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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 Council developed a manual to bring together background information needed by local officials involved in or considering a use-value assessment program. To access the SLEAC Manual and Application Form click here

Click here vt logo to view a map and list of participating use-value jurisdictions.

What's New?

Current Estimates:

Brochures (by jurisdiction)
TY2016 Brochures
Agricultural and Horticultural Estimates 
TY2016 Estimated Use Values for Agri and Hort
Forest Estimates
TY2016 Estimated Use Values for Forest
Open Space Estimates           
TY2016 Estimated Use Values for Open Space

Why three piedmont county's usevalue differ.

Why does Goochland have higher estimates than Spotsylvania and Orange counties?

Virginia Association of Assessing Officers (VAAO) Educational Siminar 2015

Land Use Session (Presentations)
Agritourism Presentation (T.Miller)
Agritourism Rockingham Resolution
Defining Agritourism in Virginia (G. Ferreira)
Commissioner's Standards for Classification of Agri or Hort Use (K.Schmidt)

SLEAC Manual for Review.

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Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech. For problems or questions regarding this website contact Lex Bruce. Last updated October 7, 2015.