The City Assessor’s Office is responsible for the valuation of all real property within the City limits. In addition to determining the value of land and buildings, we maintain hard copy history files of all parcels in the City, as well as computerized current information specific to each parcel. This information includes ownership information, deed and plat references, ownership history, and specific improvement or building information.
We also provide tax maps, which show the location of each parcel in the City and produce the certified land ownership books filed with the Virginia Department of Taxation and used by several City Departments. The information generated and maintained by our office is widely used by local and out-of-town/state:
- Private appraisers
- Prospective home buyers
- Title search personnel
Individuals wanting to research recent sales within specific neighborhoods may use our public computers in the Real Estate Assessor’s front office.
Real Estate Assessment Appeals
Each year, all property owners, or their duly authorized agent, may appeal our valuation of their property by requesting a review of their assessment. Under state law, neither financial impact nor the rate of value change is, by itself, sufficient grounds for appeal. 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.
More information about the formal appeals process is available, but the assessment appeal process should begin with the Assessment Appeal Application. Once this form is completed, you may file your appeal by mail or in person.
The Assessment Appeal Application is available online, at either Charlottesville City Library or at the City Assessor’s Office located at 102 5th Street NE.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Viewer
You can access the City of Charlottesville Real Estate Records using the City’s online GIS Viewer. The City Assessor’s Office has a public computer available for your convenience located in the City Assessor’s Office.