Permit Applications / Forms

Available since March 2016:

Online permitting and payment. Register, apply, pay for, and print permits at PermitCity. Online permits are issued around the clock to better serve you.

Permit Fee Increases are Effective July 1, 2018 (PDF)

Permits Available Online 24/7 (around the clock) from PermitCity
Note: A convenience fee of 3.25 % is charged for online permit payments by Official Payments in exchange for offering this feature in online permitting. The City of Norfolk does not receive any portion of the convenience fee. If you do not wish to pay this fee, please call 757-664-6510 and ask to pay by credit card over the phone (someone will call you for payment). 

Note: Permits are currently unavailable in the Development Services Center located on the 1st floor of City Hall at 810 Union Street because the building is closed to the public.  

Don’t need a permit from ROWM. Click here for a building, electrical, mechanical, or plumbing permit:


Need an Address for a new developments, parcels, subdivision, lots (attach building permit application form (PDF), and approved site plan)? Questions? Call Dave Vachet at 757-664-4671.

Bond Information

ROWM Inspections 

Contact the ROWM Inspector listed on your permit. Names,e-mail, and phone numbers are included here for quick reference:

Don’t need a ROWM Inspection?  Click here to request/schedule building permit inspections:

Hauling Permits

  • Oversize
  • Over Weight
  • Over Height

Requires (see application for full requirements):

ROW Excavation/Installation Permit Application

  • Cutting into the right-of-way
  • Street and major utility construction
  • Installing item/object in right-of-way (water, sewer, storm, power, gas, conduit, fiber, etc.)
  • Paving
  • Test holes
  • Test pits
  • Dirt cuts
  • Plumber’s cuts
  • Construction fence

Requires (see application for full requirements):

Closure Permit Application

  • Temporary street / Lane / Sidewalk Closure
  • Impeding normal flow of traffic or pedestrians in right-of-way
  • Scaffolding/sidewalk protection

Requires (see application for full requirements):

Driveway Entrance Permit Application

  • Residential apron (up to 20 feet)
  • Note: Residents wishing to extend the length of their existing driveways need approval from Planning, Zoning first.
  • Note: Residents wishing to expand or add an additional driveway need to submit a survey with a request to Planning, Zoning first.
  • Commercial (up to 30 feet or as approved on site plan)
  • Construction Entrance

Requires (see application for full requirements):

General Use Permit Application

  • Temporary Parking (reserve spaces)
  • Temporary Dumpster in the right of way
  • Portable Storage Unit in the right of way
  • Lift (temporary parking)


  • Survey of Property or a Drawing
  • Pre and Post Inspection
  • A permit fee (PDF)
  • Application for a "GENERAL" permit
  • Note: Cranes must be set up in the Downtown area Monday through Friday (6:30 p.m to 5:30 a.m. or on weekends only)

Other Applications


Light Rail Track Access Permit Application


Roadway Travel Exception Permit Application


Roadway Solicitation Permit Application

Requires (see application for full requirements):

Tree Permit Application

 Requires (see application for full requirements):

Block Party/Special Event Application

  • Application (processed by Special Events)