Codes, Ordinances and Regulations - Overview

Development in Fairfax County must adhere to federal, state and county ordinances, regulations, codes and standards in order to protect health, safety, welfare, and environment for those who live in, work in, and visit Fairfax County.

Ordinances and Regulations

Site Development Codes

The code for land development is administered by Fairfax County's Department of Land Development Services. The codes regulating site development are generated from federal, state and county laws, regulations, resolutions and policies, as well as specific standards from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Building Codes

Fairfax County is required to enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) and the Statewide Fire Prevention Code (SFPC). Both codes are administered by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development and reference the 2012 International Codes as published by the International Code Council.  Fairfax County Land Development Service’s Building Division has been awarded the highest achievable rating for building code effectiveness under the current Virginia USBC. Read more.


Technical Bulletins

Technical Bulletins announce new and updated policy and code requirements regarding building and site construction.

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