Zoning Applications and Checklists

A Zoning Clearance is required by Northampton County certifying 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 of land occur, including any construction activity requiring building permit.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with 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 discuss and assist you with the application process. Such a preliminary meeting 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 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 at the Planning, Permitting and Enforcement Department.


Variances are exceptions to set backs and height requirement zoning regulations based on demonstration of a hardship and made on a case-specific basis. If the variance request is denied, the applicant can appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) which has the authority to reverse the decision.

Special Use

Special Use Permits are required for proposed activities which appear on the schedule of uses in the zoning ordinance and are essentially compatible with other permitted uses in a zoning district, but which possess characteristics or locational qualities which require individual review. 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 that are either Resource Protection Area or Resource Management Area. As such, any permitted development or redevelopment activity that is 2500 square feet or greater must submit a Land Disturbance Permit application.

Administrative Waiver:
The Zoning Administrator can grant a Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act administrative waiver under certain restrictions. If the waiver is denied, the applicant can file 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


Beth Nunnally
Development Inspector

757-678-0443 ext. 542


Jennifer Sayers
Permit Technician

757-678-0445 ext. 543


Carmen Warner
Office Coordinator

757-678-0443 ext. 524


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

Hours of Operation
9 AM - 5 PM