Office of the Fire Marshal

Fairfax County, Virginia



Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, Lobby Hours: 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday

703-246-4800 | TTY 711

12099 Government Center Parkway
Fairfax, VA 22035

John Walser, Battalion Chief, Fire Official


The Fire Chief serves as the County Fire Marshal. The Office of the Fire Marshal provides permits, construction related inspections, safety inspections, operational inspections, code enforcement, and fire investigation. Our inspectors are certified by the Commonwealth of Virginia and work closely with other city, county, and state agencies to ensure code compliance and provide technical assistance in the application, enforcement, and interpretation of codes and standards. Successful implementation of the Fire Marshal’s mission is accomplished by over 100 Fairfax County employees who are trained and certified to enforce a variety of fire prevention regulations including the Fire Prevention Code and portions of the Uniform Statewide Building Code. The cumulative efforts of the Fire Marshal help to ensure lower property insurance costs, foster economic development, lower the number and severity of firefighter injuries, and increase the quality of life in Fairfax County.

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Planning And Land Use SystemPLUS will be the new central platform customers can access through the Fairfax County website to complete their zoning, building, permitting, or other land development processes. PLUS is launching through a series of four releases, each adding new features and functionality to achieve increased reliability and capabilities in zoning evaluations, plan review, approval, permitting and inspections.

Electronic Review - eReview

The Office of the Fire Marshal is now accepting electronic plan submissions for all plan types.  This includes, but is not limited to: All Sprinkler permits, all Fire Alarm permits, all Underground Water Line permits, and all Public Safety and Tent Plans.

Temporary Tent Guidelines for Outdoor Dining and Outdoor Fitness Activities

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved emergency rules that will allow restaurants and exercise facilities to reopen outside during the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) emergency. Recognizing that some businesses affected by this ordinance may want to set up temporary tents for the comfort of their guests, the Office of the Marshal has highlighted a few of the fire safety requirements that allow safe use of these tents.

Walk-Through Program Changes

Beginning March 24, 2020, all walk-through plan review submissions must be submitted electronically. Paper submissions will no longer be accepted.

Email Subscriptions

The Office of the Fire Marshal now offers three email subscriptions for fire alarms, sprinklers, and general information.

Archive Plan Viewing Changes

To minimize the potential of COVID-19 transmission, in-person viewing of archived plans is suspended at present.  If you meet certain criteria, you may request this information by submitting a FOIA request.

Inspection, Testing and Maintenance (ITM) of Fire Protection Systems

Office of the Fire Marshal Inspectors will no longer be witnessing ITM activities of fire protection systems. These necessary safety items must continue to be maintained in an operational status. Fire inspectors will be confirming the necessary ITM has been done by reviewing contractor’s paperwork to verify system status.

Fairfax Joint Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC)

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Online Tier II Reporting

Fairfax Virtual Assistant