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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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The County's Administrative Offices will be closed to all business

On Friday, July 15, 2016

between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.

for mandatory emergency management training.

This notice is effective for the following Departments:

Building Inspection

Code Compliance

Commissioner of the Revenue

County Administration

County Treasurer

Economic Development

Finance Department

Human Resources

Information Technology

Planning & Zoning

The Voter Registration Office will remain open during this time.

We appreciate your cooperation.

Public Notice

Due to an advertising error, the Northampton County FY 2017 budget public hearing notice was not advertised on Saturday, May 14th as required.

Therefore, the public hearing scheduled for Monday, May 23, 2016, on the FY 2017 Northampton County Budget cannot be held.

The public hearing has been rescheduled for Tuesday, May 31, 2016, commencing at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia.

Administrative Building Roofing Project

Starting on Monday, May 9th, contractors will start work removing the existing slate roof over the Administrative/Finance offices. The work is scheduled to be completed in 28 calendar days. The contractors will assemble scaffolding on the west side of the building, outside the Commissioner of the Revenue’s offices, and also on the flat roof over the “covered porch” on the east side of the building. The old material will be removed at these two locations. During this process, the building entrance nearest the Voter Registration Office will be temporarily blocked off with a trailer that will be used to haul away the old roofing materials. The trailer will be removed at the end of each work day and the entrance will only be blocked off until all of the old material is removed. The two building entrances on the west side of the building should not be affected, but everyone should use caution when contractors are in the area.

The contractors will stage their equipment in the area west of the Administration building dumpster enclosure. The contractors will park their personal vehicles on the grass lot on the south side of the building.

For any problems contact Mike Thornes, Public Works Director at 757-678-0414 or by email at

Thank You for your cooperation and patience.



EASTVILLE, VIRGINIA – On April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Northampton Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 11th opportunity in six years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Northampton Sheriff’s Office at 5211 The Hornes Eastville, Virginia. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day

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Northampton County Parks & Recreation 2016 Softball Leagues

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$65.00 PER TON TO
$69.00 PER TON


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


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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