Electronic/digital submission of applications and other materials is encouraged whenever feasible.
Mailed items can be sent to:
CITY OF PORTSMOUTH PLANNING DEPARTMENT ATTN: (STAFF MEMBER NAME) 801 CRAWFORD STREET PORTSMOUTH, VA 23704
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.
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.
The Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) is a mandated board by State Code. This board is to hear requests for Variances from the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance and requests for Special Exceptions. The BZA also provides 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.