Local Option - Property Tax Assessment for Energy Efficient Buildings

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Eligibility: 
Commercial
Industrial
Residential
Agricultural
Multifamily Residential
Institutional
Savings Category: 
Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building
Program Info
Sector Name: 
State
Administrator: 
Virginia Department of Taxation
State: 
Virginia
Program Type: 
Property Tax Incentive
Summary: 
In March 2008, Virginia enacted legislation that would allow local jurisdictions to assess the property tax of energy efficient buildings at a reduced rate. Under this law, eligible energy-efficient buildings, not including the real property on which they are located, may be considered a separate class of property for local taxation purposes. Accordingly, the governing body of any county, city or town may, by ordinance, allow a special assessment of the property taxes for this class of property.

An energy-efficient building is defined as any building that exceeds the energy efficiency standards of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code by 30%; meets performance standards of the Green Globes Green Building Rating System, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) System or the EarthCraft House Program; or qualifies as an ENERY STAR home under federal ENERGY STAR criteria. 

Among the communities that have enacted an ordinance implementing this law include:

  • City of Charlottesville (see Charlottesville's city code, Chapter 30, Article V, Division 4 for more information)
  • County of Spotsylvania (see Ordinance No. 21-63 for more information on the five-year county tax exemption for energy efficient buildings)
  • City of Virginia Beach (see Virginia Beach's Real Estate Assessments, Special Tax Rate, for more information)