Fairfax County Updates Commercial Submission Processes

As of January 9, Fairfax County's Building Division issued a new set of process changes in order to improve processes for customers. According to the jurisdiction, the goal is to "improve speed, consistency and predictability."

The major process changes include:

  • ePlans Launch: Reviews of new commercial structures and interior alterations can be submitted and reviewed using ePlans software. The major benefit is that projects eligible for review in the Fast Track Program increases from 4,500 SF to 10,000 SF, provided that all documents are submitted via ePlans.
  • Commercial Walk-Thru Program: Customers will now be able to apply for same-day review for a number of permits, including Systems Furniture, Tenant Demo, Sales Trailers and more.

For more information on these significant changes, Fairfax County has a resource page available giving specific information.

McKeever is ready to help navigate these changes, ensureing successful outcomes on all your Fairfax County projects!

Arlington County Permit Process Update

As of November 1, Arlington County is aligning plan review times for paper and online submissions by ensuring that all commercial building plans that qualify for ‘fast track’ review are reviewed within two business days.

Note: those choosing to submit paper plans for commercial building review will now require three sets per permit.

Our team is ready to help you navigate the new processes in Arlington County, saving you time and money while keeping your project on the right ‘track’.

Click here for a helpful guide detailing the new process.

Are You Familiar With DCRA's New Velocity Program?

The Velocity program, developed by DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), is designed to accelerate the permit review process.

This means shorter wait times for projects which in turn aids in keeping budgets in line and delivering client satisfaction.

MSC’s permit process management experts are ready to advise you on the scheduling and requirements of this program and how it compares to DCRA’s traditional application procedures.

Click here for an overview of the Velocity program.

For more information call Alison Marr at 703.691.1100 ext 227

Arlington County Now Allows Online Payments on ePlan Review Portal

As part of Arlington County Government's "One-Stop Arlington" program, a County-wide effort to make it easier to do business in the jurisdiction, Arlington County Permitting offices are now allowing customers submitting permit applications via the ePlan Review Portal to make online payments.

This is a significant time-saving measure that is equally allowable for both commercial and residential new construction, additions and renovations.

As your preferred permit management provider, MSC stands ready to aid you in this effort to streamline the permit process.

To see a full copy of the bulletin fully explaining the new procedure, please click here.

For more information call Alison Marr at 703.691.1100 ext 227

DCRA Updates Requirements for Trade Permit Inspections

As of February 19, 2018, work performed under DCRA trade permits will only be approved by an inspector if the master tradesperson or a DC-licensed journeyman representing and employed by either the master tradesperson permit holder or the person who employs the master tradesperson permit holder is present during inspections.

According to DCRA, this ensures that access to the work being inspected is in accordance with the trade permit and the Construction Codes.

To see a full copy of the administrative bulletin detailing all requirements in the new rule, please click here.

For more information call Alison Marr at 703.691.1100 ext 227

DCRA Announces New Online Requirement for Shop Drawing Applications

The District of Columbia's Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) announced their new online Shop Drawing Application & Elevator Certification system went live on November 1, meaning all shop applications and drawings must be submitted online and paper applications will no longer be accepted.

The new system allows drawing applications to be submitted and paid for online to install, repair or renovate elevators and fire protection systems. An application for elevator certificates can also be submitted directly online.

DCRA has provided an online version of their Shop Drawing Application User Guide. Click here for additional information about the fire protection and elevator shop drawing application and elevator inspection processes.

Fairfax County Building Plan Review Changes Unpaid Fees Policy

As of July 1, Fairfax County Building Plan Review is no longer processing subsequent regulator reviews for projects with outstanding building review-related fees. This also includes those associated with fire marshall review.

To learn more, click here for the Fairfax County bulletin.

MSC is here to alert you to any unpaid fees, helping to avoid unnecessary and costly delays to your project.

For more information call Alison Marr at 703.691.1100 ext 227

DCRA Requires Meetings for Special Inspections of Construction Projects

While requirements for submitting shop drawings with underpinning details listed in Section (item 13) of the 2013 District of Columbia Building Code has been in effect since late 2015, DCRA is now requiring a special inspections meeting prior to any permits being issued.

MSC Engineering & Inspections provides Special Inspections Services and Design to help you avoid unnecessary and costly delays to your project. 

For more information call Alison Marr at 703.691.1100 ext 227 

The Winter 2017 McKeever Quarterly is Here!

Below is a link to the Winter 2017 edition of our quarterly newsletter from McKeever Services Corporation — MSC.

In it, MSC's clients and friends will find valuable project updates, interesting factoids about our services, industry updates and more!

We hope that McKeever Quarterly will prove to be a valuable resource for you. All feedback is appreciated.

Please send all comments to Hashim Hathaway at HHathaway@McKeever-Services.com

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For more information contact:
David B. Sturtevant, Director of Public Relations
McKeever Services Corporation
11166   Fairfax Blvd.  Suite 405 Fairfax, VA 22030
703-691-1100      cell: 703-402-3707

McKeever Services Corporation Enters the Traffic Control Plan Business

Fairfax, Virginia --- MSC is expanding its service offerings to include Traffic Control Plans. The Company is best known for building permits, geotechnical engineering, inspections & testing of critical structures, environmental services and bond packaging and release for the construction industry in the greater Washington, DC metro area serving general contractors, Architecture/Engineering firms and building owners.

Traffic Control Plans are necessary whenever a construction project will disrupt pedestrian or vehicular traffic or pose a threat to public safety due to:

  • Construction vehicles parking on roadways or sidewalks
  • Extra traffic or parking in an area from construction vehicles such as dump trucks, graders, cranes, etc. and construction workers’ commuter vehicles
  • Exterior construction overlooking sidewalks or roadways
  • Placing construction materials on roadways or sidewalks
  • Excavation in roadways or sidewalks to install utilities, sheeting and shoring or building foundations
  • Construction of fences, retaining walls, driveways or any paving in public spaces.
  • Permanent installation of public art, sign(s), flag pole(s), bench(es) or other fixtures.

It is important to government Departments of Transportation, law enforcement and public safety officials, county and municipal government elected officials and the public at large that TCPs be planned and implemented to maximize motorist and pedestrian traffic safety and minimize traffic disruption.

“McKeever Services Corporation’s 43 years of construction, regulatory and jurisdictional management consulting services with local governments on behalf of construction industry clients make the company eminently qualified to produce superior traffic control plans that are well engineered toward public safety, minimize traffic disruption while allowing construction projects to stay on schedule,” stated James McKeever, Founder and CEO of McKeever Services.

“MSC’s consultants, engineers and project managers who prepare the TCPs and submit the plans to the government have all appropriate training and certification programs required by Washington DC Area governmental jurisdiction to adhere to the highest professional standards in the industry,” concluded McKeever.