Ghent Resources

City of Norfolk website



Norfolk Cares Center

For all resident needs regarding city concerns, requests and questions 


Service Requests:


A single point of City contact to:

  • request a service

  • report a concern

  • seek information about Norfolk

  • follow up on a previous request

  • street light outages: Report street light outages (pole numbers OR closest physical address) to 757-664-6510 or, as directed above. Please also forward the repair request information to for internal repair tracking with the Ghent Neighborhood League. (Though Ghent street lights are repaired by Dominion Power, Ghent resident repair requests are initiated through the City of Norfolk / Cares Center).

City of Norfolk Police Department

For All Emergencies:   911

Non - Emergency situations: 757-441-5610

24 hours a day / 7 days a week - Callers may remain anonymous


Online Police Report Submission Tool

Ghent CRO (Community Resource Officer):

Officer Samantha Perez

City of Norfolk Planning Department

City Hall Building 

810 Union Street, Suite 508

Norfolk, VA 23510


About the Commission

The City Planning Commission (CPC) is a seven-member body, appointed by the City Council, responsible for the review of land use and zoning matters for the City of Norfolk. The commission makes recommendations on various matters to City Council who are responsible for making a final determination. 

The City Planning Commission is also responsible for the development of the city's General Plan or the plan for land use and development in Norfolk.

The Planning Department consists of City Planning, Permits & Inspections and Flooding & Environmental.  Please see the City’s website for more information.

Architectural Review Board

Historic District Guidelines, begin on page 29

For projects in the Historic District of Ghent, the Architectural Review Board(ARB) reviews all exterior alterations, new construction, some landscaping and some demolition in the city's local historic districts for issuance of Certificates of Appropriateness (COA's).  For all other design applications, the ARB recommends to the Planning Commission.

The decisions that take place within locally designated historic districts are based generally on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation and New Construction; and specifically on the Local Design Guidelines. In addition, the ARB reviews public projects and private projects that are on land purchased form the city or encroaching onto city property. 

For applications within the locally designated historic districts, you will now see notices posted on properties that have pending applications. Sample Notice

Preview the changes to Chapter 9 or review the full ordinance, and use chart. Please see the website for more information.

Recreation, Parks and Open Space

City landscaping and trees: Includes various information, submission forms and applications for all resident City tree questions and needs, to include new tree requests form. 

Ghent City Council Representatives

810 Union Street, Suite 1006

Norfolk, VA 23510 

Ph: 757-664-4268     Fx: 757-664-4290

Ms. Andria McClellan

Ms. Courtney Doyle

Ghent is represented by Ward 2 and Superward 6 council members