Planning, Permitting and Construction

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Permitting Business Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. (M-Th), 9:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. (F)

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Multiple Development Agency Directors,

Site ePlan FAQs


No. Now that approvals are done digitally, signed coversheets from outside agencies are not necessary.  The submitting engineer must still sign/seal the plans as required by law.

Mass downloading of sheets is not available in the ePlans software. Sheets must be downloaded one at a time.

When a sheet(s) are no longer necessary for a project, you must upload a blank sheet.   Follow the steps:

  1. Save a blank sheet with the text “This sheet left intentionally blank” on the page
  2. Name the sheet with the exact same name as previously submitted
  3. Upload sheet(s) and the system will version it for you

If you don’t do this, the sheet numbering system will be altered, leading to confusion.

No. In between review cycles, applicants and reviewers often need to work through issues together using the plan for reference. It is very important to NOT mark any sheets with comments or other marks in between cycles.

The latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Internet Explorer, and Safari are compatible with ePlans. Note that Internet Explorer versions 11 or less will require installation of ProjectDox Components, available on the main ProjectDox login page.

No. In the past, customers would often submit their plans for review to each agency individually. Now, with ePlans, all submissions must be made via the ePlans software.

Review agency comments will not be published and email notification sent until a final decision (approve or disapprove) is rendered by LDS’s Site Development and Inspections Division (SDID). However, you can log in to ProjectDox at any time to see which agencies have reviewed the plan.

Documents requiring separate reviews and approvals such as geotechnical reports, parking studies and floodplain studies should not be uploaded to the project files.  Please submit these directly to the Site Application Center for separate processing.

The applicant is responsible for printing a copy of the plan approved in the ePlans process, and keeping it onsite at all times.

The applicant is responsible to deliver hard copies of the approved plan to Fairfax Water.

When sealed drawings are mandated by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), the requirements for electronically signing the documents must be in accordance with the Virginia Administrative Code. Electronic signatures must have signature protection on each sheet or the coversheet-only provided it has a table of contents. The DPOR policy for electronic signatures is enforced by Fairfax County plan review staff.

We understand that your time is valuable.  We are excited that ePlans will offer our customers the opportunity for a more streamlined plan review experience, with shortened review cycles, less time printing and transporting submittals and more efficient communication with reviewers.  To participate in ePlans, applicants will be required to commit to a high level of quality submittals.  That means quality control checks must occur before any plans or documents are uploaded to ePlans.  Taking a few extra days to get a submittal right may save your project an entire review cycle, which can equate to months of time in the review process!  As County staff, we are similarly committed to a high level of review quality, with additional quality control checks built into the ePlans process to ensure comments are clear, applicable and consistent.  These commitments to quality on both sides will help ensure your plan is reviewed as efficiently as possible.

The file may be giving you an error message if you have exceeded the 55-character count limit or if you have used non-alphanumeric characters like the examples below:


Greater Than


Less Than




Percentage Sign


Double Quotation Mark

Single Quotation Mark

Equal Sign




Question Mark



Please be sure to follow the naming convention we have outlined, which can be found on our “Uploading Files for Site-Related Plans” webpage.

Digital signatures can be obtained through third-party entities known as certificate authorities, who usually charge a fee for the service of independently verifying the identity of the signer and issuing the digital certificate. Certificate authorities use a type of technology known as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) to create, manage, store and distribute digital signatures. PKI technology provides the same level of security as a traditional wet signature because the digital signature cannot be copied or altered in any way. The document’s authenticity is verifiable through checking the digital signature's certificate in a standard PDF viewer, and if the document has been altered since being signed, the certificate will display an “X” or a warning sign in it.

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