Land Development Services

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Friday, 9:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. Please note that visitors may not be added to in-person queues past 3:45 p.m.
703-222-0801 TTY 711
12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035
Bill Hicks

Reporting Land Development Concerns

Fairfax County is committed to maintaining the quality of our natural environment. As a result, there are regulations which address the clearing of land, the dumping of fill dirt and debris such as stumps and trash, and the erosion of soil.

  • Clearing of areas greater than 2,500 square feet or cut and fill in depths of 18 inches and greater requires a permit.  
  • Clearing of even small areas within a flood plain requires a permit or letter of permission.

Visit Online Building and Land Development Information to find permit information on a particular address or area.  

Clues to Illegal Activity and Construction Problems

  • The activity is occurring before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m. or on weekends.
  • No company name appears on the construction vehicles or equipment.
  • Construction activity is occurring on a site with no advertising sign.
  • Land is being cleared without surveyor's flagging on trees.
  • There is no construction entrance adjacent to the roadway (an area of large stone and gravel placed to keep mud off of streets).

If you observe illegal activities, you should report it to the appropriate agency during normal business hours.


Issue Agency Telephone Electronic
Illegal land clearing and tree removal Code Enforcement Branch 703-324-1300, TTY 711 online
Trees that are a public hazard Urban Forest Management Division 703-324-1770, TTY 711 email
Tree problems in Fairfax County parks Fairfax County Park Authority 703-324-8594, TTY 703-324-3988 email
Tree problems adjacent to public roads and streets Virginia Department of Transportation 800-367-7623, TTY 711 online
Soil eroding onto adjacent land Site Development and Inspection Division 703-324-7470, TTY 711 online
Soil eroding into streams and bodies of water Site Development and Inspection Division 703-324-7470, TTY 711 online
Soil erosion on private property (non-construction sites) Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District 703-324-1460, TTY 711 email
Illegal filling or soil removal activities Code Enforcement Branch 703-324-1300, TTY 711 email
Illegal dumping of debris that may cause health hazards Health Department 703-246-2300, TTY 703-591-6435 email
Illegal dumping of hazardous waste into storm drains, streams, etc. Fire Marshal 703-246-4386, TTY 703-335-4419 email
Dust problems Site Development and Inspection Division 703-324-7470, TTY 711 online
Mud on streets from construction Site Development and Inspection Division 703-324-7470, TTY 711 online
Noise problems between the hours of 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. Department of Code Compliance 703-324-1300, TTY 711 online
























































































































































































































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