A Construction Plan is an engineered document that is required under the following circumstances:

  • For subdivisions of 51 or more lots, a Construction Plan must be submitted following the approval of the Preliminary Plat, and is the second step in the subdivision process.

  • For subdivisions of 50 or fewer lots, a Construction Plan must be submitted as the first step in the subdivision process, and prior to submission of a Final Plat.

  • For any properties which do not have an administratively approved division available, such as a Family Subdivision, Administrative Subdivision, or Large Lot Subdivision that may be used to create a new lot, the Construction Plan and Final Plat process is the only way to subdivide the property.

  • For plans involving public infrastructure or for subdivisions of commercially-zoned or industrially-zoned property, refer to the requirements for Infrastructure Plans.

Construction Plan Review and Approval Process

 

Construction Plan submissions to Community Development are divided into two categories:

Subdivisions of more than two lots: Subdivisions of land which will create more than two lots (including the residue lot) follow the process detailed below – Minimum Submission Review and submission to Community Development.

Two-Lot Subdivisions:  Subdivisions of land which will create a maximum of two lots (one lot plus the residue lot) may skip the Minimum Submission Review, and proceed directly to submission to Community Development.

PRE-APPLICATION MEETING (OPTIONAL)

It is recommend the owner or applicant schedule a Pre-Application Meeting, prior to submission of a Construction Plan application. 

  • For any application that involves public water or sewer, a Pre-Design meeting is required with the Fauquier County Water and Sanitation Authority (FCWSA). Contact FCWSA at 540-349-2092 or visit the website at www.fcwsa.org.

  • A Technical Review Committee (TRC) meeting is scheduled after first submission comments are received. This meeting is available to discuss any comments the applicant wishes to have clarification or discuss in detail. Please see TRC Meeting Dates to determine the date of the meeting based on the acceptance of the application.

STEP 1:  COUNTY COMPLETENESS REVIEW

A minimum submission requirements review is required prior to the first submission of the Construction Plan to the County Community Development office.

Minimum Submission Review Requirements:

STEP 2: REVIEW & APPROVAL OF CONSTRUCTION PLAN

A complete application must be submitted to Community Development to begin the County review and approval process for all Construction Plans; incomplete submissions will be rejected and returned to the applicant.

A.   First Submission Minimum Requirements:

      Additional Information that may be required:

  • Any additional requirements specified by the Pre-Application Meeting (if meeting was held).

  • Final Soils Report and Map.

  • Projects Served by Individual Septic: A complete Application for Subdivision Review by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), including all supporting documentation, must be submitted to Community Development with the first plan submission. Contact the Fauquier office of VDH at 540-347-6363 or visit the office of Environmental Health at 98 Alexandria Pike, Suite 41 and 42, Warrenton VA. See Sanitary Sewer and Water for required plat notes.

  • Projects Served by Public Water and/or Sewer through FCWSA: Concurrent FCWSA and Community Development submissions are required. FCWSA checklist and submission requirements can be found at the www.fcwsa.org website under “Engineering, Construction and Planning”. Proof of submission to FCWSA is required with the first plan submission to Community Development.

B.   Second Submission Requirements:

  • No submission fee is due with the Second Submission.

  • A typed comment response letter addressing each review agency’s comments individually, and detailing the plan revisions made. The number of letter copies submitted should equal the number of review agencies commenting.

  • A revised set of plans with changes highlighted on each copy. The number of plan copies submitted should equal the number of review agencies commenting, unless changes will affect other review agencies, plus one copy.

  • Virginia Stormwater Management Program (VSMP) Fee  (Fee based on total area of disturbance, 50% payable with the second plan submission)

  • Flash Drive containing individual PDF copies of all re-submission materials and documentation.

C.   Third and Subsequent Submissions:

  • $600 Flat Fee due at the time of re-submission.

  • A typed comment response letter addressing each review agency’s comments individually, and detailing the plan revisions made. The number of letter copies submitted should equal the number of review agencies commenting.

  • A revised set of plans with changes highlighted on each copy. The number of plan copies submitted should equal the number of review agencies commenting, unless changes will affect other review agencies, plus one copy.

  • Flash Drive containing individual PDF copies of all re-submission materials and documentation.

D.  Signature Set Submission:

  • No Fee due with signature set submission, unless other unpaid fees are outstanding.

  • Eight (8) copies of the approved version of the Construction Plan must be provided to Community Development. Four copies will be retained by the County, the remainder will be returned to the applicant along with an approval letter.

  • Flash drive containing the approved version of the Construction Plan and any supporting documentation or calculations.

Additional Information

After approval of the Construction Plan, the applicant has two options:

The applicant may choose to post required Bonds, and submit the Land Disturbing Permit Application to begin overall site clearing, grading and infrastructure installation;

OR;

The applicant may choose to submit the Final Plat of subdivision for review. The Final Plat is the recorded document that will create the individual lots; until the Final Plat is recorded, the individual lots will not exist, and individual building permits may not be applied for.

Plan Revisions and Amendments

The County allows for two processes to amend or revise approved Construction Plans. A plan Revision is required to make minor changes, while a plan Amendment is required to make major changes. In either case, the applicant must contact Zoning and Development Services staff to discuss which process should be used for the proposed changes to the approved plan. Prior to filing an application for a Revision or an Amendment, the applicant must have pre-approval from the County case manager for the project. For more information, see Construction and Infrastructure Plan Amendments.

Construction Plan Expiration

If no Preliminary Plat has been approved in conjunction with the subdivision, the approved Construction Plan is valid for a period of five years from the County approval date, as long as a Final Plat of subdivision has been recorded within the five year period. If a Preliminary Plat has been approved in conjunction with the subdivision, the Preliminary Plat validity and expiration dates will apply.  

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