The Wetlands Zoning Ordinance or the Coastal Primary Sand Dune Zoning Ordinance regulates use and development activity in tidal wetland areas in Fairfax County. Tidal wetlands are valuable natural resources which help to:
- prevent flooding
- improve water quality
- provide habitat
Consequently, the Wetlands Board requires mitigation or compensation for wetlands impacts. In addition, the Wetlands Board has adopted a Living Shoreline Policy, which encourages vegetated shoreline stabilizations.
Wetlands Board Application Submission Requirements
The Wetlands Board’s application process has three requirements:
- Applicants must first file a Joint Permit Application with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC), Habitat Management Division. VMRC will then notify the Corps of Engineers, the Fairfax County Wetlands Board, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality of the planned activity on your property.
- Note that as part of the Joint Permit Application, plan view and cross-section view drawings are required for all projects. Follow instructions on the website carefully. Clear and accurate drawings are essential for project review and compliance determination. Incomplete or unclear drawings may cause delays in the processing of your application.
- In addition, applicants must file a Supplementary Information Form, which is required by the Wetlands Board, pursuant to Va. Code Ann. §§ 28.2-1302.4B.,and Ch. 116, Wetlands Zoning Ordinance of the Code of Fairfax County.
- Finally, applicants must pay a fee in the amount of $300.00 to Fairfax County to cover the application processing fees, and submit a letter acknowledging that the applicant and/or the applicant’s agent understands that the publication fees for the public hearing will be billed to the applicant or the applicant’s agent, as applicable. This payment will be collected digitally once a completed application is submitted through the PLUS application portal.
For an overview of the permitting process and requirements, see the Application Guide.