City Government

  1. Boards, Commissions & Committees

    The City of Newport News has over 350 citizens who serve on nearly 45 boards, commissions, and committees.

    1. Architectural Review Boards

      Learn about the Architectural Review Boards.

    2. Board of Appeals

      This board holds the jurisdiction on any appeal concerning the Building Code Appeals.

    3. Board of Review of Real Estate Assessments

      Pursuant to Chapter 12, Section 12.03, of the Charter of the City of Newport News (as amended by the 1960 Acts of the General Assembly of Virginia), the Board of Review of Real Estate Assessments will sit between September 1 and November 30 of each year for the purpose of equalizing real estate assessments in the City of Newport News, Virginia.

    4. Board of Trustees for Pensions & Retirement

      The purpose of this board is to establish rules and regulations, and be responsible for the administration of the Retirement Fund consistent with provisions set forth in the City Code.

    5. Board of Zoning Appeals

      Read through some informative PDFs to learn about the Board of Zoning Appeals.

    6. Commemoration Advisory Committee

      The Commemoration Advisory Committee will evaluate requests to name or rename a city facility.

    7. Committee on Investments - Retirement Fund

      This committee makes recommendations to the Board of Trustees for Pensions and Retirement for the investments of the reserves or the sale of the securities of the fund.

    8. Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee

      All Comprehensive Plan Citizen Advisory Committee meetings are open to the public, however there will not be a public comment period during regular committee meetings.

    9. Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center Board

      The board shall determine the mission, strategic direction, and future programming of the organization.

    10. Eastern Virginia Medical School Board of Visitors

      The Eastern Virginia Medical School is recognized by the Commonwealth of Virginia as an institution of higher education created by state law, and has numerous powers as stipulated by the state.

    11. Hampton-NN Community Services Board

      The Hampton - Newport Community Services Board act as the agent of the cities of Hampton and Newport News in the establishment and operation of community mental health.

    12. Hampton-NN Community Criminal Justice Board

      An agency and policy board to develop and administer programs and strategies for handling local offender populations in ways other than incarceration.

    13. Hilton Village Architectural Review Board

      The Hilton Village Architectural Review Board is responsible for maintaining the special historic zoning regulations for Hilton Village as outlined in the City Code.

    14. Hispanic Advisory Committee

      The Hispanic Advisory Committee to the City Manager was formally established in early 2008 to serve as a liaison between city administration and the Hispanic Community.

    15. Human Services Advisory Board

      The Human Services Advisory Board acts in an advisory capacity to the Director of Human Services with respect to the duties and functions imposed on him/her by Title 63.1 of the Code of Virginia.

    16. Industrial Development Authority

      The purpose of Industrial Development Authority is to promote the economic development and diversification of the city's employment and tax base.

    17. Insight Enterprises Board of Directors

      The Insight Enterprises, Inc / Peninsula Center for Independent Living Board of Directors provides services to Newport News Citizens with physical handicaps.

    18. Law Library Advisory Committee

      The Law Library Advisory Committee serves as an advisory committee to the Director of Library Services for the selection of books and materials to be utilized by the Law Library.

    19. Newport News Arts Commission

      The Newport News Arts Commission (NNAC) provides support for the arts and cultural activities within the City of Newport News and activities within Greater Hampton Roads that serve the city's residents.

    20. Newport News Community Policy & Management Team

    21. Newport News Human Rights Commission

      The Newport News Human Rights Commission acts as a safeguard for all individuals within the city from unlawful discrimination.

    22. Newport News Occasions, Inc.

      Newport News Occasions, Inc. is a non-stock, non-profit organization to maintain responsible financial control and to enhance the city's ability to obtain corporate sponsorships for the various special events operated by the Parks and Recreation Department.

    23. Newport News Planning Commission

      Find out information on the City of Newport News Planning Commission.

    24. Newport News Public Library Board of Trustees

      The Library Board shall advise and make recommendations concerning policy and administration to the City Librarian (Director) or the City Manager on any library matter.

    25. Newport News Redevelopment & Housing Authority

      The Redevelopment and Housing Authority is involved in the city and the requirements of the federal government Administration of the Community Development Programs.

    26. Newport News Wetlands Board

      The Wetlands Board's purpose is to protect the city's marshlands and control proposed construction in the marshlands.

    27. Newsome House Museum & Cultural Center BOD

      The Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors purpose is to further and support the programs of the Newsome House Museum and Cultural Center.

    28. North End/Huntington Heights Architectural Review

      The North End / Huntington Heights Architectural Review Board prepares guidelines for standards applicable to land and the exterior of buildings and structures within the North End/Huntington Heights Historic District.

    29. Peninsula Agency on Aging

      The Peninsula Agency of Aging provide a large number of services to the elderly, i.e., nutrition, home delivered meals, education, recreation, etc.

    30. Peninsula Airport Commission

      The commission was created by the Acts of the General Assembly of 1946, Chapter 22 and is responsible for economic development and the day-to-day affairs of Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport.

    31. Reservoir Protection Appeals Committee

      This committee acts as the decision-making body for determining recommendations to City Council for outright requests for buffers or total property acquisition due to hardship claims.

    32. Retirement Board

      View the Retirement Board's meeting schedules and minutes.

    33. Southeastern Virginia Health System

      The Southeastern Virginia Health System works to expand primary care to the medically under served in Census Tracts 301-308 in the East End.

    34. Taxi Advisory Board

      The Taxi Advisory Board was created to review taxi regulations and advise City Council with regard to appropriate provisions of any ordinance pertaining to taxicabs.

    35. Thomas Nelson Community College Board of Directors

      Find details about the Thomas Nelson Community College Board of Directors.

    36. Towing Advisory Board

      The board reviews towing regulations and advises City Council with regard to appropriate provisions of any ordinance pertaining to towing and recovery of vehicles.

    37. Transportation Safety Commission

      The commission recommends to City Council plans for the formulation of a transportation safety programs for the city, periodically reviews the operation and effectiveness of the program and recommends amendments to such program.

    38. USS Newport News Liaison Committee

      The committee liaisons with the Commanding Officer and the crew of the USS Newport News, and is responsible for activities which will ensure a continuous interest in and relationship with the ship, its crew, and the city.

  2. Charter & Organization

  3. City Code

    View the City of Newport News City Code online.

  4. City Council

  5. Departments & Offices

    Browse through a list of Newport News offices for contact information as well as office responsibilities and services.

    1. Contact Center

      The volunteer program includes police chaplains who are available for counseling services 24/7.

    2. Budget & Evaluation

      The Department of Budget and Evaluation prepares and manages the city's annual operating budget and 5-year Capital Improvements Plan (CIP).

    3. Circuit Court

      Circuit Court

    4. City Clerk

      The Office of the City Clerk directs the administrative functions of the City Council as set forth in the City Charter and the State and City Code.

    5. City Council

      The Newport News City Council meets regularly to take official action on matters brought before it.

    6. City Manager

      The City Manager's Office provides leadership and administration of the day to day operations of the City of Newport News.

    7. Codes Compliance

      Newport News Department of Codes Compliance protects the health, safety and general welfare of the public through the administration and uniform enforcement of laws and regulations related to land use, building construction and property maintenance.

    8. Commissioner of the Revenue

      The Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue is responsible for the assessment of various taxes mandated by the Code of Virginia and Newport News local tax ordinances.

    9. Commonwealth's Attorney

      Learn about the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office and the crime victim and witness assistance services the office provides.

    10. Communications

    11. Development

      The Development Department is responsible for expanding and diversifying the City’s tax base and economic climate by attracting new businesses to Newport News and by assisting existing businesses with their growth. It is also responsible for providing an environment in which businesses are able to retain existing and create new desirable jobs.

    12. Emergency Management

      View information about the roles and responsibilities of the Emergency Management Department.

    13. Engineering

      The purpose of the Department of Engineering is to provide professional engineering services for the City of Newport News.

    14. Finance

      The Finance Department provides a wide scope of financial services to the city and oversees the functions of accounting, accounts payable, benefits, retirement, and payroll.

    15. Fire


    16. Human Resources

      The Human Resources Department manages employment, salary administration, job classifications, and other services related to city employees.

    17. Human Services

      The mission of the Newport News Department of Human Services is to contribute to the quality of life in Newport News by promoting empowerment and independence through human services and community partnerships.

    18. Information Technology

      IT accomplishes its mission by developing systems to improve citizen access to information and services and by enabling business units to deliver key services in a more effective and cost efficient manner.

    19. Internal Audit

      The Internal Audit Department helps management maintain the financial and operational integrity of the city by examining and analyzing city financial data, operations, programs, and services.

    20. Juvenile Services

      The Juvenile Services Department's mission is to help young people excel by honoring their inherent worth and building their potential.

    21. Library

    22. Parks, Recreation & Tourism

      The Parks and Recreation Department manages parks and facilities, provides recreational services, hosts programs and events, and much more.

    23. Planning

      The Planning Department staff is responsible for assisting the Planning Commission and the City Council in all aspects of comprehensive and current planning in Newport News.

    24. Police Department

      The City of Newport News' Police Department goal is to provide timely, relevant, and useful information to assist you in learning about your police department and accessing our services.

    25. Public Works

      The Newport News Public Works Department provides services to safely and efficiently manage city infrastructure.

    26. Purchasing

      The Office of Purchasing is responsible for the purchase of all materials, supplies, services, construction, and equipment for all city departments and agencies, and is responsible for the centralized control and disposal of excess, obsolete, and salvageable materials and equipment.

    27. Real Estate Assessor

      The Newport News Real Estate Assessor's Office receives its authority from the Virginia Constitution, various statutes of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Newport News Charter and City Code.

    28. Risk Management

      The Office of Risk Management is responsible for managing risk and liability, including citizen claims.

    29. Sheriff's Office

      There are nearly 200 dedicated and professional employees at the Newport News Sheriff's Office who want to provide you with a safe community in which to live, work and play.

    30. Treasurer

      The Treasurer's Office offers a variety of payment options in regards to fines and taxes.

    31. Voter Registrar

      The Voter Registrar is appointed by the Electoral Board, who, in turn, is appointed by the Circuit Court Judges in the city.

    32. Waterworks

      Learn about the Waterworks Department.

  6. Freedom of Information Act

  7. Public Meetings

  8. State Legislative Priorities

    Learn more about code and charter changes as well as read draft legislation by visiting the Office of the City Manager's State Legislative Priorities page.