Land Development Services

Fairfax County, Virginia



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703-324-1780 | TTY 711

12055 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035

Bill Hicks, Director

Land Development Services


Land Development Services ensures that all development in Fairfax County meets the safety and health standards of all applicable codes such as the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building and county ordinances. We value our partnership with the public and the building industry.

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February 25, 2022
In our continuing effort to ensure submitters have the tools necessary for successful record plat submissions, Land Development Services (LDS) has updated the Simple Subdivision Eligibility Checklist. The updates include the following: Code reference corrections, including revised code references for the new zoning ordinance Code hyperlink updates and Other very minor corrections/clarifications in eligibility requirements and notes All LDS forms can be found on the Forms & Publications Library page. The updated checklists must be included with all Simple Subdivision Record Plat submissions along with the Record Plat Checklist for Simple Subdivisions after March 15, 2022. Either the current or the updated checklists can be used until March 14, 2022. If you have questions about the above checklists, please reach out to Kati Barczay in the Site Development and Inspections Division (SDID) by email  or 703-324-1720, TTY 711.
February 15, 2022
  Summary: The most popular spring projects requiring building permits: Decks Finished Basements Pools, Spas and Hot Tubs Residential Additions, Garages and Sunrooms The volume of permit applications increases in spring for popular summer projects. Many of these projects require homeowners or contractors to submit architectural plans and plats as part of the permit application. Land Development Services has many resources available online to make your permit process go as smoothly as possible including the Permit Wizard.   Read the full story “Beat the Rush - Start Permit Applications Now for Spring Home Improvement Projects” posted on Fairfax County NewsCenter
February 11, 2022
Recent changes to the Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Regulations § 9VAC25-870-65.D.1. impact the use of certain proprietary Best Management Practices (BMPs). The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) issued new technical guidance on Sept. 15, 2021, regarding proprietary BMPs. The new guidance requires manufacturers of proprietary stormwater BMPs to provide documentation to DEQ if their BMP was listed on the BMP Clearinghouse website prior to July 1, 2020. The documentation must show that another state, regional or national certification program has verified and certified its nutrient or sediment removal effectiveness to continue to be approved by DEQ. DEQ has updated the list on the Virginia Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse to show which BMPs meet or do not meet the new requirement. To ensure compliance with DEQ guidance, Land Development Services will process stormwater management plans submitted as part of any site, subdivision or grading plan as follows:   Plans submitted on or after Jan. 1, 2022, may only include proprietary BMPs shown as approved on the Virginia Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse website. Plans submitted before Jan. 1, 2022, that include a complete stormwater management plan using a prior-approved proprietary BMP may be resubmitted until Dec. 31, 2022.  Plans not incorporating proprietary BMP remain unaffected by this change. The list of Manufactured Treatment Devices Approved for Use in Fairfax County has been updated to clarify those proprietary BMPs that meet the new requirement and have been approved by the Land Development Services Director for use in Fairfax County in accordance with Public Facilities Manual § 6-0402.3B. If you have questions, please email Thakur Dhakal, or call 703-324-1780, TTY 711. For additional guidance, see the DEQ’s Technical Guidance Memo No. GM21-2006.



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