Essex County Virginia

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Essex County Building & Zoning Office

Office Location:
202 South Church Lane
Historic Beale Church Annex
Suites 103,104, and 105
P.O. Box 549
Tappahannock, VA 22560 

Contact Us:
Tel: 804-443-4951   
Fax: 804-445-8023 


Building Official, Environmental Codes Compliance Officer - Suite 105
Ernie Sadler   email

Building and Zoning Office Manager - Suite 105
Heather Hostinsky   email

Community Development Director - Suite 104

Applications - Downloadable Forms & Information:

Building Permit
Electrical Permit
Gas Permit
Plumbing Permit
Mechanical Permit
Commercial Mechanical Permit

Land Disturbing Permit
Land Development & Zoning Permit (PDF)
Land Development & Zoning Permit (Word)

Family & Minor Subdivision

Fee Schedule 

Click the link below to apply for permits, request inspections, and view your permit status online.


Parcel Map Book ("Tax Maps") - *NEW*
Flood Plain Maps

Comprehensive Plan - Land Use Plan Map

***You will be asked if you have a business license if you are doing work in Essex County. You may be denied service until you show proof of your license. An Essex County business license is $30.00 from the Commissioner of Revenue office.***

Fair Housing
The Federal Fair Housing Act and Virginia Fair Housing Law prohibit discrimination in residential housing based on sexual orientation, race, color, sex, marital status, religion, national origin, elderliness, disability (physical or mental) or familial status.  These laws apply to property managers, owners, landlords, real estate agents, banks, savings institutions, credit unions, insurance companies, mortgage lenders and appraisers.  To ensure fair housing opportunities for residents, Lancaster County implements fair housing practices in all of its housing programs and provides information about how to file a complaint in the case of discriminatory housing practices.
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