Department of Permits & Inspections
City Hall Building
801 Crawford St, 4th floor
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
Emergency after hours assistance please call
Department of Permits &
Where to Apply for a Permit
contact staff at (757) 393-8531 for any questions
All Building, Mechanical, Electrical and
Plumbing permits can be obtain at the Department of Permits &
Inspections Counter fourth floor of the City Hall Building. The
City Hall Building is located at 801 Crawford Parkway. Metered
parking is available under the building or in the open lot on
the left side of the building.
Permits and Inspection is open for business Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM. All recognized state and national holidays are observed.
Due to the time it takes to process a permit, the cut off time for obtaining a permit is 4:45 PM.
Cash and check are the only method of payment that we currently
To help make certain sufficient material is submitted for a
permit the following list is provided:
two copies of plans and
complete construction details
copies of the Site plan or
survey of the property
certificates of approvals
from review committees in historic areas
There are design review districts in Olde
Towne, Port Norfolk, Truxtun, Cradock, Park View and the
Downtown area that require review and approval of ALL exterior
modifications by the appropriate reviewing authority. Please
contact the Planning Department at 393-8836 for further
Other City Departments may have to approve your plans before a
permit can be issued. if you have any questions please contact
staff at 393-8531.