GIS & Mapping
The GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and Mapping Division of the Assessor's Office is responsible for a variety of duties in the Assessor's Office. The primary responsibility is for updating the city parcels with splits, merges, subdivisions, and alley / road closings. The Assessor's Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) System is also updated with the correct land information.
Official tax maps can be requested via our Contact Information. The Assessor's Office does not make custom maps.
Disclaimer for Using City of Richmond GIS Data
The City of Richmond assumes no liability either for any errors, omissions, or inaccuracies in the information provided regardless of the cause of such or for any decision made, action taken, or action not taken by the user in reliance upon any maps or information provided herein.
If you have difficulty accessing the FTP site, then you may have to manually type in the following address or attempt to copy and paste it into your web browser: ftp://ftp.ci.richmond.va.us. Contact the GIS Team if you have any issues with using the FTP site.
Splits are permitted only through deed recorded in the John Marshall courthouse. Once recorded, the deed will be worked our Computer Aided Mass Appraisal (CAMA) System and will be mapped in the City's Geographic Information System (GIS). The property will be assessed with the new value and the new parcel(s) will show up on the following year's notice and tax bill.
Property splits are processed with the following circumstances occur:
- Conveyance by will or deed of a portion that is less than the entire described parcel
- Partial conveyance as a result of a new deed or condemnation
- Recorded deed is accompanied by a plat or survey showing new property lines and location(s) of structure(s) if any
- Splits are not processed upon written or verbal request of owner of record or agent.
If you are splitting a property and are going to build, please be sure to check with the Zoning Administration to make sure the new properties conform to current Zoning.
A Subdivision Application is required from anyone who wants to divide, subdivide, or re-subdivide a lot, tract or parcel of land situated wholly or partly within the corporate limits of the City into three (3) or more lots, tracts, or parcels of land for the purpose, whether immediate or in the future, of transferring ownership of any one or more of such lots, tracts or parcels of land, or for the purpose of the erection of buildings or other structures on any one or more of such lots, tracts, or parcels of land.
There are two types of parcel merges/combinations that can be done. However, both must meet the following criteria:
- Properties are physically adjacent.
- Properties are currently deeded in the identical name or names.
These are merges that are specifically addressed in a deed filed through the Richmond Circuit Court Clerk's Office. This can be in a Deed of Consolidation or in a more general deed. Only another deed can split property once a deed merge has occurred. Also, by removing a boundary line the property owner might lose some development options. This course of action is recommended when a building crosses an existing property boundary or the one of the merging properties is too small or inadequate for development. Please note that multiple properties transferred in deed do not automatically cause a merge. The legal description or plat must identify the properties as a single entity. Parcels listed separately, and having separate legal descriptions, will not be merged together.
Admin merges are not filed with the Richmond Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. The only additional requirement, than what is listed above, is that the property owner submits a signed letter to this office which requests the merge and lists the exact property to be merged. This merger is for tax purposes only and serves as a way to reduce the number of tax bills generated. These mergers can be undone with a signed letter from the property owner.
The property addresses in the city of Richmond are maintained by Planning and Development Review / Permits and Inspections Division in the Central Address Database. Many parcels have more than one address used for utilities and emergency services.
The Assessor's office only maintains one property address per parcels; the primary address.
If you have a question about your property address or if your property address is incorrect, please contact our office.
Area Tax is a fee imposed to property owners who have objects that encroach into the public right of way. Encroachments can include everything from awnings, marquees, signs, doorways, fire escapes, old coal bins and the building itself. There are also linear encroachments which are typically communications related like fiber-optic cables.
There is a 25 cents per square foot charge for these encroachments. Linear encroachments are charged 25 cents a linear foot. Area taxes are included each year on the tax bill.
Department of Planning and Development Review and Public Works are responsible for permitting and collecting the paperwork for the Encroachments. The paperwork is forwarded to the Assessor's office to calculate the total Area Tax due.
The Assessor's Office maintain the list of encroachments and provides those Area Tax totals to the Finance department to be included on the tax bill.
If you have questions about the Area Taxes for your property, please call the Assessor's office.
If you have a question about the Encroachment process or if you would like more information, please visit Public Works Right of Way Management.
Special Assessment Districts provide services or infrastructure improvements which benefit a limited area. Venture Richmond is the administrator of these districts for the city of Richmond. The districts include:
- General District
- Consumer Broad District
- Consumer Shockoe District
- Riverfront Overlay District
- Riverfront Manufacturing Overlay District
- Riverfront Pre-development Overlay District
- Riverfront Developing Properties Overlay District
- Riverfront Completed Properties Overlay District
If you have a question about the amount of taxes applied for a property being in one of the Special Assessment Districts, please contact the Department of Finance.
If you have a question about the Special Assessment Districts themselves or to find out if if a parcel is in one of the Districts, please contact the Assessor's office.