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Tax Adjustment Possible for Damaged Property - 10/6/2003


Contact: Richard Sebastian, James City County Real Estate Assessments

Phone: (757) 253-6650


James City County property owners might be eligible for a real estate tax adjustment if they have been unable to use their home or building for more than 30 days due to hurricane damage. The adjustment is based on the time period the property is unfit for use or occupancy. To qualify, property owners must meet ALL of the following criteria:

  1. The destruction or damage to the building decreases its assessed value by $500 or more;
  2. The damage causes the building to be unfit for use or occupancy for 30 days or more; and
  3. The owner of the property files a tax abatement application within 6 months from the date of the damage.


Tax adjustments are based on the assessed value of the building or structure. Land value is not included. Submission of the application to the Real Estate Assessment Division will be followed by an initial inspection by James City County Code Compliance to determine that the building is unsuitable for use and habitation. It is the responsibility of the property owner to notify the Real Estate Assessments Division when the building has been made suitable for use and habitation.


Applications may be filled out in person at the James City County Office of Real Estate Assessments, 101 Mounts Bay Road, Building B; or by printing and mailing applications from the County web site at For information, call Real Estate Assessments, 253-6650.


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