About Nova Parks


Construction Permits

Utility companies, businesses, homeowners, public and private entities, and others must obtain permits from the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority to use park property for construction. Permits are required for both temporary and permanent uses. There are fees to process a permit.

The permitting program protects our regional parks by discouraging unnecessary encroachments, minimizing inconvenience to park patrons, lessening damage to park land and facilities, and providing standards for construction and restoration.

Examples of Uses Requiring Permits

  • Utilities: sanitary sewer, water, gas, fiber optic, telephone, wireless communications, electric, and cable television
  • Roadway and driveway improvements
  • Grading and any other land disturbing activities
  • Storm drainage facilities
  • Surveying
  • Geotechnical testing
  • Locating underground utilities
  • Trails and sidewalks- including connections
  • Landscaping and fencing
  • Replacing, upgrading and relocating existing facilities and improvements


Application for License for Non-Park Use
Application for Surveying
Application for Subsurface Investigation
Surveyors Certificate
Telecommunications Facilities Proposal Supplemental Information Sheet

Note: For construction projects affecting the W&OD Park, consent is required from Dominion Virginia Power to encroach upon its easement, which encompasses the entire park. Contact Dominion at 571-203-5085.

Note: For Special Use Applications, The Bull Run Special Events Center and the W&OD Trail has its own permit application. For more information please call Bull Run at (703) 631-0550 or the W&OD Trail office at (703) 729-0596

NOVA Parks
Department of Planning & Development
5400 Ox Road
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Fax: 703-273-0905

Enjoy three unique holiday light show experiences in Northern Virginia

Happening now through early January. Reserve your preferred dates today before they sell out!

DRIVE through Northern Virginia’s largest light show at Bull Run Festival of Lights. WALK a sparkling garden trail for an enchanting evening at Meadowlark’s Winter Walk of Lights. SKATE and explore a playful wonderland at Ice & Lights – The Winter Village at Cameron Run.