Northern Virginia Fairfax and Arlington Counties Permits


The Fairfax/Arlington Permit section approves permits for work in VDOT Right-of-Way (ROW) in Fairfax and Arlington counties, and accepts streets for maintenance into the secondary roads system. 

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What's New

         Tysons Permits and Street Acceptance Guidelines (PDF, 436 KB)

  Acceptance of Supplemental Right-of-Way Dedication Presentation  (PDF, 10 MB)

Please note the following changes to our procedures.


“VDOT’s Fairfax Permits Section is now offering new options for surety review in addition to the regular submission process.  Please contact the permits office if you have any questions.

Option 1.   Allow developers to submit plans for surety estimates review at  plan’s second submission, which will allow additional time for developers and VDOT as:

  • Surety will be ready at the time of  permit application
  • Surety review  is performed during non-critical time
  • Surety checklist may be revised to reflect changes, if any,  during county bonding & approval

Option 2.  Allow in-person surety review, this option requires: 

  • An appointment
  • Engineer should be present
  • Will result in direct & immediate resolution of review issues.
  • This option for approved plans only.

Please note that surety reviews for all options are good for one year and may be extended as approved by VDOT reviewer.”


Effective March 1st, 2014

Fairfax County and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have agreed through a procedural memorandum to allow supplemental right of way dedication as defined by the VDOT’s Directive MDD 6.02, dated January 11, 2010 to be accepted through VDOT’s land use permit system (LUPS).

The implementation will be effective March 1, 2014 for projects submitted to Fairfax County Bonds and Agreements. Permits submitted to Fairfax County Bonds and Agreements prior to March 1, 2014 will be processed under the current street acceptance process.

VDOT and Fairfax County will host a question and answer session regarding the new policy at VDOT Nova District Building on February 21, 2014 from 10 am to 12 pm.  For reservation, please email your contact information (Name, Company Name and Phone Number) to:


Effective Immediately 

VDOT may waive permits for minor site plan with no impact to VDOT right-of-way provided the work activity does not create excessive construction traffic. Minor site plans should be submitted to VDOT permits  for review to determine if a permit can be waived.
Effective December 13, 2012

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) NOVA Fairfax Permits will no longer require a homeowner, contractor or developer to obtain a VDOT land use permit that is not disturbing within the right of way.  Therefore; all Single Lot Permits using a private entrance will be closed out and all sureties will be released and returned in chronological order from oldest to newest.  Please allow letter of credits and paper bonds to take approximately two weeks to process after the permits is released.  Please allow cash surety checks to take six to eight weeks to process after the permit is released.

This is to include but not limited to:


  1. Use of existing entrance for demolition of an existing or blighted house
  2. Use of existing entrance for the construction of a swimming pool, playing court, or for accessory uses such as detached garages.
  3. Use of existing driveway entrance for the construction of an addition to an existing house
  4. Single lot grading plans for infill lots with an existing entrance
  5. Developer permits for new home construction on streets that are ready for VDOT acceptance but not yet accepted into the state system
  6. Privately maintained streets – all requests


Effective January 9, 2012

As stipulated in 24VAC30-151-80.B of the current Land Use Permit Regulations, consideration will not be given to an extension request for a permit that has been reinstated after an extension. 


The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has embarked on a project to transform the Land Use Permit System (LUPS) to a web-based application and the “new” LUPS will no longer allow multiple permit extensions and reinstatements.  It will only allow a one-time extension of an “active” permit (to be submitted 10 calendar days prior to the original permit expiration date) and a one-time reinstatement of an “expired” permit.  Should a reinstated permit expire, the permit must be closed out and the Permittee will be required to re-apply for a new permit to complete the work authorized under their original permit. 


Effective January 9, 2012

As stipulated in 24VAC30-151-710 of the current Land Use Permit Regulations, time extensions for active permits shall incur a monetary charge equal to one-half the application fee charged to the initial permit. Expired permits may be reinstated; however, fees for reinstatement of expired permits shall equal the application fee.


New Land Use Permit Regulations

The new Land Use Permits Regulations can be found in Virginia Code 24VAC30. 

Regulations for New Work Zone Certifications

Beginning July 1, 2009, all Land Use Permit applicants are required to provide at least one (1) person that, at a minimum, is certified by VDOT in Basic Work Zone Traffic Control for all permitted activities within state maintained right of way that involves installing, maintaining, or removing work zone traffic control devices.  This person shall be responsible for all placement, maintenance and removal of work zone traffic control devices.

In addition, any new permit applications must endorse and submit the LUP-WZ document with all permit applications, as well as the LUP-SP (NOVA) document and E&S (LUP-Erosion) form. 

Final Inspection Request

In order to simplify requesting final inspection process, maintain accurate digital records and prevent misplacement of manually delivered requests, effective September 25, 2006, all permittees are required to use an online fill-in the blank form to request final inspection. The Request for Final Inspection form is available on the Forms web page. Due to our staffing shortages, this will be the only way we accept requests for inspections.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.

Email Correspondence for Permits

A majority of our regular permit correspondence is now e-mailed to the permittee. Hard copies of the correspondence will no longer be sent.  To update contact information submit a Permit Update Request.

Arlington County assumes ownership of Route 244, Columbia Pike, Arlington County

Effective October 1, 2010, Arlington County will assume ownership of Route 244, Columbia Pike from the Fairfax County Line to just south of Joyce Street in Arlington County. Any current active permits for Route 244, Columbia Pike that are not completed by October 1, 2010, will require Arlington County’s authorization to proceed with further construction. Arlington County will grant a 3-month waiver from October 1, 2010 until December 31, 2010, to secure an Arlington County permit for any construction work under VDOT permit as of September 30, 2010. Any proposed work for Route 244, Columbia Pike that begins after October 1, 2010, will not be covered by a VDOT permit; this must be approved by Arlington County.

Online Resources 


Permit Applications

  • Site Plan Permits
    commercial construction, subdivision construction
  • Single Lot Permits
    driveway, water connection, sewer connection
  • Landscaping Permits
    Planting, maintenance, or removal of landscaping in VDOT right-of-way

Existing Permits

  • Cancellation
  • Extension
  • Permit Work Complete /Surety Refunds
  • Pavement Open Cut Requests
  • Permit Revisions
  • Reinstatement Request


Street Acceptance


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