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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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Cancelled Meeting

The planning comission meeting scheduled for tonight (March 21, 2018) has been cancelled. A special meeting is being called by the Chairman for Wed. March 28 @ 7pm


The 2018 Reassessment Notices have been mailed out to
all Northampton County property owners. If you do not
receive a notice, please contact the Commissioner of Revenue
office at 757-678-0446 with a valid address so that a notice can
be mailed to you.

Appointments to discuss your assessment can be made by calling
the Commissioner of Revenue – Real Estate Division at the above number.


Business License Renewal

Northampton County Business License Deadline March 1, 2018

Doing business in Northampton County will cost you $30.00 annually.

Anyone conducting any type of business or providing professional services, real estate services, sales solicitation,
wholesale sales or general services within the County of Northampton is required to file for and pay for a
Northampton County Business License by March 1st of the current calendar year.

Contact the Commissioner of the Revenue at 757-678-0446 or visit to obtain an application.



Invitation to bid on surplus vehicles

Bids will be received until 3:00 p.m., February 28, 2018, at the County Administrator’s Office, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, at which time bids will be opened and publicly read.    Bids can be mailed to the County Administrator’s Office, PO Box 66, Eastville, Virginia  23347 or delivered to the Courthouse Road Offices.
The County reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any and all informalities and to disregard all nonconforming or conditional bids.

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Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Document

FY18 Consolidated Budget Document



Pursuant to the Code of Virginia Section 15.2-2507, the Northampton County Board of Supervisors will hear public comments on the following proposed amendment to its Fiscal Year 2018 County Budget on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia.

The proposed amendment is a request from the Northampton County School Board for an increase of $597,103.00, in order to appropriate the balances remaining in the Federal awards listed below after all Fiscal Year 2017 reimbursements were processed:

Account Description                                             Funds Remaining From Prior Year Awards

Title I, Part A (Basic Programs)                                    $253,997.00  
Title I, Part C (Migrant)                                                 $251,204.00
Title VI-B, Special Education (Sect. 611)                     $  16,417.00
Learn-2-Suceed CIG                                                     $  19,904.00
Title VI-B Sped Pk (Sect. 619)                                      $  16,819.00
Title VI-B Rural and Low Income Schools                   $  23,340.00
Title III, Part A (Language Acquisition)                       $    7,832.00
Title II, Part A (Teacher Quality)                                  $    7,590.00


Persons interested in this matter should attend the public hearing in order to express their views.

Handicapped assistance available:  757/678-0440.



BE IT RESOLVED by the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, this 21st day of November, 2017, that the recessed meeting (work session) of the Board, scheduled for Monday, December 25, 2017, commencing at 5:00 p.m., in the Board Chambers of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, be cancelled; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that, following this meeting, the date, time and place of the recessed (work session) meeting of the Northampton County Board of Supervisors shall revert to the fourth Monday of each month in the Board Chambers, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, at 5:00 p.m.

Adopted this 21st day of November, 2017.







New Finance Director

Northampton County is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. John Chandler as Finance Director, effective December 4, 2017. Mr. Chandler is currently the Vice-President for Finance with the Bayshore Concrete Products Corporation and had previously served as Assistant Finance Director for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel District.

Mr. Chandler was born and raised in Onancock, Virginia. He attended Accomack County Public Schools, graduating from Onancock High School in 1982. John furthered his education by earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a Finance Concentration from Longwood University. Additionally, Mr. Chandler completed the Professional Accounting Studies Program at Salisbury University. John is married to Clara Chandler, a longtime Northampton and Accomack County public school educator, who currently serves as Human Resources Director for Accomack County Public Schools. They have two boys, Tyler and Taylor, who currently attend the University of Virginia. In his free time, John enjoys boating, biking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

In a statement, Northampton County Administrator Charles Kolakowski said, “We welcome John to the Northampton County team. His skills and management experience will be valuable as we move Northampton forward.”


DRAFT copies of the Comprehensive Plan

Part I
Part II



Additional vehicles may now qualify for tax relief beginning in 2017

Due to legislative changes that had taken place in the 2016 session of the Virginia General Assembly, additional vehicles might now qualify for Personal Property Tax Relief (PPTR) from the Commonwealth of Virginia beginning in 2017.

The action by the General Assembly changed the registration requirements for personal use trucks with a gross weight between 7,501 and 10,000 pounds. As of January 1, 2017, these vehicles must be reclassified as pickups. These vehicles will require standard passenger license plates, and no longer qualify for truck license plates.

Once you have successfully reclassified your vehicle with DMV as a pickup before January 1, 2017, it may then qualify for personal property tax relief in 2017.

The change does not apply to vehicles registered for business use. If your truck is registered for business use, no action on your part is required.

You can reclassify your vehicle by visiting your local DMV customer service center.


Starting August 2016, Northampton County reassessment staff will be visiting all properties gathering data and taking inventory of improvements. This process will be ongoing for 16 months. All appraisal data collectors are required to wear county photo ID badges. The general reassessment is a responsibility of the Commissioner of the Revenue, Charlene Gray.
The County Appraiser, Todd Simpson, will oversee this process.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this process or any individuals on your property, please contact the Commissioner’s Office at 757-678-0446.



The Northampton County Joint Industrial Development Authority (JIDA)

Regularly scheduled meetings will be on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:00p.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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