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Department of Permits & Inspections
City Hall Building
801 Crawford St, 4th floor
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
(757) 393-8531
Emergency after hours assistance please call
(757) 393-5300


Department of Permits & Inspections
Building Permits and Inspections

This Department is responsible under the Uniform Statewide Building Code to enforce the Building Codes as they relate to the manner in which a building is constructed, altered, renovated or has a change of use, to assure that it is sound and reasonably safe

The Department, in addition to review of applicants and plans, also performs various field inspections. These include:

  • performing onsite inspections to assure compliance with all new construction regulations
  • Inspecting existing commercial buildings when applications are made for business licenses when a change of use is proposed.
  • Administering the inspection program for new elevator installations as well as elevator maintenance and amusement rides to ensure public safety
  • performing electrical inspections on structures that are vacated a minimum of thirty days

To assist the other departments:

  • assist when called on for damage assessment
  • provide technical assistance
  • determine the occupant load and use of buildings

Finally staff:

  • verifies applicants for tradesman certification
  • verifies state as well as city licenses
  • provides technical assistance to private architects, engineer, contractors and homeowners.


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