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Due to Governor Northam's current order for Virginia to be in Stage 3 of COVID-19 recovery, City of Franklin city hall is now open to the public with social distancing and masks required. Please reserve the hours between 8:30am to 9:30am for those citizens over the age of 65 and those with compromised immune systems.

Community Development

Inspection Protocols during Covid-19 Outbreak

Emergency Temporary Sign Declaration- March 2020

Vision Statement

We will continually strive to protect and promote public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Franklin and Southampton County through effective administration of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and other applicable City and County land use regulations.    We will work to balance industrial, commercial and residential development and revitalization without placing a strain on municipal services and infrastructure through sound comprehensive planning.  We will promote a sense of pride in residents, landlords, and tenants to maintain their properties through active enforcement of housing and environmental codes.  We will make customer service and cooperation with other City and County departments foremost to ensure this vision always stays in clear focus.  Through these efforts, we will work to respect the past, strengthen the present, and encourage the future of Franklin and Southampton County for the benefit of its citizens and property owners.

Notice of Public Hearing- Amendments to the City of Franklin Zoning Ordinance and the Official Zoning Map. Click here for more info.

Frequently Asked Questions about R-O and B-3A

project:Homes Weatherization Program provides free energy improvements for qualified households. To find out if you qualify, fill out and submit this application. For more information, visit the project:Homes website.

Looking for public water access in the Hampton Roads area? The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) has published this report and map to assist you in finding your closest access point and how we are working to provide more access points in the future.

The City of Franklin 2015 - 2025 Comprehensive Plan is now available for viewing and download. It is located on the Homepage of the city website and under forms and documents on the Community Development page. 

2015 Code Change Guide Here!

View Franklin Historic Design Guidelines Here!