Community Development

How We're Making Permitting & Plan Review Easier & Safer 

If you need to discuss a permit for a project of limited scope like Decks, Basement Alterations, Minor non-structural Interior Alterations, Wall Signs, Sheds (less than 256 square feet), Fences, Home Occupations, or Occupancy Permits, we’re now open for Walk Through Wednesdays by appointment only.  You can also make appointments to discuss other projects:
Make an Appointment

  • Guidance on tents and heaters for temporary outdoor dining spaces
  • Need to send us plans or other documents? Send to Dropbox  
  • Permitting self service is available. You may check the status of building permits and plan reviews; pay permit fees; and verify the status of inspections.
  • Virtual inspections are available for some inspections.Find out more.
  • A drop off/pick up box for large-scale building plans is located in the City Hall entrance closest to the railroad tracks. Please call us at 703-257-8278 if you drop a plan off.
  • Electronic submission of plans up to 11 x 17 inches will be accepted.
  • Third party building inspections will be accepted from an approved list of inspectors.
  • Building and site plan review are ongoing.
  • Requests and Inquiries:  feel free to contact Development Services at 703-257-8278 or by email If needed, staff can assist in setting up an in-person appointment for you.

Planning & Development

Permits & Inspections

Long Range Planning

Current & Long Range Planning 

Property Code Enforcement

Property Maintenance Concerns

Parks, Culture & Recreation

Parks, Fields, Rentals, Museum & More

Housing & Neighborhood Resources

Fair Housing, Repair & Reinvestment

Public Hearings

See what hearings are scheduled for land use issues
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The Department of Community Development's mission is to maintain a high quality of life for Manassas residents and businesses through sound land use planning, code enforcement, stewardship of parks, cultural and recreational resources, and education. The office shall also strive to strengthen the local tax base through existing business retention and expansion and new business attraction.

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