Board of Zoning Appeals

City offices are now open to the public.

Electronic/digital submission of applications and other materials is encouraged whenever feasible. Consult the Staff Directory or the specific subject page for staff contact information.

Mailed items can be sent to:


Credit card payments can now be accepted over the phone. Please call the Planning Department at 757-393-8836 for more information. Please note that a signed credit card authorization form is required to be submitted before a credit card payment can be processed.

Applicants are encouraged to contact staff via email or phone.

Staff Directory

2021 Board of Zoning Appeals Meeting Schedule

Effective July 1, 2021, all boards and commissions will be meeting in person in the City Hall Building. See below for specifics.


  •  4:30 p.m.
  • 4th Wednesday of the Month
  • Meetings are held in the 6th Floor Conference Room on the 6th Floor of the City Hall Building
  • 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 [email protected]. Please submit correspondence prior to the public hearing day.

Meeting Schedule

Agendas & Minutes  

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

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.


  • Jo Ann T. Clarke (Chair)
  • Shelley Comerford
  • Elliott O. Moody
  • Mary L. Murray
  • James Seagraves
  • Danielle Larrew
  • Curtis Gunn