Department of Planning and Development

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Our office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Permit counter hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mon-Thu and 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Fri.

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Barbara Byron,

Environmental Programs and Topics

EnvironmentThe Department of Planning and Development is actively involved with Environmental issues that affect Fairfax County and its citizens. Below are links to information describing some ways in which the Department of Planning and Development and other county agencies are addressing some of these issues.

Agricultural and Forestal Districts 

The A&F District Program allows landowners whose property meets size requirements and A&F criteria to apply for a reduced land use tax rate in exchange for agreeing not to develop their land to any further intensity for the life of the district.

Air Quality

Air quality issues are a major concern for residents of this area. Information is available about air quality, airborne contaminants (construction dust, open burning, vehicle emissions), and ground-based contaminants (radon, naturally occurring asbestos).

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Ordinance

Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area information, maps and adopted amendments.

Easements Program

Conserving open space and historic resources through easements. Helping owners protect open space, historic resources, scenic vistas, and sensitive natural areas on their property.


Noise Issues and Resources.

Watershed Planning

What is being done to protect and restore water quality in each of the county's watersheds?

Tidal Shoreline and Wetlands Permits

Preserving the quality of our waterways, Wetlands permit information for waterfront property owners.

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