General Reassessment of Real Estate - 11/27/2023 Update
Lancaster County has retained Cowan Services, LLC to perform the County’s 2024 General Reassessment of real estate, which will become effective on January 1, 2024. The County is currently on a 5-year reassessment cycle. The Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, mandates that each locality periodically perform a general reassessment of real estate to determine each property’s fair market value and to equalize each property’s value in relation to similar properties.
UPDATE: Notices of 2024 Real Estate Assessment Change were mailed on November 20, 2023. These notices provide details on the method of appealing the proposed assessment values. Citizens may also use the link below to request an appointment date and time to appeal an assessment:
2023 Board of Supervisors Meeting Dates
The Board of Supervisors will hold its regular monthly meetings during calendar year 2023 on the following dates:
- January 26
- February 23
- March 30
- April 27
- May 25
- June 29
- July 27
- August 31
- September 28
- October 26
- November 16
- December 14
All Regular meetings of the Board of Supervisors will be held at in the Lancaster County Administrative Building/Commission Meeting Room at 7:00 PM, unless advertised otherwise. Meetings shall be open to the public, except for those portions that may be lawfully closed in conformance with the Virginia Freedom of Information Act.
Seeking Qualified Volunteers to Serve on Boards, Commissions, Authorities and Committees
The Lancaster County Board of Supervisors is seeking interested and qualified volunteers to fill vacant positions on various boards, commissions, authorities and committees. Positions available within the next six months and the succeeding term of office include:
Board of Zoning Appeals – 5-year term (1 position)
Historic Resources Commission - 3-year term (3 positions)
Building Code Appeals Board – 4-year term (1 position)
Economic Development Authority – 4-year term (1 position)
Lancaster County Broadband Authority – 2-year term (3 positions)
Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck Community Services Board – 3-year term (1 position)
Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Public Access and Working Waterfronts – new committee with no specific term (5 positions)
Interested citizens can visit www.lancova.com for more information on these various boards, commissions, authorities and committees or contact County Administrator Don Gill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 804-462-5129 with questions or to express interest in filling any of these positions.
New Format for Access to Public Meetings
Lancaster County is implementing an Agenda Management System for public meetings of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Wetlands Board and various other boards and commissions which will improve access to public meetings and related documentation.
Public access to this new system is facilitated by a new web site which will serve as a Public Meeting Portal. The new site will host live streams of current meetings and provide access to all meeting-related information including schedules, agendas and supporting documentation for upcoming meetings and minutes and indexed video recordings of previous meetings.
All meetings are currently being live streamed. The full agenda book and meeting minutes capabilities will be phased in gradually, starting with the Board of Supervisors.
Citizens may also view meeting live streams and video recordings of previous meetings directly from County's new YouTube Channel.
As it has for the past several months, Lancaster County will continue to offer access to public meetings as Zoom webinars to allow its citizens to interactively participate in public hearings and public input sessions. The Zoom webinars will be the only means available to the citizens of Lancaster County for remote electronic public participation during these meetings. Live streams will be strictly view only/listen only. Access instructions for Zoom webinars will be posted on this website in the days leading up to scheduled meetings.
Short Term Rental Requirements for Lancaster County (UPDATED)
Pursuant to Section 15.2-983 and Section 58.1-3819 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, the Lancaster County Board of Supervisors adopted ordinances on September 27, 2018 requiring all short-term rental properties to 1) Register annually and pay an annual $50 fee, and 2) Pay a 2% Occupancy Tax monthly for lodging revenues received.
Changes to Lancaster County Government Web Site
On Friday, November 22, 2019, county administration staff began the process of updating the Lancaster County, Virginia local government web site. Most of the changes made to date involve cosmetic changes and a rearrangment of a few navigational links on the site's front, or home page. Specifically, the links formerly located in a content box titled "Featured Content & Services" may now be accessed from a pull down menu on the right edge of the page titled "Find It Fast - How Do I...". The links have been arranged as a series of questions to resemble a list of frequently asked questions. One would click or tap in the title bar of this section to expand (drop down) the list.
Public Notice Concerning Littering
In accordance with Sections 33.2-802 and 46.2-1156 of the Code of Virginia, 1950, as amended, and Sections 54-29 and 54-30 of the Lancaster County Code of Ordinances, the Lancaster County Board of Supervisors and the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office remind the public that:
1) LITTERING IS ILLEGAL IN LANCASTER COUNTY, and
2) ANY VEHICLE TRANSPORTING LITTER ON ANY PUBLIC HIGHWAY MUST HAVE ITS LOAD COVERED TO PREVENT ITS CONTENTS FROM BLOWING, DROPPING OR FALLING FROM SUCH VEHICLE
ANY PERSON CONVICTED OF EITHER OF THE ABOVE SHALL BE PUNISHED BY A FINE UP TO $500 AND/OR BY IMPRISONMENT UP TO 30 DAYS
Lancaster County Sheriff's Office
8293 Mary Ball Road
Lancaster, VA 22503
Lancaster County Board of Supervisors
8311 Mary Ball Road
Lancaster, VA 22503
Hours of Operation at Lancaster Social Services
The Lancaster County Social Services Board has approved the following changes effective January 1, 2018.
Office walk-in hours for the general public will be 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m. Mon- Fri (The office will be open for calls until 5:00p.m.)