Development Procedures

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    Applying for permits in James City County is now easier and more efficient.

    PermitLink, a new online system, replaces traditional paperwork and will give you the opportunity to submit requests through a fully automated system. Users can upload plans, schedule inspections, check on plan reviews, receive real time inspection results and respond to comments from County staff. Permit and re-inspection fees can also be made with a credit card or e-check through the secure PermitLink system.

    Visit the new PermitLink portal for all the latest updates.

    County staff have spent the last few months testing PermitLink and getting everything ready for this significantly improved experience, but as with all new processes there may be a few unexpected issues along the way. Thank you for your patience and understanding during the transition.

With each application you will find our fee schedule. Please be prepared to supply a completed application, fees, and required number of copies when submitting your plans along with any other supporting documents required. The required number of plans is as follows.

Plan Submissions

Plan Submittal
Planning Commission Copies
Administrative Copies
Conceptual Plan
6 3
Site Plan
14 10
Subdivision Construction Plan
14 10
Subdivision Plat
8 Plats and Mylar*
Special Use Permit
12 Sets of Plans and Supporting Documents**
Rezoning 12 Sets of Plans and Supporting Documents**
Master Plan
12** N/A
*Mylar is not required on first submittal, but will be required prior to final subdivision approval.
**This is the number of plans required initially. Additional plans may be necessary to be submitted prior to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors meetings.

Please Note
Before accepting applications for rezonings, special use permits, and Board of Zoning Appeals variances, staff will verify that all real estate taxes owed for the subject properties have been paid in full in accordance with Section 24-24 of the County Code.

The certification can be completed by staff while you wait. If it is found that real estate taxes have not been paid, the application will not be accepted. If you are unsure if your payments are up-to-date, please contact the Treasurer at 757-253-6705.