Public Affairs

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Open during regular business hours, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.

703-324-3187
TTY 711

12000 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

Tony Castrilli,
Director of Public Affairs

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) is the state law governing access by citizens of Virginia, and representatives of the media, to public records and to meetings of public bodies.

VFOIA provides that, with some specific exemptions and exceptions, all meetings of public bodies shall be open to the public and all public records open for public inspection.

 

 

Before submitting a VFOIA request to Fairfax County, it is recommended that FOIA requesters conduct a search of Fairfax County’s website using the search function. The requester may be able to locate the information or records sought online. Conducting a search of the County’s website may also assist the requester in identifying the County department or agency that has the type(s) of records he or she is looking for.

The types of records held by Fairfax County agencies include, but are not limited to:

  • administrative
  • election
  • fiscal
  • land development
  • legislative
  • medical
  • mental health
  • personnel
  • procurement
  • public housing
  • public safety
  • public works
  • social services
  • tax

 

  • Members of the media should contact the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551, Fairfax, VA 22035, e-mail FOIA@fairfaxcounty.gov or call 703-324-3187.
  • Members of the public should contact the department or agency that may have the records sought. Please refer to the list below or visit the Fairfax County Department & Agencies List.
  • All forms linked below are in PDF format unless otherwise noted.

 

Requests for records of agencies not listed above should be directed to:

Office of Public Affairs
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035
703-324-7329, TTY 711

Countywide FOIA Form 
Email: FOIA@fairfaxcounty.gov
 

FOIA Officer

The County’s Freedom of Information Act Officer is Amanda Kastl. She may be contacted by mail at the Office of Public Affairs, Suite 551, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035 or by email at FOIA@fairfaxcounty.gov.

 


All meetings of all public bodies, as defined in VFOIA, are generally required to be open meetings, subject to certain exceptions spelled out in VFOIA. An open meeting is a meeting open to members of the public.
 
Under VFOIA, for there to be a "meeting" subject to the Act, there must be at least three members of the body, or a quorum of the public body if less than three, present for the purpose of discussing or transacting public business. A gathering of public employees is not a meeting under VFOIA.
 
During the course of a public meeting, a public body may go into a closed meeting to discuss certain specific types of matters set forth in VFOIA. In order to do so, the public body must follow the specific procedures set forth in VFOIA to go into and come out of closed session.
 
VFOIA permits members of the public to photograph or record (audio, visual, or audio-visual) public meetings. It also permits public bodies to adopt reasonable rules concerning the use of cameras and recorders, designed to prevent disruption.
 

 

Learn More About VFOIA

More information about VFOIA can be found through the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.

The Freedom of Information Advisory Council has an online public comment form allowing any FOIA requester to comment on the quality of assistance provided by Fairfax County.

 

FOIA Policy

Fairfax County complies with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act
and also maintains its own county policy.