Real Estate Assessment Appeal Process
On/about September 1, reassessment notices will be mailed to the last known mailing address of each property owner. The notice contains certain required information, such as the prior assessed value, the projected assessed value and the calculated change in real estate taxes. The assessment will be based on market conditions existing through August 17, the effective date of value is September 1.
If a property owner has questions regarding the assessment, please contact the City Assessor Front Desk at (804)646-7500 for assistance. If, after discussion with the area appraiser, the property owner believes that a formal review is warranted, the following steps are available:
A written appeal must be filed with the City Assessor's Office no later than October 15. The Office Review Application and filing instructions can be obtained on found on the Forms page of our website. The property owner will have the opportunity to submit any information that demonstrates a more supportable fair market value of the property in question, or to submit comparable assessment data that indicates the subject assessment is inequitable with similar classed properties.
All office review applications with submitted data will be analyzed by a staff appraiser, and the applicant will receive a written response.
The deadline for applications will be November 30 of the current calendar year and cases will be heard beginning in January of the following calendar year. The Board of Equalization Application can be found on the Forms page of our web site.
An owner may, at their discretion, appeal the real estate assessment directly to the Circuit Court of the city of Richmond. This filing must be made within three years of the assessment year. However, no owner may make any such filing for a year other than the current year unless such owner has provided to the City Assessor, the Director of the Department of Finance or the City Council written notice of disagreement with the assessment during the applicable tax year.
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