Zoning Applications and Checklists

Amended Zoning Map (PDF) 

Northampton County Code of Ordinances links to American Legal website. The Zoning Ordinance for Northampton County is under Chapter 154.2 Zoning Code

A Zoning Clearance is required by Northampton County to ensure that a proposed structure or land use meets all applicable requirements of the county's zoning ordinance. A Zoning Clearance is required before any proposed project or changes to the use of land occur, including any construction activity requiring building permit.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Zoning prior to submitting an application. After discussing your project and the applicable development standards that will apply to your project, we will be happy to assist you with the application process. Early communication will help expedite the permit process.

Zoning Application and Checklists (Fillable Form)


Planning and Zoning Fees

Please confirm fees with the permit technician. 

Planning & Zoning Fees 


Application Materials

Application packets are available online or by contacting the permit technician via email or at the Planning, Permitting and Enforcement Department. Included with the packets is a checklist of the materials that must be submitted for a complete application, including the planning application and applicable processing fee.

Zoning Map Amendment

A Zoning Map Amendment is a procedure to amend the official zoning map of the county by changing the boundaries of any zoning district. An application packet is available online, via email by contacting the office coordinator or at the Planning, Permitting and Enforcement Department. A fee is required and public hearings are required. 

Amended Zoning Map


Variances are a relaxation of the terms of the zoning ordinance for height, area and size of yards and open space based on demonstration of a hardship and made on a case-specific basis. The variance request is heard by Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) at the public hearing. The application packet is available on line, via email by contacting the office coordinator or at the Planning, Permitting and Enforcement Department.  

Special Use

Special Use Permits are required for proposed activities which appear on the schedule of uses in the zoning ordinance. The application packet is available on line, via email by contacting the office coordinator or at the Planning, Permitting and Enforcement Department.  The Northampton County Board of Supervisors may approve a Special Use Permit with or without conditions, following public hearings as required by Virginia law.

Land Disturbance

All land areas in Northampton County are either Resource Protection Area (RPA) or Resource Management Area (RMA). As such, any proposed development or redevelopment activity that is 2500 square feet or greater must submit a Land Disturbance Permit (POD) application. A water quality impact assessment (WQIA) is required for any proposed encroachment into the RPA. Disturbance less than 2500 square feet must apply for a zoning clearance unless the proposed development is an exempt use. 

Administrative Waiver:
The Zoning Administrator may be able to grant a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act administrative waiver under certain restrictions per Zoning Code 154.2.163 (I)(8). If the waiver is denied, the applicant can file an exception to the Board of Zoning Appeals.


Staff Information

Susan McGhee

757-678-0443 ext. 541


David Dameron
Zoning Administrator

757-678-0443 ext. 545


John Outten
Building Official

757-678-0445 ext. 525


Kelley Lewis Parks
Planner/GIS Specialist

757-678-0443 ext. 546


Tom Rippon
Code Compliance and Building Inspector

757-678-0445 ext. 526


Julie Floyd
Development Inspector

757-678-0443 ext. 542


Jennifer Sayers
Building Permit Technician

757-678-0445 ext. 543


Rose Bower
Zoning Permit Technician

757-678-0443 ext. 524


Carolyn Duffy
Administrative Clerk 

757-678-0443 ext. 544


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

Hours of Operation
9 AM - 5 PM