Welcome to the home page for Virginia's Use Value Assessment Program. The purpose of this site is to provide information to those interested in use value assessment in Virginia.
Virginia law allows eligible land in agricultural, horticultural, forest or open space to be taxed upon the land's value in use (use value) as opposed to the market value. The State Land Evaluation and Advisory Council (SLEAC) was created in 1973 with the mandate to estimate the use value of eligible land for each jurisdiction participating in the use-value taxation program. The SLEAC contracts annually with the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech to develop an objective methodology for estimating the use value of land in agricultural and horticultural uses, with the Virginia Department of Forestry for the use value of land in forestry, and with the Department of Conservation and Recreation for the use value of land in open space. A Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), comprised of professionals familiar with Virginia agriculture, was established in 1998 to provided guidance on the technical aspects of developing an appropriate methodology for the estimation of use values for agricultural and horticultural uses. Section 58.1-3239 of Code of Virginia requires each participating jurisdictions' assessment office to consider the SLEAC estimates when assessing the use value of eligible land. However, the local assessing office is not required to use the estimates.
To view the state application click here, this document is for informational purposes only. Please check with a local government agency to verify specific applications, eligibility, and reporting requirements.
Revised SLEAC Manual (May, 2013) is avaliable (Last update: Section 58.1-3237)
Agricultural and Horticultural Estimates TY2013 Estimated Use Values of Agricultural Land TY2013 Estimated Use Values of Land in Orchard Use TY2013 Estimated Rental Rate Values of Agricutural LandForestry Estimates TY2013 Estimated Use Values for ForestOpen Space Estimates TY2013 Estimated Use Values for Open Space
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Click here FAQs or on the FAQ button on the left and you will be directed to sixty questions with answers that pertain to Virginia's Use Value Taxation Program!
If you have a question about the Use Value Assessment Program, please enter it into our question bank. To do so, click on this link: FAQs Bank . To recieve an answer to your question, please provide your email address.
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. For problems or questions regarding this website contact Lex Bruce. Last updated January 29, 2013.