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)

703-324-1780
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Multiple Development Agency Directors,

Planning Springtime Home Improvements? Land Development Services is your Source for Building Permits

StoveDid you know permits are required for new and replacement gas appliances and HVAC equipment? Fairfax County building inspectors help ensure these appliances and equipment have been properly installed in your home.

Applying for building permits and HVAC equipment permits is easy! Start your permit application from the Plan2Build web page and select the “Apply for a Permit” icon. From the drop-down menu, select “household appliance.” You will need to create an account to apply for a permit. Follow the instructions provided.

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If you are having problems with your permit application or processing, please reach out to LDS customer support at 703-222-0801 #2, TTY 711 or email LDS Building Permits.

Other household projects (residential) that require a permit include the following:

  • New plumbing lines
  • New major electric appliances (like ovens and refrigerators)
  • Sump pumps
  • Interior alterations – An interior alteration in your home would include finishing a basement; remodeling a kitchen, bedroom or bathroom; repairing your foundation or roof. (Permits are not needed for new floors, carpet, painting and trim work.)Popout
  • Residential additions – A residential addition might be attached to your house or detached and would include a adding a new deck, sunroom, screened porch, gazebo, chimney (new or reline), bay window, barn, shed, garage or adding a second story over your existing home. 
  • Chemical dispensers connected to a water supply or plumbing line

To learn more about building permits and the county’s land development process, visit the Plan2Build web page and become a well-educated homeowner.

Contact Name
Mary Mulrenan
Contact Information

Public Information Officer
Fairfax County Land Development Services
703-324-2743, TTY 711

Residential Permit Guide

For residential construction projects try our residential permitting wizard. It walks you through the permitting process and provides written instructions you can print out and follow. Search for “permit wizard” on www.fairfaxcounty.gov. (You can sign up for an account or try it out as a guest.)

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