use. Edits to Chapters 4, 6, and 11 of the PFM and Chapter 107 of the County Code are made to clarify where soil maps can be found online and to help distinguish between the County’s Soil Map and the maps published by the Natural Resource Conservation Service.

The adopted Zoning Ordinance amendment facilitates and streamlines the site plan process by clarifying the uses that are exempt from the site plan requirements, and increasing the amount of gross floor area and land disturbing activity for certain uses that are exempt from the site plan requirements. The amendment reorders the text of Par. 16 of Sect. 17-104 of the Zoning Ordinance and clarifies that the land disturbance area is the same as defined in County Code Chapter 104 (Erosion and Sedimentation Control).

Effective Date:

  • March 7, 2018



Proposed Amendment to the Public Facilities Manual (PFM) and Engineering Standards Review Committee (ESRC) Charter to Update the ESRC’s Membership: The adopted amendments update Article 2, Paragraph 5, of the ESRC Charter to replace the Citizens Committee on Land-Use and Transportation appointment with an At-Large Citizen appointment. The same updates are made to Section 1-0301.1 of the PFM

Effective Date:

  • Jan. 24, 2018



Amendments to the County Code Re: Reorganization of the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services to Create a New Department of Land Development Services and Assign Administration of Chapters of the Code to the New Director and Administration of Chapter 119 of the County Code to the Director of the Department of Code Compliance. – The amendments to Chapters 1, 2, 4, 30, 61, 63, 68.1, 71, 101, 103, 104, 107, 112, 117, 118, 119, 122, and 124, and Appendices A and Q of the County Code are necessary to implement the reorganization.

Effective Date:

    • July 12, 2017, at 12:01 a.m.



Amendment to the Public Facilities Manual Related to Expansive Soils & Slope Stability: The amendment updates Chapter 4 (Geotechnical Guidelines) to standardize the best practices used by experienced professional engineers to deal effectively with expansive soil and slope stability concerns.

Effective Date:

  • Nov. 2, 2016



Please note: Written signatures may have been redacted from the online versions of documents for protection against unlawful duplication.

For more information, contact Site Code Research and Development Branch at 703-324-1780, TTY 711, or via email.