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.
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.
Obtaining a Permit
In order to obtain a permit, you must submit a joint wetlands permit application to the VMRC, phone number 757-247-2200. VMRC will then send the permit to the Environmental Division which serves as staff to the County Wetlands Board and the Army Corps of Engineers. There is a fee for the wetlands permit which is based on the amount of wetlands impacted.
There are 2 different Joint Permit Applications available for use depending on the type of activity that you are proposing. If you propose to impact tidal waters or wetlands in the Tidewater area of Virginia, you may be eligible to use the TIDEWATER JPA, an abbreviated version of the Joint Permit Application. Activities eligible to use the Tidewater JPA include piers, boathouses, boat ramps, moorings, marinas, aquaculture facilities, riprap revetments, bulkheads, marsh toe stabilizations, breakwaters, beach nourishment, groins, jetties, road crossings over tidal waterways, and utility lines over or under tidal waterways. Dredging and excavation projects in tidal waterways/wetlands must use the full-length JPA. The Norfolk district Corps of Engineers has made the JPA available as an electronically submittable form. You may visit the Corps’ national eJPA site.
The Wetlands Board meets monthly, if there are cases to be heard. In order for the Engineering and Resource Protection Division to review the application and advertise the required public hearing in a local newspaper, you need to submit your application a minimum of 6 weeks prior to the Wetlands Board meeting. View meeting dates and application deadlines.