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Development Services Center (Permits)
 New Application Processing Fee of $15 on all permit applications effective July 1, 2018 

Building Construction Process | Building Permit Process

Hours & Services

Our hours of operation are from 8:30AM to 4:30PM.  The following services are available on the 1st floor of City Hall:

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  • Building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, elevator, and sign permits    
  • Residential and commercial plan review
  • Water and sewer taps
  • Business license zoning review    
  • Answers to additional zoning, right-of-way, and environmental services questions and more!

ePermits Information

What do I need to bring with me to now obtain a permit?
To apply for a permit, you will need:

  1. All pertinent plans and permit applications;
  2. Your contractor’s license;
  3. Your contractor authorization form that lists the people allowed to pull permits for your company; and
  4.  Contact email address for your company and authorized personnel.

The fee schedule can be found at http://www.norfolk.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1494

How do I request inspections for my permit?
Inspections can be requested using the online portal, with a computer or smart device, at www.norfolk.gov/inspections. Additionally, a computer kiosk, located in the City Hall lobby, is available for the purpose of scheduling inspections.  

How do I get inspection results?
Inspection results are emailed to up to three registered email addresses, designated by the permit applicant.  

Who can I contact if I have any questions?
For questions, please call 757-664-6565 or 757-664-6512 for assistance. Questions can also be sent to 


Contact Us
Development Services Center
City Hall Building, 1st Floor
810 Union Street
Norfolk, VA 23510 
Ph: 757-664-6565
Fx: 757-664-6586
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