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Last Updated: 2019-10-30

The City of Richmond is pleased to announce the launch of our NEW
Online Permit Portal (OPP),
providing our customers the ability to apply for certain Permits from
their office or home without coming into City Hall.
More information about the Online Permit Portal can be found on the
OPP web page
Customers who have already registered and are familiar with the portal,
click on the Online Permit Portal to get started.

Customers can now submit applications for the following plan types using
the portal:
Residential trades (Electrical, Gas Piping, Mechanical, Plumbing),
Certificate of Zoning Compliance and Plan of Development.
Customer information sessions are being held to assist customers with registering and using the portal, Email for more information.
Customers will need to register online before applying for a permit through the portal.

The Permit Center of the City of Richmond (Room 110 of City Hall) has new office hours.

We are now open Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Visitors conducting business in the Permits and Inspections office (room 110 of City Hall) will receive one or two hour parking validation when they use the Standard Parking Deck located on Marshall Street between 6th and 7th Streets.

News Regarding EnerGov

    We are ONLY accepting PDF plans submittals on thumb drives or CDs.
    We are NO longer accepting paper plan submissions.
    Please bring your plans to us on a thumb drive when you come in to apply for a
    permit and we’ll upload it onto our system.
    Doing so will save you time, money, and provide for enhanced plan review.

To view the agendas and minutes for the Urban Design Committee

meetings, please click here to view the Legistar calendar.

The Urban Design Committee (UDC) is an advisory board to the Planning Commission that reviews development on public property or in the public right-of-way. In their work, the UDC encourages high standards of urban design and an improved community appearance. Additionally, the UDC evaluates and recommends design overlay districts proposed by neighborhood groups.

Regular meetings are scheduled monthly and have published application submission deadlines. Special meetings are scheduled as needed. The regular deadline for filing new applications may be adjusted to accommodate holidays.




UDC Meetings

UDC Submission Deadlines

Anticipated Date of Planning
Commission Following the UDC

December 6, 2018 November 15, 2018 December 17, 2018
January 10, 2019 December 13, 2018 January 22, 2019 1
Febuary 7, 2019 January 17, 2019 February 19, 2019 2
March 7, 2019 February 14, 2019 March 18, 2019
April 4, 2019 March 14, 2019 April 15, 2019
May 9, 2019 April 11, 2019 May 20, 2019
June 6, 2019 May 16, 2019 June 17, 2019
July 3, 2019 ** June 13, 2019 July 15, 2019
August 8, 2019 July 11, 2019 August 19, 2019 3
September 5, 2019 August 15, 2019 September 16, 2019
October 10, 2019 September 12, 2019 October 21, 2019
November 7, 2019 October 17, 2019 November 18, 2019
December 5, 2019 November 14, 2019 December 16, 2019

1 Monday, January 21, 2019 is a City of Richmond Holiday.
2 Monday, February 18, 2019 is a City of Richmond Holiday.
3 This August CPC Meeting may be cancelled. If so, Planning Commission hearing would be Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
** Moved forward to account for Independence Day.

The Richmond Urban Design Committee (UDC) is a ten member advisory committee created by City Council in 1968. Its purpose is to advise the City Planning Commission on the design of City projects. The UDC reviews projects for appropriateness in "location, character and extent" and for consistency with the City's Master Plan and forwards recommendations to the Planning Commission. The UDC also advises the Department of Public Works in regards to private encroachments in the public right-of-way.

Regular meetings are scheduled for the Thursday after the first Monday of each month at 10:00 a.m. in the 5th floor conference room of City Hall. Special meetings are scheduled as needed.

For additional information, please contact the Planning and Preservation Division Staff at (804) 646-6736 or the Secretary to the Urban Design Committee at (804) 646-3741 or at

Membership Composition

The UDC is composed of a registered architect, a representative from the field of static arts, a faculty member from the arts division of a local college, a registered engineer, a business representative, a landscape architect, a member of the Planning Commission, a member of the Commission of Architectural Review, and two citizens at large.

The current members are

Member NameAffiliation
Ms. Andrea Almond, PLA, ASLA Landscape Architect
Mr. Chris Arias Citizen-at-large
      Vacant Static Arts
Mr. James Klaus Commission of Architectural Review Member
Mr. John Reyna, AIA, NCARB Citizen-at-large
Mr. Dave Johannas Planning Commission Member
Mr. Andrea Quilici, AIA Business Executive
Ms. Emily Smith Arts Faculty
Ms. Jill Nolt, AIA Architect
Mr. Drew Gould, P.E. Engineer

For more information about the members or their terms, contact the Secretary to the Urban Design Committee.

Contact Information:

Urban Design Committee
City of Richmond
c/o Planning and Preservation
900 E. Broad St., Room 510
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: (804)646-6736
Fax: (804)646-5789
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