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Caroline joins more than 60 cities, counties, and towns in Virginia that currently charge fees for EMS transport services.
For more information, visit the EMS/MC website.
On even-numbered months such as February, April, etc., the BOS meeting will be held on the 2nd Tuesday.
Work sessions are also scheduled throughout the year as required.
All regular meetings are held at the Auditorium of the Community Services Center, 17202 Richmond Turnpike, Milford, VA 22514.
For more information, contact the County Administrator's Office at 633-5380 or visit their webpage.
For more information, call 804-633-9083 or visit the General Registrar page.
The Planning Commission is empowered by Section 15.2-2160 - 2307 of the State Code of Virginia to:- Appoint subcommittees and/or advisory committees- Approve subdivision plats- Authorize the development of studies and surveys for the preparation of a comprehensive plan- Exercise general supervision of, and make regulations for, the administration of its affairs- Review the adopted comprehensive plan every 5 years- Review and recommend adoption of subdivision, zoning, Chesapeake Bay and other land development regulations and policies- Review and submit an annual capital improvement plan to the BOS
Family subdivisions can be created by right in the Rural Preservation (RP) zoning district only. Family subdivisions differ from minor subdivisions in 4 ways. First, after the land is transferred to the immediate family member it cannot be transferred to a non-immediate family member for 5 years. Secondly, the parcel transferred to a family member has to be a minimum of 2 acres (not 10 acres as required as a minor subdivision in the RP zoning district). Additionally, the newly created parcel has to be served by a 20 foot wide right-of-way from an existing state road. Finally, the parcel has to be used for their family member's immediate housing needs.
Boundary Line Adjustments (BLA) and Lot Line Vacations are also considered minor subdivisions. BLAs are the way in which one parcel transfers acreage to or from an adjacent property. When 2 or more lots are being combined, it is considered a lot line vacation.
However, there are minimum acreage requirements when subdividing property to create a residential building lot. For information on subdividing property please visit the Planning page.
Note: Double frontage lots, for the purpose of setbacks, have 2 front yards and 2 side yards.
Note: The following cannot be used as an accessory building/structure: - Camper- Mobile/manufactured home- Recreational vehicle- Semi-trailer- Shipping container- Vehicle or portions of a vehicle
In other zoning districts the setbacks are the same except the accessory structure cannot be located within the front yard. For example, if the house is located 65 feet from the front property line, the accessory structure must be at least that distance from the front property line.
Typically, proffers relate to such things as use restrictions, timing/phasing of development, off-site improvements, additional aesthetic features, capital contributions and similar items not a part of the normal plan approval process.
In these instances the applicant will request the County modify the proffers to address the particular situation(s). In order for this to occur the applicant will have to submit a proffer amendment application to the County, which provides the reasons for the modification(s) to the original proffered conditions.
Although the BZA has certain discretionary powers in making its decisions, these powers have definite limits. The BZA must always abide by and comply with the powers granted to it by the Zoning Ordinance and the State-enabling act.
The Board of Zoning Appeals is empowered by Section 15.2-2309 - 15.2-2315 of the State Code and Article XVIII, Section 4 of the Zoning Ordinance to:- Hear and decide on variances to the Zoning Ordinance.- Hear and decide on appeals from any order, requirement, decision or determination made by the Zoning Administrator in the enforcement or interpretation of the zoning ordinance. The Zoning Administrator is responsible for interpreting the terms and conditions that are not specifically addressed in the Ordinance. The Administrators decision must be issued in writing and is filed and available for review. The written interpretation must include the rationale for the decision and cite specific policies of the Board of Supervisors (BOS) as expressed in the adopted Comprehensive Plan that support the interpretation.
For more information, please view the Comprehensive Plan.
Contact the Commissioner of the Revenue.
A certificate of vaccination must accompany license applications. The cost is $5 per individual dog.
For more information, visit the Treasurer's Office page. Treasurer's Office page.
The purchaser is billed each year for a Decal on the 1st half of your annual tax bill. With the purchase of a new or used vehicle, a Permanent Vehicle License Decal must be obtained within 30 days of the sale. To purchase a Permanent Vehicle License Decal, you must present a valid state vehicle registration to the Commissioner of the Revenue to register your vehicle with the county.
New residents to Caroline County must purchase a Permanent Vehicle Decal within 30 days after moving here. Once your vehicle is registered you may purchase your Vehicle Decal from the Treasurer’s Office.
On even-numbered months such as February, April, etc., the BOS will hold only 1 meeting on the 2nd Tuesday.
Work sessions are also scheduled throughout the year as required. All regular meetings are held at the Auditorium of the Community Services Center, 17202 Richmond Turnpike, Milford, VA 22514. For more information, contact the County Administrator's Office at 633-5380 or visit their webpage.
The Community Services Center auditorium, conference rooms and gymnasium may be reserved by contacting the Department of Public Works at 804-633-4386. Fees may apply.
For more information, call 804-633-9083 or visit the Voting Registrar page.
For more information, contact the Commissioner's Office.
All applicants must complete a Caroline County employment application available online, or by contacting the County Administrator's Office at 804-633-5380 or via their webpage.
View the Comprehensive Plan online.
The current plan contains several sub-area plans that offer a vision for what future development in certain communities of the County should look like. Current sub-area plans include Ladysmith, Carmel Church, Port Royal, Cedon, Dawn, Chilesburg, Skinker's Neck and Bowling Green/Milford. Many sub-area plans were developed by a committee made up of local residents. Each component was reviewed and approved by the Board of Supervisors following public meetings and public hearings.
Copies of the comprehensive plan may be obtained by contacting the Planning Department at 804-633-4303 or by visiting the Comprehensive Plan page.
The Zoning Ordinance contains text and maps dividing the County into districts, showing the regulations that apply in each district and providing for enforcement, variances, conditional zoning, special exceptions, appeals and penalties. It enables the County to regulate, restrict, permit and prohibit the following in each district:- Areas and dimensions of land, water and air to be occupied by buildings, structures, and uses and courts, yards, and other open spaces to be left unoccupied by uses and structures, including variations in the sizes of lots based on whether public water/sewer systems are available or used- Determine the use of land, buildings & structures and other premises for agricultural, business, industrial, residential, flood plain, and other specific uses- Excavation or mining of soil or other natural resources- Size, height, area, bulk, location, erecting, construction, reconstruction, alteration, repair, maintenance, razing and removal of structures
For additional information on the Zoning Ordinance, contact the Planning Department at 804-633-4303 or visit their webpage.
The purpose of all zoning and land use regulations is to promote and improve the public health, safety, convenience and welfare.
Caroline County uses a conditional rezoning process. A conditional request proposes to change the existing zoning district classification to another classification, which permits the proposed use.
Additionally, it allows the owner to voluntarily proffer (offer) conditions and/or cash payments which may enhance the proposal, address concerns of nearby property owners and mitigate the fiscal impact of the proposed use. Proffers are similar to covenants, in that they "run" with the land. Once the Board of Supervisors has accepted proffers, however, any changes require a proffer amendment request and public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.
For more information, visit the Planning Commission page.
The main differences between a special exception/use permit and a rezoning request are that the SEUP is always for a specific use (such as a telecommunications tower or pool hall), and the County can set the conditions for approval of the permit. In a rezoning request, the applicant voluntarily proposes conditions (proffers) that the County can either accept or reject.
Special Exceptions/Use Permits always require a public hearing before the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.
For more information, visit the Planning page.
Note: In Lake Land'Or, Lake Caroline, Bridlewood, Tanglewood, Belmont, Ladysmith Village, Pendleton and Caroline Pines, a certified house location plat is required.
You will need to show the exact distance from each property line to the outside walls of the proposed structure(s). You will also need to show the distance between any proposed accessory building/structure and your proposed house location. The use of distances written as 100 feet or more does not meet the drawn to scale requirement and will result in a delay in processing your permit request.
Note: The following cannot be used as an accessory building/structure:- Camper- Mobile/manufactured home- Recreational vehicle- Semi-trailer- Shipping container- Vehicle or portions of a vehicle
For example: R-1 zoning with a minimum lot size of 25,000 square feet (0.57 acres), the maximum size of the accessory building/structure is 7,500 square feet.
However, the principal structure is only 2,000 square feet. Therefore, the maximum size of all accessory buildings/structures is 2,000 square feet.
Business (B-1) and Industrial (M-1) Zoning Districts-for these districts, refer questions to staff via e-mail, voice mail and/or written messages.
We are a license agent that conducts vehicle-related transactions and provides an alternative to DMVs full service customer service centers, (CSCs).
Documentation is also required if the dog has been spayed or neutered. For kennel licenses, current rabies vaccination information is required for each dog receiving a kennel tag.
Business vehicles, leased vehicles and personal leased vehicles, normally garaged in Caroline County, are taxable regardless of the location of the business.
Proration applies only to motor vehicles, trailers, boats, boat motors, motor homes and camping trailers.
Personal Property Tax Relief - 52%
If you are a new Caroline County resident, you will only be taxed for the months you live in Caroline unless the county you moved from is a non-prorating locality. New residents who move to Caroline County from a non-prorating county will not be taxed again on already taxed personal property. Any newly acquired property, after moving to Caroline County, will be taxed in Caroline.
If within the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records your vehicle is registered with Caroline as the Garage Jurisdiction, you will be billed from Caroline County.
Furthermore, as of January 1, 2013 any newly acquired vehicle, whether purchased or transferred to the county, must be registered with the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office.
Now, the personal property tax will be prorated on a monthly basis for property you own and/ or have registered in the county. If you sell or transfer a vehicle out of Caroline County, the tax will be adjusted (prorated on a monthly basis) upon notification provided by you to the Commissioner of the Revenue and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
If the tax has been paid, the appropriate amount of tax will be refunded or it may be credited against any of your other personal property taxes due during the same year.
Taxpayers must also file a tax return by February 1 for mobile homes, campers, boats, outboard motors, farm machinery and aircraft. Property subject to proration must be filed with the Commissioner of the Revenue within 30 days of the purchase or move-in date to Caroline County.
For more information, visit the Commissioner of the Revenue page.
If a vehicle is registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) indicating that a Caroline County jurisdiction or you filed a return last year, there will be a form set mailed to you detailing each motor vehicle, trailer or boat filed the previous year. The preprinted information on these forms should be changed if incorrect.
"I didn't get the form" does not excuse the late filing penalty. If you do not receive the forms, contact the Commissioner of the Revenue Office.
For more specific information or to arrange a payment agreement to get caught up on your taxes, please contact Sharon Mitchell in the Compliance Department.
Contact the Commissioner of the Revenue.
Outside Virginia: If you move outside Virginia, you are liable to Caroline County for the months the vehicle is registered with DMV as garaged in Caroline County. To avoid problems, make sure you cancel your Virginia tags and register in your new state of residence as soon as possible following your move.
Corrections to the original assessments (including prorated property) are taxed as supplemental tax bills. These are billed at various times during the year and are due 30 days after the billing.
Note, the discount only applies when a copy of your latest state inspection receipt is filed on or before February 1 of each year.
The high mileage assessment reduction will be taken from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) January 1 official guide. The amount of the assessment reduction will vary according to the class and age of the vehicle. The value shown in the NADA mileage table will be adjusted from the assessed value. The personal property tax rate will then be applied to the reduced assessment.
Please note, the high mileage reduction does not apply to motorcycles, motor homes, large trucks or trailers.
In order to change the name on a tax bill, a deed of correction must be recorded with the Clerk of Circuit Court.
A new decal will be issued for $3 provided that no personal property taxes are outstanding. If applying in person, present the new registration to the Commissioner of the Revenue to register your vehicle with the county and bring the old decal, or parts thereof, to the Treasurer’s Office to purchase the transfer decal. A transfer decal is $3 and all personal property taxes must be paid to have a decal issued.
However, if the vehicle is registered jointly with a non-military member other than your spouse, you will be charged the appropriate fee for each decal.