Single-Family Residential & Duplex

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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 for the structure meeting the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code.
  • Three copies of the site plan that notes the location of the structure and clearly shows distances to all property lines, structures, easements and other property characteristics. This site drawing shall include topographic contours, and limits of clearing, drainage and erosion control. The plat must be drawn to scale and include distances to streams, wetlands or other sensitive areas.
  • A copy of the soil report which indicates the potential for shrink-swell soil on this property and soil bearing capacities. An engineered foundation design is required if shrink-swell soil is found.
  • A permit to install a sewage system or modify an existing sewage system from the State Health Department.
  • Permits may be issued to owners or owner's agent. If permit is issued to someone other than a contractor, they must sign an affidavit regarding licensure as a contractor.