4. Permits and Review

Step 4 of the development review process is obtaining the proper review and permits before construction can start. For all the steps, visit the Development Process Overview.


Permits

Fairfax County issues several different types of permits for construction projects including building permits, trade permits and land disturbance permits among others. The type of permit you need will depend on the work you are planning.

Learn when permits are needed and what permits you need on the following Land Development Services (LDS) web pages:

 

All applications must begin in the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS).

PLUS Welcome Screen

 

Drawings, plats, site-related plans and other documentation may be required. See "Review" section below for more details.

 

Review

In order to determine if your project is in compliance with construction codes, the zoning ordinance and other county or state ordinances, other agency reviews may be necessary, depending on your project. Choose a review type below to learn more.

Permit Application

Hours for phone calls and emails are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mon. through Thurs., and 9:15 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Fri. 

Meet With Staff for more help.

All applications must begin via PLUS. Learn more on the operational status page.

STAFF IS AVAILABLE FOR ASSISTANCE

Get development agency contact information for things such as:

  • Permits, plans & inspections
  • Developing sites
  • ePlans
  • Public Records Requests
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