LDS Operational Status

January 31 PLUS Updates

Effective Jan. 31, 2022, all customers applying for household appliance permits and scheduling household appliance inspections will apply through the new Planning Land Use System (PLUS).

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  • Land Development Services (LDS) now accepts submissions for permits and plans only online. Paper submissions are no longer accepted.
  • Staff are available to answer questions via phone, email and virtual meetings. Learn more on our Meet with Staff page.
  • If your project has already been assigned to a plan reviewer or inspector, you can contact them directly – contact information can be found in the LDS staff directory to locate particular staff..

Walk-in Customer Support

  • LDS staff are available to answer questions for walk-in customers at the Herrity Building, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • The Herrity Building is located at 12055 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.


Building Permits and Plans

NOTE: If you began your permit application with a paper plan submission, prior to March 25, 2020, please follow the steps available through the ePaper Submissions link.

  1. Determine whether you need a permit.
  2. Determine what permit you need:
  3. Apply for most permits using Fairfax Inspection Database Online (FIDO). You will receive your permit at the end of your FIDO application, unless the application requires supplemental plans. Household Appliance permits must be applied for using PLUS beginning Jan. 31, 2022.
  4. If plans are required, submit your supplemental architectural plans and documents electronically. (Once uploaded they are referred to as “ePlans.") See also minimum submission requirements.
  5. Check the status of your permit:
  6. Check the status of your plans:  (Current Review Times)
  7. To obtain your permit and approved plans:
    • You should receive an email that confirms you have reached the “Batch Stamp” task, also known as "Plan Issuance" or "Log Out". If you don’t receive an email, view the “Workflow Routing Slip” report (see Track Your ePlan) to verify where your plan is in the process.
    • Ensure all outstanding fees are paid.
    • Email with your request to obtain your permit.
    • In PLUS, your household appliance permit will be sent automatically via email.
  8. To submit revisions or amendments:


Send general building plan review inquiries to

For general questions regarding ePlans, please email or visit the ePlans webpage for how-to documents, videos and FAQs.

More information about PLUS can be found on the Your LDS Guide to PLUS.


NOTE: You do not need to apply for a building permit extension as explained in the letter to industry sent out on April 14, 2020.

Site-Related Plans

For submission, site plan review, plan approval, and Land Disturbance permit issuance information, go to the Site Application Center web page.


Zoning Operational Status

To get the latest information on zoning submissions, sign permits and fees, visit the DPD Operational Status webpage.

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