Development Services

Dear Industry Members and Homeowners,

We’re trying to make permitting and plan review easier for you and safer for our community in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. We have some updates as City Hall is now closed to the public:

  • Effective March 26, 2020: Virtual inspections will be the only building-related inspections available until further notice. 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.
  • Please email or call us at 703-257-8278. We’re here to help.

Online Service                              
Permitting self service is now available.

What can you do online?

  • Check the status of building permits and plan reviews
  • Pay permit fees
  • Schedule building/trade inspections
  • Verify the status of inspections          

Find Out More

fast track letters

Expedited Commercial Plan  Review Program 

We’re here to help expedite the review and approval of plans for smaller commercial projects in existing buildings and shell buildings that have received final inspection. Please contact Eric Lowe at
(703) 257-8273, or or 
to learn more about the Fast Track Program.

Code Updates
The update to Article 3 (landscaping, fencing, and screening requirements) and Article 9 (transportation standards and specifications)of the DCSM are complete and in effect.

Updates to the City’s zoning ordinance are complete and went into effect on August 22, 2016.

The Department of Housing and Community Development adopted the 2012 Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) effective July 14, 2014.
Street/Roadway Work
Work Zone Traffic Control Form
must be on file with the City’s Site Inspector prior to commencement of any work in roadways.


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Overview and Mission 
The mission of the Development Services Division is to provide professional and courteous, building, site development, zoning, property maintenance, plan review, and permitting services to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the city’s present and future generations, businesses, and visitors so that Manassas may continue to grow and prosper while maintaining and enhancing its quality of life. We accomplish this goal by providing processes that are efficient, predictable, and transparent and with services that are both timely and accurate. We strive to discover, communicate, and implement solutions to meet the needs of all clients. 

Contact Us

  1. Eric Lowe, Development Services Manager/Building Official 


    9027 Center St. / Room 201 
    Manassas, VA 20110 

    Phone: 703-257-8278 / Fax: 703-257-5831 

    Hours: City Hall is now closed. Please call or email.
    Monday - Friday 
    8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (transactions 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)
    Wednesday Walk-Through Hours 8 a.m. -11:30 a.m.
    Closed on federal holidays