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Four Things to Know about the New County Permitting System

On Oct. 31, 2022, the Planning and Land Use System (PLUS) will be the central Fairfax County platform for customers doing business with the following:

  • Environmental Health (Department of Health)

  • Department of Code Compliance

  • Department of Planning and Development

  • Land Development Services

  • Office of the Fire Marshal (Fire and Rescue Department)

Land development-related processes, including creating and submitting applications, scheduling inspections, paying fees, tracking application status and submitting complaints to the Department of Code Compliance will be performed in PLUS.

  1. Many records (permits and other applications) are already active in PLUS, but on October 31 over 100 additional records will be available for customers seeking land development-related permits for use, including all building permits. See the complete list of new records at See “Agency-specific Records & Web Pages.”

  2. PLUS and all legacy systems currently in use (such as FIDO, PAWS and ProjectDox) will be unavailable between Oct. 21 and Oct. 31. The outage is tentatively planned to start at the end of day Friday, Oct. 21, and conclude the morning of Monday, Oct. 31. Please plan ahead if you are trying to start a new project or complete one that has been in the system. The outage impacts legacy systems within Land Development Services, Planning and Development, Code Compliance, Environmental Health and Office of the Fire Marshal. For several weeks after Oct. 31, data will still be migrating, and processing of records may be impacted.

  3. You can learn to use PLUS via live and video webinars and YouTube videos: a. Webinar Wednesdays – Fairfax County PLUS staff will answer all your questions about PLUS in live bi-weekly webinars. Webinar Wednesday sessions are 30 or 45 minutes long. Visit for more information. See “Webinar Wednesdays” or “Upcoming Events.” b. PLUS YouTube Channel – Training videos for PLUS can be found on our YouTube Channel Fairfax County PLUS - YouTube.

  4. You can stay informed about PLUS via email. Subscribe to the PLUS email subscription to receive notifications on training, scheduled maintenance outages, etc. Visit “Stay Connected” at

For more information about PLUS, please visit or contact Land Development Services using their online email form or by calling 703-324-1780, TTY 711.

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