All City offices are closed; all staff members of Norfolk Economic Development are working from home.

Please go to the Contact Us page and your message will be routed to the appropriate person.

Staff Response Teams

  • Business Assistance Resources Team
  • Outreach & Business Intelligence Team
  • Regional Business Recovery Task Force for COVID-19
  • Norfolk Works Team – Resident Support for COVID-19

We are constantly updating the Norfolk Development Facebook page

Norfolk Business Assistance Programs

  • Norfolk Business Loan Product for COVID-19 Interruptions press release and important documents here
  • Norfolk Business Loan Product for COVID-19 application here
  • Due Dates for Payments of Certain Taxes and Temporary Relief of Certain Convenience Fees here
  • Tax revenue is important to the City of Norfolk to be able to provide much needed services, especially in this time of economic turmoil when services are in greater demand. Timely payments will assist the City to keep these vital services operational.Due dates are March 31, 2020 and June 5, 2020 for Real EstateDue dates are June 5, 2020 for Personal Property taxes.Business tax filings are due by the 20th of each month.  Businesses must file monthly.If you are not able to pay by the due dates no late fees will be assessed until August 2, 2020. 

    Convenience fees for credit/debit cards and e-checks are waived until August 2, 2020.

    If you do not want to pay any penalty, interest or convenience fees, pay your taxes before August 2, 2020, no exceptions.

Other Resources for Norfolk Businesses

  • Norfolk City Map for Businesses to share operation status information here
  • VisitNorfolk’s COVID-19 information on restaurant, city virtual tools, and other services

Planning & Inspections

During the current COVID-19 period, the Development Services Center will continue
to conduct limited plan review by digital submittals and from the online portal only.

Please see this document for Site Plan Protocols information

Inspection Protocols

Please see this document for inspection permit details

Survey Response Requested

Virginia Small Business Survey Regarding Impact of COVID-19 (Survey and info here)

State of  Virginia News Link

For the latest news available from Governor Northam on Virginia’s COVID-19 actions


VHDA extension for hard copy submittals for Enterprise Zone 

Federal Business Assistance Programs

  • Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program
    Small business owners in the following designated states are currently eligible to apply for a low-interest loan due to Coronavirus (COVID-19): California, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia and Washington. Click here to apply.
    Find more information on the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans here 
    The SBA will work directly with state Governors to provide targeted, low-interest loans to small businesses and non-profits that have been severely impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). The SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program provides small businesses with working capital loans of up to $2 million that can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.
  • SBA Express Bridge Pilot Program  here
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources here

Unemployment and Family Assistance Programs

  • United Way of South Hampton Roads Announces Plans to Lead Coronavirus Response Efforts, Establishes Fund here
  • Virginia Employment Commission here
  • Virginia Career Works Contact Information here


Dominion Energy 


Minority Business Development Agency

Dunkin Joy in Childhood Education

LISC and Verizon PayItForward


Frequently Asked Questions