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York County offices are open to the public. Visit individual department/division webpages to determine hours of operation.
March 26 - May 27 (Daily) - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.May 28 - September 6 (Daily) - 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.September 7 - November 21 (Daily) - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.November 26 - December 19 (Fri, Sat & Sun only) - 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Board of Supervisor meetings are held in the Board Room of York Hall at 301 Main Street. See the upcoming meeting schedule here.
There are several ways to pay taxes online. Visit our Online Services page for more information.
Yes. Each week, the Board of Supervisors is provided with a package of memos, letters, reports, etc. from the County Administrator, regional bodies, and staff members.
This package is posted online on the Board’s website for citizens to review. This initiative is in keeping with the Board’s strategic priority of Effective and Outstanding Communications and Civic Engagement.
The 2021 Beautiful York County Calendar is just a "Quick Link" away to download and print here - but if you are out and about and want to pick one up--we have JUST ADDED new distribution locations starting this week. You can pick up your copy (1 per family /while supplies last) at:
Yorktown & Tabb Libraries
Williamsburg Library - JCC Branches
Voter Registration (Washington Square)
Voter Registration (Victory Village)
Parks and Recreation
New Quarter Park Office
Neil A. Morgan, County Administrator$192,000.00
James E. Barnett, Jr., County Attorney$181,000.00
Mark L. Bellamy, Jr., Deputy County Administrator$158,232.00
Stephen P. Kopczynski, Fire Chief$154,463.00
James W. Noel, Jr., Director of Economic Development$147,694.00
Brian K. Woodward, Director of Public Works$145,268.00
Adam A. Frisch, Director of Information Technology$141,294.00
D. Terry Hall, Director of Emergency Communications$140,006.00
Joseph A. Sisler, Deputy Director of Public Works$135,717.00
Brian Fuller, Director of Community Services$131,681.00
"Citizen News" is published quarterly for the citizens of York County.
View the latest edition here
You can reach the local VDOT Residency Administrator's office by phone at 253-5138; the Williamsburg Area Maintenance Headquarters at 253-5138; or, the Seaford Area Maintenance Headquarters at 898-5151. You can also submit a service request online at http://www.virginiadot.org by clicking on "Report a Road Problem" in the upper right-hand corner, or call the central service center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
The Board of Supervisors appointed community members to the Comprehensive Plan Review Steering Committee, including (for the first time ever) a member of the York County Youth Commission, to assist with the review of this planning document. The Committee has begun to meet and will continue its activities through the 2019. For information about the Committee and the Comprehensive Plan review, visit www.York2040.com. Check back often as the site will be updated throughout the process.
Any dead animal that is found on private property becomes the responsibility of the property owner. Any dead animal that is found on a private road becomes the responsibility of the property owner or their Homeowners Association. If a dead animal is found to be on a roadway that is maintained by VDOT, it will be responsibility of VDOT to remove it. If a dead animal is found on a public roadway that is maintained by VDOT, contact the York County Emergency Dispatch Center at their non-emergency number (757) 890-3621.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO OPERATE A SHORT-TERM RENTAL, PLEASE CONTACT THE YORK COUNTY PLANNING DIVISION AT (757) 890-3404 OR BY EMAIL AT PLANNING@YORKCOUNTY.GOV, OR VISIT OUR OFFICE IN THE YORK COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER AT 224 BALLARD STREET IN YORKTOWN.
View York County live streaming media or archives of our Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission meetings.
Board of Supervisor Meetings are live, Tuesday at 6 pm and rebroadcast Wednesday - Friday at 11 am, 7 pm, and 11 pm and on Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm.
Under the Board of Supervisors Menu tab on our website, there is a link for "Presentations to the Board". You can also view that page here.
For most county citizens, the answer is VDOT - the Virginia Department of Transportation. In fact, VDOT is responsible for maintenance of all public streets, roads, and highways in the county (in contrast to cities, where the city governments are responsible for maintenance). The exceptions to this general rule are the various private streets, for example in townhouse or condominium developments, where property owners' associations have maintenance responsibility. VDOT maintains the following for citizens to report road problems or concerns:
You can reach the local VDOT Residency Administrator's office by phone at 253-5138; the Williamsburg Area Maintenance Headquarters at 253-5138; or, the Seaford Area Maintenance Headquarters at 898-5151. You can also submit a service request by calling the central service center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623). Other helpful links are below.
VDOT Customer Service Center
Online Work Request
The Planning Division and the Office of Development Services puts together a monthly Development Activity Report. That report can be found on the County homepage as a listing under News Headlines or on either the Development Services or Planning Division webpage.
The new report will be added the second Thursday of each month.
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Yes. The county and schools share many services. Some of these are:
York County does not require a permit for yard sales. The Code requires that anyone having a yard sale not have more than two (2) a year, and that they last no more than three (3) days each event.
No, you are not required to acquire a license for cats, and cats are allowed to roam free without being tethered. However, they do need to be vaccinated for rabies.
Report loss pet to Animal Services at 757-890-3601. Search your immediate neighborhood. Call your local animal shelter to see if your pet was picked-up and to report the loss if your pet should happen to be brought in on a later date. You can call the Heritage Humane Society at 757-221-0150 (typically animals picked up in the Northern End of York County) and the Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter at 757-933-8900 (typically animals picked up in the Southern End of York County).
Pets without identification can look alike so, visit the animal shelter and look at the animals not only in the impound area but, also the animals in the injured, sick, and quarantine areas. If you find your pet, please advise the local shelter and Animal Services, so the lost pet can be cleared off their list of lost animals.
Our Animal Control Officers do not respond to calls to remove crawling critters such as spiders, mice, lizards, or flying bugs like wasps, hornets, bees, or any other buzzing insects from your property. Please contact a local exterminating company for help with these animals. There are many wonderful and helpful options in our area.
Any dead animal that is found on private property becomes the responsibility of the property owner. Any dead animal that is found on a private road becomes the responsibility of the property owner or their Homeowners Association. If a dead animal is found to be on a roadway that is maintained by VDOT, it will be responsibility of VDOT to remove it. If a dead animal is found on a public roadway that is maintained by VDOT, contact the York County Emergency Communications Center at their non-emergency number (757) 890-3601.
Don’t panic, but don’t ignore the bite, either. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and lots of water. Washing thoroughly will greatly lessen the chance of infection. Give first aid as you would for any wound. If possible, capture the animal under a large box or can, or at least identify it before it runs away. Don’t try to pick the animal up. Call an animal control or law enforcement officer to come and get it.
If it’s a wild animal that must be killed, don’t damage the head. The brain will be needed to test for rabies. Don’t let anyone destroy wild animals at random just because there may be a rabies outbreak in your area. Only a few wild animals will actually be carrying rabies.
It’s critically important that you notify your family doctor immediately after an animal bite. You may contact the Health Department or York County Animal Services to find out if the animal has been captured. If necessary, your doctor will give the anti-rabies treatment recommended by the United States Public Health Service. Your doctor will also treat you for other possible infections that could be caused from the bite. Report the bite to the Animal Control Services at 757-890-3601 and to the local health department as well. In Williamsburg, this number is 757-603-4277. The number for all other areas on the Virginia lower Peninsula is 757-594-7340.
Tell the person bitten to see a doctor immediately. Report the bite to Animal Services at 757-890-3601 and the local health department. In Williamsburg, 757-603-4277 and all other areas on the Virginia lower Peninsula, 757-594-7340.
If your pet is a dog or cat, they will have you confine the animal and watch it closely for 10 days. Report any illness or unusual behavior to your local health department and veterinarian immediately. Don’t let the animal stray, and don’t give the animal away. It must be available for observation by public health authorities.
Don’t kill your pet or allow it to be killed unless you have been instructed to do so by the public health authorities or a veterinarian. Check with your veterinarian to find out if your pet has a current vaccination. After the recommended observation period, have your pet vaccinated for rabies if it does not have a current rabies vaccination.
Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. It kills almost any mammal or human that gets sick from it. The rabies virus lives in the saliva and brain of rabid animals. It can be transmitted through a bite or by getting saliva or brain tissue in a wound or in the mouth.
Only mammals get rabies: bird, fish, reptiles, and amphibians do not. Skunks, bats, foxes, raccoons, dogs, cats and some farm animals are most likely to get rabies. Rabbits, squirrels, rats and mice, and pets like gerbils and hamsters seldom get it.
Rabies can be prevented in cats, dogs, and some livestock with a rabies vaccination. For most wild and exotic animals, there are no rabies vaccines available that have been shown to protect them. A vaccine is available for ferrets, but because not enough is know about how rabies affects them, even vaccinated ferrets may still have to be killed and tested if they bite someone or get exposed to a rabid animal.
Because of improved rabies vaccination programs for pets and better treatment for people who are bitten, rabies cases among humans in this country are rare. The best way to prevent the spread of rabies to humans is by keeping pets properly vaccinated.
Have your veterinarian vaccinate your dogs, cats, and selected livestock. Keep the vaccinations up to date. If your pet is attacked or bitten by another animal, report it to the local health and animal control authorities. Be sure your vaccinated dog or cat receives a booster vaccination. If the animal that bit your pet shows signs of rabies or tests positive for rabies and your pet does not have a current rabies vaccination, then your pet must be placed in quarantine for 6 months or euthanized at your expense.
Limit the possibility of exposure by keeping your animals on your property. Don’t let pets roam free. Also, don’t leave garbage or pet food outside. It may attract wild or stray animals. Remember, wild animals should not be kept as pets. They are a potential rabies threat to their owners and to others. Enjoy all wild animals from a distance, even if they seem friendly. A rabid animal sometimes acts tame. If you see an animal acting strangely, report it to York County Animal Services by phone at 757-890-3601. Do not go near it yourself.
Source: Virginia Department of Health, Office of Epidemiology and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries (VDGIF), recently renamed as the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) is responsible for enforcing state laws relating to wildlife. The new name reflects the wide range of wildlife conservation responsibilities and opportunities the agency has, from hunting and fishing, to wildlife watching, public lands, boating, and outdoor recreation. If you have wildlife-related questions, contact VDWR at (804) 367-1000, and if you need to report a problem with wildlife on your property, please contact their Hotline at (855) 571-9003.
Animal Services will not trap nuisance wildlife that is on your property or that is simply passing through your yard. They will only respond to wildlife that is an immediate threat to personal safety, because it is in the main living space of your home. A nuisance animal is an animal that habitually destroys property. Some animals are exempt from being declared a nuisance, such as all birds of prey (ospreys, eagles, falcons, hawks, etc.), deer, and any animal or reptile protected by the state and/or federal government.
Should you have a reoccurring problem with nuisance wildlife, you may contact the Wildlife Conflict Hotline at 1-855-571-9003 in regards to deterring the species of animal that is concerning you. You may also want to check out the link below from VDWR (Va. Department of Wildlife Resources). It lists many different types of animals and suggests ways to try to keep those animals from continuing to visit your yard. You may also contact a local wildlife removal company to trap the species at a cost to you. A quick search on the internet will give you a list of companies to choose from.
It is important to note that Animal Services also does not collect newborn or orphaned wildlife. You may contact Tidewater Wildlife Rescue for emergencies at 757-255-8710 or the Wildlife Response Hotline at 757-543-7000.
According to the VDWR, more often than not, handling injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife can do more harm than good. Although our intentions are well-meaning, human interaction with wildlife should always be kept to a minimum. Humans often misinterpret normal wildlife behavior as abnormal and may unnecessarily disturb and stress wild animals by attempting to catch them.
Often, particularly in spring, concerned people pick up animals that they think are orphaned. More than 75 percent of such orphans “rescued” every spring should have been left alone. Most wild animals are dedicated parents and will not abandon their young, but they do leave them alone for long periods of time while looking for food. Additionally, many behaviors that people may view as abnormal actually are not in wildlife, and people may do much more harm than good by attempting to catch them for rehabilitation.
Do not attempt to rescue skunks or bats. These are high-risk animals that are potentially harmful to your health. Never attempt to capture an adult sick or injured mammal. If they are frightened and/or in pain and see you as a threat, they can be quite dangerous and can cause a severe bite.
There is much more information on the VDWR website. If a wild animal has been injured or truly orphaned, please locate a licensed wildlife rehabilitator by calling the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources at their toll-free wildlife conflict hotline at 1-855-571-9003, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM, Monday through Friday, or visit the licensed wildlife rehabilitator section of their website.
Regular Meetings and Work Sessions of the Board of Supervisors are live on WYCG-TV Cox Cable Channel 46, Verizon Channel 38 and live on-line through the York County YouTube Channel.
The Division of Building Safety office hours are from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
The Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC), established criterias for building permits. In addition to permits for new construction, permits are needed for renovation, demolition, plumbing, gas, mechanical, electrical, fire protection and asbestos removal. Section 108 of the VUSBC specifies when a application and building permits are required.
VUSBC Section 110.5 states, "A permit shall be considered authority to proceed with construction in accordance with this Code, the approved construction documents, the permit application and any approved amendments or modifications. The permit shall not be construed to otherwise authorize the omission or amendment of any provision of this Code.
Building permits are required for most construction activity. VUSBC Section 108 requires a permit to be issued by the building code official when:
All building plans are reviewed by the Division of Building Safety subsequent to Planning & Development Services and Stormwater reviewing and approving their respective requirements.
A building permit can be issued when all the reviews have been completed, approved and all applicable fees been paid. Many projects will also require reviews by Public Works Utilities Operations and the Department of Fire and Life Safety. The reviews ensure that the project can be built within the code requirements and will reduce field inspection delays.
The Department of Fire and Life Safety reviews plans with the Division of Building Safety for fire alarms, commercial kitchen range hoods and sprinkler systems. Although building plans are jointly reviewed, the Department of Fire and Life Safety does not issue building permits. All construction plans should be submitted to the Division of Building Safety who in turn will forward them to Fire and Life Safety for review. Fire and Life Safety can be at (757) 890-3600.
In many cases, the above reviews may not be required or may be completed in a shorter time frame. The larger the projects the greater the impact and more reviews and approvals are required. It is always best to plan ahead for any size projects.
Commercial projects require an approved site plan before building permits can be issued. Building plans can be submitted for review before site plan approval and it is recommended that they are submitted simultaneously.
The plan review also includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Before a permit is issued all local and Hampton Roads utility connection fees must be paid. Standard fees may be obtained and can be paid through either the Division of Utility Billing in our Finance Department or the Utilities Operations Division of Public Works.
You do not need a permit for ordinary repairs and specific exceptions to the code.Ordinary repairs and Exceptions are:
Ordinary repairs shall not include the cutting away of any wall, partition or portion thereof, the removal or cutting of any structural beam or load bearing support, change of any required means of egress, or rearrangement of parts of a structure affecting the egress requirements; nor shall ordinary repairs include addition to, alteration of, replacement or relocation of any standpipe, water supply, sewer, drainage, drain leader, gas or oil, soil, waste, vent or similar piping, electric wiring or mechanical or other work affecting public health or general safety.
One story detached accessory structures not located in a designated flood zone and used as tool and storage shed, playhouse or similar uses provided the floor area does not exceed 256 square feet in size, the building eave height is 10 feet or less and the maximum height from the finished floor level to grade does not exceed 18 inches.
When a permit is required, it must be obtained before work begins. Only in emergency situations will work be allowed to start before obtaining a permit. These situations would include needs for emergency heat, hot water or replacement safety glass. Permits, notification and inspections must be obtained the next working day.
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Habitable rooms shall have a floor area of not less that 70 square feet (6.5 m2).
Habitable space, hallways and portions of basements containing these spaces shall have a ceiling height of not less than 7 feet (2134 mm). Bathrooms, toilet rooms and laundry rooms shall have a ceiling height of not less than 6 feet 8 inches (2032 mm).
1. For rooms with sloped ceilings, the required floor area of the room shall have a ceiling height of not less than 5 feet (1524 mm) and not less than 50 percent of the required floor area shall have a ceiling height of not less than 7 feet (2134 mm).
2.The ceiling height above bathroom and toilet room fixtures shall be such that the fixture is capable of being used for its intended purpose. A shower or tub equipped with a showerhead shall have a ceiling height of not less than 6 feet 8 inches (2032 mm) above an area of not less than 30 inches (762 mm) by 30 inches (762 mm) at the showerhead.
3.Beams, girders, ducts or other obstructions in basements containing habitable space shall be permitted to project to within 6 feet 4 inches (1931 mm) of the finished floor.
Portions of basements that do not contain habitable space or hallways shall have a ceiling height of not less than 6 feet 8 inches (2032 mm).
Exception: At beams, girders, ducts or other obstructions, the ceiling height shall be not less than 6 feet 4 inches (1931 mm) from the finished floor.
Glazing adjacent to the landing at the bottom of a stairway where the glazing is less than 36 inches (914 mm) above the landing and within a 60-inch (1524 mm) horizontal arc less than 180 degrees from the bottom tread nosing shall be considered to be a hazardous location.
Exception: The glazing is protected by a guard complying with Section R312 and the plane of the glass is more than 18 inches (457 mm) from the guard.
Required guards at open-sided walking surfaces, including stairs, porches, balconies or landings, shall be not less than 36 inches (914 mm) in height as measured vertically above the adjacent walking surface or the line connecting the leading edges of the treads.
1.Guards on the open sides of stairs shall have a height not less than 34 inches (864 mm) measured vertically from a line connecting the leading edges of the treads.
2.Where the top of the guard serves as a handrail on the open sides of stairs, the top of the guard shall be not less than 34 inches (864 mm) and not more than 38 inches (965 mm) as measured vertically from a line connecting the leading edges of the treads.
Wood sill plates and wood walls supported directly on continuous foundations shall be anchored to the foundation in accordance with this section.
Cold-formed steel framing shall be anchored directly to the foundation or fastened to wood sill plates anchored to the foundation. Anchorage of cold-formed steel framing and sill plates supporting cold-formed steel framing shall be in accordance with this section and Section R505.3.1 or R603.3.1.
Wood sole plates at all exterior walls on monolithic slabs, wood sole plates of braced wall panels at building interiors on monolithic slabs and all wood sill plates shall be anchored to the foundation with minimum 1/2-inch-diameter (12.7 mm) anchor bolts spaced a maximum of 6 feet (1829 mm) on center or approved anchors or anchor straps spaced as required to provide equivalent anchorage to 1/2-inch-diameter (12.7 mm) anchor bolts. Bolts shall extend a minimum of 7 inches (178 mm) into concrete or grouted cells of concrete masonry units. The bolts shall be located in the middle third of the width of the plate. A nut and washer shall be tightened on each anchor bolt. There shall be a minimum of two bolts per plate section with one bolt located not more than 12 inches (305 mm) or less than seven bolt diameters from each end of the plate section. Interior bearing wall sole plates on monolithic slab foundation that are not part of a braced wall panel shall be positively anchored with approved fasteners. Sill plates and sole plates shall be protected against decay and termites where required by Sections R317 and R318.
1.Walls 24 inches (610 mm) total length or shorter connecting offset braced wall panels shall be anchored to the foundation with a minimum of one anchor bolt located in the center third of the plate section and shall be attached to adjacent braced wall panels at corners as shown in Item 9 of Table R602.3(1).
2.Connection of walls 12 inches (305 mm) total length or shorter connecting offset braced wall panels to the foundation without anchor bolts shall be permitted. The wall shall be attached to adjacent braced wall panels at corners as shown in Item 9 of Table R602.3(1).
Ducts shall be pressure tested to determine air leakage by one of the following methods:
1.Rough-in test: Total leakage shall be measured with a pressure differential of 0.1 inch w.g. (25 Pa) across the system, including the manufacturer’s air handler enclosure if installed at the time of the test. All registers shall be taped or otherwise sealed during the test.
2.Post-construction test: Total leakage shall be measured with a pressure differential of 0.1 inch w.g. (25 Pa) across the entire system, including the manufacturer’s air handler enclosure. Registers shall be taped or otherwise sealed during the test.
Exception: A duct air leakage test shall not be required where the ducts and air handlers are located entirely within the building thermal envelope.
A written report of the results of the test shall be signed by the party conducting the test and provided to the code official. The licensed mechanical contractor installing the mechanical system shall be permitted to perform the duct testing. The contractor shall have been trained on the equipment used to perform the test.
Exhaust hood systems capable of exhausting more than 400 cubic feet per minute (0.19 m3/s) shall be provided with makeup air at a rate approximately equal to the exhaust air rate in excess of 400 cubic feet per minute (0.19 m3/s). Such makeup air systems shall be equipped with a means of closure and shall be automatically controlled to start and operate simultaneously with the exhaust system.
Exception: Intentional openings for makeup air are not required for kitchen exhaust systems capable of exhausting not greater than 600 cubic feet per minute (0.28 m3/s) provided that one of the following conditions is met:
1.Where the floor area within the air barrier of a dwelling unit is at least 1500 square feet (139.35 m2), and where natural draft or mechanical draft space-heating or water-heating appliances are not located within the air barrier.
2.Where the floor area within the air barrier of a dwelling unit is at least 3000 square feet (278.71 m2), and where natural draft space-heating or water-heating appliances are not located within the air barrier.
Each above-group portion of a gas piping system that is likely to become energized shall be electrically continuous and bonded to an effective groundfault current path. Gas piping shall be considered to be bonded where it is connected to appliances that are connected to the equipment grounding conductor of the circuit supplying that appliance. Corrugated stainless steel tubing (CSST) piping systems listed with an arc-resistant jacket or coating system in accordance with ANSI LC 1/CSA 6.26 shall comply with this section. Where any CSST segments of a piping system are not listed with an arc-resistant jacket or coating system in accordance with ANSI LC 1/CSA 6.26, Section G2411.1.1 shall apply.
CSST gas piping systems and piping systems containing one or more segments of CSST not listed with an arc-resistant jacket or coating system in accordance with ANSI LC 1/CSA 6.26 shall be bonded to the electrical service grounding electrode system or, where provided, the lightning protection electrode system and shall comply with Sections G2418.104.22.168 through G2422.214.171.124.
The boding jumper shall connect to a metallic pipe, pipe fitting or CSST fitting.
The bonding jumper shall be not smaller than 6 AWG copper wire of equivalent.
The length of the bonding jumper between the connection to a gas piping system and the connection to a grounding electrode system shall not exceed 75 feet (22 860 mm). Any additional grounding electrodes used shall be bonded to the electrical service grounding electrode system or, where provided, the lightning protection grounding electrode system.
Bonding connections shall be in accordance with NFPA 70.
Devices used for making the bonding connections shall be listed for the application in accordance with UL 467.
MP pressure regulators shall comply with the following:
1.The MP regulator shall be approved and shall be suitable for the inlet and outlet gas pressures for the application.
2.The MP regulator shall maintain a reduced outlet pressure under lock-up (no-flow) conditions.
3.The capacity of the MP regulator, determined by published ratings of its manufacturer, shall be adequate to supply the appliances served.
4.The MP pressure regulator shall be provided with access. Where located indoors, the regulator shall be vented to the outdoors or shall be equipped with a leak-limiting device, in either case complying with Section G2421.3.
5.A tee fitting with one opening capped or plugged shall be installed between the MP regulator and its upstream shutoff valve. Such tee fitting shall be positioned to allow connection of a pressure-measuring instrument and to serve as a sediment trap.
6.A tee fitting with one opening capped or plugged shall be installed not less than 10 pipe diameters downstream of the MP regulator outlet. Such tee fitting shall be positioned to allow connection of a pressure-measuring instrument.
7.Where connected to rigid piping, a union shall be installed within 1 foot (304 mm) of either side of the MP regulator.
Nonmetallic sanitary sewer piping that discharges to public systems shall be locatable. An insulated copper tracer wire, 18 AWG minimum in size and suitable for direct burial or an equivalent product, shall be utilized. The wire shall be installed in the same trench as the sewer within 12 inches (305 mm) of the pipe and shall be installed from within 5 feet (1525 mm) of the building wall to the point where the building sewer intersects with the public system. At a minimum, one end of the wire shall terminate above grade in an accessible location that is resistant to physical damage, such as with a cleanout or at the building wall.
Not less than one receptacle outlet that is readily accessible from grade level and located not more than 6 feet, 6 inches (1981 mm) above grade, shall be installed outdoors at the front and back of each dwelling unit having direct access to grade level. Balconies, decks, and porches that are accessible from inside of the dwelling unit shall have at least one receptacle outlet installed within the perimeter of the balcony, deck, or porch. The receptacle shall be located not more than 6 feet, 6 inches (1981 mm) above the balcony, deck, or porch surface. [210.52(E)]
Not less than one receptacle outlet, in addition to any provided for specific equipment, shall be installed in each separate unfinished portion of a basement, in each attached garage, and in each detached garage or accessory building that is provided with electrical power. The branch circuit supplying the receptacle(s) in a garage shall not supply outlets outside of the garage and not less than one receptacle outlet shall be installed for each motor vehicle space. [210.52(G)(1), (2), and (3)]
125-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere receptacles that are located within 6 feet (1829 mm) of the outside edge of a sink shall have ground-fault circuit-interrupter protection for personnel. Receptacle outlets shall not be installed in a face-up position in the work surfaces or countertops. [210.8(A)(7)]
Where installed in a wet location, 15- and 20-ampere, 125- and 250-volt receptacles shall have an enclosure that is weatherproof whether or not the attachment plug cap is inserted. An outlet box hood installed for this purpose shall be listed and identified as “extra-duty.” Fifteen- and 20-ampere, 125- and 250-volt nonlocking receptacles installed in wet locations shall be a listed weather-resistant type. [406.9(B)(1)]
Head Start is a free preschool program for children ages 3-5 years old. Eligible children and their families must live in York County and meet income or other eligibility criteria. Breakfast, lunch and snack (Full day programs only) are provided to students at no cost to the family.
Head Start is located at the Griffin-Yeates Center, Bethel Manor and Yorktown Elementary Schools.
You can get additional information regarding Head Start by visiting About the Division or the York County Preschool Programs page located at www.yorkcountyschools.org. Additionally, you can contact (757) 890-3888 to obtain additional information about Head Start.
Head Start offers full day and half day classes Monday through Friday. Head Start students attend 5 days a week.
The Griffin-Yeates Center has limited transportation available at no cost to families.
No, the child must reside in York County, regardless of where a parent is employed.
Yes, Head Start uses the research-based Teaching Strategies GOLD by Creative Curriculum® that is aligned to the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Virginia Early Learning and Development Standards.
There are no official court forms dealing with the process of spousal separation or divorce, however, there are the following resources:
Certified copies of birth, death, marriage, and divorce certificates can be obtained from the Peninsula Health Department, as long as these events occurred in Virginia. Copies of certificates can only be obtained for and by immediate family members with valid ID: mother, father, husband, wife, child, brother, sister, and/or grandparents. Grandchild can obtain a death certificate only. Aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, etc. cannot obtain a vital record. Birth records can be issued to the legal guardian with proof of custody papers.
Vital Records are available here
The probation offices for York County are:
5244 Olde Towne RoadWilliamsburg, VA 23188Phone: 757-253-4860
4093 Ironbound RoadSuite BWilliamsburg, VA 23188Phone: 757-564-2311
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO OPERATE A SHORT-TERM RENTAL, PLEASE CONTACT THE YORK COUNTY PLANNING DIVISION AT (757) 890-3404 OR BY EMAIL AT PLANNING@YORKCOUNTY.GOV, OR VISIT OUR OFFICE IN THE YORK COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER AT 224 BALLARD STREET IN YORKTOWN.
York County offers a program to taxpayers who are age 65 or older or permanently disabled, which exempts, or partially exempts the tax on their real estate or mobile home.
If you own a mobile home, you may be entitled to an exemption on your mobile home tax if you meet the following criteria:
Applications (PDF) for Tax Relief on Mobile Homes for the Elderly and Disabled must be filed with the Commissioner of the Revenue by April 1 annually. For questions, please call 757-890-3381.
The Service Members’ Civil Relief Act exempts active duty military personnel from personal property tax in any state other than their legal state of residence. Therefore, vehicles titled in an active duty non-resident military person’s name(s) will be exempt as long as each owner furnishes a Leave and Earnings Statement (LES) for the period of sites. To maintain exemption, active duty military personnel must provide to the Commissioner of the Revenue either a November, December or January LES annually.
All vehicles owned by military individuals who claim Virginia as their legal state of residence are subject to personal property tax until they are either disposed of or moved out of York County. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, Title 58.1, Section 3511, if the vehicle is moved out of state, a copy of the new state registration must be provided before pro-ration can be considered. Pro-ration will be based upon the registration date.
Once military personnel separate from active duty status or retire and stay in York County, each owner must provide a copy of their Form DD214. Vehicle(s) will be subject to a prorated tax based upon the separation date as indicated on the Form DD214.
Spouses of military service members may be eligible to be tax exempt on personal property registered in their names or titled jointly with their service member-spouse based on certain qualifying conditions provided in the federal "Military Spouses Residency Relief Act." To apply for exemption, contact our office at (757)890-3381 for information and application. Once qualified, you must provide certain documentation annually to maintain this exemption.
You can contact your doctor’s office or pharmacy. You can also search for a location here.
If you have lost your vaccination card or don't have a copy, contact your vaccination provider site where you received your vaccine to access your vaccination record. Learn more about how you can locate your vaccination provider here.
According to the CDC:
COVID-19 is a contagious respiratory illness caused by infection with a new coronavirus (called SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19). Seasonal allergies triggered by airborne pollen can lead to seasonal allergic rhinitis, which affects the nose and sinuses, and seasonal allergic conjunctivitis, which affects the eyes.
COVID-19 and seasonal allergies share many symptoms, but there are some key differences between the two. For example, COVID-19 can cause fever, which is not a common symptom of seasonal allergies. The image below compares symptoms caused by allergies and COVID-19.
Because some of the symptoms of COVID-19 and seasonal allergies are similar, it may be difficult to tell the difference between them, and you may need to get a test to confirm your diagnosis.
Yes. Studies show that COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Like adults, children may have some side effects after COVID-19 vaccination. These side effects may affect their ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Children 12 years and older are now eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines have been used under the most intensive safety monitoring in U.S. history, including studies in children 12 years and older. Your child cannot get COVID-19 from any COVID-19 vaccine.
Yes, the vaccine is provided at no cost to everyone.
More than 10,000 doses were given at the Senior Center. **Over 50,000 doses were administered at the three local government run clinics - York Senior Center, CNU and the Visitor Center at Colonial Williamsburg.
Photo identification is not required for vaccination. It is important, however, to have some way to confirm your identity (i.e. name, date of birth) so that Virginia Department of Health can confirm they are vaccinating the right person. You cannot be turned away for lack of documentation.
We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions – like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces – in public places until we know more.
There are COVID-19 Pandemic Accessible Resources available for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Deafblind at https://www.vddhh.org/COVID19DHHResources.htm
Proof of Virginia residency is not required to receive a COVID vaccine from the Virginia Department of Health. Vaccines are intended to be used for the residents in the districts where the vaccines are provided, however. But, no one who qualifies is refused a vaccine based on where they live.
A developer will receive credits for existing landscaping located in the required front and side landscaped yards, and in transitional buffers; this may result in fewer new tree and shrub plantings than would have been required otherwise. If a developer is planting new trees and shrubs at a project site, trees and shrubs are assigned numeric credits based on the size. For specific requirements, see
The York County Zoning Ordinance was recently amended to allow for the keeping of chickens in residential areas. For regulations on keeping chickens in your backyard,
The County does not maintain a Bidders List. Opportunities to do business with the County are offered through eVA, the state’s procurement portal. You can get to eVA through our the "Solicitations" link in the left panel of the County’s Purchasing web page.
For most procurements above $10,000 the County posts "Request For Quotes" (RFQ), "Invitation For Bids" (IFB), and "Request For Proposals" (RFP) on eVA, the states procurement portal. You can get to eVA through our the "Solicitations" link in the left panel of the County’s Purchasing web page. The solicitation documents can be downloaded for free, and include instructions on how to submit a quote, bid or proposal to County Purchasing.
A "Request For Quote" (RFQ) is generally used for soliciting quotes of an item or items, or services, valued between $10,000 and less than $50,000. They are usually posted to eVA, with instructions on how to respond (An email response is typical). There is no public bid opening. All other things being equal, award is made to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.
An "Invitation For Bids" (IFB) is generally used for soliciting bids of goods or services (other than "Professional Services") when the cost is expected to be $50,000 or more. They are posted on eVA, with instructions on how to submit the required sealed bid. There is a public opening of the bids. Award is made to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder.
A "Request For Proposal" (RFP) is generally used for soliciting proposals, usually for services (and always for "Professional Services") and sometimes for goods, when the cost is expected to be $50,000 or more. They are posted on eVA, with instructions on how to respond. Factors in addition to price are considered in making the award. There is no public opening of the proposals. Award is made to the most qualified/suited firm.
When competitive negotiation is the method of procurement, price is not the sole determining factor. The RFP document identifies the criteria that will be used in making the award decision. An evaluation panel of County staff review and evaluate each proposal against the evaluation criteria. Vendor presentations and discussions may be conducted, along with negotiations. The RFP describes the details of the evaluation process.
There is a special process when the solicitation is for "Professional Services". The state procurement code says: "Professional services" means work performed by an independent contractor within the scope of the practice of accounting, actuarial services, architecture, land surveying, landscape architecture, law, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy or professional engineering. Per a mandatory provision in the state procurement code, the price of the professional services is not part of the initial evaluation, and is only addressed during negotiations.
For purchases up to $1,500, Departments within the County may make purchases directly using a "P-Card", which is a VISA credit card.
For purchases over $1,500, a Purchase Order must be issued. Only one quote is required when the purchase amount is less than $5,000. If the purchase amount is between $5,000 and $10,000, then three quotes are obtained by the County (may be requested by phone, fax, or email). The Central Purchasing Office issues Purchase Orders.
It is an important business objective of Central Purchasing to promote the economic enhancement of small businesses (SBE), women-owned businesses (WBE), minority businesses (MBE), and service disabled veteran-owned small business (SDV), collectively known as SWAM. We encourage all firm to participate in our procurement activities.
These programs are typically coordinated between the school administrators and the Department of Fire and Life Safety. If you are uncertain if a program has been scheduled for your school or you represent a private school or daycare center in York County and would like to schedule a visit and/or educational program, please contact the Fire and Life Safety Educator at 757-890-3600 Monday through Friday from 8:15 a.m. until 5 p.m.
In York County, the possession, sale and/or use of all fireworks is illegal, except where a proper permit has been obtained (by a professional pyrotechnic company) from the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety for supervised public displays meeting applicable codes, standards and safety guidelines. No permits have been issued, nor will be issued for the July 4th holiday this year. Use of fireworks can result in their confiscation, and violators could be criminally charged.
You can mail, fax, or hand deliver the form to the Accounts Payable office. We are located in the Finance Building in historic Yorktown, directly beside the County courthouse. View and complete the Vendor Direct Deposit Authorization Form (PDF).
The County must report all payments made to 1099-vendors, to the Federal government (IRS), every year. We must also, by law, provide a copy of this 1099 statement to the actual vendor. If you need to include this 1099 statement in your tax reporting for the previous calendar year, you should take this document with you to your tax provider and they can properly advise you on the recording requirements.
If you are experiencing a sewer backup during normal business hours, please call 757-890-3750. For assistance outside of normal business hours, please call 757-890-3773. Be prepared to provide your name, address, phone number and what items are currently experiencing a backup in your home.
To receive information from and/or a copy of a York County Emergency Medical Services Incident Patient Reports (Pre-Hospital Patient Care Report), you must contact the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety for information about what is required to make this request by calling 757-890-3600, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. (eastern time), except holidays.To receive information from and/or a copy of a York County Fire (NFIRS) Incident Report, you must contact the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety for information about what is required to make this request by calling 757-890-3600, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 5 p.m. (eastern time), except holidays.
Our EMS transport cost recovery program, or what is commonly known as EMS transport fee, is structured with concern for the medical and financial health of our County residents and visitors. The program has been designed to minimize out-of-pocket expenses for York County residents. As such, after patients’ insurance companies, Medicare or Medicaid are billed for services, we will waive remaining co-pays and deductibles for county residents. Uninsured County residents will be treated with compassion and provided with options to ensure financial hardship is avoided. There will be no charge for emergency medical care treatment if the patient is not transported. Our commitment to you is to provide the best EMS care possible-period. We are proud and privileged to do so.
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The civil jurisdiction for claims in the General District Court is $25,000. You may obtain a civil warrant from the General District Court Clerk’s office during our business hours which are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except State holidays. Filing fee of a civil warrant is $50. An additional fee of $12 per defendant is required for service by the Sheriff. No additional fee is required for service by a private process server.
Civil Court is held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the York County General District Court:
Courtroom 3300 Ballard StreetYorktown, VA 23690
The Court date will be assigned at the time the warrant is filed with the Clerk’s Office. If the defendant contests the claim, everyone must appear on the first return date for the Judge to schedule a trial. Continuances are not granted unless agreed upon by all parties.
The Small Claims division has jurisdiction over claims in which the plaintiff is seeking a money judgment up to $5,000 or recovery of personal property valued up to that amount. Small Claims cases are heard on the third Mondays each month at 1:00 p.m. The cost for a Warrant In Debt - Small Claims Division is the same as for all other civil warrants. All parties should appear in Court prepared for trial. Contested claims are heard on the first return date and are not rescheduled.
As a general reminder, the Clerk’s Office can give basic instructions on how to fill out forms, but cannot give legal advice about your case. If you need a lawyer please contact the Virginia State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service at 800-552-7977.
There are two easy ways to get this information: - Use the Property Information System (Online Mapping) --> find your property (search by address or owner), then check the box in the layer list on the left that reads "Flood Zone (effective as of 1/16/15)* - Call our office at 757-890-3894 between 8:15 am and 5:00 pm and we will be happy to research and answer that question.
The building permits section needs to see a scaled drawing of your property lines and any existing structures to ensure that your new construction will fall inside the building setback regulations. The best document for this application is a property survey, done by a licensed surveyor, as it is the most accurate. If you don't have one of those, we can produce a drawing for you showing the property lines and the man-made features, but it is not nearly as accurate as a real survey, and therefore may not be suitable for all applications. We will produce and print this drawing for you in our office during normal business hours.
Yes. The GIS office, located in the Finance Building (120 Alexander Hamilton BLVD), will provide small format (letter or ledger sized) GIS maps and survey plats for free under 5 copies. Additional copies are $1 per simple small maps and a few dollars more for “heavy” ink usage maps.
The charge for large format maps are based on overall size and use of ink. Maps larger than 36”x36” are $10 or $15; low ink vs. heavy ink. Maps larger than 36”x36” are $12 or $20; low ink vs. heavy ink.
"Heavy ink” maps are any aerial imagery maps or layers that cover the entire map in solid colors, such as Zoning, or Election Districts maps.
We have aerial photos of the County for the following years: 1953, 1963, 1974, 1986, 1989, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, and 2017. However, our oldest flight years do not necessarily have complete coverage of the County.
The real estate assessment information is updated every night.
Please contact the County's Floodplain Administrator at 757-890-3750 for more information.
The program, formerly known as "Section 8", is a federally funded program that assists eligible participants with their rent. Eligibility is determined by several factors but include individuals and families with extremely and very low income.
New participants in the program are selected from the waiting list based on their eligibility and when they applied. The waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program must be open before new applications can be accepted. At this time the waiting list is CLOSED.
When your name comes to the top of the list we will notify you by mail. All applicants for the Housing Choice Voucher Program are encouraged to always maintain their current and accurate address while on the list. If your address changes you MUST notify our office in writing via mail or email at firstname.lastname@example.org Verbal changes of address will not be taken.
If you already have a Housing Choice Voucher you may use "portability" to move your voucher from your locality to either York County or the City of Poquoson. Contact the housing office who administers your voucher and their will assist you in the process.
For assistance with housing or housing related emergencies, you may call the Housing Crisis Hotline at (757) 587-4202.
Juvenile Services provides the following programs:
No, a parent can not refer their child to any of the Juvenile Service's programs.
Youth are referred to Juvenile Service's programs by the Court Services Unit, the Department of Social Services, and by Judge's order.
Currently, Juvenile Services serves youth within the 9th District Court Services Unit, however, other localities can purchase services.
Juvenile Services can serve youth up to the age of 18.
Library cards are issued in person to any resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia who is at least 4 years old. Proof of identity, proof of current address and a completed application are required. Applications are available at the Circulation and Reference desk. Children between 4 and 16 years of age will need a parent's or guardian's permission.
On the library's website, click on "Books, DVDs & More" in the left-hand navigation to access the online library catalog. In the upper right-hand corner of the library catalog, click "My Account." Enter the barcode from the back of your library card. You can view the items you have checked out and when they are due. Items that are not overdue or on hold may be renewed here. You can also reserve items and check on the status of items you have on hold. Items may also be renewed in person at the Library and by calling the Circulation Department at Tabb, 757-890-5130, or Yorktown, 757-890-5205.
Notary service is available free of charge at both libraries. Call Tabb Reference at 757-890-5120 or Yorktown Reference at 757-890-5207 before you come to the Library to determine if a notary is available. Note that acceptable proof of identity is required before a document can be notarized. Acceptable proof of identity is a United States passport, a certificate of United States citizenship, a certificate of naturalization, an unexpired foreign passport, an alien registration card with photograph, a state-issued driver's license, a state-issued identification card or a United States military card. All documents must be signed in the presence of the notary. If a document must be witnessed, you must provide your own witnesses.
The Tabb and Yorktown meeting rooms can be reserved online or by submitting a paper application in person or by fax. Read the guidelines for organizations and businesses to use the meeting room before submitting your application.
Both libraries have public computers with internet access and Microsoft Office 2010 Word, Excel and PowerPoint. You will need your library card to sign in. Wireless internet access is also available at both libraries.
All library job applications are processed online through the York County Human Resources Division. A list of library job openings, as well as other York County job openings, is available on the York County Human Resources web page.
You can renew your library card in person at the Tabb or Yorktown Library circulation desk or by calling the Circulation Department at Tabb, 757-890-5130, or Yorktown, 757-890-5205.
Through a contractual agreement with the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL), York County residents may utilize the services of both WRL branches: Williamsburg Library located at 515 Scotland Street and James City County Library located 7770 Croaker Road. For directions and hours of operation, visit the WRL website.
Printing is available from all of the library's public computers. Black and white printing is 15 cents per letter-sized page. Double-sided and color printing is not available. Printing can only be done on library-supplied paper.
The Library owns a professional disc cleaner which can repair most damage. When you return the item, please let the Circulation staff know about the problem. For multi-part items, note which disc has a problem.
Black and white photocopy machines are available at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries. Copies are 15 cents per letter-sized page and 20 cents per legal-sized page at the Tabb Library. Copies are 15 cents per letter-sized page and 15 cents per legal-sized page at the Yorktown Library.
York County residents can check out a maximum of 50 items on one card at one time. Non-residents can check out a maximum of 30 items on one card at one time. DVDs, music CDs and Books on CD are each limited to 5 items per card.
A limited variety and quantity of federal tax forms are available at both libraries. Forms and instructions 1040, 1040A, and 1040EZ are usually available. They arrive late January and are available until April 30. Patrons may call the IRS at 1-800-829-3676 to have forms mailed to them. Current, prior and accessible forms, instructions and Publications are available on the IRS website.
The Library does not have Virginia tax forms. Virginia tax forms are available at the York County Commissioner of the Revenue’s office located at 120 Alexander Hamilton Blvd. in Yorktown. They are also available online at the Virginia Department of Taxation.
The Library does not send or receive faxes for patrons.
The Friends of the Library offer used books for sale at the Tabb and Yorktown Libraries. At the Tabb Library, the Friends book sale room is located on the right just past the entrance to the Children's Library. At the Yorktown Library, the Friends book sale shelf is located adjacent to the magazines. Pay for your items at the Circulation desk.
The Yorktown Library is currently scheduled to reopen in the fall 2022.
The memorial bricks will be carefully removed from the front walkway at Yorktown Library and stored for safekeeping. Once renovations are complete, the memorial bricks will reinstalled at the Yorktown Library.
The Grafton Annex is located at 5751 George Washington Memorial Highway. (Grafton Annex is the building that previously housed Fire Station 1 before its move to Dare Road.) Library patrons will need to access the building and parking lot from Grafton Drive, which is a through street that runs behind the facility.
Beginning Tuesday, June 1, an outdoor book drop will be offered at the Grafton Annex. The book drop will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The book drop is located at the rear entrance to the Grafton Annex. To utilize the book drop, library patrons will need to access the parking lot from Grafton Drive, which is a through street that runs behind the facility.
Starting Tuesday, July 6, curbside pickup services will be offered. Access the parking lot from Grafton Drive to utilize curbside pickup. Curbside service will be available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday at this location.
In early August a browsing room will be available to patrons that will contain popular items including new fiction, new non-fiction, and children’s books. Items from the closed stacks will also be available upon request. The browsing room will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
York County Parks and Recreation is located in Washington Square Shopping Center at 5338-G George Washington Memorial Highway. This site offers a central location for the County’s citizens with ample parking. The office is located in the section of the shopping center adjacent to Grafton Station Lane. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. The phone number remains (757) 890-3500. Visitors to the site will experience continued excellent customer service including assistance when registering for programs.
NO DOGS are allowed at the McReynolds Athletic Complex. Service animals are allowed as long as they are on a leash at all times and are well behaved.
The mountain bike trail is 6.5 miles long.
For event information, please visit VisitYorktown.org
In 1723, Robert “King” Carter owned the land. “New Quarter” was one of the “quarters of land” so named by him in his diary. The 545-acre tract, which had been a portion of Camp Peary, was acquired at no cost through the Federal Surplus Land Program in 1976. York County opened New Quarter Park in 1984.
To inquire about field rentals, contact the facilities coordinator at 757-890-3569. McReynolds Athletic Complex
For more information, please visit the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Building’s webpage. There is a link to the reservation packet on the page. This will need to be filled out and returned along with payment to the main office.
Call the Rainout Line at 757-890-3501 extension 84. You may download the app to your phone for updates.
You do not have to be a resident. There is an extra fee for non-residents.
No. There is an extra fee for non-residents.
The McReynolds Athletic Complex (MAC), Kiln Creek Park, Wolf Trap Park, and York County Elementary School fields will be used.
Each player in the soccer program is required to wear shin guards.
Practices and games could be played Monday to Thursday evenings and on Saturdays. Dates and times may vary.
York County Elementary Schools and York County Middle School gymnasiums are used for the program.
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN APPLYING FOR A SPECIAL USE PERMIT TO OPERATE A SHORT-TERM RENTAL, PLEASE CONTACT THE YORK COUNTY PLANNING DIVISION AT (757) 890-3404 OR BY EMAIL AT PLANNING@YORKCOUNTY.GOV, OR VISIT OUR OFFICE AT 100 COUNTY DRIVE IN YORKTOWN.
Find out more about the Comprehensive Plan here.
The Planning Division office is located at 100 County Drive, Yorktown. View the contact information for the Planning Division.
The official Census count for York County is 70,045 residents.
The Planning Commission is a group of seven County citizens appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve as an advisory body on land use planning issues. There is one representative from each of the County's five election districts, plus two members who represent the County at large. The main purpose of the Planning Commission is to review each application, conduct a public hearing, and then make a recommendation of approval or denial to the Board of Supervisors. The Board makes the final decision on all applications. For more details, visit the Planning Commission webpage.
What can and cannot be built on a piece of property depends on how it is zoned. For every zoning district in the County, there are certain uses that are allowed as a matter of right, other uses that are allowed only with the approval of a Special Use Permit by the Board of Supervisors, and some uses that are not allowed. All rezoning and Special Use Permit applications are referred to the Planning Commission. Zoning stems largely from the Comprehensive Plan. Use the York County Property Information System to determine the zoning designation for a specific address and the Table of Land Uses to determine permissible uses.
The Comprehensive Plan is the long-range plan for the physical development of the County. It sets forth the County's future plans for land use, transportation, community facilities, the environment, housing, economic development, and historic resources. It is implemented by the County's various development ordinances, particularly the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances, as well as the Capital Improvements Program. In accordance with the Code of Virginia, the Plan is reviewed and, if necessary, updated every five years through a public process. View the current Comprehensive Plan, Charting the Course to 2035.
Accessory apartments are permitted as a matter of right in all single-family residential zoning districts as long as the floor area of the apartment does not exceed 1,000 square feet or 35% of the floor area of the principal dwelling - or 49% upon authorization by Special Use Permit - whichever is less. In no case can the lot coverage (i.e., building footprint) of a detached accessory apartment exceed 75% of the lot coverage of the principal structure.
As a general rule, home occupations that do not have customer or client contact on the premises are permitted by right . Home occupations that involve on-premises customer or client contact usually require a Special Use Permit from the Board of Supervisors. There are exceptions - including photography studios, day care for up to 4 children, and tutoring or music lessons for up to 4 persons - all of which are permitted as a matter of right in the RC, RR, R33, R20, and R13 zoning districts.
Other home occupations that require a Special Use Permit include those that have non-resident employees or generate a parking demand for at least 3 parking spaces. Small contracting businesses in the RC, RR, or WCI zoning district also require a Special Use Permit. Prohibited home occupations include auto repair and servicing, funeral homes, gift shops, medical or dental clinics and restaurants. For a list of permissible and prohibited home occupations, see sections 24.1-282, 24.1-283, and 24.1-284 of the York County Zoning Ordinance. Use the York County Property Information System to determine the zoning designation for a specific address.
All owners of adjacent property are notified by mail of rezoning and use permit applications. The County also posts a sign on any property that is the subject of an application. Public hearing notices appear in the legal advertisement section of Friday’s Daily Press five and twelve days before the meeting date. You can find the Planning Commission’s upcoming meeting agenda on the Planning Division page.
Every application is unique and involves its own set of issues. However, the three major issues that are generally of greatest importance to the Commission in making its recommendation are:- Is the proposed use consistent with the Comprehensive Plan?- Is the proposed use compatible with surrounding development?- What impact will the proposed use have on roads, utilities, schools, and other public facilities and services?
For more details, visit the Special Use Permits webpage.
The Commission meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at York Hall in the 2nd floor Board Meeting Room, 301 Main Street, Yorktown, VA 23690. Meetings are televised live on Channel 46 and streamed live on the WYCG-TV website.
The most effective way to participate is to speak at the public hearing. There are sign-up forms at the meeting for those who wish to address the Commission. Applicants are given 10 minutes to present their case to the Commission. All other speakers have up to 3 minutes each. Citizens may also write, call, or email the Planning Division or the Planning Commission.
Signed petitions pertaining to a particular application become part of the public record when submitted. Although petitions can sometimes be an effective way for a large number of people to register their opinion, they are not always an accurate reflection of community sentiment. While the Commission will always consider petitions when evaluating an application, a strong argument made at a public hearing typically carries more weight than a signature on a petition.
New residents can follow the New Resident Checklist for all York County services that need to be started and/or connected. Trash/Recycling can be initiated by calling 757-890-3780.
Bulk Collections can be requested through the Customer Service Request Portal or by calling the Waste Management Center at 890-3780. Some limits may apply.
Waste Management Office Administrative HoursMonday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Facility Hours: Recycling Center, Transfer Station, Citizen Garbage Drop-offMonday - Saturday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Compost FacilityMonday - Saturday8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
There are a variety of reasons that could be the cause of non-collection. Here are the most common:
For additional information call Waste Management at 757-890-3780, or to report a miss please enter a service request in the Customer Service Request Portal.
You may bring your trash to the Transfer Station at the Waste Management Center located at 145 Goodwin Neck Road during operating hours at no charge, provided you are on the York County trash service.
Our trash contractor observes at least the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Collections that fall on these holidays will be delayed by one day and each collection day that follows the holiday will be delayed by one day (for example, if the holiday is on a Tuesday, Tuesday’s collections will be on Wednesday, Wednesday’s will be on Thursday, etc.). All other holidays will have regular collection.
Collections that fall on these holidays will be delayed by one day and each collection day that follows the holiday will be delayed by one day (for example, if the holiday is on a Tuesday, Tuesday’s collections will be on Wednesday, Wednesday’s will be on Thursday, etc.). All other holidays will have regular collection.
View the 2021 Collection Calendar (PDF)
You may put bagged leaves or grass clippings in your container for pickup. Please make sure that you do not overload your container when doing so as the truck cannot lift the container if it weighs more than 260 pounds or if the lid is not closed on the container.
Visit the Yard Debris Collection page for more information.
Tires cannot be picked up at the curb. You may bring tires to the Waste Management Center for disposal, up to five per day and there is a fee involved depending on tire size.
If you are experiencing a sanitary sewer system backup, please call Department of Public Works at 757-890-3773 immediately so we can verify if the backup is occurring at the main water/sewer line or at the house water/sewer line. Please be prepared to provide the following information:
1. Contact Information
2. What items are currently experiencing a backup in your home
York County Ordinance requires “Each septic tank and/or pumping chamber should be inspected and if necessary, pumped out and the solids removed at least once every five (5) years.” Receipts must be sent to Department of Public Works for recording. Homeowners with septic tanks are encouraged to create an inspection schedule to determine if more frequent inspection/pump out is necessary.
Receipts for septic tank inspection/pump out should be sent to 757-890-3759 (fax), emailed to email@example.com, or mailed to:
York County Department of Public WorksSeptic Tank Pump-OutP.O. Box 532Yorktown, Virginia 23690
Please call Department of Public Works at 757-890-3750 and we will have the Stormwater engineers investigate the issue.
That depends on where the ditch is located.
Roadside ditches are maintained by VDOT. If it is along the road, it is in the VDOT right-of-way (ROW) and it is their responsibility to maintain and repair.
You can reach the local VDOT Residency Administrator’s office by phone at 757-253-5138, the Williamsburg Area Maintenance Headquarters at 757-253-5138, or the Seaford Area Maintenance Headquarters at 757-898-5151.
You can also submit a service request online at https://my.vdot.virginia.gov/, or call the central service center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
If the ditch is not along the roadway, or if it is outside the VDOT ROW, then the county would maintain it (if it is in an easement dedicated to York County). If it is off the roadway and in a county easement, please call Department of Public Works at 757-890-3750 and we will have the Stormwater engineers investigate the issue. You can also put in a customer service request on our website here.
Some easements are dedicated to Homeowners Associations (HOA’s) and would be their responsibility to fix.
To find out who owns or maintains the ditches and pipes, you should start by looking at the plat for your property or subdivision. If you don’t have a copy of this, you can find it on the county website by going to property information and looking up the address. Once you are on the property in question, go to the map and under "Tools" on the upper right side, click on "Identify". Then go to the left side under "Layers" at the pop down box click on "Plat" link. Go back to the parcel in question and click on it again. Click the "More Information" link and you should be able to see the subdivision plat.
If that doesn’t work or you’re still not sure, go to the Customer Service Request Portal and put in your service request. You will be provided a work order request number.
To help yourself and your neighbors, keep your ditches clean of leaves and other debris. If a big storm is coming, check to make sure nothing is blocking drainage. Loose items can wash into drainage ways so make sure items are put away.
On the County's website go to Property Information Lookup and type in your street name. It will list the flood zones on the information for your property and the different elevations for the AE Zone. If you go to maps and then view Interactive Map it will show your property. On the left column check Buildings and Flood Zone (under Environmental) and it will show the flood zone with relation to your house.
An illicit discharge is anything other than stormwater. Pollutants that are intentionally dumped into stormwater are considered illicit and the polluter can be sited for a violation of the County Stormwater Ordinance if they are caught discharging in to the County Stormwater System.
Certain activities are allowed, which include (but are not limited to):
To report illicit discharge, please enter a service request on our website here.
Road maintenance, to include snow removal and repairs, in York County is performed by Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). You can reach the local VDOT Residency Administrator's office by phone at 757-253-5138, the Seaford Area Maintenance Headquarters at 757-898-5151, or the Williamsburg Area Maintenance Headquarters at 757-253-5138.
You can also submit a service request online, or call the central service center at 1-800-FOR-ROAD (367-7623).
Please visit VDOT Resources to find answers to many VDOT related questions.
VDOT is responsible for any snow removal and landscape maintenance of medians and roadsides of York County roads.
The Division of Building Regulation is responsible for monitoring all types of building construction in the county.
The Customer Service Request Portal provides an opportunity for residents to provide feedback and identify concerns and issues.
You can help reduce pollution with these tips: - Do not dump anything but clean water into the storm drains or ditches - Apply fertilizers correctly - Pick up dog waste
TMDL stands for Total Maximum Daily Load and it's an EPA term for the maximum amount of a pollutants (i.e. phosphorous, nitrogen, total suspended solids/silt) that is allowed in a creek or river on an average daily basis.
For Utilities Billing, to include sewer maintenance, trash and recycling billing please call the Finance Department at 757-890-3702.
For Personal Property or Real Estate Billing, please call the Treasurer at 757-890-3420
Please contact the Finance Department Utilities Billing at 757-890-3702.
If the ditch is not along the roadway, or if it is outside the VDOT ROW, then the county would maintain it (if it is in an easement dedicated to York County). If it is off the roadway and in a county easement, please call Department of Public Works at 757-890-3702 and we will have the stormwater engineers investigate the issue. You can also put in a service request on our website here.
If that doesn’t work or you’re still not sure, go to the Customer Service Request Portal and put in your service request. You will be provided a work order request number.
On the County’s website go to Property Information Lookup and type in your street name. It will list the flood zones on the information for your property and the different elevations for the AE Zone. If you go to maps and then view Interactive Map it will show your property. On the left column check Buildings and Flood Zone (under Environmental) and it will show the flood zone with relation to your house.
Make sure there is nothing in or near ditches or pipes that can block drainage. To help yourself and your neighbors, keep your ditches clean of leaves and other debris. If a big storm is coming, check to make sure nothing is blocking drainage. Loose items can wash into drainage ways so make sure items are put away.
Unlike sewer, stormwater does not go to a treatment plant. Some stormwater goes to a pond or other system that will remove some of the pollutants, like fertilizer, before it goes downstream to a creek and then the Bay. Older developments (prior to 1985) usually go directly to the creeks.
An illicit discharge is anything other than stormwater. Pollutants that are intentionally dumped into stormwater are considered illicit and the polluter can be sited for a violation of the County Stormwater Ordinance if they are caught discharging in to the County Stormwater System.Certain things are allowed. They are:- Water line flushing- Landscape irrigation- Diverted stream flows or rising groundwater- Infiltration of uncontaminated groundwater- Public safety activities- Pumping of uncontaminated groundwater from potable water sources, or foundation drains, irrigation waters, springs or water from crawl spaces or footing drains- Air conditioning condensation- Lawn watering- Individual residential car washing- Flows from riparian habitats or wetlands- Dechlorinated swimming pool discharges- Street flushing- Those permitted by the State DEQ or DCR
You can help reduce pollution with these tips:- Do not dump anything but clean water into the storm drains or ditches- Apply fertilizers correctly- Pick up dog waste
July 4th Decisions Made in Light of Impacts from COVID-19
To obtain a criminal warrant you must appear, in person, before a magistrate. The Magistrate's Office for York County-Poquoson-Williamsburg-James City County residents is located at:
Virginia Peninsula Regional Jail
9320 Merrimac Trail
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone number: 757-820-3905
The FAA requires all drones weighing more than .55 pounds or more to be registered with the FAA. Registration can be done through the FAA Drone Zone web site: www.faadronezone.faa.gov
No. If you are going to fly your drone for a commercial purpose, i.e. to make money for yourself or someone else or for advertising purposes etc. you must possess a Commercial Drone Pilots License.
If you just flying for fun you do not have be a licensed drone pilot but you are required by the FAA to follow certain rules and fly under the rules of a community based recreational flyer & modeler organization. More information can be found at: www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/
All drone flights are limited to no higher than 400 feet, without a waiver to fly higher granted by the FAA, when flying in Class G airspace and must remain within line of sight of the pilot.
When flying within 5 miles of an airport, (Class B, C, D and E airspace), the FAA requires the pilot to obtain airspace authorization and limits the maximum height a drone can be flown without a waiver.
No. The York County School prohibits the flying of drones from school property without permission from the School Board. Flying from school property without permission could result in being charged with trespassing.
It is a violation of FAA regulations to fly any drone over people without a waiver authorizing flight over people issued by the FAA.
No. York County Code prohibits the flying of a drone from county property without permission from the proper authority. Currently, York County has no formal process to obtain permission to fly a drone from County property.
No. The Yorktown Beach is York County property.
No. The National Park Service prohibits the flying of drones from all National Park Service property.
No. It is a violation of FAA regulations to fly a drone over people without a waiver to fly over people granted by the FAA.
No. The FAA prohibits flying drones during periods of civil twilight as determined by the air almanac without an FAA granted waiver.
Unless you are already a licensed airplane pilot, you must be at least 16 years of age and be able to read, speak, write and understand the English language and be in a physical mental condition to safely fly a drone. Finally you must pass the initial aeronautical exam at an FAA approved Knowledge Testing Center. The exam covers many topics such as rules and regulations, aviation weather, loading and performance, emergency procedures, radio communications, airport operations and more. For more information on becoming a licensed drone pilot go the FAA’s Drone Zone web site.
Virginia state statutes do not set a specific age after which a child legally can stay alone. Age alone is not a very good indicator of a child's maturity level. Some very mature 10 year olds may be ready for self care while some 15 year olds may not be ready due to emotional problems or behavioral difficulties. In determining whether a child is capable of being left alone and whether a parent is providing adequate supervision in latchkey situations, Child Protective Services (CPS) will assess several areas.
These areas include:
Child's level of maturity. CPS will want to assess whether the child is physically capable of taking care of himself, is mentally capable of recognizing and avoiding danger and making sound decisions; is emotionally ready to be alone; knows what to do and whom to call if an emergency arises; and has special physical, emotional, or behavioral problems that make it unwise to be left alone. Its important to note that a child who can take care of him/herself may not be ready to care for younger children.
Accessibility of those responsible for the child. CPS will want to determine the location and proximity of the parents, whether they can be reached by phone and can get home quickly if needed, and whether the child knows the parents location and how to reach them.
The situation. CPS will want to assess the time of day and length of time the children will be left alone; the safety of the home or neighborhood; whether the parents have arranged for nearby adults to be available in case a problem arises; and whether there is a family history of child abuse or neglect.
Some localities have ordinance concerning the age at which a child may be left without supervision.
The best definition of child Abuse and neglect can be found at the Child Welfare Gateway Web Site.
There will be times that contacting the non-custodial parent would not be in the best interest of the child or family and could be detrimental.Review more information about Child Protective Services.
The Eligibility Screening Tool can help you find out if you may be eligible to receive: - Child Care - Children’s Health Insurance - Energy Assistance and Pregnant Woman Medicaid - SNAP (Food Stamps) - Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.
The current Real Estate Tax rate for 2021 is $.795 per $100 of assessed value.
The Personal Property Tax rate is set each year by the Board of Supervisors. The 2021 tax rate is $4.00 per $100.00 of assessed value.
You must notify the DMV and the Commissioner of the Revenue.
Detailed information can be found on the Military Exemptions page.
Contact the Delinquent Tax Administrator at 757-890-3420 or firstname.lastname@example.org. She will work with you on paying your Personal Property and Real Estate Taxes within a reasonable time period. She cannot relieve the penalties and interest, but may forestall any legal action. To make payment arrangements on a York County Utility Bill contact Utility Billing at 757-890-3702
Personal Property Tax Relief is at 48.5% for 2021.
Yes. You can sign up for the Tax Pay My Way Program for personal property taxes and/or real estate taxes at any time. Please visit the Forms & Samples section on the Treasurer’s webpage for more information.
The U.S. Constitution guarantees people charged with crimes will have the write to 'cross-examine their accusers.' In effect, the defendant or his attorney has the right to ask victims about the reported crime, including questions about what happened, how it happened, when it happened, and other details.
A written statement is only that-a written statement. There is no opportunity for the defendant to question the victim about the case. Therefore, the complaining witness in a case (also known as the victim) will always be needed to appear in court to testify, unless there are special circumstances, such as a plea agreement.
Samples of diseased plants, as well as plants or insects for identification can be taken to the York/Poquoson Extension office, located at 5338-I George Washington Mem. Hwy., in the Washington Square Shopping Center. The plant sample should include as much of the plant as possible.
When bringing in an insect for identification, please make sure the specimen is in a tightly sealed container.
For more information about specimen collection,
There are several avenues to keep you updated on all events and programs sponsored by VCE-York/Poquoson. The office has a full-page write up in the York County Citizen News, published quarterly and available in the York libraries.
The York/Poquoson Extension office also sends out email reminders through the York County Subscriber system.
Active duty uniformed-service (and qualifying spouse or dependents) and overseas citizens are permitted to receive the ballot via email upon request. For more information, view our Guidelines for Voters that Request E-mail Ballots (.pdf) or contact your local elections office.
If you are a legal Virginia resident but are not yet registered to vote, or need to change your voter registration, you may use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and apply for your absentee ballot at the same time. After you complete the FPCA, sign it and then you may either mail it to your local voter registration office, e-mail or fax it to your local voter registration office. You should complete this application (FPCA) before you complete any other forms or applications relating to voter registration and/or absentee voting. You may also register and request absentee ballots using the Virginia voter registration application and absentee ballot application linked on this page. However, using the FPCA is recommended for the convenience of a single form allowing electronic submission of registration by fax or email.
Registrar’s Office has expanded to better serve citizens at the following locations.
Physical Address5322 Geo. Wash. Mem. HwyP.O. Box 451Yorktown, VA 23692
Office HoursMonday - Friday8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Physical Address6614 Mooretown RoadSuite AWilliamsburg, VA 23188
Office HoursTuesdays8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The State Board of Elections has a helpful page on absentee voting, including information for overseas citizens and members of the uniformed services, on the Absentee voting page.
Republic Services is under contract with York County to provide this service.
Tidewater Fibre Corp (TFC Recycling) is under contract to provide this service.
Service fees for curbside solid waste and recycling can be found here.
York residents who are subscribers to the County's Basic Service for both solid waste and recycling collections and are current in payment for such services may also drop off their solid waste or personal yard waste at no charge.
Our trash contractor observes at least the following holidays: New Year's Day, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Collections that fall on these holidays will be delayed by one day and each collection day that follows the holiday will be delayed by one day (for example, if the holiday is on a Tuesday, Tuesday's collections will be on Wednesday, Wednesday's will be on Thursday, etc.). All other holidays will have regular collection.
Curbside Recycling Collection Calendar (PDF)
Latex or Oil Based Paint
VPPSA holds a total of 16 household chemical collection events per year and accepts a variety of paints, fuels, solvents, pesticides, automotive products and other chemicals from residents of Hampton, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Many computer-related items accepted for recycling at these events as well.
For more information about Household Chemical Collections/Computer Recycling Events, visit vppsa.org.
There are many reasons why your recycling may not have been collected. Some of the most likely reasons include:
Please call the Waste Management Center for additional information at 757-890-3780.
Complete a Customer Service Request via the web at: Customer Service Request Portal call Waste Management at 757-890-3780 or email email@example.com.
Complete a Customer Service Request at: Customer Service Request Portal, call the Waste Management Center at 757-890-3780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete a Customer Service Request at: Customer Service Request Portal, call the Waste Management Center at 757-890-3780 or email email@example.com.
Service fees for additional solid waste and recycling containers can be found here.
Service fees for additional solid waste and recycling containers can be found here.
Republic Services will accept credit only for dropping off trash – must have an account with them or a credit card; VPPSA will take cash, check, or credit at the VPPSA compost facility.
If it is still in working order, please consider donating it to a local charitable organization. If not, you can bring it to the Waste Management Center, 145 Goodwin Neck Road, for disposal. If you are scheduling a bulk item pickup at your home, you may include TVs with the remainder of your bulk items. TVs are not accepted at our computer recycling events. For more information, please call (757) 890-3780.
If it is still in good condition and free of stains, rips, etc., please consider donating it to a local charitable organization. If you are scheduling a bulk item pickup at your home, you may include a mattress/box spring as one of your bulk items. If you subscribe to the County's curbside garbage service, you can bring it to the Waste Management Center, 145 Goodwin Neck Road, for disposal. To schedule a bulk pickup, please complete a Customer Service Request at: Customer Service Request Portal, call the Waste Management Center at (757) 890-3780 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
EnviroPerks is an incentive program that promotes participation in the County curbside recycling program. EnviroPerks strives to improve household recycling efforts, reduce waste, and promote local businesses by offering great savings and exclusive deals that reward recyclers. Simply put, you recycle, they reward.
Step 1: Visit www.enviroperks.com to create your account
Step 2: Continue to recycle on your regular day and automatically receive points
Step 3: Choose your rewards!
Benefits of using EnviroPerks include: