7. Renewal

Step 7 of the development review process is renewal.  For all the steps, visit the Development Process Overview.

As the building and site's usefulness becomes obsolete there becomes a need to redevelop or repurpose the site for economic purposes and possibly for community interests.  Redevelopment and revitalization are a natural part of the development process. 

Renewal and Demolition

A property may fall into decline, reach the end of its useful life and be demolished. 

Demolition Process

Step 1 - Asbestos Abatement Permit

Step 2 - Plumbing Permit

Step 3 - Demolition Permit

Step 4 - Bond Release


The Board of Supervisors created seven Commercial Revitalization Districts/Areas to sustain economic vitality in the older commercial areas and adjacent neighborhoods in Fairfax County.  A variety of current revitalization program initiatives exist.

Office of Community Revitalization

Staff is Available for Assistance

County staff is available through the Customer Information Center via phone at the following numbers:

  • Zoning: Planner of the Day, 703-324-5387/5372, TTY 711
  • Site and Subdivision Plans: Engineer of the Day, 703-324-2268, TTY 711
  • Building Permits: Permit Application Center, 703-222-0801, TTY 711
  • Building Code Questions, 703-631-5101, TTY 711
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