Sign Permits Section

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Regular hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday - Friday. Check the DPD Operating Status webpage for more information.

TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 829
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Sign Permits: Private Property

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

The 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 Board of Supervisors (BOS);
  • Conditions, designs, limitations, etc. detailed in comprehensive sign plans (CSP) approved by the Planning Commission (PC);
  • Resolutions of special permits approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA); and
  • Resolutions approved by the Architectural Review Board (ARB).


Applications may be submitted pursuant to the chart below. For questions, please call 703-324-4300.


Please note, sign permit application fees will be assessed after the application has been logged-in by staff. Following log-in, staff will contact the applicant with the fee amount and payment instructions. All permit approvals will be emailed to the applicant.

Email Address

Mailing Address

Department of Planning and Development
Sign Permits Section
12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 829
Fairfax, VA 22035


Applications may be placed in the Zoning Permits Section drop box bin, located at the front of the Herrity Building, at 12055 Government Center Parkway.

Additional Information

The following links include relevant application forms, process overviews and flowcharts, and other helpful resources:

  1. Sign Permit Application
  2. Sign Permit Application Process
  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 Package
  10. Town of Vienna Permit Application Process
  11. Noise Waivers

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 subsection 7102.2 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 zoning districts.

Related Resources

Sign Permits - Frequently Asked Questions

Site Records Viewer - Digital versions of approved site plans dating back to the year 2000

Sign Ordinance

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 Sign Permits Section
12055 Government Center Parkway
Herrity Building, Suite 829
Fairfax, Virginia 22035
Phone: 703-324-4300
Fax: 703-324-1343
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday - Friday

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