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Northampton County is the southern 35 miles of a 70 mile long stretch of the Delmarva Peninsula known as Virginia's Eastern Shore. "The Shore" as it is affectionately named, is cradled by the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay or what is known locally as Bayside and Seaside. The Seaside, in particular, contains the largest island wilderness chain on the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

The Shore is a place that has somehow managed to remain relatively unchanged through the times. Its pristine condition is mainly a result of the surrounding waters of the Chesapeake Bay and the County's isolation to large East Coast metropolises such as Virginia's Tidewater Area (Virginia Beach & Norfolk). Generations of families have been left to their own and have created a rich tradition of living off the land through farming and fishing. For centuries a unique harmony, between mankind and nature, has evolved from these circumstances.

Northampton County's central location on the Eastern Seaboard places it less than a 1 day drive from areas such as New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Northampton County contains numerous natural and cultural sites, including two large public parks, Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park, located at the southern end of the county. Historic townships, such as Eastville, Cheriton and Cape Charles contain buildings that speak to over 350 years of architectural design in the United States.

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Proposed Zoning Information

Click here for the latest information related to the proposed zoning for Northampton County.


Public Notice

The Board of Supervisors of the County of Northampton, Virginia, will hear public comments on the estimated revenues, projected expenditures and supporting tax rates of the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget as set out below at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., in the Board Room, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, VA.

Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for Public Hearing

Fiscal Year 2016 Power Point Public Hearing Presentation


Public Notice

The Northampton Planning Commission will be conducting its regular meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Northampton County Administration Board Chambers.

The Northampton County Planning Commission will conduct Work Sessions on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 7 p.m. & Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Northampton County Administration Conference Room, 2nd Floor at 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia.


Public Notice

Northampton County is sponsoring two Public Informational Meetings with regard to the proposed revised Zoning Ordinance and Map. This will provide an informal opportunity for the public to learn about the proposed revised zoning ordinance, to ask questions of staff, and to view the proposed revised zoning map for the County. The Board of Supervisors is interested in receiving public comment and believes that these informational sessions will provide additional opportunities for the public to become familiar with this important document intended to encourage investment and job growth while protecting natural assets and property rights.

“Citizen Information Papers”, drafted to assist with the citizenry with this review process, are available on the County’s website ( The public is encouraged to read and review these documents.

Sessions will be held as follows:

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Cafeteria, Kiptopeke Elementary School

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Cafeteria, Occohannock Elementary School


Northampton County Agricultura l- Forestal District Program

Northampton County will be accepting applications January 15th through February 15th for both new districts and additions to existing districts as well as scheduling reviews of existing AFD’s.



The Northampton Planning Commission will be conducting its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Northampton County Administration Board Chambers.

The Northampton County Planning Commission will meet for its regularly scheduled work session on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 7pm in the Northampton County Administration Conference Room, 2nd Floor.


The Winter Hours Schedule will commence at the Northampton County Sanitary Landfill on Saturday, November 1, 2014 and run through February 28, 2015. That means that on Saturdays, the landfill’s operating hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Please plan your solid waste disposal accordingly.


The Northampton County Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA)

Regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 9:15a.m.

Meeting Location
16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville
Northampton County Administration, Upstairs Conference Room #201


Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc.

Many Americans can now enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the new Health Insurance Marketplace at Enrollment specialists based at Eastern Shore Rural Health System, Inc. centers have been trained to help Eastern Shore of Virginia residents evaluate options and enroll in affordable health insurance plans through the Marketplace.

The Marketplace offers private health insurance.

Every private insurance plan in the Marketplace will offer comprehensive coverage, from doctors to medications to hospital visits.

If you need assistance contact a specialist at a Rural Health center near you:

Allison @ Atlantic & Chincoteague @ 824-5676 x637
Meghan @ Bayview & Franktown @ 442-4819 x362
Ellen @ Onley @ 787-7374 x767

2013 Reassessment Values

To check your 2013 reassessment click the link below:

2013 Reassessment Book (PDF 6.8MB)



Payments for Real Estate and Personal Property taxes can be made at Official Payments website.


Northampton County Low Lying Areas

Map of Northampton County Low Lying Areas


Land Use Information and Application Links:

Code of Virginia - "Agricultural and Forestal District Act"

Adopted AFD Policy


Application for the creation of or addition to agricultural/forestal districts.

Please note that §33.010 (Land Use Program) of the County Code was repealed on August 11, 2009.



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