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You can find your district's supervisor by calling the General Registrar at (804) 966-9699.
There are several types of permits that might be necessary for any residential project depending on the scope of work being done:
Building Permit Electrical Permit Gas Permit Mechanical Permit Plumbing Permit Demolition Permit
Call (804) 966-8572, the Inspection Line: whereby you can request an inspection; Call (804)966-9680, to speak to a customer service representative, and request your inspection; Please be sure all the work is completed to the point of the requested inspection.
Each morning at 8 a.m., inspectors are assigned their workload, which consists of inspection tickets for requests received the previous day as well as other assignments. In addition to their daily inspection workload, inspectors often have other duties to attend to, including court appearances, training, and issuing enforcement notices. In order to balance the requirements on their time, inspectors must arrange their workday before leaving our offices each morning. This includes routing their inspection ticket workload for the greatest efficiency. Therefore, each inspector's workload is predetermined at the beginning of each workday. This allows the greatest optimization of our resources and facilitates a better inspection process.
Land disturbance is defined as any manmade change to the land surface that potentially changes its runoff characteristics including clearing, grading, or excavation. A permit is required for ALL new home construction and when the land disturbance exceeds 2,500 square feet. When estimating the amount of land disturbance, areas of construction, areas used for access and material storage, drainfield areas, driveways, and areas that will be graded should be included in the calculation. The County may require a Screening Form if the disturbed area is less than 2,500 square feet, which allows the Environmental Department to monitor the site to ensure the 2,500 square foot threshold is not exceeded. If it is, a land disturbance permit will be required. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO RESOURCE PROTECTION AREAS (RPA). PLEASE CONTACT THE ENVIRONMENTAL DEPARTMENT FOR PROJECTS WITHIN THE RPA.
In 2001, Virginia implemented the Responsible Land Disturber (RLD) certificate program in an effort to minimize erosion and sedimentation from projects within the Commonwealth. The certificate program is overseen by the State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). The RLD is responsible for inspecting the erosion and sediment control measures, such as silt fence and construction entrances, at least once every five (5) business days AND within 24 hours of a measurable rain event. A measurable rain event is defined as 0.25” or more of rain.
The VSMP permit, or Virginia Stormwater Management Program permit, is a state requirement for primarily commercial projects exceeding one (1) acre in disturbed area. New Kent County is its own VSMP Authority, so applications for VSMP permits come through our office prior to being input into the State’s permitting system. The permit is issued by the State Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
Common acronyms that are fund when dealing with environmental items may be found below:
ACOE, ACE, Corps – Army Corps of Engineers (Federal Agency)
AFD – Agricultural and Forestal Districts (Planning Department)
CBPA – Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act or Area
CSWCD - Colonial Soil and Water Conservation District (State Agency)
DCR – Department of Conservation and Recreation (State Agency)
DEQ – Department of Environmental Quality (State Agency)
DOF – Department of Forestry (State Agency)
EPA – Environmental Protection Agency (Federal Agency)
FEMA – Federal Emergency Management Agency (Federal Agency)
HOA - Homeowners' Association
JPA – Joint Permit Application
RLD – Responsible Land Disturber
RMA – Resource Management Area
RPA – Resource Protection Area
VDOT – Virginia Department of Transportation (State Agency)
VIMS – Virginia Institute of Marine Science (State Entity)
VMRC – Virginia Marine Resources Commission (State Agency)
VPDES - Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
VSMP – Virginia Stormwater Management Program
Resource Protection Areas, or RPAs, were established as part of the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act of 1989. The RPA is a 100-foot buffer around sensitive features such as both tidal and non-tidal wetlands and perennial waterbodies. These buffers are meant to remain vegetated and undisturbed in an effort to protect water quality. There are exceptions that can be granted to allow encroachment into the buffers; however, special permits and hearings may be required. Please direct questions pertaining to the RPA to the Environmental Department at (804) 966-8580.
The septic pump-out is a state mandate relating to Chesapeake Bay Preservation Areas, ie. RMA and RPA, that the County is required to implement. Chapter 94, Section 39 of the New Kent County Code requires that septic systems that do not have a Virginia Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (VPDES) permit must be pumped out or inspected once every five (5) years. Letters are typically sent to affected property owners in the spring of each year. Upon having your system serviced, please send a copy of the receipt/invoice to the Environmental Department so that we may update our database, or feel free to stop by so we may make a copy.
Septic systems and permits for new systems are handled by the Virginia Department of Health which may be reached at (804) 966 9640. The Environmental Department does not keep record of septic system design specifications or locations, only the date of when the system was last serviced.
Section 15.2-2223 of the Code of Virginia states: "The Comprehensive Plan shall be made with the purpose of guiding and accomplishing a coordinated, adjusted, and harmonious development of the territory which will, in accordance with present and probable future needs and resources, best promote the health, safety, morals, order, convenience, prosperity, and general welfare of the inhabitants..."
By requiring local governments to adopt Comprehensive Plans, the legislature implied that local government issues are best handled at the local level of government. This Comprehensive Plan, therefore, is the vehicle by which the local government officials and citizens of New Kent County express their goals for the future of their community.
Action on minor subdivisions is approved administratively and does not require public hearing
• Development Plan: For subdivisions requiring the construction of publicly-used infrastructure (public and private roads, public water, and/or public sewer), a development plan must be submitted to New Kent Planning for approval. Along with the completed application, the applicant must submit ten copies of the development plan and the appropriate fees. The development plan is sent to various county and state agencies for review and comment. The applicant should receive all comments regarding the development plan within 60 days. Approval of the development plan allows the applicant to proceed with the preparation of the final plats.
• Final Plat: After the approval of a development plan (when required), an application for final plat approval may be submitted. Along with the complete application, the applicant must submit ten copies of the final plat and the appropriate fees. The final plat is sent to various county and state agencies for review and comment. The applicant should receive all comments regarding the final plat within 60 days. Approval of the final plat allows the applicant to proceed with the preparation of record plats depicting the information contained on the approved final plat. After the record plats have been signed by the appropriate agencies, the plat, along with the necessary legal documents, can be recorded by the Clerk of the Circuit Court at the New Kent County Courthouse.
Any missing Traffic signs should be reported to VDOT at (800) 367-7623.
R-O Front: 35 ft Side: 15 ft /35 ft Rear: 35 ft
R-1 Front: 35 ft Side: 15 ft /35 ft Rear: 35 ft
R-1A Front: 35 ft Side: 15 ft /35 ft Rear: 35 ft
R-2 Front: 35 ft Side: 10 ft/25 ft Rear: 25 ft
R-3 Front: 35 ft Side: 10 ft/25 ft Rear: 25 ft
Residential Accessory Not in front of the house Side: 5 ft Rear: 5 ft