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Department of Permits & Inspections
City Hall Building
801 Crawford St, 4th floor
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
(757) 393-8531
Emergency after hours assistance please call
(757) 393-5300


 

Department of Permits & Inspections

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City Hall Building
801 Crawford St, 4th floor
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
(757) 393-8531
Emergency after hours assistance please call (757) 393-5300

Director
Douglas K. Smith

 

The Department of Permits & Inspections accepts the responsibility through the enforcement of Commonwealth of Virginia's Code and assigned local regulations to be the catalyst in making Portsmouth the "City of Choice" in which to live, rear a family, visit and invest.  We will achieve this responsibility through a partnership with the public, employees, private agencies and groups.  Emphasis will be placed on the following:

  • Encouraging quality construction

  • We will apply our efforts in an equal and fair manner to all as we work to achieve the goals of City Council

Our Mission:

Our mission is to administer and enforce the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and its related laws and ordinances as mandated by state and local regulations. The Department will endeavor to provide services in a professional, courteous, and timely manner, as well as provide efficient response to citizen concerns and requests for information.

Our business is to enforce the code in a fair and equitable manner while providing for consumer protection, public safety, sustainable new construction, and preservation of the city’s neighborhoods and historic character. Through fair and equitable enforcement of the code, adhering to our core values of honesty, integrity, and competency, we will transform our neighborhoods and make Portsmouth the "City of Choice" in which to live, work, visit, and invest.

Our mission will be realized by emphasizing:

  • Employment of quality personnel and providing them with the opportunity for professional development, continuing education, and training.

  • Educating our customers, citizens, contractors and city staff members, through various publications and interactions.

  • Taking an aggressive, yet flexible, common sense approach to code enforcement that attempts to achieve the intent of the code.

Services Provided

The Building Inspections Division enforces the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) as it relates to the construction, alteration, renovation, or the change of use of buildings. It is this division’s job to ensure that a structure is sound and reasonably safe from structural failure, accidental fire, and other hazards. The Building Inspections Division determines permit applicant qualifications, reviews construction documents, issues permits, and performs inspections for compliance with USBC standards and local ordinances, as well as other related activity, as set forth in the Code of Virginia.

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