Historic Preservation Commission
City offices are now open to the public.
Electronic/digital submission of applications and other materials is encouraged whenever feasible. Consult the Staff Directory or the specific subject page for staff contact information.
Mailed items can be sent to:
CITY OF PORTSMOUTH
PLANNING DEPARTMENT ATTN: (STAFF MEMBER NAME)
801 CRAWFORD STREET
PORTSMOUTH, VA 23704
Credit card payments can now be accepted over the phone. Please call the Planning Department at 757-393-8836 for more information. Please note that a signed credit card authorization form is required to be submitted before a credit card payment can be processed.
Properties within the designated Historic Districts are subject to the Historic District Guidelines for that specific district. Click here to find more information about the Historic District Guidelnes.
A Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) is required for most improvements that modify the exterior appearance of a site. Review by the Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is required for COA applications that cannot be administratively approved.
Download and submit a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) Application to have a proposed project reviewed for compliance with the guidelines.
Note: Applications and supporting materials must be received fourteen (14) days prior to the meeting.
Visit this page for more details regarding virtual meetings and status.
Applicants are encouraged to contact staff via email or phone.
Applications should be sent to email@example.com .
Effective July 1, 2021, all boards and commissions will be meeting in person in the City Hall Building. See below for specifics.
- 7:00 PM
- 3rd Tuesday of each month
- Meetings are held in person in the City Council Chamber on the 6th Floor of the City Hall Building
- Parties wishing to provide comments on specific agenda items may send comments by these methods.
- Fax to 757-393-5223
- Mail to
- Planning Department
801 Crawford Street
Portsmouth, VA 23704-3822
- Planning Department
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please provide correspondence prior to the public hearing day.
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
- Renee Schneider, Chair
- Edward Barham, IV, Vice-Chair
- Thomas Butt
- Matthew Kloeppel
- Chris Crowder
- G Quince
- James Overton
- Sean Prince
- David Somers
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. They will be sensitive to each request and will ensure that each decision is reflective of local building standards and the Secretary of Interiors Guidelines for Rehabilitation of Historic Structures.