Portsmouth Ohio

Where Southern Hospitality Begins

Building Guidelines

Design & Review Board

The City of Portsmouth has established a Design and Review Board consisting of five citizens appointed by the City Council. This Board is committed to maintaining the historic image and feel of the Boneyfiddle Area of Portsmouth. The Board is also charged with only approving those plans which follow the original guidelines pertaining to the Downtown Area of Portsmouth.

General Guidelines

Click to view the Design Guidelines for the City of Portsmouth Historic Districts and Listed Properties.  

Note: This file is about 28 MB and may take a while to download.

Contact Us

Our Engineering staff will inform you if your proposed new construction site or your existing building is within this designated area. If so, you must have Design and Review Board approval before any construction or certain types of repair work begins. Our staff will assist you with completing an application to this board and see that your application is submitted.

Contact the Engineering Department at:
Municipal Building
728 Second St.
Room 25
Portsmouth, OH 45662
Ph: (740) 354-7557
Fx: (740) 354-5383