ATTENTION: THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES BUILDING MAXIMUM CAPACITY IS 40
CUSTOMERS. TO BE IN COMPLIANCE, CAPACITY IS MONITORED REGULARY AND CUSTOMER
SERVICES MAY BE MODIFIED, AT ANY TIME. RECEPTION/EARLY ASSISTANCE DESK SERVICES
AND TICKETS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE DURING PEAK CAPACITY, WHICH IS USUALLY BETWEEN
THE HOURS OF 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE. PLEASE CONTACT DDS@pwcgov.org OR 703-792-6930 FOR FURTHER ASSISTANCE.
LATEST UPDATE: July 8, 2020
Prince William County Government
Development Services Building is open. This
includes the following Departments and Offices: Development Services, Environmental Services, Fire Marshal, Geographic Information Systems, Planning, Public Works, Transportation and Environmental Health – Prince William
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the
Department of Development Services has continued to remain 'Open for Business',
serving customers via online, remote and electronic services. As of today, these services are available
with the addition of one Customer Service Counter open to serve walk-in
We remain committed to providing
excellent customer service. The health, safety and wellbeing of our
employees, customers and community is our top priority.
Please follow the guidelines below and do
not hesitate to contact us for assistance or information, here:
- 703-792-6840 PWCMaps@pwcgov.org
Building Construction Plan Intake - 703-792-4040 PlanIntake@pwcgov.org
Building Development -
- 703-792-6930 BDD@pwcgov.org
- 703-792-6875 DMS@pwcgov.org
Fire Protection ePlans
- 703-792-6360 FMOSubmissions@pwcgov.org
- 703-792-6830 LDD@pwcgov.org
- 703-792-6112 SpecialInspections@pwcgov.org
Outdoor Seating Permit - 703-792-6830 TAP@pwcgov.org
- 703-792-6830 ZoningCounters@pwcgov.org
HOW TO VALIDATE AN ADDRESS
An Address Validation is
required with all applications. Address validations are processed online,
via email only. Please contact 703-792-6840 or PWCMaps@pwcgov.org or find more information here.
The Department of Development Services is accepting electronic
plan and project submissions. E-submissions are limited, so please note
carefully what can and cannot be accepted.
Building Development Division
Effective April 22, 2020, all new Building
Construction Plan submissions that meet the criteria in the Customer Electronic Plan Review (ePlan) Guide found here, are required to be
submitted electronically. Please ensure your address validation and
zoning approval have been obtained prior to submission. Building
Construction Plan submissions should be sent to: PlanIntake@pwcgov.org.
After April 22, submissions that do not follow the ePlan Guide or include a payment within
two (2) business days, will not pass the quality control acceptance process,
unless exempted from the requirement.
Examples of building construction projects that will NOT be
accepted electronically and still need to be hard-copy submissions are:
New Church with an occupant load of 300 people or more;
New Apartment building that is 50,000 square feet or more; and
New Department store that is 200,000 square feet or more.
Please contact the Building Development Division for information or if you need assistance to ensure your
application is complete prior to emailing by calling: 703-792-4040.
Fire Protection ePlan Submission Process
Effective, May 26, 2020, all Plans associated with Fire
Protection Permits (FPP) for the Fire Marshal's Office (FMO) will be accepted as electronic Fire Protection ePlans
through the Building Development Division (BDD) ePlan.
The Fire Protection ePlans that will be
accepted through this process are:
Systems including: Fire Pumps; Remote FDC; and Breezeway Loops;
Suppression Systems including: Clean agents; CO2; and other inert
Fire Lines; and
Hood suppression systems.
The Fire Protection ePlan submission process includes new
construction submittals and alterations to existing systems for Tenant Layouts,
Additions, and Relocations. Please refer to the Customer Electronic Plan Review (ePlan) Guide and send all electronic submissions to FMOSubmissions@pwcgov.org. The contractor, designer or engineer is responsible
for ensuring all plans submitted are calibrated, unlocked and appropriately
labeled to prevent delays or improper routing.
Separately, please note that Site Plans submitted through
the Land Development Division are not a part of the BDD or FMO ePlan submission
process at this time. The FMO review of Site Plans will be consistent
with current practice and processes and civil engineers and designers will
still be able to work with the FMO plan reviewer electronically towards final
submissions. In the meantime, if the project started with hard-copy
plans, it must continue as hard-copy submissions. Please do not hesitate
to contact us for assistance or more information at FMOSubmissions@pwcgov.org.
Land Development Division
For a complete list of submissions that can be received
electronically, please visit the zoning and application approval process guide
The Land Development Division highly encourages electronic
Zoning Permit and Occupancy Applications to ZoningCounters@pwcgov.org;
Performance Bond and Escrow Agreements to LDD@pwcgov.org; and
Bond and Escrow Extension/Reductions to LDD@pwcgov.org.
Please contact the Land Development Division for information or if you need assistance to ensure your
application is complete prior to emailing by calling: 703-792-6830.
HOW TO LOOK UP PERMITS
24 hour access to the following services: Permits, Inspections,
Plans, Requests, Code Enforcement and Online Payments is available on
HOW TO SCHEDULE AN INSPECTION
For general inspection inquiries, please contact the Inspections
office at 703-792-7006 or BDDInspections@pwcgov.org.
Building Inspections are being performed via remote video
inspections. Please review the remote (video) inspection processes here. Exceptions may
be considered for Emergencies Only (i.e. Power Outages, Structure Fires etc.).
Fire Marshal Inspections
Fire and Life Safety Inspections will NOT be
conducted remotely. Inspections related to Undergound Fire Lines, Fire
Alarm Systems, Sprinkler Systems, Kitchen Hood systems, etc., will be conducted
in person through witnessed testing. Due to the complexity of these
systems and the related life safety risk associated with failures the Fire
Marshal's will continue to conduct these inspections in person.
Remote (video) Inspections
Effective April 13, 2020, all Building Construction Inspections
and all Special Inspections will be performed remotely through video.
Please review the remote (video) inspection processes here and here.
COVID-19 Self Certification form now includes the installation
of gas appliances, solar panels, and car chargers and is located here.
Site Inspections continue as normal.
Please review the remote (video) inspection process here.
HOW TO MAKE A PAYMENT
Services accepts credit card payments over the phone at
703-792-6930. Additionally, the Building Development Division can
issue an online invoice for credit card payments.
Services/Watershed accepts credit card payments over the phone at 703-792-7070.
to all other Agencies are by 'CHECK ONLY’ made payable to 'Prince
William County' or 'PWC'.
HOW TO REACH AFFILIATED AGENCIES
Fire Marshal's Office
general inquiries contact us at 703-792-6360 or access our staff
Protection Plan Review will still be conducted, and inspections will still
be primarily scheduled through the IVR/EnerGov systems.
are preferred for tracking methods, but phone calls will also be accepted.
construction inspections for Fire Protection Systems will continue as
scheduled in line with all Building Inspections.
of fees - See above guidelines established by Development Services.
Compliance and Life Safety Inspections required for Department of Social Services
(DSS) licensure will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis.
for these inspections will be handled through a phone call during regular
business hours by calling 703-792-6360.
Environmental Health – Prince William Health District
Geographic Information Services – GIS Division More Information
Planning Office More information
Please contact 703-792-7070 for the following:
Grading Plans and Lot Grading Inspection.
review and as-built plan.
and RPA issues.
reviews will continue.
and lot grading inspections will continue.
will be accepted via drop-off and other mail services.
is available for customer calls
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