Virtual Planning Department

Out of an abundance of caution due to novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all City of Portsmouth Planning Department offices are currently physically closed to the public. However, our staff is still working and is here to assist you virtually. The public is encouraged to use the city’s online options for services.

We will be updating this page on a regular basis to provide information on our services including the operation of the various Boards and Commissions. See the box below for the status of the Boards and Commissions. 

All Boards and Commissions are now accepting applications. Please see details below for individual Board and Commission dates and deadlines. Staff will continue to be processing administrative reviews and approvals.

All meetings will be held virtually unless otherwise indicated.

The public is encouraged to contact staff via email or phone. Staff Directory

The Planning Department may be reached by phone at 757-393-8836.

Page last updated: May 21, 2020

Status of Boards and Commissions

Application Deadline
Next Scheduled MeetingVirtual Meeting Link
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Meeting Phone Dial-in Information
Meeting Time
Planning CommissionNow accepting applications

June 19, 2020
August 4, 2020

Board of Zoning AppealsNow accepting applicationsMay 15, 2020June 24, 2020
Microsoft Teams Meeting 
804-294-1932 Conference ID: 883 939 50#
Downtown Design CommitteeNow accepting applications

June 23, 2020July 7. 2020TBD

Historic Preservation CommissionNow accepting applicationsJune 2, 2020June 16, 2020TBD

Wetlands BoardNow accepting applicationsMay 20, 2020July 1, 2020TBD

Project Updates

Portsmouth Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan click here

Due to the current public health emergency, the draft plan public meeting will be virtual. Watch the virtual meeting presentation below! The video provides a quick overview of the planning process, the recommendations, and ways for you to share your thoughts on the draft plan. 

Procedures for Submitting Information including documents and applications

Please download the appropriate form for the service you require and contact the staff for submittal requirements and procedures.

Electronic Forms