Multifamily Residential, Commercial, & Industrial

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    PermitLink is Now Live

    PermitLink replaces traditional paperwork and gives you the opportunity to submit requests through a fully automated system. 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.

    PermitLink went live on June 11. Based on initial feedback, the new system is providing a significantly improved experience, but as with all new processes there may be a few unexpected issues along the way. Rest assured, we are hard at work making the necessary adjustments and even more refinements will be made over the next few weeks. 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.