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Public Facilities Manual and County Code Amendments

Proposed Amendments
Under Consideration

No Proposed Amendments Under Consideration at this time.

Proposed Amendments
Authorized for Public Hearing

The following proposed amendments to the Fairfax County PFM and the County Code are scheduled to be authorized or have been authorized for advertisement of public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Please note that hearing dates and times may be subject to change.

For the convenience of the public, copies of the Staff Reports for the proposed amendments are available for review in portable document format (PDF) below.

Proposed Amendment to Section 65-6-6 of The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia (County Code) Relating to Public Sanitary Sewer Availability

The proposed change is editorial in nature. It amends the sewer availability provisions of Section 65-6-6 of the County Code by adding a reference to the Board-adopted Sewer Policy to clarify that availability of the public sewer service under Section 65‑6‑6 of the County Code is subject to the Sewer Policy.


  • Board of Supervisors: Sept. 12, 2023

Public Hearing:

  • Board of Supervisors: Sept. 26, 2023, 4 p.m.



Proposed Amendment to Appendix Q (Land Development Services Fee Schedule) of The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia (County Code) Re: Site Inspection Fees for Bond Agreement Extensions

The proposed amendment will reinstate the inspection fee for agreement extensions that existed prior to adoption of the current fee schedule. No change to the current inspection fee for the original agreement is proposed.


  • Board of Supervisors: June 6, 2023

Public Hearings:

  • Planning Commission: June 28, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
  • Board of Supervisors: July 25, 2023, 4:30 p.m.



Recently Adopted Amendments

The amendment simplifies the fee schedule structure and ensures that it is consistent and fair. The current effort makes the overall fee schedule more transparent and predictable. The Fee Schedule is updated based on current cost recovery calculations by revising fees for building trade permits, elevator inspections, site-related plans and inspections and establishing a new fee for gateway/ minimum submission plan reviews.

Effective Date:

Vertical Transportation and Elevators shall become effective on Dec. 8, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. All other amendments shall become effective upon launch of the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS) with the exception of site-related pre-submission fees will not be assessed on any plan filed prior to the launch of the PLUS system nor on any resubmission or revision of that plan filed after launch of the PLUS system


•    Appendix Q (LDS Fee Schedule)

Updated planting requirements for the establishment and restoration of RPAs have been adopted. The planting requirements are designed to create a buffer area that is effective in retarding runoff, preventing erosion, and filtering nonpoint source pollution from runoff as required by the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance (Ordinance). The updated requirements replace and consolidate existing requirements in the Ordinance and the PFM. The requirements are more comprehensive than the current requirements. The requirements are based on state requirements and the County’s experience with stream restoration projects.  Multiple options for the size of trees that may be used, with planting densities based on the size of the trees, and a reduction in the number of shrubs required to be planted are included in the requirements which should reduce the costs of establishment and restoration of RPAs.

Effective Date:

  • June 23, 2021


Amendments to Chapters 107 (Problem Soils), 112 (Zoning Ordinance), and 122 (Tree Conservation Ordinance) of the Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia (County Code) to Remove the Tree Commission and Geotechnical Review Board Provisions from Article 19 of the Zoning Ordinance and Incorporate them into Chapters 122 and 107 of the County Code, respectively.

The amendments removes the Tree Commission and GRB provisions (Parts 5 and 6 of Article 19 of the Zoning Ordinance) and incorporate them into a new Article 9 of Chapter 122 (Tree Conservation Ordinance) and Article 3 of Chapter 107 (Problem Soils). Minor edits are made to clarify ordinance provisions and update organization names.
Effective Date:

  • Mar. 24, 2021


The amendment to Chapter 104 (Erosion and Sedimentation Control) of The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia (County Code) that address monitoring, inspections, stop work orders, penalties, injunctions, and other legal actions related to enforcement of the ordinance has been prepared. The amendment is necessary to align the ordinance with our current process for issuing violations and the Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Law and to add provisions for civil penalties.

Adopted Amendment to Chapter 104 (Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance) of The Code of the County of Fairfax, Virginia (County Code)

The adopted amendments are necessary to make technical and non-technical updates, clarifications, and editorial changes to the 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 Flex Project.” Phase 1 of the PFM Project was approved by the Board on December 4, 2018. This adopted amendments are for Phase 2 of the PFM Flex Project.

Effective Date:

  • Oct. 21, 2020


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