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Most permit types can be applied for and/or issued online. Land Development Services now offers digital plan review - ePlans - for the following plan types.ePlans





Building ePlans: Getting Started

You must apply for your building permit at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/FIDO and submit all supplemental plans and documents electronically in one of three ways:

1.  Use our standard ePlans submission process

  • New commercial structures
  • Commercial interior alterations (plans that include exterior work need to be applied for and submitted via the paper process)
  • New Single Family Dwellings

2.  Use our alternate ePlans submission process

3.  Use our Web Portal for the following permit types only:

  • Areaway, residential
  • Demolish entire structure
  • Finished basements, residential
  • Foundation repair, residential
  • Interior alterations, residential
  • New masonry chimney, residential
  • Building sign permit, commercial

Site ePlans: Getting Started

To offer customers even more options for electronic submissions of plans and documents, LDS is now temporarily accepting through our Sharefile system any site-related plans and documents that you cannot submit through ProjectDox. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Public Improvement Plans (PI)
  • Subdivision Plans (SD)
  • Conservation Plans (CON)
  • Rough Grading Plans (RGP)
  • Subdivision Grading Plans (SDGP)
  • Site Plan Grading Plans (SPGP)
  • Plats
  • Waivers
  • Soils reports
  • Parking studies

To submit documents through Sharefile, please email LDSsac@fairfaxcounty.gov.


Before You Begin

Fairfax County Land Development Services offers electronic plan review, known as "ePlans". To guide you through the ePlans submission process, check out this helpful video:

The benefits of paperless plan review

  • Promotes better communication and collaboration among all stakeholders, offering real-time status updates and increased transparency
  • Ends the time-consuming practice of printing and distributing heavy plans to multiple reviewing agencies – distribution happens simultaneously
  • Creates time-savings because simultaneous distribution allows different agencies to review in parallel, instead of consecutively
  • Offers the ability to upload plans outside of regular business hours

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ePlans Help Desk

For general questions about the ePlans process:

Staff is Available for Assistance

County staff is available on-site in the Customer Information Center or 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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