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Due to the limited number of local commercial property transactions, regional and national information must be collected for analysis. Commercial properties are reassessed based on replacement cost data and market data, commercial potential rental income, occupancy levels and investor demands.
Out of town contractorsIf you are a contractor who is licensed in another Virginia locality and you do not expect your total jobs within the County of Goochland to exceed $25,000, you are not required to secure a license. However, you must bring a copy of your valid license to the Commissioner of the Revenue, so that you may be eligible for exempt status.
Out of state contractorsIf you are a contractor whose office is located outside the Commonwealth of Virginia, you are required to secure a County Business License.
Business LicensesCommissioner of Revenue (804) 556-5807
Planning and Zoning (804) 556-5860
State Contractor's LicenseState Board for Contractors (800) 522-3016 or (804) 367-8511
BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTOverviewThe county zoning ordinance requires that all non-residential development or redevelopment have an approved site plan/Plan of Development filed with the Environmental and Land Development Office. This is done to protect property owners and citizens and to ensure basic standards for health and safety. Site plan regulations apply to all commercial, industrial, multi-family, churches, and institutional uses.Before submitting a site plan for review, check the zoning of the property to determine if the proposed use is permitted. Please contact the Planning & Zoning office to obtain an official determination of zoning. Developers are encouraged to contact the Environmental and Land Development Office prior to the submission of a site plan application. All site plans are reviewed by the community development review team which consists of Environmental, Planning, Public Utilities, Building Inspector's Office, Fire Marshal, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). A licensed professional such as a civil engineer, surveyor, or landscape architect is typically required to prepare site plans, which may include architectural elevations and a site lighting plan. If locating a business in an existing structure, check with Zoning to be sure that the business is suitable for the site. There may be parking, lighting, screening, or land use issues that need to be addressed. Contact the Building Inspector's Office to determine if any building permits will be required.
Design Overlay DistrictsPlease note that the County has design overlay districts along our major corridors (River Road West, River Road, Broad Street Road, and Ashland Road) and in certain villages (Centerville, Goochland Courthouse, and Oilville). These entrance corridors and village center overlay districts are created to conserve elements of the county's scenic beauty and to preserve and protect corridors and areas. A Certificate of Approval permit is required for any exterior improvements, including signs, or new construction. The Planning & Zoning department reviews and issues COA applications. ________________________________________
RESIDENTIALResidential or Agricultural Lot DivisionsTo divide a parcel(s) to create new residential lots the development plan must be reviewed through the residential subdivision review process.In some instances, if a property is not zoned for residential uses it must first be rezoned before proceeding through the subdivision or site plan process. Subdividing land requires approval from the Planning department.Creating a new lot falls into one of these three processes. The Zoning Administrator will determine which process to follow based on:• The number of lots proposed• The need to extend public utilities (water and sewer) to the property• The need to upgrade or construct roads to serve the development• The need to construct public drainage improvements to serve the developmentPlease contact the Planning & Zoning Office to discuss the scope of the proposed division before submitting any applications.
Minor Subdivision A minor subdivision is the division of a parent tract into less than five (5) lots and family subdivisions which results in one (1) division per family member. Also, the first two (2) divisions of land into parcels which are twenty (20) acres or more and all parcels in excess of forty (40) acres will not count toward a major subdivision, but will be counted for road construction requirements as spelled out in Article 5, Section 6 of the Subdivision Ordinance.For more information, please see the Minor Subdivision Brochure
Family DivisionsA subdivision in which one (1) division of the parent tract is made available to any person who is a natural or legally defined offspring, spouse or parent of the owner. Family divisions have different review criteria and a separate review process from other residential subdivisions. The family exception may not be used to circumvent the Subdivision Ordinance.For more information, please see the Minor Subdivision Brochure
Major SubdivisionThe division of land into five (5) or more lots. Major subdivisions require both tentative plat and final plat approvals. Please see the Major Subdivision Brochure for more information.
Planning & Zoning Applications
Major SubdivisionThe division of land into five (5) or more lots. Major subdivisions require both tentative plat and final plat approvals. Please see the Major Subdivision Brochure for more information. Planning & Zoning Applications & Information
For sign regulations see the zoning ordinance or contact the Planning & Zoning department. Also contact Planning & Zoning to report sign violations.
Design Overlay Districts
Please note that the County has design overlay districts along our major corridors (River Road West, River Road, Broad Street Road, and Ashland Road) and in certain villages (Centerville, Goochland Courthouse, and Oilville). These entrance corridors and village center overlay districts are created to conserve elements of the county's scenic beauty and to preserve and protect corridors and areas. A Certificate of Approval permit is required for any exterior improvements, including signs, or new construction. The Planning & Zoning department reviews and issues COA applications.
Road Name Signs
Contact Planning to report a missing or damaged street name sign. All public road signs will be installed by the Goochland County. Private road signs are the responsibility of the property owners. You can place an order for a private road sign with the County and the fee is $45.00. Report a missing or damaged street sign
An agreement must accompany each surety. Erosion & Sediment Control AgreementRoad Construction Agreement
Please see the Environmental & Land Development website for these documents. Environmental and Land Development website
Please note that this is a different form than used when obtaining a residential permit. Please see the Department of Building Inspections and Permits website for more information. RLD Form
The entire process can take as long as six months, depending on multiple variables. Please plan your development accordingly. Please see the flowchart for more information. Stormwater Management Permit process
Please note that you will need to obtain a business license from the Commissioner of Revenue.
An in-law suite is a two-family dwelling which would require a Conditional Use Permit . CUP Brochure
You can mail a check to our Treasurer’s Office located at the following address: PO Box 188, Goochland, VA 23063In addition, please address the check to Goochland County of VA and include your account number.
Official Payments website: (see link below)Official Payments phone number: 1-800-487-4567 a) The Goochland County Jurisdiction Code is: 1031b) Your ‘bill number’ is the same as your account number
You can bring your payment to the Treasurer’s Officea) Payment must be in the form of check or cash. b) We do not accept debit or credit cards. www.officialpayments.com
If these causes do not relate to you, please call our Office Manager at 804-556-5835
Depending on how your payment was made, it can take approximately 10-15 days for the Treasurer’s Office to receive.
Online or over the phone, you may use a credit or debit card through a third party: “Official Payments”.
To pay your taxes using a card: go online to www.officialpayments.com or call 1-888-272-9829.
You will need:
1)Our Jurisdiction code: 1031 2)Your Bill Number 3)The amount you want to pay
There will be a convenience fee charged.
The Treasurer’s Office does not process any card payments in the office. www.officialpayments.com
Spayed or Neutered: $5.00 Not Spayed or Neutered: $10.00 Multi dog – up to 20 (twenty) dogs: $25.00 Multi dog – up to 50 (fifty) dogs: $50.00
Dog licenses are valid through December 31st each year.
Seizure and sale of the delinquent taxpayer’s vehicle (or other properties) for Personal Property taxes.
Referral to Collection Agency. Issuing Employment and Bank Liens.
Obtaining a court Judgment.
Withholding State Income Tax Refund
Failure to pay taxes can also lead to action through the Circuit Court to sell the property for taxes due and costs.
Interest is applied on the first day of the first month after the Due Date (July 1st and January 1st)at a rate of 10% per annum.
There is no grace period.
Installment agreements vary and are made on an individual case by case basis.However, failure to abide by the agreement will void the agreement and negate the possibility of entering into another such agreement at a later time.
You must call 1-888-272-9829.
You will need: 1)Our Jurisdiction code: 1031 2) Your Bill Number 3) The amount you want to pay
There will be a convenience fee charged. The Treasurer’s Office does not accept payments over the phone in the office.
By law, the bills must match the Land Books so that Title Searchers are able to determine taxes on any given property.
In order to get the bills to the new owner, we must address them to the owner on record as of January 1st and then add “care of” the new owner.
The prior owner’s name will not be on the bill next year when you are the owner of record on January 1st.
1)Our Jurisdiction code: 1031 2)Your Bill Number 3)The amount you want to pay
There will be a convenience fee charged. www.officialpayments.com
*for information regarding the personal property tax relief act, please contact the Commissioner ofthe Revenue (804) 556-5807.
Real Estate: 53 cents per hundred Tuckahoe Creek Service District: 32 centsper hundred
If you own land, you should also notify the Assessor’s Office.
Failure to notify DMV, the Treasurer’s Office and the Assessor’s Office may result in a late payment! It is the responsibility of the Taxpayer to let the Treasurer’s Office know if you have not received your bill, so remember: If you have not received a tax bill by Mother’s Day or Thanksgiving Day, give us a call!
If you are being taxed for property you no longer own, contact: Commissioner of Revenue- (804) 556-5807 Assessor’s Office- (804) 556-5853
Example: If a parcel of land is assessed at $100,000*. The real estate tax would be calculated $100,000/$100 = $1,000 x $0.53 = $530The ad valorem tax would be calculated $100,000/$100 = $1,000 x $0.32 = $320Total real estate and ad valorem tax = $850
*Properties within the TCSD that participate in the special assessment for land preservation program (Land Use Program) shall be taxed at the full assessed value.
Below is a graph that compares Goochland’s ‘Ad Valorem Tax’ residents to other neighboring localities. Combined Tax Rates for those in TCSD
Below is a graph. TCSD Ad Valorem Chart
In addition, any parcel of land that is removed from the district shall not be eligible for rejoining the district for a period of five (5) years after the request to be entered back into the district.An application to be removed from the TCSD can be found below: Application to Exit the TCSD