Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks,

Site Inspections

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Due to the transition to the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS), staff will be making multiple changes to the website; information found on this page may be undergoing review. More information can be found on Your LDS Guide to PLUS. Thank you for your patience.

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The Site Development & Inspections Division (SDID) staff of plan reviewers and inspectors ensure that the development of residential and commercial projects meets applicable county, state and federal regulations.

Before beginning any land disturbing activities associated with your approved site/grading plan and land disturbance permit, you are required to request a pre-construction meeting.

Before requesting your pre-construction meeting, have the following items completed:

1. Approved Virginia 811 (VA811) Ticket

Have a cleared and current Virginia 811 (VA811) ticket in hand and ready to supply to the site inspector. To coordinate your utility ticket, call 811 or submit online at, at least three business days (excluding weekends and legal holidays) before you are scheduled to commence work.

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2. Clearly Marked Limits of Clearing and Grading/Limits of Disturbance

Place a continuous ribbon marking the perimeter of the limits of clearing and/or disturbance as determined by your licensed surveyor following your approved erosion and sediment control plans. Include the erosion and sediment control phase 1 limits, if applicable.

3. A Project Arborist

If your plan calls for a Project Arborist (International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist) ensure they are contracted and ready to attend the pre-construction meeting (reference the Tree Preservation and/or Landscape plan sheets of your approved plans).

4. All Necessary Permits Posted

Obtain all necessary permits and ensure they are posted at the job site, when appropriate (land disturbance permit, building/demo permit(s), stormwater permit, Construction General Permit, etc.). If your plan requires a Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) permit for work in the Right of Way (ROW), ensure the approved permit is in hand and ready to supply to the Site Inspector.

5. SWPPP Available Onsite

When applicable, ensure your completed Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is available on site and that you are using the county-approved format.


Periodic Site Inspections

As authorized by your project’s land disturbance permit, SDID inspectors will perform routine and periodic inspections for the various improvements associated with your approved site/grading plan, to include:

For more details, please review the conditions and provisions of your land disturbance permit.


Erosion & Sediment Control During Construction

Erosion and sediment control measures must be properly installed and maintained per your approved plan and DEQ standards. If the control measures required in the approved plan are inadequate based on site conditions or current construction activities, your site inspector may modify the control measures accordingly. The plan and any associated field changes approved by the director, are enforceable under the county’s Erosion and Sediment Control Ordinance, Chapter 104 of the Fairfax County Code. Failure to follow the requirements of the plan and any site inspections, may result in withdrawal of your land disturbance permit, issuance of a Notice of Violation and/or Stop Work Order, and assessment of penalties under § 104-1-12.

What is a SWPPP and When is it Required?

A Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) is required for active construction sites disturbing an acre or more with coverage under the General Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) Permit for Discharges of Stormwater for Construction Activities (Construction General Permit, or CGP).

Fairfax County requires all prepared SWPPP’s follow the approved SWPPP format. Acceptable SWPPP templates are available via the Environmental Protection Agencies (EPA) webpage. For single-family detached residential structures disturbing an acre or more, within or outside of a common plan of development or sale, the operator may utilize the Construction General Permit (VAR10) Cover Letter and the single-family home SWPPP template without submitting a registration statement to the locality.

For all other construction activities, the operator must develop and implement a site-specific SWPPP before submitting a registration statement for permit coverage to Fairfax County. In all instances, the SWPPP must be retained at the construction site along with a copy of the CGP and the general permit coverage letter issued by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).

The permit holder must commit the resources necessary to prevent pollution and make the SWPPP available by request for review by county and/or state inspectors.  An electronic or hard copy must also be available for the public.

Once the project is complete and stabilized, and as further coordinated with your site inspector, the operator must complete the Notice of Termination to successfully close out the SWPPP and associated permit coverage.

For more information, see Letter to Industry No. 20-01.

Certificate of Occupancy

  • Non-Residential Use Permit (Non-RUP) – certificate of use and occupancy for commercial structures located in Fairfax County. Non-RUP inspections may be requested by completing the online request form.
  • Residential Use Permit (RUP) – certificate of occupancy for residential, single family attached and detached structures. RUP inspections may be requested by email or by phone at 703-631-5101, TTY 711. Requests must be made by noon the day before you want the inspection.
  • For more detailed information on requirements, see the Zoning Ordinance Section 18-700.

VDOT Street Acceptance Process

Any work proposed within the VDOT right-of-way requires you to obtain a VDOT permit. The work covered by the VDOT permit must be completed, inspected and closed out accordingly. Projects with supplemental or full dedication of VDOT right-of-way will have additional requirements associated. Please coordinate with your site inspector directly. For more information on VDOT’s permitting process, see VDOT’s Northern Virginia Fairfax and Arlington Counties Permit website. 


Project Completion & Bond/Conservation Release

Final inspection of your associated building permit(s) and issuance of your certificate of occupancy does not necessarily mean your project is complete. In order to properly close out your project and release the associated bond and/or conservation escrow deposit, you will need to satisfy all of the site-specific requirements, to include final site stabilization, any applicable as-builts and/or third-party certifications, obtain approval of final plantings, etc. Every project is unique and so to ensure successful completion of your project, please coordinate directly with your site inspector. See our bond release webpage for more information regarding the Developer’s Project Completion process.

► For more information on Bonds and Agreements, permit fees and payments, see the Site Development Web page.


As-Built Plan Coordination

As-built plans must be submitted electronically via PLUS and approved by the county prior to final bond release for site plan and subdivision projects and include the following:

  • Verifiable digital signature of the professional engineer or licensed surveyor
  • As-built certification stamp
  • Related site or subdivision plan number
  • The deed book and page numbers of all easements and right-of-way must be shown on the applicable plan and profile sheet
  • Applicable review fee (see Appendix Q of the County Code)

In addition to the above PDF submission requirements, sanitary sewer as-builts plans must also:

  • Show deflection angles or bearing and distance between manholes
  • For subdivisions on the Virginia coordinate system, show coordinates of all manholes along the subtrunk and trunk facilities

For more information on as-built requirements, refer to Chapter 2 and Chapter 10 of the county’s Public Facilities Manual.

Note: 3rd party as-built certification checklists for Stormwater and BMP facilities are separately coordinated with your site inspector, using the 3rd party BMP inspection checklists.


Site Construction Hotline Report

This report contains the current pending site construction complaints.

If a hazardous material incident or other emergency is suspected, call 911 immediately.

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