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City of Norfolk, Virginia - Zoning Requirements and Resources

According to a special report by CNBC, Virginia is America's top state for doing business in 2011. Virginia, with its strategic location, is business friendly and has a diverse economy.

The City of Norfolk is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is the second-largest city behind Virginia Beach. The Zoning Services Bureau is responsible for managing all zoning ordinance of the City of Norfolk. Norfolk has adopted internet technology to better serve individuals and businesses living there or wanting to move there. These web based tools and resources make it easy and convenient for investors wanting to do business in the city. In today's article we cover all the resources made available by the City of Norfolk

Zoning Information:

Every land parcel in Norfolk is assigned a specific zoning district that dictates the allowable uses. The Interactive Zoning Mapper web application enables users to determine how a property is zoned.


A zoning change request is usually required when a current or future property owner proposes to use his land for purposes other than those permitted by the Zoning Ordinance. Getting a zoning change is often a lengthy process – it requires public notification, public hearings, and final approval by the City Council. The City of Norfolk has set hearing dates for 2012 –

Filing Deadline
Hearing Date
December 12, 2011
January 9, 2012
February 13, 2012
March 12, 2012
April 9, 2012
May 14, 2012
June 11, 2012
July 9, 2012
August 13, 2012
September 10, 2012
October 1, 2012
November 5, 2012
December 10, 2012
February 23, 2012
March 22, 2012
April26, 2012
May 24, 2012
June 28, 2012
July26, 2012
August 23, 2012
September 27, 2012
October 25, 2012
November 15, 2012
December 20, 2012
January 24, 2013
Most other zoning related processes and special conditions like are clearly defined and articulated on the Zoning Services Bureau website.

Special Exception:

A special exception is a land use permitted within a zoning district, but subject to certain, specific conditions. All special exception forms are available online. All other zoning related documentation and information related to below is also available
  • Business License Zoning Review
  • Design Review
  • Board of Zoning Appeals
  • Development Certificate
  • Flood Zones
  • Street Closures
These are great resources made available by the City of Norfolk, Virginia. If your business is in the process of investing there we encourage you to visit these resources. If your firm needs additional zoning due diligence performed or zoning reports, analysis and documents produced in a cost effective and quick manner, please contact The Planning and Zoning Resource Corporation (PZR®). Our success in dealing with communities across the United States has made us the Zoning Due Diligence leader in the Real Estate Industry. We have the range and scope of experience no other company can match.

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