Department of Permits & Inspections
City Hall Building
801 Crawford St, 4th floor
Portsmouth, VA. 23704
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Department of Permits &
Environmental Inspections / Code Enforcement
Administers and enforces the Virginia Maintenance Code which regulates the maintenance standards of both residential and commercial properties. Other codes relevant to property maintenance include, but are not limited to, Chapters 17 and 23 of the Portsmouth Code of Ordinances. These codes require a minimum standard that owners must maintain.
Enforces City Codes that regulate/restrict certain public nuisances such as junk automobiles, trash and debris, tall weeds and grass,
abandoned structures and graffiti.
Creates "partnerships" with the various
Neighborhood Enhancement Action Team Police Officers (NEAT) and other city departments and agencies.
Updates and manages the catastrophic Property Damage Assessment
Administers the "Rental Inspection" program.
Assists with the enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance.
Assists with minor Building Inspection activities.