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This permit and process guidance is specific to Fairfax County.

Fairfax County development process.Not sure if your location falls within Fairfax County? Check it on our Zoning District Map. If you are seeking guidance regarding a potential location in the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church, or the towns of Clifton, Herndon and Vienna, please contact those jurisdictions directly.  

If you're new to the process or haven't built in Fairfax County before — regardless of whether you're a home owner, business owner, contractor or other kind of builder, the Plan 2 Build Development Process Overview can show you what to expect and what is needed to reach a successful outcome.


Most business locations will need a permit: 
either a Home-based Business Permit or a Non-Residential Use Permit.

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