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Standards for Classification of Real Estate as Devoted to Agricultural Use and to Horticultural Use Under the Virginia Land Use Assessment Law [2 VAC 5 ‑ 20]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description A regulation containing the standards to be used in determining whether real estate is entitled to taxation based on its agricultural or horticultural use.
State Authority Section 58.1-3230 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. The protection of the public's health, safety, and welfare with the least possible cost and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

2. The preservation and conservation of real estate for agricultural and horticultural use.
Meetings See all meetings (1) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Kevin Schmidt  / Director, Office of Policy, Planning and Research
Address: P. O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-1346    FAX: (804)371-7679    TDD: (800)828-1120
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendments to reflect regulatory changes required pursuant to Chapter 504 of the 2018 Acts of Assembly; general review of this regulation Proposed Governor's office review in progress.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
land use general Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/10/2006.

Past Periodic Reviews
Date Filed Status
10/5/2012 Retain As Is
6/18/2001 Amend