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County Website – The Official Website of Fairfax County, Virginia.

County Code – The Official Municipal Code of Fairfax County, VA.

Land Use and Development - Land use and development in Fairfax County is governed by the Zoning Ordinance, the Comprehensive Plan, the Subdivision Ordinance (County Code), and the Public Facilities Manual

Building Permits - A building permit, when required, is a document issued by Fairfax County which legally authorizes construction activity. Learn more about the permit process, commercial construction, residential construction and more. You may also view our Frequently Asked Questions or watch the online video When Do I Need a Building Permit?

Check the status of a permit, read plan review comments and schedule or cancel an inspection, use the Fairfax Inspections Database Online. To check construction and other information going on around your neighborhood, use the Land Use Search.

Maps – from a variety of sources including the county's GIS & Mapping Services, county agencies, Economic Development Authority and the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Entrepreneurship 101 - Starting a Business in Fairfax County. The FCEDA conducts a monthly workshop for individuals interested in starting a business in Fairfax County.

Licenses and Permits - Similar to jurisdictions throughout the country, Fairfax County requires companies located here or conducting business here to obtain certain licenses and permits. This website offers a brief overview of some of the licenses and permits required. For a more comprehensive overview, download a copy of Doing Business in Fairfax County or visit the Quick Reference Guide.

Fairfax County Food Safety Section – For information about Food Safety, Applications, Permits, Training Materials, etc.

Fairfax County's Real Estate Market – A County maintained website offering information into the various sectors of commercial real estate and the 17 sub-markets within the county.

Business incubators - Business incubators and accelerators nurture young companies by providing a wide array of business services, including advice on financing, management and product development. Incubators typically provide free or subsidized rent on office space and office support services.

Incentives - The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority assists companies in obtaining various state and local investment incentives.

Department of Transportation – FCDOT Official Website.

Fairfax County, Virginia

Electric Service - Dominion Virginia Power provides the regulated delivery (distribution) of electricity to your home or business. Ask your local utility about what electricity supplier choices are available to you.

Washington Gas - Delivers natural gas to your home or business and responds to any emergency involving your gas service. Ask your local utility about what natural gas supplier choices are available to you.

Fairfax Water – Fairfax Water is Virginia’s largest water utility, serving one out of every five Virginians who obtain their water from public utilities. Nearly 1.5 million people in the Northern Virginia communities of Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Alexandria depend on Fairfax Water for superior drinking water.

Fairfax County Wastewater Management - Protects both the public’s health and the region’s water quality by collecting and treating wastewater. Fairfax County’s wastewater collection and conveyance system, one of the nation’s largest sanitary sewer systems, is located in an approved sewer service area that covers nearly 234 square miles.


The Official Website - of the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Business One-Stop - Are you thinking of starting a business in Virginia and need more information? The links on this site are a listing of numerous topics that you may want to consider before starting your business.

Virginia Economic Development  - For out of state resources information.

VDoT – The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is responsible for building, maintaining and operating the state's roads, bridges and tunnels.

Adopt a Highway - The Adopt-a-Highway program provides an opportunity for you or your family, business or civic group to clean up litter.

VDot Traffic Data - All of the traffic data publications that The Virginia Department of Transportation produces are available to the public on this web site.  The most recent editions are for calendar year 2008.

Food Services - The Virginia Beach Department of Public Health, Office of Environmental Health Services, has over fifteen hundred food services facilities under permit. The Food Protection Program consist of four major categories; Facility Plan Review, Food Service Personnel Training, Regulatory Inspections & Enforcement Actions.

Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) – Controls the distribution of alcoholic beverages; operate efficient, conveniently located retail outlets; enforce the laws of the Commonwealth pertaining to alcoholic beverages and youth access to tobacco products; and provide excellent customer service, a reliable source of revenue, and effective public safety.

Virginia Department of Business Assistance - The mission of the Department of Business Assistance is to promote economic growth by helping Virginia businesses prosper.

License Lookup and Disciplinary Actions - The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation provides information regarding the licensee, complaint histories, and disciplinary actions involving licensees. Search by name, license number, or zip code.

Chapter 1 - District of Columbia S.C.O.R.E. Chapter

U.S. Census Bureau - American FactFinder web site. Why pay for your demographic information twice?

Chamber of Commerce - The Fairfax County Chamber's mission is to develop, encourage and promote the economic vitality, quality of life and political interests of its members and all businesses, small and large, for the benefit of the broader community.

The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington - Representing restaurants and the food
service industry in the District of Columbia, Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William Counties.


* Fairfax County, VA
Fairfax, VA is comprised of many unincorporated neighborhoods and "Urban Villages" that are often referred to as if they were incorporated towns but these areas do not have their own governmental structures. Please refer to the Fairfax County website for more information.

Additionally, The independent cities of Falls Church, VA and Fairfax, VA are politically separate and have their own rules, codes & regualtions..

The Incorporated Towns of Fairfax County, Virginia

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