Richmond VA > Assessor's Office > Area Tax on Legal Encroachments

Last Updated: 2012-04-30

Area Tax is a fee imposed to property owners who have objects that encroach into the public right of way. Encroachments can include everything from awnings, marquees, signs, doorways, fire escapes, old coal bins and the building itself. There are also linear encroachments which are typically communications related like fiber-optic cables.

There is a 25 cents per square foot charge for these encroachments. Linear encroachments are charged 25 cents a linear foot. Area taxes are included each year on the tax bill.

Department of Planning and Development Review and Public Works are responsible for permitting and collecting the paperwork for the Encroachments. The paperwork is forwarded to the Assessor's office to calculate the total Area Tax due.

The Assessor's Office maintain the list of encroachments and provides those Area Tax totals to the Finance department to be included on the tax bill.

If you have questions about the Area Taxes for your property, please call the Assessor's office.

If you have a question about the Encroachment process or if you would like more information, please visit Public Works Right of Way Management.

Contact Information:

Assessors' Office
City of Richmond
900 E. Broad St., Room 802
Richmond, VA
23219 USA
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Phone: (804)646-7500
Fax: (804)646-5686
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