Development Services Center (Permits)

We are currently updating and enhancing our online permit and inspections center portal. Maintenance to the portal begins the evening of Friday, November 19th, and ends on the evening of Sunday, November 21st.  The current portal will be unavailable for use until the new portal is available, Monday morning November 22nd.  Existing portal account holders can begin checking their email for instructions on registering for the upgraded portal on Monday morning.  Those not currently registered as a customer portal account holder, please proceed to the following link and follow the registration instructions.

The Development Services Center maintains development operations, plans review, and permit processing for the city and the general public.

Areas of Support

  • Provide a conceptual phase pre-meeting with the developer and key city staff to identify early opportunities and constraint
  • Evaluate site locations for utility availability and stormwater drainage
  • Identify tidal wetlands and provide assistance with the permitting process.
  • Identify technical issues such as zoning ordinance, public safety and codes and existing public infrastructure
  • VIew more information on our permit review process (PDF)
  • The code that is currently in effect is the 2015 edition of the VA Construction Code and the 2015 VA Residential Code.

Do I need a permit?

See this list of projects that do and don't require permits.


Fee Schedule (PDF)

Reviews for which there is no charge

Type of project

Commercial or Residential

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