The Administrative Division is responsible for managing the Department’s payroll, budget, and IT needs. Division staff manages special projects including the Department’s Capital Improvement Projects and the Parklet and Façade Improvement programs. Additionally, staff maintains the City’s Central Address System.
The Land Use Administration Division processes required applications for by-right development. Land Use Administration staff is the point of contact for these applications and coordinates their review with other city agencies that may be impacted by the development proposals.
The Bureau of Permits and Inspections reviews applications and construction documents for the construction, alterations and improvements to all new and existing structures in the City of Richmond. After permits are issued, the bureau inspects the work at specific stages through the completion of the job. This process is to ensure the life safety and code compliance of buildings. The process provides safe buildings for citizens whether they live in, work in, or are visiting the City of Richmond.
The Mission of the Property Maintenance & Code Enforcement Division is to protect all citizens and visitor's health and safety and to enrich and assist in the support of vibrant, economically strong neighborhoods and communities through education and enforcement of property maintenance regulations.
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. The Planning and Preservation Division provides staff for the Commission of Architectural Review and the Urban Design Committee. P & P staff also administers the City's Section 106 responsibilities.
The Zoning Administration Division provides a variety of functions related to permitting and planning services. Every parcel within the city has a zoning designation that governs its use. These uses are defined in the official zoning ordinance supported by the official zoning map. Zoning staff review permits to promote the orderly development of every parcel within the city as it relates to the individual use of the property.