Northampton County, Virginia

News and Events | Facts and Information | Weather | Search
Contacts / Site Map / Help


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.

Site Search

Custom Search

Comprehensive Plan

The draft Northampton County Comprehensive Plan will be heard at public hearing on August 7th at 7pm at the middle school auditorium in Machipongo. Final copies of the draft Comprehensive Plan can be found at the Northampton County Administration building, any town hall, or online on the Northampton county Planning page starting July 12.



County Government Offices, located at 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, will be closed to the public on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. The staff will be undergoing mandatory emergency management training relative to hurricane season.

Offices affected include:

County Administration Human Resources
Finance Info. Technology
Planning, Permitting & Enforcement (includes Planning & Zoning, Building Inspection & Code Compliance)
Commissioner of the Revenue
Facilities Management
County Treasurer (closed from 9 am – 10 am only)

Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your cooperation.



The Northampton County Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing commencing at 7:00 p.m., on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, in the Board Room of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, to afford interested parties the opportunity to be heard or present written comments regarding the following ordinance:


The purpose of this ordinance is to change the District Four polling place from the former middle school to the Johnson’s United Methodist Church Social Hall 11175 Bayside Road, Machipongo, Virginia.

A copy of the proposed ordinance is available for public review at the County Administrator’s Office, Eastville, Virginia, during normal business hours.

Handicapped assistance available: Call 757/678-0440.




Public notice is hereby given that the Board of Equalization for the County of Northampton will meet on the days hereafter listed for the purpose of hearing property owners who believe their real property assessment are inaccurate. Upon hearing such complaints, either verbal or written, the Board will give consideration TO EITHER INCREASE, DECREASE, OR AFFIRM such real estate assessment. The taxpayer or agent must provide substantial evidence that the assessment of the property is not uniform with the assessments of other similar properties or that the property is assessed above or below its fair market value.

Appointments will be scheduled every 15 minutes to minimize waiting. To appear before the Board of Equalization, please call (757) 678-0446, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday, to request an application. Meetings of the Board to hear objections will be held at 16404 Courthouse Road, Suite 201, Eastville, Virginia. The dates and times are:

July 12, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 17, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 19, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 24, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 26, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

July 31, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 2, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 7, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 9, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 14, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 16, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 21, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

August 30, 2018

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


(Additional dates and times will be scheduled, if necessary, and advertised)
By order of the Northampton County Board of Equalization as provided by the
Code of Virginia, §58.1 – 3378



A meeting of the Tourism Infrastructure Committee will be held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, May 31, 2018, in the Second Floor Conference Room of the County Administration Building, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia.

The public is invited to attend.


Public Notice

The Planning Commission will hold a special meeting at the request of the chairman on May 24, 2018 at 6pm for the sole purpose of conducting final reviews of the draft Comprehensive Plan.


Press Release

Assessment Grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.




In accordance with the Northampton County Board of Supervisors’ policy, please be advised that there are, or soon will be, appointment vacancies on the following commissions and boards:


A-N Planning District Commission – two at-large citizen members

Eastern Shore Community College Board of Directors

Eastern Shore Housing Alliance

Joint Industrial Development Authority of Northampton County and Towns – two members

Planning Commission – District One and At-Large

Wetlands Board


If citizens are interested in serving on any of these boards or commissions, they should contact the County Administrator’s Office and complete a Board Bank Application not later than Wednesday, May 30, 2018. 



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.


Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Document

FY18 Consolidated Budget Document



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.


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.



About Us | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Disclaimer
©2005 - 2013 Northampton County, Virgina. All rights reserved. Website Contact. Photo Credits.