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Last Updated: 2018-03-02


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 and Permits Web Inquiry Function

1. To make it easier for everyone to check on the status of their plan submittal,
    permit status, or schedule of inspections we have reactivated “Permits Web Inquiry”
    on the Department’s web page. You can find it HERE.

2. We are ONLY accepting plan 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.


The Planning and Preservation Division (P & P) is responsible for a multitude of long range planning initiatives, including developing and updating the city-wide Master Plan and the Downtown Plan. Our staff also leads all city-initiated rezoning studies.

Master Plans

P & P staff develops specific long-range plans for consideration by the City Planning Commission and adoption by City Council. This includes updating and amending the Richmond's Master Plan, the Downtown Plan, Environmental Plan and various neighborhood plans and studies.

Rezoning Studies

P & P staff conducts fieldwork and studies existing land uses for compatibility with the underlying zoning and master plan vision for specific neighborhoods. These studies can result in a city-initiated rezoning of the area, which includes community input and public meetings. Currently, the staff is working on the Church Hill Area rezoning and the Manchester rezoning.

Plan Implementation / Ongoing Studies

P & P staff engages in long range planning studies and projects to support implementation of the city's Master Plans and other community priorities. These studies can pertain to a variety of civic concerns, such as parking requirements, street trees, and environmental issues.

Historic Preservation

P & P staff is responsible for enforcing the Old and Historic District Ordinance and provides support to the Commission of Architectural Review. Our staff also reviews projects associated with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Urban Design Committee

The Urban Design Committee (UDC) reviews work taking place on public property or within the public right-of-way. The UDC meets once a month to consider these applications.

Public Art Commission

The Public Art Commission (PAC) considers proposals for art installations on public property. The PAC meets bi-monthly and administers the Percent-for-Art program.

Census and Demographic Data

P & P staff collects, analyzes and disseminates U.S. Census data about the city of Richmond to the general public and other city agencies.

Environmental Permit Review

Staff coordinates and reviews all applications to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality within the city of Richmond.

Environmental Impact Reports

P & P staff coordinates and reviews all applications to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality within the city, that involve air pollution, water pollution and solid waste discharge permits to ensure compliance with local ordinances. Where applicable, staff may coordinate the citizen review process.

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