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 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 through effective administration of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and other applicable City 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 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 for the benefit of its citizens and property owners.


*Notice of Public Hearing for July 27th Planning Commission meeting - Amendments to the City of Franklin Zoning Ordinance and the Official Zoning Map. Maps of proposed rezonings linked here.


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!


News and Annoucements:

1. The Planning Commission's regular September meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday September 23, 2021, has been rescheduled for October 14, 2021 at 6pm in City Hall. Please see the attached flyer here.

2. The season is upon us again!  The weather is nice, the flowers and trees are blossoming and grass is growing.  It becomes a busy time of the year for us all.

Please be aware of the growth of grass this time of year.  We hope to avoid citing for grass violations, which can result in a minimum cost of $160 for city cutting.  The intent is to increase voluntary compliance for high grass maintenance so other property maintenance issues, which also have an impact on improving the overall of our community, can be addressed.

 Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Community Development Department at (757) 562-8682.