Virginia Assessor

Find Virginia assessor, assessment, auditor's, and appraiser's office, revenue commissions, GIS, and tax equalization departments. Assessors provide information on property and land tax assessment, property listings, values, valuations, property search, and records.


Assessors by County

Accomack County Alexandria Amelia County Amherst County Appomattox County Arlington County Augusta County Bath County Bedford County Bland County Botetourt County Brunswick County Buchanan County Buckingham County Buena Vista Campbell County Caroline County Carroll County Charles City County Charlotte County Charlottesville Chesapeake Chesterfield County Clarke County Colonial Heights Covington Craig County Culpeper County Cumberland County Danville Dickenson County Dinwiddie County Emporia Essex County Fairfax Falls Church Floyd County Fluvanna County Franklin County Fredericksburg Galax Giles County Gloucester County Goochland County Grayson County Greene County Halifax County Hampton Hanover County Harrisonburg Henry County Highland County Hopewell Isle of Wight County King George County King William County King and Queen County Lancaster County Lee County Lexington Loudoun County Louisa County Lunenburg County Lynchburg Madison County Manassas Park Manassas Martinsville Mathews County Mecklenburg County Middlesex County Montgomery County Nelson County New Kent County Newport News Norfolk Northampton County Northumberland County Norton Nottoway County Orange County Page County Patrick County Petersburg Pittsylvania County Poquoson Portsmouth Powhatan County Prince Edward County Prince George County Prince William County Pulaski County Radford Rappahannock County Richmond County Richmond Roanoke Russell County Salem Scott County Shenandoah County Smyth County Southampton County Spotsylvania County Stafford County Staunton Suffolk Surry County Sussex County Tazewell County Virginia Beach Warren County Washington County Waynesboro Westmoreland County Williamsburg Winchester Wise County Wythe County York County

What is an Assessor?

The Assessor serves a county or local government by determining the value of all taxable property in the jurisdiction. Taxable property typically includes land and buildings, often referred to as real property, and the fixed assets owned by businesses, often referred to as personal property. In some states, motor vehicles may also be subject to property taxes. The property values determined by the Assessor are used to assess the property taxes owed by individual taxpayers. Accurate property value assessments help ensure fairness in the property tax system.

The Assessor maintains records on the physical characteristics for all the real property in a jurisdiction, including building size, land area, location, and building type. In order to make adjustments to property valuations, the Assessor tracks real estate market conditions and sales data. The Assessor also works closely with building and licensing officials to monitor changes to the property list because of new construction, building expansions, or demolitions. Depending on the state and locality, some real property is exempt from property taxes. Property owned by non-profit organizations, churches, or state agencies may be exempt, and the assessor must keep track of these properties as well.

At set intervals, assessors revalue all the real property in a jurisdiction. These revaluations may take place annually or less frequently depending on the rules for the particular jurisdiction. In addition to updating real property values based on changes in market conditions, the revaluation process helps to identify previously unrecorded additions or deletions to the property list, as well as abandoned properties.

Personal property owned by businesses is often self-reported on established forms or declarations used by the Assessor's Office. Assessors may also perform site inspections, review property transfer documents and bills of sale, or search public documents in order to identify taxable personal property.