Listed below are publications and links which provide information for various types of residential construction in Fairfax County, from building code requirements to inspections.
Home Improvement Projects
- Accessible Home Ramps
- Additions, Garages and Sunrooms
- Carport Enclosures
- Decks | Typical Deck Details
- Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
- Finished Basements
- Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs
- Retaining Walls
New Home Construction
- Building Construction Forms
- Building Codes & Standards
- Contractor, Architect & Engineer State License Information
- Residential Electrical Service Review
- Energy Conservation
- LDS - Public Records
- Local Design Load Criteria
- Smoke Alarms (Residential)
- Wall Bracing
Soils and Site Requirements
- Overcoming Problems with Marine Clay
- Marine Clay Frequently Asked Questions
- Requirements for Building in a Problem Soil
- Site-Related Plans
- Soil Ratings
- Soil Requirements for Minor Construction Projects
Damage Assessment/Reports Inspections
Homeowners, business owners and contractors can request an inspection from Land Development Services (LDS) inspectors when they have experienced property damage to their homes or businesses caused by natural disasters or structural impacts, such as a fallen tree, flood and fire. In many cases a contractor will be used by the owner to complete this process. Once the inspection is complete, and a damage assessment report has been issued by LDS, the structure will be released to the owner of the property, or to the contractor, so the damage can be repaired.
If you have experienced property damage due to natural disaster or structural impacts, please email LDS to request an inspection and a damage assessment report.
Please note: If the property sustains fire damage or hazardous materials are released, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue investigators may do the damage assessment report.
See the step-by-step process and additional resources in the Post-Disaster Recovery fact sheet.