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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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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.


Public Notice

The Northampton Planning Commission will be conducting its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 06, 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, January 21, 2015 at 7pm in the Northampton County Administration Conference Room, 2nd Floor.


Public Notice

The Northampton County Wetlands Board will meet Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. in the Board Chambers located at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, VA, for the purpose of considering the following wetlands/coastal primary sand dunes matter under public hearing and to conduct regular business.

VMRC 13-1861: Charles Wanko, Jr. seeks to stabilize an eroded bank caused by Hurricane Sandy. The hardening will consist of class I & II rip rap (broken concrete) 6 feet long by 6 feet wide and 6 feet in height. The bank will be graded to a slope of approximately ½:1 and a toe dug landward of the existing marsh. The property is described as Tax Map 38A1, double circle 1, parcel 47A, located at 3279 Mallard Lane, in Vaucluse Shores Subdivision, near Machipongo.

VMRC 14-0179: Gary & Ruth Cole wish to construct a living shoreline along a portion of the property to stabilize a severely eroding bank. This project will result in restoration of approximately 787 square feet of CBPA buffer slope and adjacent upland woods. A 110 foot long x 7 foot wide toe of class 1 rip rap, 43.2 cubic yards total, shall be installed along the eroded shoreline, landward of the existing limits of MHW. The property is described as Tax Map 19, double circle 7, parcel 8, located in the Shooting Point Subdivision, near Machipongo.

VMRC 14-1344: The Robert C. Gustafson Revocable Trust C/O Robert & AirLia Gustafson wish to stabilize the eroded bank for the entire length of their property for 300 feet with Quarry stone or broken concrete (no exposed rebar). Fill dirt will be brought in to make the proper grade of 2:1 for Installation of class II rip rap (granite) armor stone and A 6’x6’ toe. 1 set of 4’ wide steps for beach access will also be installed at top of bank. The property is described as Tax Map 28, double circle 5, parcel 5A, located at 3293 Sunset Run, in the Sunset Shores Subdivision, near Machipongo.

The Board will assemble at 8:00 a.m. in the County Planning & Zoning Office located at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, VA, and proceed to the property described above in order to conduct a field inspection.

Anyone interested in the above matter should attend the scheduled public hearing. The application may be viewed in the Planning & Zoning Department located at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, Va. Written comments can be submitted to the Dept. of Planning & Zoning, P.O. Box 538, Eastville, VA 23347.

Handicapped Assistance Available: Please call (757) 678-0440 extension 516 at least 48 hours in advance.

Marshall Cox, Chairman
Wetlands Board


A regular meeting of the Ad-Hoc Emergency Care Committee will be held at 3:00 p.m. in the Main Conference Room (second floor) of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, on the following date. The public is invited to attend.

January 22, 2015



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.

Mens Softball Tourney

Friends of Northampton County Parks and Recreation are hosting an Invitational Men’s Softball Tournament at Indiantown Park, Eastville on Saturday November 15th 10am to 3pm. Each team and all spectators MUST bring a non-perishable food item or a new unwrapped toy to be donated to the Eastern Shore Food Bank and/or Toys for Tots. The deadline for team registration is Friday November 7th. For more information or questions about this event please call 757-678-0468 or email

Click Here for a flyer!

Public Notice

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

Public Notice

Regular meetings of the Ad-Hoc Emergency Care Committee will be held at 3:00 pm in the Main Conference Room (second floor) of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, on the following dates. The public is invited to attend.

July 24, 2014
August 28, 2014
September 23, 2014 - 5:00PM

Board consensus on proposed zoning

Proposed Definitions

Proposed Districts

Biomass Performance Standards

Husbandry Performance Standards

Family Day Home


Board Direction by Meeting

Action Letter - 6/23/14

Action Letter - 7/28/14

Action Letter - 8/25/14

Action Letter - 9/22/14

Action Letter - 10/27/14

Action Letter - 11/24/14

Action Letter - 12/9/14



Proposed 2014 Northampton County Zoning Code text and map
Proposed Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas text and map

Notice is hereby provided that the County of Northampton Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing at the Northampton High School auditorium located at 16041 Courthouse Road, Eastville, VA 23347, on March 11, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to review comprehensive amendments proposed to the Northampton County Zoning Code.

Documents related to the March 11, 2014 Public Hearing

March 11, 2014 Power Point Presentation (7.1MB)


Public Notice

The County of Northampton, pursuant to  the authority granted by Va. Code Ann. §15.2-906,  hereby notifies the following property owners and lien holders that there is located on their property a building, wall or other structure which might endanger the public health or safety of other residents of the County, and that if the owner and or/ lien holder of such property fails to remove, repair or secure the building, wall or other structure, within thirty (30) days of this publication, the County may remove the structure or make necessary repairs.
In the event the County, through its own agents or employees, removes repairs or secures any building, wall or any other, the cost or expenses thereof shall be chargeable to and paid by the owners of such property and may be collected by the County as taxes are collected. 

Property Owner

Lien Holder

Property Address

Shore Hospitality LLC c/o Peacock Holdings VA LLC


Tax Map 00112-0A-00-013

29140 Lankford Hwy

Onley, Louis c/o Onley, Louis Jr


Tax Map 00013-01-00-025 

5155 Saltworks Rd

Howell, Arlenia F (dec’d) c/o Isureal Mondray


Tax Map 00077-0A-00-060

5202 Cobb’s Station Rd

Johnson, William L. Jr


Tax Map 00015-0A-00-178

10332 Harevalley Dr

Greg R. O’Bier


Tax Map 00085-0A-00-039

22128 Raymond Ln

Riley, Thomas E. & Arline P


Tax Map 00013-0A-00-030

5191 Saltworks Rd

Jones, Larry


Tax Map 0015C-0A-00-02B

6160 Lankford Hwy

Lewis, Dorothy etals c/o Tolliver, Barbara


Tax Map 0015C-0A-00 -001

6172 Lankford Hwy

21st Century Investment Corp c/o Mother Willis


Tax Map 00112-0A-00-071

4224 Kiptopeke Dr

Brickhouse, Robert L. (dec’d) c/o Godwin, Juanita B


Tax Map 0015C-01-00-000CB

5539 Bayside Rd

Godwin, Juanita B & Brickhouse, Robert Lee, Brickhouse, Roscoe


Tax Map 0015D-03-00-001 

6071 Bayside Rd

Questions regarding this public notice please contact the Code Compliance Department at (757) 678-5296.

Ad-hoc Emergency Care Committee - Information

Press Release

Ad-hoc Emergency Care Committee report to Board 2-6-14 - revised HBC

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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