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Submit Application Online All applications must be completed online through https://vienna.idtplans.com/secure/

Questions and general inquiries are most easily answered at this time by emailing . 

Please be aware that submittal of an application does not guarantee approval. The zoning administrator or other staff members will contact you with any additional questions about your request. Additional information, applications, and steps may be required beyond the scope of what is provided here. Please contact staff to discuss each application process and any additional requirements.

PLEASE NOTE: All applications require an "Applicant Authorization Form" signed by the property owner as part of the application submission. No applications will be accepted without this completed form.


Fairfax County Building Permits may be submitted here: https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/plan2build/interim-counters
 Pay Fees Online Once an application has been submitted, you will receive an application number to reference when paying any related fees online by clicking the "Pay Fees Online" button on this page which directs you to the Town's online payment portal.
https://mss.viennava.gov/MSS/citizens/PermitsInspections/Default.aspx

Application Descriptions
Application Category  Application Type
Board of Architectural Review

Board of Architectural Review: Exterior Modifications

Exterior modifications of buildings and landscaping, with the exception of detached single-family dwellings, must be reviewed and approved by the Board of Architectural Review.

Board of Architectural Review: Signs

Permanent signs, such as façade signs, freestanding signs, and permanent window signs, must be reviewed and approved by the Board of Architectural Review.


Board of Zoning Appeals

Conditional Use Permit

Conditional Use Permits allow specific land uses in a zone that are not permitted by-right. The review process provides an element of flexibility to ensure that a proposed use will not adversely impact the existing usage of neighboring property. Conditional Use Permits are required for those uses as enumerated in § 18-210 of the Town Code; these uses are listed, as well, in each of the separate zones found within Articles 5 through 15.1 of Chapter 18 of the Town Code.

Required Items for Application:

  • Pre-application meeting with Town staff prior to submission of application. Applicants can request a pre-application meeting through IDT here.
  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Approved site plan when applicable.
  • Any supporting documents, such as renderings and elevations for newly proposed buildings, or traffic analysis for drive through facilities or other documents as discussed with staff.

Variance

“Variance” means, in the application of a zoning ordinance, a reasonable deviation from those provisions regulating the shape, size, or area of a lot or parcel of land or the size, height, area, bulk, or location of a building or structure when the strict application of the ordinance would unreasonably restrict the utilization of the property, and such need for a variance would not be shared generally by other properties, and provided such variance is not contrary to the purpose of the ordinance. It shall not include a change in use, which change shall be accomplished by a rezoning or by conditional zoning.

Required Items for Application:

  • Pre-application meeting with Town staff prior to submission of application. Pre-application meeting must be scheduled at least two weeks prior to submission deadline for Board of Zoning Appeals. The calendar for Board of Zoning Appeals meeting dates and submission deadlines can be found here. Applicants can request a pre-application meeting through IDT here. 
  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Certificate of survey, or plat, showing the legal description, area, boundaries of the subject tract, and abutting streets and alleys. The survey should also include lot coverage calculations and setback information (including building restriction lines). The survey must be current and show all existing improvements. Surveys that are inaccurate and not reflective of current conditions will not be accepted.
  • Marked-up survey showing the location of all proposed improvements for which the variance or appeal is requested. An example of a marked-up survey can be found here. Marked-up survey should include an updated lot coverage calculation including all proposed improvements.
  • Justification statement prepared in support of the variance request.
  • Any additional documentation, such as architectural plans and photos, prepared in support of the variance request.

Commercial Project
           


Commercial Building Permit

Building permit application for commercial projects. Building permits require review and approval by the Town of Vienna. Permits are reviewed and issued by Fairfax County.

Required Items for Application:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Completed to-scale architectural drawings showing proposed scope of work.
  • Approved site plan.
  • Completed Drainage Fixture Unit (DFU) worksheet. This form can be found here. Please note that the form is in Excel and it will need to be saved as a .pdf file to be uploaded.
Commercial Certificate of Occupancy

A Certificate of Occupancy is required before any business begins operations in the Town of Vienna. A new Certificate of Occupancy is required when there is a change in the use of an existing building, business ownership, business name or location.

Required Items for Application:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Completed online application for Commercial Occupancy (provided in the following pages). Note that not all sections of this application apply to all business; however, failure to provide complete information will delay the issuance of the Certificate and operation of the proposed business.
  • Receipt of payment for application for a Town of Vienna Business License or a copy of a current license. Certificates of Occupancy will not be issued without the completion of the Business Application process, including the payment of all fees.
  • Complete Wastewater Discharge Questionnaire. Portions of the questionnaire are not applicable to some business-types and N/A may be entered into the non-applicable fields. The form can be found here.
  • Fees paid in accordance with current Town of Vienna Fee Schedule.
  • All building permit review, exterior modification review and sign review completed through Fairfax County and the Town of Vienna.
  • Business floor plan layout with dimensions and functions, for any interior space (see sample plan). May be hand drawn; however, must be drawn to scale. If tenant space is located in a building with multiple units, include a key map of tenant location within the building.
Rezoning

A rezoning, also known as a zoning map amendment, is the action of changing the zoning of a parcel(s) of land from one zone to another. Rezonings are regulated by Article 24 of Chapter 18 of the Town Code.

Required Items for Application:

  • Pre-application meeting with Town staff prior to submission of application. Applicants can request a pre-application meeting through IDT here.
  • Completed rezoning affidavit package. The package can be found here.
  • A certificate of survey, or plat, showing the legal description and boundaries of the site which is subject to the proposed change. Such plat shall also show all abutting streets and alleys.
  • A vicinity map, clearly indicating the location of the applicant's property, along with the owners, addresses, and zoning classification of all abutting and adjacent parcels, and all lands lying on the opposite sides of all streets and alleys abutting the subject site.
  • For changes in zoning to the multi-family, townhouse, commercial or industrial districts, a detailed written description of the intended use of the subject site, and an accompanying site plan complying with all requirements of Sections 18-250:255 of the Town Code.
               
Site Plan (Commercial)

A site plan is a scaled drawing which shows uses and structures proposed for a parcel(s) of land. Site plan review is required for alterations of existing non-detached single-family dwelling sites and redevelopment of non-detached single-family dwelling sites. Site plans are regulated by Article 25 of Chapter 18 of the Town Code.

Examples Include: New commercial buildings, multi-family dwellings, institutional buildings, or amendments to previously approved site plans.

Applicants should ensure that their project complies with the following requirement checklists:

  1. Town of Vienna Site Plan Requirements Checklist
  2. DEQ Stormwater Management (SWM) Requirements Checklist
  3. DEQ Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Requirements
  4. DEQ VESCH Requirements Checklist
           

Required Items for Application:

Uniform Bicycle Rack Application

In order to meet the increasing demand for bicycle parking, the town’s Department of Planning and Zoning and Board of Architectural Review (BAR) have approved an expedited process for the approval and installation of bicycle racks for businesses and commercial property owners within the Town.

Businesses and commercial property owners can take advantage of this streamlined application and approval process by choosing a pre-approved bicycle rack meeting town guidelines and specifications. The Inverted “U” Rack and variations of the Inverted “U” have been pre-approved.

Required Items for Application: 

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Current, approved site plan showing the location of proposed bicycle rack(s). Please note that proposed bicycle rack(s) cannot conflict with an approved site plan condition, i.e. parking, landscaping requirements, etc.
  • Manufacturer’s detail sheet of bicycle rack(s), which includes picture of proposed bicycle rack(s) and details on the color. Bicycle rack must meet the uniform bicycle rack standards, which can be found here.

Demolition Building Permit


Demolition Agreement in Lieu of Plan

This application give the applicant the ability to apply for Demolition Permit without submitting a full set of Demolition Civil Plans.

Required Items for Application:

  • Asbestos Affidavit
Demolition Permit            

Required Items for Application:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Completed to-scale demolition civil drawings showing proposed demolition work.
  • Erosion and Sediment Control Plans

FEMA Special Flood Hazard Area

MT-1 (CLOMR-F or LOMR-F)

           

This application is for the Town's review and acknowledgement for FEMA Conditional Letter of Map Revision based on Fill (CLOMR-F) or Letter of Map Revision based on Fill (LOMR-F).

The Town of Vienna does not review applications for MT-1 (LOMA or CLOMA) or MT-EZ (LOMA Single Lot or Structure) .  These applications can be submitted directly to FEMA for their review.

For applications that require Hydrology and Hydraulic study of the 1% Base Flood Elevation "Floodplain Study" will need to apply for a MT-2 (LOMR or CLOMR)  for FEMA and through the Town's IDT Portal.

Required Items for Application:

  • Submittal package shall include all documents necessary per the FEMA MT-1 Application for CLOMR-F & LOMR-F.
  • If applicable, provide documentation, mapping and computations showing how the applicant has established the base flood elevation (BFE) for Approximate Zone A Area based on the FEMA 265: Managing Floodplain Development in Approximate Zone A Areas

MT-2 (CLOMR or LOMR)

This application is for the Town's review and acknowledgement for FEMA MT-2 Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) or Letter of Map Revision (LOMR).

The Town of Vienna does not review applications for MT-1 (LOMA or CLOMA) or MT-EZ (LOMA Single Lot or Structure) .  These applications can be submitted directly to FEMA for their review.

Required Items for Application:

  • Submittal package shall include all documents necessary per the FEMA MT-2 Application for CLOMR & LOMR.
  • Provide digital HEC-RAS Models for the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) Study.

Projects Outside of Town Limits (DPW Only)

Projects Outside of Town Limits
           

This application should be used for all projects located outside of Town Limits which utilize Town of Vienna utilities. This includes Town Water, Sanitary Sewer, and Storm Drain.


Residential Project

Driveway Permit

Driveway permits are required for expansion of an existing driveway or adding a new driveway. Driveway permits are not required if the new or expanded driveway is already included with another building permit, such as for a residential addition or new single-family home.

Applicants can refer to the specific requirements for all required elements of the application here. A summary of regulations can be found here

Required Items for Application:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Clean, unaltered, to-scale survey/plat of property with existing improvements.
  • Marked up to-scale survey/plat showing expansion of existing driveway or new driveway. See sample marked up survey here.
  • Lot coverage calculations both for existing lot improvements and proposed improvements.

Fence Permit

Fence permits are required for any proposed new fences.

Applicants can refer to the specific requirements for all required elements of the application here. A summary of regulations can be found here

Required Items for Application:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Survey/plat of property, prepared and sealed by professional surveyor, with all existing improvements shown.
  • Locations of proposed fence(s) and gate(s) drawn on the survey/plat and highlighted. See sample marked up survey here.
  • Length and height of proposed fence(s) labeled on survey/plat.
  • Material of proposed fence(s) labeled on survey/plat

Home Certificate of Occupancy (for home-based businesses)

Any accessory use of a dwelling unit in addition to occupancy is considered a home occupation and will require a certificate of occupancy. Home Occupations are permitted in accordance with the provisions of §§ 18-4, 18-12 and 18- 173 of Town Code.

Required Items for Application:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Signed Home Certificate of Occupancy Restrictions Acknowledgement Form. The form can be found here.

Large-Scale Residential Building Permit (i.e., NSFD, Additions, Pools, etc.)

Residential construction associated with a project that surpasses 2,500 square feet of land disturbance.

This may include (but not be limited to): single-family dwellings, pools, garages, expansions, etc.

Applicants should ensure that their project complies with the following requirement checklists:

  1. Town of Vienna Infill Lot Plan Requirements Checklist
  2. DEQ Stormwater Management (SWM) Requirements Checklist
  3. DEQ Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Requirements
  4. DEQ VESCH Requirements Checklist

Required Items for Application:

Large-Scale Residential Occupancy Review

Review of documents and inspections associated with certificate of occupancy.

Required Items for Application:

  • Building height certification that shows the height of the structure, as well as the as-built spot elevations around the house as compared to the pre-construction elevations. Please refer to this building height certification checklist for all required information.
  • Final house location survey showing all improvements on the property, along with lot coverage and deck coverage calculations. Please refer to the final house location survey checklist for all required information.
  • Stormwater Management Certification. These certifications are required when projects include stormwater management facilities.
  • Compaction Certification. These certifications are required when projects include right of way permits.
  • FEMA Elevation Certification. These certifications are required when a site in located within the floodplain

Patio/Sports Court Permit

Patio/sports court permits are required for the expansion of an existing patio or the addition of a new patio or sports court. Patio is defined as a surfaced, court-like area at ground level outside the main wall of a building, which area is not sheltered by a roof.

Applicants can refer to the specific requirements for all required elements of the application here

Required Items for Application:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Clean, unaltered, to-scale survey/plat of property with existing improvements.
  • Second, marked up to-scale survey/plat showing expansion of existing patio or addition of new patio. Example of marked up survey can be found here.
  • Lot coverage calculations both for existing lot improvements and proposed lot improvements. Lot coverage must be broken down and itemized by feature with labels matching the house location survey. For example, House (1,000 sq. ft.), Stoop (100 sq. ft.), Driveway (450 sq. ft.), etc.

Portable Storage Container Permit

Portable storage containers shall be allowed only upon issuance of a permit by the zoning administrator. Section 18-152.3 of the Town Code limits portable storage containers to no greater than 16 feet in length, eight feet in height. There are also limits on how many days a portable storage container may be used.

Required Items for Application:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Portable storage container is no larger than 16 feet in length, eight feet in height.
  • Portable storage container is located on private property and on a driveway or other paved surface

Small-Scale Residential Building Permit (i.e. decks, porches)

Small-scale residential building projects such as decks, small additions, and accessory buildings. Small-scale residential building projects do not include new single family dwellings or projects in which the limits of disturbance are 2,500 square feet or greater. Note that any disturbance of the land from curb to site area (including ingress/egress) is included in the total of area disturbed.

Required for Application Items:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • Completed to-scale architectural drawings showing proposed scope of work.
  • Clean, unaltered, to-scale survey/plat of property with existing improvements.
  • Second, marked up to-scale survey/plat showing proposed improvements.
  • Lot coverage and/or deck coverage calculations both for existing lot improvements and proposed lot improvements.

Subdivision Lot Grading Plan

Lot Grading Plan for building permit associated with an approved Subdivision Plan

Required Items for Application:

  • Completed Applicant Authorization Form. The form can be found here.
  • The lot shall be in substantial conformance with the approved subdivision plan.
  • Grading plan of the proposed lot.
    • Provide Erosion and Sediment controls for the lot including but not limited to Silt Fence around the perimeter, Construction Entrance and inlet protection.
    • Building footprint as show on the architectural plans. Include dimensions of the house and other features, including decks, porches and patios.
    • Lot planting plan and schedule in accordance with the approved subdivision plan
  • Lot coverage calculation, including the breakdown of the areas of features, such as porches, house, driveway, sheds and patios.
  • Building height calculation showing the average front grade minus the peak elevation.
Subdivision Plan

A subdivision is the division of a parcel into two or more parcels/lots. Subdivisions are regulated by Chapter 17 of the Town Code.

Applicants should ensure that their project complies with the following requirement checklists:

  1. Town of Vienna Subdivision Plan Requirements Checklist
  2. DEQ Stormwater Management (SWM) Requirements Checklist
  3. DEQ Stormwater BMP Clearinghouse Requirements
  4. DEQ VESCH Requirements Checklist

Required Items for Application: