Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Regular hours for calls and emails are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday. In-person appointments are available on an as-needed basis, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. Check Operating Status for more information.

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Barbara Byron,

Department Resources

PLUS Project Update & DPD Operating Status


PLUS Project Update

On January 31, Fairfax County will launch Release 3 of the Planning Land Use System (PLUS), the online platform designed to unify existing zoning, building, permitting and other land development processes into a one-stop-shop for industry and the public. Through PLUS, customers can conduct online transactions under the Departments of Health, Land Development Services, Fire and Rescue, Code Compliance and Planning and Development. Customers can create and submit applications online (such as building permits), pay fees, track application status, receive electronic notifications and conduct searches. 

The following transactions will be included in PLUS Release 3:

Fire and Rescue

  • Fire Prevention Code Permits
    • Examples: Bonfire, Event, Assembly, Commercial Kitchen, etc.
  • Inspections not associated with a permit, Amendments, and Time Accounting 
    • Examples: Regulated Care Facilities, Occupancy, Existing Fire Protection System Maintenance, etc. 

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 

  • o    Household Appliances/Inspections
  • o    Home Improvement Contractor (HIC) License Renewal

To use the new services on the PLUS platform, applicants must first register for a free account at PLUS Application Portal. Others can browse and search the site without logging in. More details about PLUS, and training materials, including user guides and videos are available on the DPD Plus Information & Support page.


DPD Operating Status

The Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) customer service continues from a distance using online submissions, phone and mail. We encourage customers to continue to use our online resources. Bins are located at the front of the Herrity Building for drop-off of materials.

Multiple Planners of the Day (POD) are on duty from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to answer questions from members of the public by phone or email. Contact information for the POD and the types of questions each POD can answer are located on our Planner of the Day webpage.

To accommodate individuals with limited access to technology resources or specific needs, in-person appointments are available on an as-needed basis, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. DPD phone numbers and email contact information are provided below:

Zoning Permit Applications and Submissions

Please visit our Zoning Permits page to download and print permit applications, including:

  • Food Truck Location and Operation Permits
  • Nonresidential Use Permits
  • Short-Term Lodging Permits
  • Administrative Permits for Temporary Uses

Applications and zoning permits that cannot be submitted online through the County’s FIDO platform or through the PLUS application portal may be submitted using one of the following methods:

  1. Mail the completed application along with a check for the applicable fee (payable to Fairfax County) to the mailing address on the application.
  2. Drop off the completed application along with a drop off sheet, and check for the applicable fee (payable to Fairfax County) in the drop-box labeled "Zoning Drop-off" at the Herrity Building main entrance.
  3. Email the completed application and submit an online payment for the applicable fee. All email submissions require an online payment. A copy of the online payment receipt must be provided at the time of application submission.

For zoning information requests or for submission of height certifications, final house location surveys, setback certifications, and contact with local zoning administrator forms for childcare, please send an email to

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your application or submission, please send an email to or call 703-222-1082, TTY 711.

Building permit applications may be submitted through the Land Development Services (LDS) online portal. If a zoning review is required, the permit will be routed to the zoning permit section for review and approval. Please contact LDS if you have a question regarding the status of your submission.  

Sign Permit Application Submissions

Sign Permit applications, along with submission information and materials are available online. Please note that staff assesses sign permit application fees after the application is logged-in. Following application log-in, staff will contact the applicant with the fee amount and payment instructions. All permit approvals will be emailed to the applicant.

For sign permit related questions, please send an email to or call 703-324-4300, TTY 711.

Assistance from a Distance

Submit an online payment for certain land use applications and permit types

Request a PDF copy of a single family detached property plat

Request an upload link to submit large files such as plans

Public Hearings and Meetings

Public Hearings of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals will follow the direction of those bodies. If you have specific questions about your application, letter, or other request, please contact the staff person assigned or the appropriate branch. You may also call our front desk at 703-324-1290 for assistance or general questions.

For the most up-to-date information on public hearings and meetings, please visit:

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