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Agricultural and Forestal Districts

One way that Prince William County encourages the preservation of land devoted to agricultural and forestal production is through agricultural/forestal districts. More than 2,200 acres of County land is now included in one of three agricultural/forestal districts, which qualify for reduction in property tax rate under the Use Value Assessment Program.

Changes to the Virginia Constitution and enabling statutes in the early 1970s permitted localities to implement a use-value assessment program. Read more.
 
A property owner may submit an application to the County to include their land in a new or existing district. The application fee is $397. New districts must contain one or more contiguous parcels containing at least 200 acres. Alternatively, a property owner whose land abuts an existing district may apply to add his or her land to the existing district. Applications are reviewed by the Board of County Supervisors.
 
Review of these applications takes approximately four to six months, involving hearings before the Agricultural and Forestal District Advisory Committee, the Planning Commission, and the Board of County Supervisors.

The Long Range Division of the Office of Planning maintains a map of the existing Agricultural and Forestal Districts and data concerning parcel size & ownership. Contact the Planning Office at 703-792-7615 or e-mail planning@pwcgov.org.