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Certain real estate owned by religious, educational, and charitable organizations may be exempt from taxation. Real property exemptions are authorized by the Constitution of Virginia, Code of Virginia § 58.1-3600-3651. Exemptions fall into two categories. Exemption by "Classification" relates to property used for such uses as schools, houses of worship, or volunteer fire departments: Exemptions by "Classification" are administratively processed by the City Assessor’s Office. All requests for Exemption by Classification should be made by making application with the City Assessor’s Office.
Exemptions by "Designation" relate to property used for purposes, and by organizations, not specifically "classified" in the Constitution of Virginia or Code of Virginia. Exemptions by "Designation" must be approved by the City Council: There is currently a moratorium on exemptions by "Designation" in effect.
The City Assessor’s Office administers a program to encourage both homeowners and businesses to rehabilitate their properties and in return not pay full taxes on those improvements for a period of five years. The program is authorized by the Code of Virginia § 58.1-3220 & § 58.1-3221. The program criteria varies slightly between residential and commercial properties, as well as between certain areas of the City: Please see the an application for the current criteria. The exemption commences July 1st of the tax year immediately following completion of rehabilitation. The exemption is calculated at 100 percent of the rehabilitation credit for five years. An application must be filed prior to any renovations being started. Application fees are $125 for residential properties and $250 for commercial properties.
The Land Use Assessment Program is provided for in the Code of Virginia § 58.1-3230-43 and allows localities to offer a program of special assessments for agricultural, horticultural and forest lands. Properties that qualify for this program are assessed on the value of the land for their production rather than fair market value. The purpose of the program is to encourage the continuation of farming and forestry. Various criteria, qualifying conditions and restrictions exist for acceptance and continuation in the program.Initial applications ($500 application fee) and annual revalidation applications must be filed by May 1 for July 1. A revailidation application fee of $500 is charged once every six years. Late initial applications and late revalidation applications may be filed from May 2 through June 30 with a $550.00 late application fee.
In accordance with the Code of Virginia § 58.1-3222 property owners may be eligible for a real estate tax adjustment if they have been unable to use their home or a building for more than 30 days due to damage by a fortuitous happening beyond the control of the owner. The adjustment is based on the time period the building is unfit for use or occupancy. To qualify, property owners must meet all of the following criteria:
The owner of the property files a Real Estate Tax Abatement Application within 6 months from the date of the damage.
All requests for real estate tax abatements should be made by filing a Real Estate Damage Tax Abatement Application. Submission of the application to the City Assessor’s Office will be followed by an initial inspection by the City of Petersburg Code Compliance to determine if the building is unfit for use and habitation. It is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the City Assessor’s Office when the building has been made fit for use and habitation again.
If the application is approved after the follow-up inspection, an adjusted tax bill will be computed according to the ratio which the portion of the year the building was fit for use, occupancy and enjoyment bears to the entire year. The bill will be adjusted by the Treasurer.
The placement of a conservation easement or preservation easement on a property may reduce the real estate tax liability as a result of the diminution of the assessed value. Information on conservation easements and preservation easements is available from organizations such as the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, Nature Conservancy and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Division of Historic Resources.
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The real estate tax rate is set each year by the City Council. The current tax rate is $1.35 per $100 of assessed value.
Contact the Treasurer’s office, First Floor of City Hall, 135 N Union St., Petersburg, VA 23803, or telephone (804) 733-2322.
Payments are due quarterly. Options for tax payments include:
- Personal Property: P.O. Box 1271 Petersburg, VA 23804
- Real Estate: P.O. Box 1271 Petersburg, VA 23804
- Utilities: P.O. Box 1271 Petersburg, VA 23804
- Miscellaneous: P.O. Box 1271 Petersburg, VA 23804
For Questions regarding payments please email: CityCollector@Petersburg-va.org or call 804.733.2349
The deeds and other legal documents related to real property are recorded and filed with the Clerk of Circuit Court, 7 Courthouse Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803, or telephone 804-733-2367.
Surveys are often recorded with the deeds and maintained in the office of the Clerk of Circuit Court, 7 Courthouse Ave., Petersburg, VA 23803, or telephone 804-733-2367.
The new GIS website can be accessed HERE
If you have an immediate GIS or mapping need please contact the City Assessor’s Office at 804-733-2336.
Tax maps, sewer maps, utility maps, and miscellaneous maps are located in the Office of the City Engineer
Address: 1340 E. Washington Street - Petersburg, VA 23803
Click here for Engineering webpage
Click here for Engineering Staff Directory
**Currently, City Offices are closed to the public due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Please call the Engineering Office before scheduling a visit.**
Contact the Commissioner of the Revenue
Address: 144 North Sycamore Street - Petersburg, VA 23803
Commissioner of the Revenue webpage
Commissioner of the Revenue Staff Directory
CLICK HERE FOR APPLICATION FOR REAL ESTATE TAX RELIEF FOR THE ELDERLY OR DISABLED