What are the seven boroughs (counties) of Chesapeake?

Click the areas to see the borough name. Notice how small South Norfolk is, compared to the others. Yet, if not for South Norfolk, Chesapeake would not be the city it is today.

Are there homes for rent or sale in South Norfolk?

Yes! Go to our home search page and put “23324” in the zip code field to search.

Go to HOME SEARCH page

I have a question that isn’t answered here

If you have a question that isn’t answered here, please use our contact page to ask your question.

We will find you an answer!

What about this “median” in front of my house?

The median is the area of land between the sidewalk in front of your home and the street.

The bad news is, you don’t own this land. It is illegal to park on it, pave it, or cut anything down growing on it, as the land belongs to the City.

The good news is, you can plant stuff there, if you want.

Maintenance is up to you. If you want to remove anything growing in the median, you must contact the City for a permit.

What annual events are held in South Norfolk?

Community Yard Sale
This event is usually held in the spring at Lakeside Park and is hosted by the South Norfolk Neighborhood Watch Group.

Spring Pansy Sales
This is an annual sale presented by the Woman’s Club of South Norfolk.

4th of July Parade & Picnic in the Park
Held every 4th of July, except when the 4th is on a Sunday, and then the event is held on July 3rd. Includes a parade at 10 a.m. and a picnic at Lakeside Park following, with music, food, and fun for folks of all ages. Hosted by the South Norfolk Civic League and produced jointly with the city.

National Night Out
Usually held in August at Lakeside Park. Hosted by the South Norfolk Neighborhood Watch Group

Phelps Bros Music Festival
Usually held in June in Lakeside Park, managed by Ed and Bobbie Beard. This event celebrates the lives of Norman, Willie and Earl Phelps, born and raised in South Norfolk. The local musicians starred on the stage, screen and radio before starting their own recording studio and performing at their club, Fernwood Farms. Enshrined in the Library of Congress in 2000 and in Norfolk’s Legends of Music Walk of Fame in 2007, this annual music festival honors the lives of these famous South Norfolk sons and their legacies.

Holiday Home Tour
This event is a fundraiser hosted by the South Norfolk Civic League. Tickets are sold to allow visitors to tour specially decorated historic homes in South Norfolk. Theme food and decorations are assigned to each home on the tour.


In what police precinct is South Norfolk?

South Norfolk is located in the Chesapeake Police Department’s Second Precinct.

Capt. J.L. Dunlap is the Commanding Officer.

The Second Precinct is located at 1209 20th Street, Chesapeake, VA 23324, however it is not staffed for public access and has no set operating hours.

For more information, see THIS PAGE on the city’s web site.

Where can I park?

In a nutshell, you cannot park on the median (the area between the sidewalk and the street), or on sidewalks, or in any area that isn’t meant for parking, like your front yard.

For the full law, read this…

  • Sec. 74-243. – Parking prohibited in specified places.


    No person shall park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places:


    On a sidewalk or a city right-of-way between the sidewalk and curb.


    In front of a public or private driveway.


    Within an intersection.


    Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.


    On a crosswalk.


    Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.


    Within 30 feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign, yield sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway.


    Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by official signs or markings.


    Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad grade crossing.


    Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within 75 feet of the entrance when properly posted.


    Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such parking would obstruct traffic.


    On the roadway side of any vehicle parked at the edge or curb of a street.


    Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street or highway or within a tunnel.


    At any place where official signs or markings prohibit parking.


    No more than six inches from the curb or edge of pavement on any public street where parking is permitted.


    In a parking space designated “Jury Parking” when not reporting for jury service.


    On any median.


    In any public or private fire lane. A fire lane parking violation shall be punishable by a fine of $250.00. All above grade signs posted for fire lanes shall include the following language: PENALTY $250.00 FINE.


    At any place that prevents the use of a curb ramp located on public property or on privately owned property that is open to the public.


    No person other than a police officer shall move a vehicle into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful or start or cause to be started the motor of any motor vehicle or shift, change or move the levers, brake, starting device, gears or other mechanism of a parked motor vehicle to a position other than that in which it was left by the owner or driver thereof or attempt to do so.


    It shall be unlawful for any person to leave or cause to be left any automobile or vehicle for more than 48 hours in any public street. If any such person fails to remove the automobile or vehicle within 24 hours after being notified to do so by any police officer, every day which shall elapse thereafter without such removal shall constitute a separate offense.


    It shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle opposite to the general direction of traffic upon any one-way street, any divided highway, any highway where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or greater, or the right-of-way of any one-way street, divided highway or highway where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or greater.

    (Ord. of 1-7-63, § 22-127; Ord. of 6-11-68; Code 1970, § 16-71; Ord. of 11-22-71; Ord. of 1-8-74; Ord. of 11-15-77, § 1; Ord. No. 96-0-183, 11-26-96; Ord. No. 99-O-067, 6-8-99; Ord. No. 04-O-118, 8-10-04; Ord. No. 14-O-081, 6-24-14)

  • Sec. 74-244. – Parking on private property.

    No person shall stand or park a vehicle on any private lot or lot area without the express or implied consent of the owner thereof. Whenever signs or markings have been erected on any lot or lot area contiguous or adjacent to a street, thoroughfare or alley indicating that no vehicles are permitted to stand or park thereon, it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle across any curb or lot line or over any driveway from a street or alley into such lot or area for the purpose of standing or parking such vehicle or for any person to stop, stand or park any vehicle in such lot or area.

    (Ord. of 1-7-63, § 22-128; Code 1970, § 16-72)

    from the city code… CLICK HERE for details

Where can I take the kids to play?

Take your kids to one of the many parks in South Norfolk…

Atlantic Ave. Park

1412 Atlantic Ave


Campostella Square Park

2019 Windy Road


Cascade Park (ball field)

1401 Hoover Avenue


Cascade Blvd Play Area

1060 Cascade Blvd


Consolvo Park

1800 Bainbridge Blvd



Elizabeth River Boat Ramp & Park

1400 Elizabeth River Way


James W. McNeil Park

1059 Cascade Blvd


Johnson Park Play Area/Shelter

1006 Grady Street


Lakeside Park

1441 Bainbridge Blvd


Plymouth Park

605 Pond Lane


Portlock Play Area

1217 Godwin Ave


South Hill Play Area

820 Bannister


Sunrise Hills Play Area

2831 Sunrise Ave


Wilmund Place

4172 Williamson Street


This information comes from this page of the City of Chesapeake’s web site.

What is a historic district?

In the United States, a historic district is a group of buildings, properties, or sites that have been designated by one of several entities on different levels as historically or architecturally significant. Buildings, structures, objects and sites within a historic district are normally divided into two categories, contributing and non-contributing. Districts greatly vary in size: some have hundreds of structures, while others have just a few.

Is my home a National Historic Landmark?

CLICK HERE to download the original National Landmark designation application.

If your house is listed as “contributing,” your house is a National Historic Landmark.

If your is contributing in the South Norfolk Historic District, you are bound by the South Norfolk Historic and Cultural Preservation Guidelines.

If my home is designated as “contributing” in the Historic District, what rules apply?

CLICK HERE to download South Norfolk Historic and Cultural Preservation Guidelines, 2015 Edition. These are the rules that apply to changes to the outside of your historic landmark home.

Is there a map of the South Norfolk Historic District?


Click to enlarge

What is the ARB?

The ARB is local slang for the Architectural Review Board.

The primary function of the Chesapeake Historic and Architectural Review Board is to provide for the review of all significant exterior modifications visible from a paved public street within the Chesapeake Historic and Cultural Preservation District, and to determine whether or not these proposed changes will be compatible with the surrounding area.

A Certificate of Appropriateness may be issued by the Review Board, or in the case of certain minor modifications deemed not to adversely affect the character of the Historic District, may be issued by the Director of Planning or designee.

Applications submitted after the work commences are classified as an After the Fact Application. The filing fee for an After the Fact Application is $250.00.

To visit the City’s page for the ARB, CLICK HERE.

We need a new roof! Now what?

There are requirements for what you can and cannot do with your roof, and historic roofing can be expensive. But don’t panic.

Luckily, the City makes special accommodations for hardship, and tries to make it as affordable as possible for you to repair or replace your roof and still maintain the character of our historic community.

CLICK HERE for more information.

What is the Historic Preservation Commission

From the City’s web site…

The Historic Preservation Commission shall act in an advisory capacity to City Council and the Planning Commission to implement the Historic Preservation Plan, to maintain and update a list of historic sites in the City, recommend areas, sites, buildings and structures for consideration as local historic districts, develop architectural guidelines for historic buildings and structures which may be recommended to City Council for inclusion in the architectural review standards of the Historic and Cultural Preservation Overlay District.
(City Code Sec 2-620.13)

The Historic Preservation Commission is a board created to maintain a list of historic sites in Chesapeake and identify areas or recommend structures which qualify for historic preservation.

CLICK HERE to read more.

How can I request city services?

Need to report something to the city?

Request City Service  Click this button for the online reporting service. You will get a response if you leave your contact info, but your name and email is not required to make a report.

We imagine your IP address will be recorded with your request, so we advise you to use the system truthfully.

For a list of city services, click the button below:

List of City Services


Where can I look up city ordinances?

Neighbors too loud? Want a new fence? Where can you park? Who owns the sidewalk? Can I sleep in the park?

Look up city ordinances and find out!

CLICK HERE for the City of Chesapeake’s online listing of legal codes.


How do I get a Certificate of Appropriateness?

CLICK HERE to go to the city’s page with the Application and Instructions for Certificate of Appropriateness.

You can print the document at the South Norfolk Memorial Library if you don’t have a printer.