Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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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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Under Consideration

The following are actively being researched and evaluated by staff to develop a proposal for an amendment to the PFM or County Code.  These potential amendments have not been formally authorized by the Board of Supervisors for public hearing at this time.

None at this time.

Currently Proposed

Proposed Amendments to Chapter 118 and Chapter 124 Re: Long-Term Maintenance of Stormwater Management Facilities, Illicit Discharges, and Enforcement

The Stormwater Management Ordinance is being amended to authorize the Director of DPWES to administer and enforce specific provisions of the ordinance related to the County’s MS4 Permit and long-term maintenance of stormwater management facilities, which is consistent with current lines of business.

The Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance is being amended to allow legal action under the ordinance to be pursued in any appropriate court. Also, the density and planting requirements for the establishment and restoration of Resource Protection Area (RPA) buffers are being amended to align with the requirements in the PFM and the required caliper of trees for restoration of RPA buffers is being reduced from 2 inches to 1.5 inches.


  • Board of Supervisors: June 25, 2019

Public Hearings:

  • Planning Commission: July 24, 2019, 7:30 p.m.
  • Board of Supervisors: November 19, 2019, 4 p.m.


Recently Adopted

Amendments to Chapter 101, Chapter 112, and PFM re: Development in Dam Break Inundation Zones, Construction of State-Regulated Impounding Structures, Plan Submissions, and Minor Editorial Changes

The amendments require that developments in dam break inundation zones of state-regulated impounding structures that are mapped and on file with the county be identified on site plans, subdivision plans, and development plans. Once identified, the county is required to send copies of the site and subdivision plans (not development plans) to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation for review and a determination of whether the proposed development will change the hazard classification of the impounding structure. If the hazard classification does not change, the only subsequent requirements are that the as-built drawings be forwarded to the dam owner to be used in updating the emergency action plan for the facility and that the inundation zone be shown and appropriately notated on the record plat for subdivisions. If the hazard classification does change, the developer must either redesign the development to avoid the change in classification or prepare an engineering study and a cost estimate for any necessary upgrades to the impounding structure. Following DCR approval of the cost estimate and prior to final plan approval, the developer would pay one-half the cost of the upgrades into a state administered fund for eventual distribution to the dam owner. The amendments to the Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances also address plan submission requirements and make minor editorial changes. The PFM amendment incorporates notification requirements for developers constructing new state-regulated impounding structures. The amendments include provisions for the identification of proposed developments in dam break inundation zones with zoning applications (e.g. rezonings, special exceptions, special permits, etc.). The amendments related to state-regulated dams codify requirements that Land Development Services has administered in accordance with state law since 2007. Maps for 34 state-regulated impoundments are on file with the county and available for viewing on the LDS Development in Dam Break Inundation Zones website (click here for the county’s Dam Break Inundation Zones Viewer).

Effective date:

  • September 25, 2019


Amendments to the Public Facilities Manual (PFM) Regarding Phase 2 of the “PFM Flex Project"

On Dec. 4, 2018, the Board adopted amendments to the PFM as a result of Phase 1 of the “PFM Flex Project,” a Fairfax First Initiative to improve speed, consistency, and predictability of the county’s land development review process. The county has fully implemented the PFM Flex Project Phase 1 amendments. The amendment process for Phase 2 is underway.

This proposed amendment to modernize street light fixtures to light emitting diodes (LED) and allow an additional pipe material for storm sewers is part of Phase 2 of the PFM Flex Project.

Effective Date: July 17, 2019

Adopted Amendments:

Amendments to The County Code of the County Fairfax, Chapters 122 (Tree Conservation Ordinance)

Amendments to The County Code of the County Fairfax, Chapters 122 (Tree Conservation Ordinance) to revise the provision regarding the processing of violations to: add “professional” and certain Arborists to the list of those who may be subject to enforcement; and revise the criminal violations and add provisions to allow the Director to seek civil penalties, rather than criminal convictions, for infractions of the Ordinance pursuant to the enabling provisions in Virginia Code §15.2-961.1. The amendment also revises the Definition section to specify that “Director” means the Director of Land Development Services, and includes other editorial changes.

Effective Date:

  • June 26, 2019

Adopted Amendments:

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

Adopted Amendments:

  • Chapter 71 (Expedited Building Plan Review)

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)

Adopted Amendments:

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

Adopted Amendments:

Amendments to The Code of the County of Fairfax (Code) and the 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 adopted 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.”

Effective Date:

  • Dec. 5, 2018

Adopted Amendments:

Amendments to PFM Plates:

Amendments to County Code Chapters 101 and 122:

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