Multifamily Residential, Commercial, & Industrial

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    PermitLink is Now Live

    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.

In addition to completing a building permit application you will need to provide the following:
  • Two sets of construction documents which have met the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code. Drawings may be required to be prepared and sealed by a professional engineer or licensed architect as required by the Uniform Statewide Building Code.
  • A copy of the site plan that has been approved by the James City County Planning Division (prepared by a land surveyor, architect or engineer licensed as such in the Commonwealth of Virginia) is required noting all structure(s). The site plan shall meet the specifications of Article 2 of the County Zoning Ordinance.
  • A geotechnical report identifying soil conditions and bearing capacities.
  • A tap fee receipt for structures on public water and sewer; or
  • A permit to install a sewage system or modify an existing sewage system from the State Health Department.
  • A land disturbing permit may be obtained after receiving preliminary site plan approval. Refer to section on Land Disturbing Permits.