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What is PLUS?

In a major expansion to make Fairfax County’s land planning, development and environmental health online applications more integrative and customer responsive, Fairfax County has launched a modernization effort. The new online system, called PLUS, will be the central platform to create and submit applications online, pay fees, track application status and receive electronic notifications. Customers will complete their zoning, building, permitting or other land development and environmental health processes online through the PLUS portal.

  • Release 1 - Oct. 2020 (complete)
  • Release 2 - July 2021 (complete)
  • Release 3 - Jan. 2022 (complete)
  • Release 4 - Fall 2022 Release 4 – October 2022/During the transition, online application and review systems, including PLUS and legacy systems (such as FIDO, ProjectDox and PAWs) will be unavailable for 10 days.  Details can be found in Latest Updates.

PLUS is launching through a series of four releases, each release will add new features and functionality to achieve increased reliability and capabilities. All records will be in the new system by October 2022 and legacy systems will be retired.

PLUS Application Portal

PLUS can be used to track current applications, make changes to these applications or to start a new application.

Please Note: Microsoft Edge is the supported browser for PLUS.

Webinar Wednesdays

Join the Fairfax County PLUS staff for live webinars answering all your questions about the new Planning and Land Use System.

  • Register for new webinars from event announcements
  • Access all Webinar Wednesday sessions through our GoTo Webinar PLUS channel

UPCOMING EVENTS

Oct

12

11:30AM, Join the Land Development Services to get a sneak peek at what actions…

Oct

19

1:00PM, Join the PLUS team for a sneak peek at the Digital Plan Room. The…

Oct

26

11:30AM, Get Ready to Go-Live with Release 4 of PLUS! On Monday, October 31,…

Nov

02

11:30AM, What is PLUS? Join Fairfax County staff for a free webinar to see a…

 

 

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Latest Updates

County Conversation with Adam Kelly on PLUS

Don’t have much time to browse or read articles on PLUS? Multi-task and listen in on the “County Conversation” podcast with Adam Kelly. Adam is the PLUS project manager and had a conversation about PLUS.

 

Please Plan Ahead: Legacy Land Use and Complaint Systems will be Unavailable between Oct. 21 and Oct. 31

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Description automatically generated with medium confidenceFairfax County is converting all of its land use permitting, plan review, inspections, and complaint systems to the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS) this fall. During the transition, all online application and review systems, including PLUS, FIDO, ProjectDox and PAWS will be unavailable, beginning Friday, October 21 at 4:30 until Monday, October 31. PLUS will replace all legacy systems (FIDO, ProjectDox and PAWS) and be available beginning Monday, October 31, 2022.

Your help is needed to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible for all projects. Please keep the following in mind as we get closer to October 21:

Before the Outage:

  • Consider starting your new applications sufficiently ahead of the outage so your projects are not delayed.
  • Consider closing any building or site projects nearing completion by scheduling final inspections sufficiently ahead of the outage.
  • Or, if possible, start your project in the PLUS system on October 31.

During the Outage (Oct. 21 - Oct. 31):

  • PLUS will be unavailable.
  • You will not be able to apply for records (permits and other applications), make payments, have inspections, or upload plans during this time.
  • The legacy systems, FIDO and PAWS, will be in a read-only mode.

After the Outage (Oct. 31):

  • After October 31, supporting data including plan sheets and attached documents from ProjectDox will still be migrating into PLUS. The processing and review of applications may be delayed.
  • PLUS will be the central platform for Fairfax County customers to complete their zoning, building, permitting or other land development processes, as well as submitting complaints to Department of Code Compliance.

More details will be available as we progress toward the launch date. Information is updated at https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/plan2build/plus

Top Four Things You Should Know about the New Fairfax County Permitting System

PLUS LogoThe PLUS Project Team continues to make progress in preparation for Release 4, which will go live on Oct. 31. This release will be the largest since Release 1 in 2020. The Planning and Land Use System (PLUS) will be the central Fairfax County platform for customers doing business with the following:

  • Environmental Health (Department of Health)
  • Department of Code Compliance
  • Department of Planning and Development
  • Land Development Services
  • Office of the Fire Marshal (Fire and Rescue Department)

Land development-related processes, including creating and submitting applications, scheduling inspections, paying fees, tracking application status and submitting complaints to the Department of Code Compliance will be performed in PLUS.

Four Things to Know:

  1. Many records (permits and other applications) are already active in PLUS, but on October 31 over 100 additional records will be available for customers seeking land development-related permits for use, including all building permits. See the complete list of new records at fairfaxcounty.gov/plan2build/plus. See “Agency-specific Records & Web Pages.”
  2. PLUS and all legacy systems currently in use (such as FIDO, PAWS and ProjectDox) will be unavailable between Oct. 21 and Oct. 31.
    1. The outage is tentatively planned to start at the end of day Friday, Oct. 21, and conclude the morning of Monday, Oct. 31. Please plan ahead if you are trying to start a new project or complete one that has been in the system. The outage impacts legacy systems within Land Development Services, Planning and Development, Code Compliance, Environmental Health and Office of the Fire Marshal. For several weeks after Oct. 31, data will still be migrating, and processing of records may be impacted.
  3. You can learn to use PLUS via live and video webinars and YouTube videos:
    1. Webinar Wednesdays – Fairfax County PLUS staff will answer all your questions about PLUS in live bi-weekly webinars. Webinar Wednesday sessions are 30 or 45 minutes long. Visit fairfaxcounty.gov/plan2build/plus for more information. See “Webinar Wednesdays” or “Upcoming Events.”
    2. PLUS YouTube Channel – Training videos for PLUS can be found on our YouTube Channel Fairfax County PLUS - YouTube.     
  4. You can stay informed about PLUS via email.
    1. Subscribe to the PLUS email subscription to receive notifications on training, scheduled maintenance outages, etc. Visit “Stay Connected” at fairfaxcounty.gov/plan2build/plus.

Plan Ahead Release 4  - Attached Outage Plan Ahead

Please Plan Ahead: Land Use Systems will be Unavailable Between October 21 and October 31

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  • Fairfax County is converting all of its land use permitting, plan review and inspections systems to the new Planning and Land Use System (PLUS) this fall.
  • During the transition, all online application and review systems, including PLUS and the legacy systems (such as FIDO, ProjectDox and PAWS.) will be unavailable for 10 days. PLUS will replace all legacy systems beginning Oct. 31, 2022, for a more efficient and modernized permitting and review system.

The outage is tentatively set to begin Friday, Oct. 21, at 4:30 p.m. All systems are expected to be available again on Monday, Oct. 31.

Your help is requested to ensure this process goes as smoothly as possible for all projects in the county. Please keep the following in mind as we get closer to Oct. 21:

Before the Outage:

  • Depending on the type of application you are pursuing, please consider starting your application in sufficient time so the outage does not delay your project. Specific details will be available on agency web pages.
  • Or delay your permit process, if it’s possible, so you are starting your project in the PLUS system after Oct. 31.

During the Outage (Oct. 21-Oct. 31):

  • This transition will require a 10-day shutdown.
    • PLUS will be unavailable.
    • You will not be able to apply for permits or upload plans during this time.
    • The legacy systems, including FIDO and PAWS, will be in a read-only mode.
    • LDS Building Division staff are evaluating the ability to accommodate certain inspections.

After the Outage (Oct. 31)

  • For a couple weeks after the replacement, data from legacy systems (such as ProjectDox, FIDO and PAWS) will still be migrating. Processing of applications, plans and permits could be delayed.

After the final conversion, PLUS will be the central platform for Fairfax County customers to complete their zoning, building, permitting or other land development processes, including creating and submitting applications, paying fees and tracking application status.

Fire Marshal Mailer and PIN Registration

As an active record holder with the Fairfax County Office of the Fire Marshal, we ask that you take action on two items so that you can access your record information.

  1. Register for an Account in PLUS (required).
  2. Create an application for a Fire Registration record to associate your registered account to your record by using the PIN number on your mailer.

For further instructions on how to create an application, refer to the Fire Registration application instructions.

 

Visit the PLUS playlist for more helpful videos and to subscribe to our channel.

Release 3 Launched on Jan. 31, 2022

We are excited to announce that on Jan. 31, 2022, the third upgrade to PLUS went live.

This release includes a new interface for customers seeking the following transactions with the county:

  • Fire and Rescue: Office of Fire Marshal
    • Fire Prevention Code Permits (Short-term/Single-Use) – Blasting, Bonfire, Controlled Burn, Events (includes: Outdoor Assembly, Indoor Assembly, Tent, LP-Gas, Open Flame/Candle, Hot Work, Special Amusement Building, Explosive: Black Powder), Fireworks – Display, Fireworks – Retail, Floor Finishing, Fumigation, Hot Work, Storage Tank Abandonment/Removal/Out of Service
    • Fire Prevention Code Permits (Long-term use, Renewed Annually)
      • Two Types that can be applied for on the Citizen Portal
        • Hot Work: All Locations
        • Explosives: Firm or Company
      • >100 types that will be determined & initiated by a fire inspector when performing an Occupancy inspection (Examples: Assembly, Commercial Kitchen, etc.)
    • Regulated Care Facility (County Regulated Home Child Care & State Regulated Care Facility)
    • Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (Existing Fire Suppression and Alarm Systems)
  • Planning and Development
    • Architectural Review Board, Architectural Review Board (Workshop), Additional Time to Commence Development, Minor Variation, Interpretations of Approved Zoning, Model Home Sales and Leasing Office, Farmers Market, Special Event, Seasonal Sales Commercial, Construction Site Office and Storage
  • Land Development Services
    • Household Appliances/Inspections and Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) License Renewal

Release 2 Launched on July 1, 2021

PLUS Release 2 launched on Thursday, July 1, 2021.  

The second release includes a new interface for customers seeking the following transactions with the County:

  • Tattoo Permits, Summer Food Service process, CORE, Massage Establishment Inspections, Temporary Food Events, Temporary Food Establishment Permits, STAMP and Marina. (Environmental Health
  • Code Appeals, Code Modifications and Home Improvement contractor licenses (Land Development Services)
  • Accessory Living Unit (Administrative Permit), Administrative Review Eligible Project (AREP), Agricultural & Forestal District, Home-Based Business, Intergovernmental Review, Interpretations of Zoning Ordinance, Noise Waivers, Public Facility (2232 Review), Public School Expansion or Modification, Rezonings, Special Exceptions, Special Permits, Telecommunications (2232 Review), Variance, Vested Rights Determinations, Wetlands Permit, Zoning Compliance Letters (Planning and Development)

PLUS Project Launched Oct. 13, 2020

On Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, Fairfax County’s land planning and development agencies are launching the first phase of an upgrade to our online Planning and Land Use Systems, called PLUS. 

This first release will have a positive impact for customers seeking the following transactions with the county: 

  • Food Establishment Permit and Mobile Food Permit applications, inspections, renewals, and payments. (Environmental Health
  • Address Change and Street Name Change (Land Development Services)
  • Pre-application meetings for potential Zoning Applications, Comprehensive Plan Amendment, Interpretations of Proffers and Development Conditions, Noise Waivers, Home-Based Business (Planning and Development)

 

 

Agency-specific Records & Web Pages

Land Development Services

Land Development Services

  • Household Appliances/Inspections
  • Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) License Renewal
  • Code Appeals, Code Modifications and Home Improvement contractor licenses
  • Address Change
  • Street Name Change

 

LDS Building - AVAILABLE RELEASE 4

Residential Building/Trades

  • Residential Addition/Alteration
  • Residential Demolition
  • Residential Electrical
  • Residential Mechanical
  • Residential Miscellaneous
  • Residential New
  • Residential Plumbing
  • Residential Retaining Wall
  • Residential Solar

Commercial Building/Trades

  • Commercial Addition/Alteration
  • Commercial Demolition
  • Commercial Electrical
  • Commercial Mechanical
  • Commercial Miscellaneous
  • Commercial New
  • Commercial Plumbing
  • Commercial Retaining Wall
  • Commercial Solar

Administrative

  • Amusement Device
  • Damage Report
  • Masterfile
  • Separation

Elevator

  • Elevator Installation
  • Elevator Maintenance
  • Elevator Equipment

 

LDS Site - AVAILABLE RELEASE 4

  • Bond
  • Water Quality Impact Assessment
  • Utility Company Operations
  • Subdivision Plan
  • Sports Illumination Plan
  • Soils Report
  • Site Plan
  • Rough Grading Plan
  • Resource Protection Area Plan
  • Record Plat
  • Public Improvement Plan
  • Preliminary Plan
  • Parking Study
  • Minor Site Plan
  • Lot Validation
  • Landfill Plan
  • Landfill Facility Operation Renewal
  • Infill Lot
  • Floodplain Use Determination
  • Floodplain Study
  • FDOT Stormwater Review
  • Easement Plat
  • DPWES Stormwater Plan
  • Conservation Plan
  • Bathymetric Survey
  • Agreement Only
  • Environmental Site Assessment
  • Stormwater Ordinance Determination (SWOD)

Department of Planning and Development

Department of Planning and Development

Planning Division

  • Administrative Review Eligible Project (AREP)
  • Agricultural & Forestal District
  • Architectural Review Board
  • Architectural Review Board Workshop
  • Comprehensive Plan Amendment
  • Intergovernmental Review Requests
  • Public Facility (2232 Review)
  • Public School Expansion or Modification
  • Telecommunications (2232 Review)
  • Wetlands Permit (Tidal Shoreline)

Zoning Administration Division

  • Accessory Living Unit
  • Construction Site Office and Storage
  • Farmers Market
  • Home-Based Business
  • Model Home Sales and Leasing Office
  • Noise Waiver
  • Seasonal Sales Commercial
  • Special Event
  • Vested Rights Determinations
  • Zoning Compliance Letter
  • Zoning Ordinance Interpretations

Zoning Evaluation Division

  • Additional Time to Commence Development
  • Interpretations of Approved Zoning Applications
  • Minor Variations of Approved Zoning Applications
  • Pre-Application Consultation
  • Rezoning (zoning map amendment)
  • Special Exception
  • Special Permit
  • Variance

 

DPD - AVAILABLE RELEASE 4

Planning Division

  • Comprehensive Plan Nomination
  • Comprehensive Plan Research

Zoning Administration Division

  • Agritourism
  • Administrative Comprehensive Sign Plan
  • Community Gardens
  • Family Health Care Structure
  • Food Truck Location Permit 
  • Food Truck Operation Permit 
  • Limited Riding and Boarding Stable
  • Portable Storage Containers
  • Short Term Lodging Permit
  • Sign Permit
  • Special Permit Extended Hours Request
  • Temporary Dwelling or Manufactured Home 
  • Virginia Department of Social Services Form for Home Day Care
  • Zoning Appeal

Environmental Health

Health Department

  • Tattoo Permits
  • Summer Food Service process
  • CORE
  • Massage Establishment Inspections
  • Temporary Food Events
  • Temporary Food Establishment Permits
  • STAMP and Marina
  • Food Establishment Permit
  • Mobile Food Permit applications, inspections, renewals, and payments

Office of Fire Marshal

Office of Fire Marshal

  • Fire Prevention Code Permits (Short-term/Single-Use) – Blasting, Bonfire, Controlled Burn, Events (includes: Outdoor Assembly, Indoor Assembly, Tent, LP-Gas, Open Flame/Candle, Hot Work, Special Amusement Building, Explosive: Black Powder)
  • Fireworks – Display
  • Fireworks – Retail
  • Floor Finishing
  • Fumigation
  • Hot Work
  • Storage Tank Abandonment/Removal/Out of Service
  • Fire Prevention Code Permits (Long-term use, Renewed Annually)
    • Two Types that can be applied for on the Citizen Portal
      • Hot Work: All Locations
      • Explosives: Firm or Company
    • >100 types that will be determined & initiated by a fire inspector when performing an Occupancy inspection (Examples: Assembly, Commercial Kitchen, etc.)
  • Regulated Care Facility (County Regulated Home Child Care & State Regulated Care Facility)
  • Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (Existing Fire Suppression and Alarm Systems)

 

Office of the Fire Marshal - Available Release 4

Installation Records:

  • Alternative Fire Extinguishing Systems
  • Door Locks
  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Lane
  • Site/Building Fire Review for Towns
  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Standpipe Systems
  • Storage - High-piled/other
  • Storage Tank - Install
  • Underground line 

Enforcement 

Department of Code Compliance (Enforcement)

Department of Code Compliance

  • Submit a Complaint
  • Get Status of a Complaint

 

 

How-to Videos

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Learn more about using Fairfax County’s new Planning and Land Use System (PLUS). Subscribe to the PLUS YouTube channel to receive notifications of PLUS training videos when they are posted.

 

 

User Guides

 

 

PLUS FAQs

 

 

Contact Us for PLUS Support

If you have questions or need specific help from staff with submitting an application in PLUS, please use the following phone numbers and email addresses:

If you have technical questions (e.g. account setup, password issues) regarding the PLUS system, please call 703-324-2222 or email PLUSSupport@FairfaxCounty.gov.  All numbers use TTY 711.

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