Real Estate Taxes

Real estate taxes are assessed by the Real Estate Assessor’s Office. The City of Charlottesville’s real estate tax rate, set by City Council, is $0.96 per $100 dollars of value. Real estate taxes are due in equal installments on June 5th and December 5th of each year. If the deadline falls on the weekend, it is extended to the following Monday. 

Payment by Mail

Tax payments may be mailed to:
City of Charlottesville Treasurer’s Office
P.O. Box 2854
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Online Payments

Tax payments may be paid online. Please note that a third-party convenience fee is added to all credit card transactions for tax payments. There is no fee to pay by ACH/Electronic check.

Late Payments

Real estate taxes not received or postmarked by the deadline are assessed on the first day after the deadline with a penalty of 10% of the tax due. Taxes remaining unpaid on the first day of the month following the deadline accrue interest on a monthly basis at a rate of 10% per annum. 

If a penalty has been applied to your account and you have reason to believe that the penalty should be waived, please first review the Late Payment Penalty Policy (PDF) to learn of the reasons for which a penalty may be waived and then write a letter addressed to the Treasurer presenting your case, attach any supporting documentation and mail it to:

Jason A. Vandever, Treasurer
P. O. Box 2854
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Payment Arrangements

If you are unable to pay your taxes in full by the specified deadline due to financial difficulties, you may make payment arrangements with the Treasurer’s Office. Please call the Treasurer’s Office at 434-970-3146 to set up an arrangement. Making a payment arrangement does not prevent late payment penalties and interest from being applied to your account.

Unpaid Taxes

Unpaid taxes for which no alternative arrangements have been made or for which arrangements have been made but not met will be subject to collections procedures including, but not limited to bank account liens, rent liens, and wage garnishments. Properties that have accumulated three or more years of unpaid tax are subject to judicial sale.