UPDATE April 14, 2020 

In Fairfax County, site-related plans, plats, permits, parking reductions and Public Facilities Manual waiver approvals set to expire on July 1, 2020 will be extended for 60 days beyond the end of the COVID-19 emergency. The end date of the emergency is yet to be determined. Building permits and plans will be excluded, as the Building Official retains the sole authority for their extension.


The Validity Deadline for Site Plans Will Soon Expire 

Typically, the validity date for the approvals of site plans, subdivision plats, Special Use Permits, Special Exceptions and other land use applications in the Commonwealth of Virginia expires five years after the approval of the application. This validity period was extended by the General Assembly in 2009 as a response to the financial crisis and has been extended twice since then – most recently in 2017 when it was extended to July 1, 2020.

Act Now to Ensure Project Continuity

After this date, any application that was approved more than five years ago and has not commenced as defined by the locality (activities such as posting of bonds, payment of proffer contributions and obtaining permits) will no longer be valid and must be resubmitted for review and approval.

No Change Announced Due to COVID-19

Industry representatives are currently having conversations with state leaders about the possibility of extending this date in response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, but a decision has not been made on this yet. Therefore, we would recommend you proceed with activating any land use applications you have assuming the June 30th date still applies.

In the meantime, we will keep you posted of any changes that are made by state or local officials.

Contact Us for Help

If you have any questions or would like to discuss further, please reach out to Mike Kitchen at mikekitchen@ccl-eng.com or any of our staff for more information.