Notice effective October 24: Please note that before accepting applications for rezonings, special use permits, and Board of Zoning Appeals variances, County staff will verify that all real estate taxes owed for the subject properties have been paid in full in accordance with Section 24-24. 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 County Treasurer at 757-253-6705. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact Planning or Zoning Enforcement at 757-253-6685.
James City County has nineteen different zoning designations in the Ordinance, fifteen that have been applied. Each district has a set of by-right uses and most have a set of specially permitted uses. To determine if a parcel is zoned appropriately for a given use you can locate the address on the zoning map or use our Property Information System found on the Planning or Zoning home page. Once you have the zoning designation go to Chapter 24 of the Zoning Ordinance to find a complete listing of by-right and specially permitted uses.
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The Zoning Administrator is empowered to administer and enforce the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance. The Zoning Division processes complaints for violations such as inoperable vehicles, excessive trash, and uncut grass on vacant properties. To report Zoning Ordinance violations, please contact the Zoning Office.
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- Board of Zoning Appeals application
- Board of Zoning Appeals Brochure
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