As required, the City’s assessment is an estimate of fair market value as of January 1 each year, based on property sales for the previous calendar year. We welcome appeals based on issues of factual discrepancies in the property description or features, demonstrable issues of uniformity of value within a neighborhood, or fair market value.
The first step in this process is to file an Assessment Appeal Application, requesting an assessor review. The Assessment Appeal Application Form is available for PDF download by clicking on the following link: 2021 Assessment Appeal Application (PDF). Once downloaded, you can fill out the application electronically and email it to the City Assessor’s Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also initiate your request by filling out and mailing the form to:
City Assessor’s Office 102 5th Street NE P.O. Box 911 Charlottesville, VA 22902.
If you are unable to download a copy from the web site, please call the City Assessor’s Office at 434.970.3136. Appeals should be made in writing, including the City’s Assessment Appeal Application, a Letter of Authorization if the appeal is being made by an owner’s agent, and any other supporting documentation that is appropriate. This documentation must include the reasoning behind the appeal and evidence that the most recent assessment (1) exceeds true market value, (2) is substantially inequitable to similar properties within your neighborhood, or (3) is not equitable based on factual discrepancies within our records, such as difference in square footage, difference in acreage, or improvement condition.
After your appeal application has been received, the assessor who valued your property will meet with you to review your property’s assessed value. This meeting may include a visit to your property for a physical inspection. Following this, the assessor will determine what change, if any, is appropriate. Notice of his decision will be provided to you within 30 days by mail.
*The 2021 Assessment Appeal Application must be filed on or before February 28, 2021.*