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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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The Northampton County Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Board Chambers located in the County Administration Building at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, VA.  The Board will assemble at 9:15 a.m. in the Planning, Permitting and Enforcement Department located at 16404 Courthouse Road #140 in Eastville, VA and proceed to the property describe below in order to conduct a site visit.  The Board of Zoning Appeals will meet for the purpose of conducting regular business and public hearings on the following matters:

  1. Variance 2017-08:   Kellam Insurance Company has applied for a variance of 15-feet from the required 50-foot side yard setback for a setback of 35-feet on the north side of the a proposed property line and of 9-feet from the required 50-foot side yard setback for a setback of 41-feet on the southern side of the a proposed property line to allow the property to be subdivided into two lots.  The property, located at 22157 and 22177 Lankford Highway, is zoned Town Edge – Commercial General (TE- CG) and described as tax map 84-A-62.

Anyone interested in the above matter should attend the public hearing in order to make their views known.  The file may be viewed in the Northampton County Planning, Permitting and Enforcement Department in Eastville, VA, located at 16404 Courthouse Road in Eastville, VA.
Handicapped Assistance Available:  Please telephone 757-678-0440, extension 524, at least 48 hours in advance. 



The Northampton County Sanitary Landfill/Transfer Station and the Birdsnest, Bayview, Wardtown, Hare Valley, Cheapside and Eastville Waste Collection Centers will be closed on Tuesday, July 5, 2017 in observance of the Fourth of July Holiday.

Please plan your solid waste disposal accordingly.



BE IT RESOLVED by the Northampton County Board of Supervisors, this 13th day of June 2017, that the regular recessed meeting of the Board (work session), scheduled for Monday, June 26, 2017 at 5:00 p.m., in the Board Chambers, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, Virginia, be cancelled; and

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

Adopted by the Northampton County Board of Supervisors on June 13, 2017.


In accordance with the Northampton County Board of Supervisors’ policy, please be advised that there will be appointment vacancies, effective June 30, 2017, on the following commissions and boards:

Board of Zoning Appeals (judicial appointment)

E. S. Broadband Authority (2 citizen members)

Planning Commission (District 1 and At Large)

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 Friday, June 2, 2017.  The Board Bank Application is also available by clicking the link below.

Board Bank Application


The Board of Supervisors of the County of Northampton, Virginia, will hear public comments on the estimated revenues, projected expenditures and supporting tax rates of the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget as set out below at a public hearing scheduled for Monday, May 22, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the Board Room, 16404 Courthouse Road, Eastville, VA.

FY 18 Budget Public Hearing Document
FY 18 Budget Adjustments - Finance Director Level
FY18 Detail Estimates of Revenue and Expenses



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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