Historic District Guidelines

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.

ELECTRONIC/DIGITAL SUBMISSION OF APPLICATIONS AND OTHER MATERIALS IS ENCOURAGED WHENEVER FEASIBLE.

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY, APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN PERSON. STAFF CANNOT RECEIVE OR ACCEPT ITEMS DROPPED OFF AT CITY HALL. APPLICANTS CAN SEND ITEMS BY EMAIL, US POSTAL SERVICE, FEDEX, OR UPS  (as appropriate for the application type). 

ITEMS SHOULD 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.

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

Certificate of Appropriateness Application Form Fillable (PDF) 

Historic Preservation Commission

Historic Preservation Commission Meeting Schedule and Submission Deadlines (PDF)

"CAN DO" Help Video

Interested in moving to or renovating construction in one of Portsmouth’s Historic Districts? Check out our informational video here! For more information, contact Planning at 757-393-8836.

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