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Development Services Center (Permits)
Apply for Plumbing, Mechanical, and Electrical Permits on the E-Permitting Portal
You can apply, pay, and print permits, and schedule inspections via the E-Permitting Portal


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 here.

How can I submit plans for review for permit?
Plans may be emailed to the Development Services Center.  Attachments over 50 MB can be uploaded to the City's FTP site or mailed to the Development Services Center.  

Insufficient plans or incomplete applications will not be assigned check-in tracking numbers.  Please refer to the Plan Submittal Checklist.  Resubmittals shall include the entire resubmittal bundle including all of the requested items, address, and permit tracking number, or the plans will not be resubmitted for review. 

For questions, please contact the Development Services Center at 757-664-6565 or email the Development Services Center

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 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
Email