Zoning Permits Branch

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 829
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Sign Permits: Private Property

Effective January 3, 2020, the new hours of the Sign Permits Counter will be as follows:
  • 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday
  • 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Friday
Additionally, effective immediately, sign permit applications will not be accepted after 3:45 p.m.

The Department of Planning and Development, Zoning Permits Branch, Sign Permits Section (ZPB/SPS), among other duties, accepts and reviews sign permit applications for compliance with the sign regulations of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance Article 12 and Chapter 10 of the Code of the County of Fairfax and issues sign permits for the installation of signs to be installed on private property located in Fairfax County.

The ZPB/SPS also reviews sign permit applications and issues sign permits for proposed uses subject to:

  • Development Conditions of Special Exception and or Proffers of Rezoning Applications approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors (BOS);
  • Conditions, designs, limitations, etc. detailed in Comprehensive Sign Plans (CSP) approved by the Fairfax County Planning Commission (PC);
  • Resolutions of Special Permits approved by the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA); and
  • Resolutions approved by the Fairfax County Architectural Review Board (ARB).

A separate sign permit application is required to be submitted and approved for each proposed sign prior to installation. The current fee for a sign permit is $95 payable at the time of submission. Sign permit applications are NOT ACCEPTED when forwarded by mail, e-mail, carrier, etc. These permit applications and all other submission requirements must be submitted IN-PERSON to the Zoning Permits Branch at Suite 829 of the Herrity Building for review.

  1. Sign, Building, and Electrical Permit Application
  2. Sign Permit Review Process and Retention Schedule
  3. Sign Permit Application Flowchart - Building Mounted and Freestanding Signs 6 ft & below
  4. Sign Permit Application Flowchart - Freestanding Signs over 6 ft
  5. Examples of How to Calculate the Area of a Building Mounted Sign
  6. Examples of How to Calculate the Area of a Freestanding Sign
  7. How to Determine Your Zoning District
  8. Awnings & Canopies - Permit Application Process
  9. Administrative Comprehensive Sign Plan (ACSP) Application
  10. Administrative Comprehensive Sign Plan (ACSP) Matrix
  11. Noise Waiver Application for Construction
  12. Noise Waiver Application for Non-Construction Activities

Effective July 1, 2019: All Noise Waiver requests MUST be submitted using the Noise Waiver Application Form and received by our offices a MINIMUM of 14 WORKING DAYS prior to the project start date.  Noise Waiver Application forms must be filled-out in its entirety, signed and submitted with all required attachments to DPZMailforZIB@FairfaxCounty.gov.

Questions about signs placed in the right-of way should be directed to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). A Waiver of Certain Sign Regulations, pursuant to Sect. 9-620 of the Zoning Ordinance, is an alternative for those interested in seeking approval of proposed signs that exceed area and height limitations. This Special Exception application process is only available for properties located in the commercial or industrial Districts.

Related Resources

Sign Permits - Frequently Asked Questions

Recently Adopted Zoning Ordinance Amendment ZO-19-479 (Adopted March 19, 2019; Effective March 20, 2019)

Sign Limitations for Motor Vehicle Fuel Price Signs (County Code Section

How to make a complaint about signs on private property or along public roadways (Department of Code Compliance)

Contact Us

For additional information regarding the installation of signs on private property, contact:

Fairfax County Zoning Permits Branch - Sign Permits Section
12055 Government Center Parkway
Herrity Building, Suite 829
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Phone: 703-324-4300
Fax: 703-324-1343
Email: dpzmailforzib@fairfaxcounty.gov
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, 9:15 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday

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