Board of Zoning Appeals

Out of an abundance of caution due to novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all City of Portsmouth Planning Department offices are currently physically closed to the public. However, our staff is still working and is here to assist you virtually. The public is encouraged to use the city’s online options for services.

Applicants are encouraged to contact staff via email or phone.

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  • 4:30 p.m.
  • 4th Wednesday of the Month
  • Meeting being held virtually in the Microsoft Teams application.
  • Or listen to the meeting by calling 804-294-1932 Conference ID: TBD
  • Parties wishing to provide comments on specific agenda items, may send comments via fax to 757-393-5223, or by mail to the Zoning Office, 801 Crawford Street Portsmouth, Virginia 23704-3822, or by email to Please submit correspondence prior to the public hearing day.

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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About the Board

The Board of Zoning Appeals is a mandated board by State Code. This board is to hear requests for variances from the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, and provide the initial level of review of any decision of the Zoning Administrator. All requests for appeals must be made within 30 days of the decision. If this time period is not met no appeal may be made to this board. An application to the board must be submitted with the $350.00 application fee, six (6) weeks prior to the scheduled meeting.


  • Curtis Gunn, Chairman
  • Gary Bunting, Co-Chairman
  • Jo Ann T. Clarke
  • Elliott O. Moody
  • Mary L. Murray
  • James Seagraves