The Board of Zoning Appeals purpose is to hear requests for variances from the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance, and provide the initial level of review of any decision of the Zoning Administrator.
You can now fill out the Boards / Commissions / Committees / Authorities Application online.
The Downtown Design Committee is to preserve the character of the downtown design districts via promoting the preservation and restoration of existing structures; and, promoting new structures that compliment the character of the downtown design districts.
The Historic Preservation Commission will provide consistent deliberations on requests to alter historic structures within the historic Cradock, Olde Towne, Park View, Port Norfolk and Truxtun neighborhoods.
The Commission’s primary responsibility is to make recommendations to the City Council on matters related to comprehensive and current planning and land use development.
The Board endeavors to preserve and prevent the despoliation of Portsmouth’s wetland areas while accommodating necessary economic development and shoreline stabilization in a manner consistent with wetland preservation.
Here you will find a list of vacancies for our boards and commissions.