Permits and Inspections
Please direct questions to the Development Services Center at 757-664-6565.
The Development Services Center is no longer providing in-person processing of permits and payments.
Building, Fire, Sign, Elevator permits, Electrical, Mechanical, Plumbing, and Zoning permits are applied for and issued online using our E-Permit Portal at norfolkvapermits.force.com. You will need to submit a complete building permit application and forms as well as apply in the portal. Please see the information needed on plans by project type to assist with the requirements for plan review. This should help minimize delays during the plan review process.
Site plans and planning applications must be bundled together in a single PDF to email@example.com.
Inspections will be performed live and in person on site.
- Building, plumbing, mechanical, electrical, elevator, and sign permits
- Residential and commercial plan review
- Water and sewer taps
- Business license zoning review
- Answers to additional zoning, right-of-way, and environmental services questions and more!
All Permits will be filed electronically through the E-Permitting Portal.
What do I need to have to obtain a building permit?
To apply for a building permit, you will need:
How do I apply for a trade (Electrical, Mechanical, & Plumbing) permit?
To apply for trade (electrical, mechanical, & plumbing) permits, you will need:
How do I request inspections for my permit?
Inspections can be requested using the online portal, with a computer or smart device, at https://www.norfolk.gov/4983/Schedule-Inspection. Enter your permit number and PIN to find inspections that are available to request. Permit Number (ex. B12-3456) PIN Number (ex. IR-12345)