Commissioner of Revenue

Important Notice:

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic the Commissioner of Revenues Office will be implementing the following customer contact policy until further notice:

  • We will be closed to the public in-person traffic until further notice.
  • Rent Relief applications will be suspended until further notice. The due date for these applications will be pushed back to September 1, 2020 (formerly May 1st)
  • Real Estate Tax Relief and CHAP (Charlottesville Housing Affordability Program) inquires should be conducted by phone or email. See below.
  • As always, business tax filings and payments can be made via US mail, online or at any of the drop-boxes located on 6th street, 7th street or the Drive-up box by the Key Rec Center.

Our Mailing address is:
Charlottesville Commissioner of the Revenue
P.O. BOX 2964
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Online payment options for meals and lodging

  • We are available by telephone or email for all inquires:
Personal Property TaxBusiness Tax
Real Estate Tax Relief or Charlottesville Housing Affordability ProgramMeal & Lodging Tax
Rent ReliefShort Term Daily Rental Tax
State IncomeGeneral Business Tax Inquires
General Inquires
434-970-3160 or
434-970-3170 or

City Announces Changes to Collection of Taxes and Fees

The City of Charlottesville, in conjunction with the City Treasurer and the Commissioner of the Revenue, has announced the following actions related to the collection of taxes and fees due to the City of Charlottesville in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the City’s declared state of emergency:

  • The Treasurer’s Office has suspended all collection action related to past due taxes and fees.
  • For those taxpayers who received a personal property tax supplement originally due on 4/3/20, the due date has been delayed two weeks to 4/17/20.
  • The assessment of past due penalty and interest on all local taxes has been suspended until May 31, 2020. Businesses responsible for remitting meals and lodging tax are encouraged to file timely returns and set up appropriate payment arrangements with the City.
  • Taxpayers are encouraged to use alternative means of communication with the City during the duration of City Hall’s closure to the public such as drop boxes, online payments, and email and phone communication.
  • These measures will be reviewed and updated as the current situation progresses.


The Commissioner of the Revenue is the chief tax assessing officer of the local government. It is an elected office. The existence of this position is set forth in the Constitution of Virginia, and so is called a Constitutional Office. The Commissioner of the Revenue serves a four-year term at the pleasure of the voters.


Programs administered by the Commissioner of the Revenue include:

  • Business License Tax
  • Business Personal Property Tax
  • Meals and Lodging Tax (AirBnB/HomeStay Operators)
  • Personal Property Tax
  • Real Estate Tax Relief 
  • Rental Relief for the Elderly and/or Disabled
  • Vehicle License Fee
  • Virginia State Income Tax