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

Special Inspections Program

Special inspections are required by the current building code and are outlined in the links below. The Fairfax County Special Inspections Program (SIP), established in 1973 after the collapse of a 26-story concrete building under construction, monitors all major commercial and residential construction projects.

Special inspections are observations, inspections and tests conducted during the construction of a building which require particular expertise to substantiate adequacy. The owner must retain a Registered Design Professional to provide these services, and bears the associated costs.

Note: A pre-construction meeting and a critical structures meeting are the same thing and referred to as both in the program manual, Web page and in PLUS.


Special Inspection Publication and Forms


Related Resources

  • Please refer to Guidelines for Smoke Control Manual for all design, commissioning, and additional testing requirements. Where conflict occurs, Special Inspection Program (SIP) shall take precedence. If you have questions with regards to this manual, please call Fairfax County Fire Marshal Office, Engineering Plans Review Division, at 703-246-4806, TTY 711, or by email.

Use this guide to find detailed information such as:

  • Who Should Apply?
  • Plan Ahead
  • Typical Process Flowchart
  • How Do I Submit My Record?
  • Requirements
  • What's Next?
  • Additional Resources


Please contact the Building Division at 703-222-0801, TTY 711, or email us for more information or for documents in an alternate format.
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