Building Inspections and Permits

Building Official

The Building Official administers the building and construction regulations and associated laws of the Commonwealth and County, in a courteous, responsive, and professional manner, contributing to the safety, well being and general interest of citizens.

Services include:

- Review and Issuance of Building Permits and Associated Plans

- Administration and Enforcement of The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code

- Performing Code Related Building Inspections

- Issuance of Certificates of Occupancy

- Responding to Building Code Related Questions

County Inspectors do not act as project managers or job site superintendents for construction projects. They inspect for minimum compliance with Virginia law, but we do not inspect for aesthetic of contractual compliance.


A word about Taxes ...

Public Notice

In accordance with the 2015 Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC), Section 107.1.2, the Northampton County Building Official  will refund 75% of permit fees when approved by the Building Official and when requested in writing by the permit holder in the event of revocation, abandonment or discontinuance of project.

Northampton County
Building Department
P.O. 538
Eastville, VA 23347
Phone: (757) 678-0445


These towns handle all zoning and building :

Cape Charles - (757) 331-3259
Cheriton - (757) 331-8200

How to Schedule an Inspection

What Codes are Used? 

Policy Statements

Download Forms [Includes Permit Application Forms]

Frequently Asked Questions

Planning and Zoning Fees

Please confirm fees with the permit technician. 

Planning & Zoning Fees 

Staff Information

Susan McGhee

757-678-0443 ext. 541

[email protected]

Zoning Administrator


John Outten
Building Official

757-678-0443 ext. 525

[email protected]

Planner/Community Redevelopment Specialist

Rodney Braxton
Development Inspector

757-678-0443 ext. 542

[email protected]

Building Inspector

Forest Flynn
Code Compliance Inspector 

757-678-0443 ext. 526

Environmental Outreach & Floodplain Manager

Jennifer Sayers 
Building Permit Technician

757-678-0443 ext. 543

[email protected]

Carolyn Duffy
Zoning Permit Technician

757-678-0443 ext. 524

[email protected]

Olivia Bennett
Administrative Clerk 

757-678-0443 ext. 544

[email protected]

Department of Planning, Permitting & Enforcement
PO Box 538
16404 Courthouse Road
Eastville, VA 23347

Hours of Operation
9 AM - 5 PM