Zoning 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.

703-222-1082
TTY 711

12055 Government Center Parkway, Suite 250
Fairfax, VA 22035

Leslie Johnson,
Zoning Administrator

Temporary Dwelling or Manufactured Home (Administrative Permit)

A temporary dwelling or manufactured home may be allowed where a single-family detached dwelling has been destroyed or damaged by fire or other disaster to an extent that the dwelling is uninhabitable, if the destroyed or damaged dwelling is to be rebuilt or repaired.

Additional Information

  • A complete application should be submitted at least 30 calendar days in advance to ensure timely review and processing.  Unless the Zoning Administrator approves a lesser time period, an application that is received less than 30 days prior to the start date or that is incomplete as described in the submission requirements will not be accepted for review and will be returned to the applicant with no further action.
  • The application fee is $205. Fees are paid electronically at the end of the application submission process. A service charge of 2.35% will be added to all fees paid with a credit card. 
  • An application may take approximately 30 calendar days to process if no additional information is requested or required. 

Applicable STANDARDS

As part of the application process, you must agree to abide by the standards found in subsection 4102.1.I and 4102.8.J of the Zoning Ordinance, as described below.

4102.1.I - Standards for Administrative Permit Approvals

(1) The County may inspect the property during reasonable hours and in accordance with subsection 8106.2.D.

(2) The Zoning Administrator may revoke an administrative permit at any time if the owner or operator of the use fails to comply with all requirements of the law with respect to maintenance and conduct of the use and all conditions imposed by the Zoning Administrator in connection with the permit.

(3) The Zoning Administrator will issue a notice of revocation to the owner or operator, hand-delivered or mailed, return receipt requested, setting forth the grounds upon which the permit was revoked, the date and time the revocation took effect, and describing the appeals procedure. Upon receipt of the notice, operation of the activity must cease.

(4) These provisions do not preclude the use of any other remedy prescribed by law or by this Ordinance with respect to violations of this Ordinance.

4102.8.J - Temporary Dwelling or Manufactured Home

Standards when permitted by administrative permit:

(1) A temporary dwelling or manufactured home may be allowed where a single-family detached dwelling has been destroyed or damaged by fire or other disaster to an extent that the dwelling is uninhabitable, if the destroyed or damaged dwelling is to be rebuilt or repaired, and subject to the following:

(a) An administrative permit may be issued for a period not to exceed nine months or for the period of an active building permit, whichever is shorter. This permit may be extended by the Zoning Administrator if construction of the dwelling is being diligently pursued.

(b) A temporary dwelling or manufactured home may be allowed only on a lot where a single-family detached dwelling is permitted by the provisions of this Ordinance.

(c) Occupancy of a temporary dwelling or manufactured home is allowed only if appropriate sanitary facilities are provided as approved by the Health Department.

(d) Occupancy of a temporary dwelling or manufactured home must terminate when the construction of the dwelling is completed or when the administrative permit expires, whichever occurs first.

(e) Additional conditions and requirements may be imposed by the Zoning Administrator to mitigate any impacts of the temporary dwelling or manufactured home on surrounding properties.

(f) An administrative permit for a temporary dwelling or manufactured home may be issued in a residential district.

(g) An administrative permit for a temporary dwelling or manufactured home may be issued in the commercial or industrial districts only if the single-family detached dwelling was occupied as a nonconforming dwelling use before the damage or destruction in accordance with Section 8104.

Standards when permitted in conjunction with a special exception or special permit use:

(2) Manufactured homes may be allowed as temporary dwellings for faculty, staff, or students in conjunction with the approval of a special exception or special permit for a child care center; religious assembly; religious assembly with private school, specialized instruction center, or child care center; or private school. These manufactured homes must be connected to public sewer or an approved septic field, public water or an approved well, and to electricity and must be subject to the regulations of the zoning district in which they are located. In approving the special exception or special permit, the Board or BZA, as appropriate, may impose conditions of approval to ensure that the use will be compatible with the use of adjacent properties, including limitations on location and duration and landscaping and screening requirements.

ADDITIONAL PERMITS MAY BE REQUIRED

In addition to an administrative permit from Zoning, your temporary activity or use may require a permit from other agencies. Contact information for other agencies is listed below:

If your temporary use includes: Department to contact: Contact information:
Serving Food Health Department 703-246-2444 or hdehd@fairfaxcounty.gov
Exterior Sanitation Facilities (portable toilets) Health Department 703-246-2201 or hdehd@fairfaxcounty.gov
Rides or Amusement Devices Permit Application Center 703-222-0801 (option 2) or LDSbuildingpermits@fairfaxcounty.gov
Tents over 6000 sq. ft. Permit Application Center 703-222-0801 (option 2) or LDSbuildingpermits@fairfaxcounty.gov
Tents between 900 and 6000 sq. ft. Fire Marshal 703-246-4803 or fire.revenuepermits@fairfaxcounty.gov
Propane Tanks Fire Marshal 703-246-4803 or fire.revenuepermits@fairfaxcounty.gov
Road Closures VDOT (Arlington/Fairfax Permits Section) 703-259-1773 or NOVAFairfaxPermits@VDOT.Virginia.gov
Display or Exhibition of Animals Animal Protection Police 703-691-2131 or fcpdanimalprotection@fairfaxcounty.gov

 

CONTACT US

For additional assistance, please contact the Zoning Permits Section by phone at 703-222-1082 or by email.

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