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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.

The Planning Commission is responsible for the conduct of planning relating to the orderly growth and development of the City, including adequate and appropriate resources for the housing, business, industry, transportation, distribution, recreation, culture, comfort, convenience, health and welfare of its population.

To view the agendas and minutes for the City Planning Committee meetings, please click here to view the Legistar calendar. Within the 'Legistar Calendar' feature under the 'List View' feature click on the 'Search Calendar' feature using preset values you select from the 'drop down lists' for fields 'current year' and department 'Planning Commission' to identify specific meeting dates, meeting times, and meeting documents.

Master Plan

It is the duty of the Commission to make and adopt a Master Plan with accompanying maps and descriptive matter showing the Commission's recommendations for the development of the area covered by the Plan. In the preparation of such Plan, the Commission makes careful and comprehensive surveys and studies of existing conditions and future growth. The general purpose of the Plan is to guide and accomplish a coordinated and harmonious development of the City.

When the Planning Commission adopts the Master Plan, it must be approved by City Council in order to be in effect. The Commission may undertake activities to promote the Master Plan and planning in the City.


It is the duty of the Commission to prepare and submit to City Council a comprehensive zoning ordinance and zoning district maps. The Commission also makes a recommendation to City Council on Special Use Permits, Rezonings, Conditional Rezonings, and Conditional Use Permits at the request of property owners or developers. The Commission approves Community Unit Plan preliminary plans prior to introduction to Council. The Commission has the power to grant approval of Community Unit Plan final plans and tentative subdivisions.

Historical Landmarks, Works of Art, and Public Facilities

It is the duty and function of the Commission to preserve historical landmarks and to control the design and location of statuary and other works of art that may become the property of the City. Public projects such as bridges, streets and public buildings and facilities must receive "Location, Character and Extent" approval by the Commission. The closing or change in use of streets, the acquisition of land and the sale of any City owned land must also receive Commission approval.

Should the Commission disapprove any such item, the Council may overrule the Commission action by a vote of not less than two-thirds of its entire membership.

Capital Budget

The Capital Budget and Capital Improvement Program are presented to the Commission each year. The Commission may recommend to City Council such changes it deems appropriate based on the Budgets conformance with the City's Master Plan.

Commission Composition

The Planning Commission is a nine member commission consisting of:

  • Five citizen members appointed by City Council
  • One citizen member appointed by the Mayor
  • One member of City Council
  • One member of the Board of Zoning Appeals
  • The Chief Administrative Officer or appointee

The current membership consist of the following people:

  • Mr. Rodney M. Poole, Esquire, Chair
  • Mr. Melvin Law, Vice Chair
  • Mr. John "Jack" Thompson
  • Ms. Selena Cuffee-Glenn, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Ms. Ellen Robertson, City Council Representative
  • Ms. Elizabeth Greenfield
  • Mr. Max Hepp-Buchanan
  • Mr. David Johannas
  • Mr. Vik Murthy

Meeting Information

The Planning Commission generally meets every first and third Monday of the month, unless the Monday falls on a holiday. In the event of a holiday Monday, the Planning Commission generally meets on the following Tuesday. In the event City Hall is closed (for emergencies, inclement weather, etc.) on a day a meeting is scheduled, the Planning Commission would generally meet the next day City Hall is open. Please use the link above to view the Planning Commission’s meeting schedule on the Legistar calendar.

Additional Information

Additional information about specific meeting dates, agendas, minutes, and membership is available by emailing Land Use Administration. You can also visit the Land Use Administration Division in room 511 of City Hall between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call (804)646-6304.

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