Engineering & Technical Services

City of Portsmouth offices will re-open to the public on June 7, 2021.


We encourage our customers to continue to conduct business in a virtual/digital environment to the maximum extent practical.  If you need assistance with such, please contact 757-393-8592 to receive detailed instructions.  Should you require in person assistance, we recommend that you call 757-393-8592 to schedule an appointment between 0930 and 1530, Monday through Friday to ensure that staff is available to assist you.


Thank you. 


The duties of the department are to:

  • Design, construct and rehabilitate the City’s public infrastructure
  • Enhance and maintain traffic systems throughout the City’s roadway network
  • Review and provide technical oversight of development within the City limits
  • Provide surveying services to include, but not limited to, topographic, boundary and monumentation for City projects
  • Manage the City’s Capital Improvement Projects (streets, facilities, infrastructure)
  • Support acquisitions and dispositions of City owned property, easements and rights-of-way
  • Provide technical support to other City departments and/or outside agencies
  • Provide environmental and traffic reviews of public/private initiatives


The responsibilities of the department are to:

  • Coordinate site plan review for development projects
  • Review plot/parcel plans for land disturbance and building permits
  • Coordinate construction activities within the City’s rights-of-way and easements
  • Make available adequate and economical parking in the Downtown Business District
  • Review Chesapeake Bay Preservation Area development plans
  • Review traffic control plans and temporary street closures applications
  • Issue City permits for right-of-way work and land disturbance
  • Maintain the City’s horizontal and vertical controls
  • Policies: Right-of-Way, Temporary Street Closures
  • Requirements: Site Plan, Erosion and Sediment Control Plan, Hauling Permits, Truck Routing Maps


The Goals of the department are to:

  • Provide technical and engineering support services
  • Provide prompt and courteous technical assistance to the citizens whom we serve
  • Implement capital projects efficiently and effectively
  • Actively participate in public and private development
  • Certify compliance with applicable laws and regulations
  • Ensure work performed complies with the codes and ordinances
  • Establish and maintain all policies and permitting programs
  • Be proper stewards of the environment

These Departmental Goals are a reflection of City Council’s Vision Statement and Core Values.