NVAR Notices


Northern Virginia Local Government Operational Status (as of June 17, 2020)

Arlington County: Click here

County Department and/or Services


Arlington County Government Offices

OPEN with many in-person services suspended.  Visit Arlington County online and virtual services for options to complete county services online.  View the full county operating status here: https://www.arlingtonva.us/covid-19/operational-status/


Effective April 2, 2020, in response to the Governor of Virginia’s Executive Order Number Fifty-Five, “Temporary Stay at Home Order Due to Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19),” the Arlington County Circuit Court Clerk’s office is suspending in-person appointments through June 28, 2020, the current expiration date of the Virginia Supreme Court’s declaration of Judicial Emergency.


The Clerk’s office is not open to walk-in business. However, critical operations continue. During this time, electronic recording and electronic filing are recommended for fastest service.  Receptacles for in-person filings will be available outside each division’s door and will be processed throughout the business day. Staff is in the office daily to provide information by email or phone.

Code Compliance, Permitting and Inspections

Effective March 23: Virtual inspections will be the only building-related inspections available until further notice. All others have been postponed.

Arlington County Permit Office is CLOSED for in-person customer service. Permits and applications available in Permit Arlington or ePlan Review can be submitted online.

All non-emergency Code Enforcement inspections and non-emergency Zoning Enforcement inspections are suspended. 

City of Alexandria: Click here.

County Department and/or Services


City of Alexandria Government Offices

City government remains open, but there are many facility and service changes. All City facilities are now either closed to the public or open by appointment only, until further notice. Customers may call 311 or 703.746.4311 to request in-person information or service.




The Circuit Court Clerk's office is open for business by remote video (Microsoft Teams), telephone, email, US mail, and via our drop boxes, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office is not open to the public at this time.

Land Records – The Records Room will be closed to the public except by appointment.

If a title search or deed information is needed, you must request an appointment by emailing Land.Records@AlexandriaVA.gov.  Appointments will be for one hour in the Records Room doing research. You may not reserve more than two consecutive one-hour appointment slots.

  • Persons needing copies of deeds, land records, judgments or historic records may contact the Land Records Division via email at Land.Records@AlexandriaVA.gov to request copies, pay for the copies by phone, and have the copies mailed to them. Please note that we cannot conduct research, so you must provide the Book and Page and/or Instrument Number for the documents that are being requested.
  • To facilitate remote research and reduce the need to visit the courthouse, secure remote access fees will be waived for 30 days for new subscribers.  Existing online access subscribers will automatically receive free 30-day extensions of their access which will be added to the end of their current subscription period.  No refunds will be given.  To request remote access visit https://alexandriava.gov/courtrecords and click New Subscriber Registration
  • For those who want to drop off recordings without making a scheduled appointment, there will be an inbox clearly marked 'Deed Recordings' at the screening post of the courthouse. Please make sure to include all requirements in a sealed envelope. If you have any questions regarding this procedure, please call 703-746-4044 Option 2, then choose Option 3. 

Code Compliance, Permitting and Inspections

Alexandria's Permitting & Land Use System (APEX) makes it easier for customers to apply and obtain permits and approvals electronically. The City is encouraging all customers to utilize the portal, not only to apply for permits, but also as a tool to process permit related payments and to not visit City Hall.

Fairfax County: Click here. 

County Department and/or Services


Fairfax County Government Offices

Most county government buildings and facilities remain closed to the public until further notice. Visit our Assistance from a Distance page to learn how to access services online and by phone


Although county buildings are closed to the public, the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office remains OPEN, and the Circuit Court is operating limited dockets. The Public Services counter (marriage licenses) is closed to the public, the Land Records Division counter is closed to the public with a few exceptions, and the Probate Division counter is closed to the public.

All document types can be submitted over-the-counter, through the mail, and most document types can be submitted electronically via the Court's Electronic Filing System (EFS).

As a precaution, the Court recommends that you not come to the Courthouse, unless circumstances require you to do so.

Code Compliance, Permitting and Inspections

Code Compliance is providing alternative assistance to residents by phone at 703-324-1300, TTY 711, or email at DCCCodeComplianceE-mail@fairfaxcounty.gov. In-person assistance is by appointment only.

To help limit the spread of the coronavirus, Fairfax County closed all government buildings and facilities to the public on Friday, March 27, until further notice. However, the county government remains open for business online and by phone and mail. DPD phone numbers and email contact information are provided below. Bins have been placed at the front of the Herrity Building for drop-off of materials.

Zoning Permits  703-222-1082  DPZMailforZPRB@fairfaxcounty.gov

Zoning Administration  703-324-1314  ordadmin@fairfaxcounty.gov              

Zoning Evaluation  703-324-1290  dpzzed@fairfaxcounty.gov

Planning Division  703-324-1380  dpzpd@fairfaxcounty.gov

Loudoun County: Click here.

County Department and/or Services


Loudoun County Government Offices

OPEN. Loudoun County Government is practicing social distancing in county facilities and other measures that help limit the spread of germs, including COVID-19. As a result, how the county delivers services may be adjusted to accommodate these necessary public health precautions.  We encourage you to access the county’s online services and to limit visits to county facilities to only those that are necessary.

Before visiting any county building, please review operational changes below. Effective Friday, May 29, 2020 face coverings are required in all county facilities.https://www.loudoun.gov/5321/County-Closures-Operating-Status


Effective March 23, 2020, the Clerk of the Circuit Court is:

  • Closing the historic records research room (due to nearly all records being available electronically)
  • Establishing drop boxes at customer service windows for attorneys, title companies and other clients to deliver documents for legal filing and recordation.

In an effort to reduce citizen visits to the courts complex in Leesburg and promote social distancing as recommended by the Loudoun County health officials, the Clerk of Circuit Court is expanding remote access services to Loudoun residents for the next 30 days and encouraging citizens to delay any appointments for some other services.

Starting March 18, Loudoun County residents will be able to obtain remote access to the Clerk of Circuit Court’s deeds and land records for 30 days at no charge. Loudoun residents can email the Clerk’s land records team at DEPT-CLERKCT-LANDRECORDS@loudoun.gov to inquire and request the necessary digital paperwork to establish a temporary subscription account. Clerk Gary Clemens is waiving the subscription fee. This remote access account will permit residents to access deed, land records, and judgment information from home or a remote location, eliminating the need to visit the Clerk’s Office in Leesburg. Copies of deeds and land records can also be provided by contacting the Historic Records & Deed Research Division in the Clerk’s Office at CLERKS-ARCHIVES@LOUDOUN.GOV or call 703-737-8775.

The Clerk is also encouraging all clients to pay with credit card online or by phone instead of cash to offer more convenience so individuals do not have to visit the office to pay for services such as filing fees, criminal fines and costs, copies of public records and other services. For specific information regarding online or telephonic payments, please visit the Clerk’s website at www.loudoun.gov/clerk for details.

Code Compliance, Permitting and Inspections

Effective March 23, 2020, the Building and Development Department’s lobby areas at 1 Harrison Street, Leesburg, are closed to the public.

  • All of the department’s services will continue to be provided during normal operating hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. by appointment or online application only.
  • Customers may continue to schedule inspections through the Web Automated Inspection Request System (WAIRS).

Permit and plan applications may be dropped off on tables set up outside the department’s main lobby area on the second floor of the Government Center.

Effective March 24, 2020, walk-in service is suspended for Planning and Zoning.

  • The Customer Service Center will be available by phone 703-777-0246 (option 5), LEx, or email, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • The main Planning and Zoning email is continuously monitored. Customers will receive a response to email inquiries. 
  • A designated drop-off area is located outside the Planning and Zoning’s lobby doors on the third floor of the Government Center.
  • If necessary, staff will be available by appointment. 
  • Potential delays in legislative land development application reviews may occur. Electronic submissions of applications are encouraged.

In-person Pre-Application meetings will not be held, but will be held by conference call or online meeting.

Prince William County: Click here.

County Department and/or Services


Prince William County Government Offices

Prince William County closed all government buildings to the public as of 5 p.m, Thursday, March 19, 2020, until further notice. While county buildings are closed, county employees will continue to report to work or telework if available, and departments will remain open for business virtually. The public will be able to contact departments by phone and e-mail.



The courts, clerks and related judicial administration locations and services are open in accordance with instructions from the Virginia Supreme Court.

The Land Records and Public Services Center has moved to lower level and is now located at the service window of the General District Court Archives.  The office is using a drop box for Land Records recording documents for the protection of our customers and employees. Documents can be dropped off on the Lower Level of the Judicial Center in the General District Court Archives space.

Code Compliance, Permitting and Inspections

Effective Friday, March 20, 2020, the Development Services Building is closed to the public.  However, staff will still be available for customer assistance and to respond to emails.  Please note the following:

  • For general inquiries, please contact us at 703-792-7615 and planning@pwcgov.org.
  • Staff will be working in the Development Services Building and/or teleworking.
  • Project reviews will continue.
  • Pre-application meetings and post-submission meetings will continue to be scheduled and held via phone call or electronic meeting system.
  • Applications will be accepted via drop-off and other mail services. The drop-off container is located on the McCoart-facing side of the Development Services Building.  However, please contact the Planning Office before making submission to determine if electronic submission can be made.
  • Records requests can be made online https://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/planning/Pages/Records-Management.aspx or by telephone at 703-792-6863.

Please use this link for the full list of Planning and Zoning applications:  https://www.pwcgov.org/government/dept/planning/Pages/Forms,-Permits-and-Applications.aspx

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