Community Development

We’re trying to make permitting and plan review easier for you and safer for our community in the midst of the pandemic. Here are some updates:

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:

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  • 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 accept Prince William County’s approved list of inspectors.
  • Building and site plan review are ongoing.
  • For other requests and inquiries please feel free to contact Development Services at 703-257-8278 or by email Staff are happy to answer your questions. If needed, staff can assist in setting up an in-person appointment for you.

Temporary Outdoor Dining Permits

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Temporary Outdoor Dining Permits – Guidelines for Public Sidewalks and Streets

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The mission of the Department of Community Development 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.