Community Resources

Fairfax County Regulation Enforcement - Neighborhood Concerns

Fairfax County has adopted regulations to promote public health, safety and
general welfare. These regulations are enforced by different agencies within
the county. This lists the most common neighborhood issues and the
agencies responsible for addressing them.

If you are directly affected by any of the issues and wish to register a complaint, call the listed phone number. When calling, be prepared to describe the situation, give your name, address, phone number and the best time to contact you.  Upon receipt of your complaint, staff may:

  • Contact you if additional information is needed prior to conducting the
    inspection.
  • Take action if violations are found to gain compliance in a reasonable
    amount of time.

We look forward to working with you to keep our neighborhoods vibrant,
clean and wonderful places in which to live. 

You may submit complaints for many of these concerns online at 
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/ecomplaints

This information can be accessed online at
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/faqs/concerns.htm
 

Construction

Construction without required permits
Illegal removal of trees and clearing of land

Code Enforcement Division
Department of Public Works and
Environmental Services
703-324-1937, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes

Home Businesses

Complaints about potential illegal home businesses

Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning

Applications for home occupation permits and/or non-residential use permits

Zoning Permit Review Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-222-1082, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning

Housing

Apartments in a single family home and/or too  
many unrelated people residing in a home

Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning

Illegal signs

Signs in the public right-of-way
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
703-383-8368, TTY 1-800-432-1843
 
Signs On Private Property
Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning

Noise/Glare

Noise complaints –
Construction activity and equipment
Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning

Glare complaints
Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning

General noise complaints and barking dogs
Police Department Non-Emergency
703-691-2131, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police

Trash truck noise
Department of Public Works and Environmental 
Services - Solid Waste Disposal and Resource 
Recovery
703-324-5230, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/navbar/faqs/trash.htm#times

Stormwater

Drainage/flooding and stormwater facilities
Maintenance and Stormwater Management

Department of Public Works and Environmental 
Services
703-934-2800, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/stormwater

Property maintenance

Abandoned/blighted properties Blight Abatement Program

Housing and Community Development
703-246-5179, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/rha/blight.htm

Building code violations

Code Enforcement Division
Department of Public Works and Environmental
Services
703-324-1937, TTY 703-385-3578
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes

Structures unsafe, dilapidated or in disrepair
Unsanitary living conditions
Overcrowding
No heat
No running water
Electrical system hazard
Inadequate light
Plumbing problems
Unsafe basement bedrooms
Rodent or insect infestations damaging structure
House flooding
Sewage backup

Vacant dwellings unsecured/open to entry
Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning

Health Department

703-246-2300, TTY 703-591-6435
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/hd

Hoarding Task Force

Rat Infestations
Mosquitoes
Overflowing garbage and trash
Discarded tires
Hazards such as open pits and excavations
Discarded refrigerators/freezers with doors

Junk and debris in yards
Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning

Grass in excess of 12 inches on residential lots of less than 1/2 acre
Code Enforcement Division
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services
703-324-1931, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/environmental/grass_height.htm

Snow removal on public streets
Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT)
703-383-8368, TTY 1-800-432-1843
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/utilities/snow_removal.htm

Vehicles

Commercial vehicles parked in residential areas - on street
Police Department Non-Emergency
703-691-2131, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police

Commercial vehicles parked in residential areas - on private property
Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning

Inoperative vehicles on residential property -  five vehicles or less
Police Department
703-280-0716, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/police

Inoperative vehicles on private property - five vehicles or more
Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning
 
Vehicles parked on lawn more than 48 hours
Zoning Enforcement Branch
Department of Planning and Zoning
703-324-1300, TTY 711
www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/zoning