Definition of Homeowner/Civic Associations There are several kinds of residential associations in Fairfax
County. In general, there are homeowner associations and civic associations.
a) There are Homeowner Associations where
residents are required to join an association and pay dues and other
assessments determined by a governing body. State law requires that a community
have a homeowners association, if, for example, the community owns common land,
such as a pool and swim club, or a community park. Condominium associations are
also subject to special State laws that govern their operation.
b) There are geographical Homeowner Associations where
residents of a specific area, such as Pimmit Hills, can voluntarily join an
association open to anyone residing in that area. Homeowner Associations can
also be formed by separate standing residences or townhouses.
Civic AssociationsIn addition, there are civic associations, such
as the McLean Citizens Associations, Great Falls Citizens Associations, or the
Federation, that function as umbrella organizations to which community and
homeowner associations can voluntarily join in order to address issues of
common interest and concern. The County's District Councils also fall
into the umbrella civic association category. A homeowner or civic
association may join the Federation if there are at least ten residences in the