The Parking Programs administered by Fairfax County Department of Transportation restrict parking certain types of vehicles in residential neighborhoods:
- Community Parking Districts (CPD)
- Residential Permit Parking Districts (RPPD)
- Parking of Commercial Vehicles in Residential Areas
View or print the Parking Programs Chart (274K, PDF) for qualifications and procedures. (Note: Acrobat Reader is required to view the Quick Reference chart. A free copy of the Acrobat Reader can be obtained from the Adobe Web site.)
For commuter parking information please visit the Fairfax Connector Park and Rides page.
Community Parking Districts (CPD)
** CPD Map (Interactive Map of existing CPDs)**
Community Parking Districts (CPD) prohibit the parking of watercraft, motor homes, campers, trailers, vehicles greater than or equal to 3 axles, vehicles with a GVWR greater than or equal to 12,000 lbs., and vehicles transporting greater than or equal to 16 passengers (except school buses) on public streets in residentially zoned areas. Vehicles parked in violation are subject to a $75 fine for each violation and may be towed at the owner’s expense.
A CPD can be established by a large area application or by petition.
A large area application is initiated by a district supervisor. Contact your particular supervisor for additional information.
The petition process is used for smaller areas and has the following qualifications and procedures:
- Residentially-zoned area
- Minimum size 5 block face OR 2000 linear feet
- A request is made to the district supervisor by the HOA
- The district supervisor forwards the request to FCDOT
- FCDOT issues the petition and petition area maps
- The community gathers signatures verifying greater than or equal to 60% support for the proposed district and greater than 50% support along each block
- A fee of $10 per petitioning address is remitted with the returned petitions
- The district supervisor forwards the petitions to FCDOT
- The Board of Supervisors conducts a public hearing to approve the proposed parking district
- FCDOT installs “Community Parking District” signs listing prohibitions at strategic locations
Exemptions include: vehicles used by federal, state or local public agencies to provide services; commercial vehicles discharging passengers, performing work or providing services; vehicles temporarily parked, for up to 48 hours, for the purpose of loading, unloading or preparing for a trip. See the Code of the County of Fairfax, Chapter 82, Article 5B for more on the program and exemptions. For additional information contact us via our e-mail contact form.
NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of CPD inclusion.
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Residential Permit Parking Districts (RPPD)
** RPPD Map (Interactive Map of existing RPPDs)**
Residential Permit Parking Districts are established in designated blocks to prohibit parking by non-residents. Vehicles parked in violation are subject to a $75 fine for each violation and may be towed at the owner’s expense. Districts are normally created in areas near schools or metro stations where the availability of parking for residents is affected by non-resident parking. The qualifications for establishing a Residential Permit Parking District are:
- Residential road within 2000 ft. walking distance from a pedestrian entrance and/or 1000 ft. from the property boundary of a high school, college/university or metro station pedestrian entrance; OR
- Other residential streets where 75% of the parking spaces are occupied by vehicles and of those parked vehicles at least 50% are non-resident. A minimum of 100 contiguous spaces are needed to establish a new district. This minimum does not pertain to an expansion.
- The procedures for establishing a Residential Parking Permit District are:
- A request is made to the district supervisor by the HOA and forwarded to FCDOT
- FCDOT reviews road documenting eligibility for restriction and conducts field review if required
- Petition forms and map are issued by FCDOT if eligible
- The community gathers signatures verifying at least 60% support for the proposed area and more than 50% support along each block face
- Fee of $10 per petitioning address and completed petition are returned to supervisor
- The district supervisor forwards the petition to FCDOT for review
- The district supervisor forwards fee to FCDOT if petition meets requirements
- The Board of Supervisors conducts a public hearing and approves proposed parking district
- FCDOT installs "No Parking Except by Permit" on all affected roads
Temporary Residential Permit Parking Districts: Temporary RPPDs may be established to address short-term situations, such as construction projects, which last at least six months in duration and create temporary parking problems in adjacent residential areas. A temporary district must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.
For more information on RPPDs or to obtain a permit, visit the RPPD Program Page.
NOTE: Homeowner's Association (HOA) implies civic association, as applicable. In lieu of any association, a letter signed by ten residents may be submitted to the local supervisor for consideration of RPPD inclusion.
Parking of Commercial Vehicles in Residential Areas
Summary of Section 82-5-7 of the Fairfax County Code
Section 82-5-7 of the Fairfax County Code prohibits parking of commercial vehicles in residential districts. Vehicles parked in violation are subject to a $100 fine for each violation and may be towed at the owner's expense.
Requirement for taxicabs and limousines: One resident of each single family dwelling unit may park one vehicle licensed and registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia as a taxicab or limousine
- Any vehicle licensed as a common or contract carrier or limousine (except as above)
- Vehicles that exceed size and weight limits: more than 21 feet long, more than 8 feet high including appurtenances, width of 102 inches or more, or gross vehicle weight of 12,000 or more pounds.
- Vehicles exempted from these size and weight limits are: commercial vehicles used by public service company, watercraft or motor home, school buses, vehicles driven by or used for transporting persons with disabilities, vehicles for cable television service, moving vehicles for 48 hours, vehicles for propane gas service. These "exempted" vehicles can park in a residential area unless restricted elsewhere in the Code, e.g., boats and motor homes are not allowed to park in areas that are Community Parking Districts
- Vehicle carrying commercial freight in plain view
- Trailer or semitrailer except camper, boat or single axle utility trailer (utility trailer defined as a small non-motorized trailer generally pulled by a motorized vehicle and features an open-top rear cargo area).
- Any vehicle with 3 or more axles
Parking restrictions on service drives: Where a service road is adjacent to a residentially zoned area, parking restrictions apply to the side of the service road that is adjacent to the residential area except as otherwise provided in section 82-5-37(5). This allows prohibiting commercial parking on that side of the street which is zoned for a use other than residential to further the residential character of the abutting community.
The restrictions do not apply to commercial vehicles when temporarily parked while performing work or service.