Building a Fence, Patio, Driveway or Retaining Wall

A zoning permit is required when the building permit is not needed. A building permit may be required unless it meets the exceptions listed below.

ITEMS NEEDED FOR REVIEW:

**PLEASE NOTE MORE INFORMATION MAY BE REQUESTED DUE TO THE TYPE OF PROJECT OR LOCATION**

Fence, Patio, Driveway and Retaining Wall Application Packet
You can submit applications and plans via email to planreviewpermits@norfolk.gov.

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PERMIT EXEMPTION LANGUAGE

  • 2018 Virginia Section 108 – APPLICATION FOR PERMIT
    • 108.2 Exemptions from application for permit
      • 5. Fences of any height unless required for pedestrian safety as provided for by Section 3306, or used for the barrier for a swimming pool.
      • 6. Concrete or masonry walls, provided such walls do not exceed six (6) feet in height above the finished grade. Ornamental column caps shall not be considered to contribute to the height of the wall and shall be permitted to extend above the six feet height measurement.
      • 7. Retaining walls supporting less than three (3) feet of unbalanced fill that are not constructed for the purpose of impounding Class I, II or III-A liquids or supporting a surcharge other than ordinary unbalanced fill.