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Director
Kirk Turner

Email Address
ce@chesterfield.gov

Phone Numbers
(804) 717-6001


Hours
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832

Street Address
9800 Government Center Parkway
Chesterfield, VA 23832
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Community Enhancement
Frequently Asked Questions

License Inspector

My vehicle is registered; my state plates are still current. Why did I get this Citation or Notice?

The county vehicle registration is not connected with your state plates; it is issued by the Treasurer of Chesterfield County, not DMV.  This fee is included in your Personal Property Taxes.

What is a Chesterfield County Vehicle Registration?

This is a county registration included in your Personal Property taxes and required for all vehicles/trailers that are principally housed parked or garaged in Chesterfield County

What to do if you have received a Yellow Citation or Blue Notice?

Payment of all personal property taxes assessed or assessable may be required before a county vehicle registration may be obtained. To pay these taxes you must contact the Treasurer of Chesterfield County at 748-1201.

I received a letter or a summons regarding a court date; can I avoid court?

It is possible to avoid appearing in court by obtaining a valid county registration, by paying all your outstanding Personal Property Taxes and presenting evidence of this to the License Inspector before the court date.

In Person – If you obtained the registration in person, you may bring a receipt of the transaction to the License Inspector's Office.

By Email - If you paid your tax bill using the Treasurer's telephone or online payment options, you will receive a confirmation number at the completion of the transaction(s). You may email us at li@chesterfield.gov and provide your name, vehicle information and the confirmation number.

By Phone – If you paid your tax bill using the Treasurer's telephone or online payment options, you will receive a confirmation number at the completion of the transaction(s). You may call us at (804) 748-1229 and provide your name, vehicle information and the confirmation number.

What if I cannot obtain my registration before the court date?

Call and speak to the issuing inspector promptly. Last minute requests cannot be honored.

I got a summons to appear in court. What happens if I don’t get the county registration?

Failing to obtain a valid county vehicle registration is considered a Class 4 misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine up to $250 plus any court costs. Each day the vehicle is not in compliance is considered a separate violation and can be charged separately.

I don’t own this vehicle anymore; what do I do?

If you have disposed of the vehicle in question, you must report this to DMV at 497-7100 and the Chesterfield County Commissioner of the Revenue at 748-1281. After review by the Commissioner, you may still be required to obtain a registration for the vehicle for the year in question.

I’ve moved out of Chesterfield; what do I do?

If you have moved out of Chesterfield County, you must report this to DMV at 497-7100 and the Chesterfield County Commissioner of the Revenue at 748-1281. After review by the Commissioner, you may still be required to obtain a registration for the vehicle for the year in question.

What to do if you are active duty military

If you are in an active duty status and your home of record is outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia, obtain a copy a copy of your Leave and Earnings Statement and contact the Commissioner of the Revenue for Chesterfield County.

How much do I owe?

Please contact the Treasure at 748-1201 of amount owed.

If you received a business license notice or citation

Most businesses operating in Chesterfield County are required to obtain a business license.

It appears that you are operating a business without a valid business license. This could be based on several factors: you were observed conducting business as described by state and county code, you filed paperwork that is normally only required for persons conducting business, you were advertising or otherwise holding yourself out as being in business or a complaint received by the department.

To comply with a business license notice or citation

To comply the notice or citation you must obtain the proper business license. Business licenses are issued by the Commissioner of the Revenue

If you have questions about completing the forms or calculating the assessed fee, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue 

If you have questions about the notice or citation, contact the inspector who issued the notice or citation by calling the number on your notice or citation or email us at li@chesterfield.gov.

Please be aware that to obtain a business license, in addition to any license fees, you must also pay all business tangible personal property taxes before the business license can be issued.

I’m no longer in business, what do I do?

Even if you are no longer operating, you may still be considered "in business" until you notify the Commissioner of the Revenue, in writing that you are "out of business."

To provide us notification that you are out of business, please email us at li@chesterfield.gov and provide the date the business ceased operation and the gross receipts for the business in its last year of operation.

Community Development Block Grant

What are the CDBG and HOME grant programs?

The County receives two annual federal grant allocations from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). They are the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Partnerships Grant (HOME) programs. These two grant programs are managed by staff in the Department of Community Enhancement. Chesterfield receives approximately $1.6 million annually in federal grant funds, which can be used for a wide range of possible uses with the goal of benefitting low to moderate income residents of Chesterfield. For a full list of programs/projects that the County is funding with its current grant allocations, please refer to the FY2019 Adopted Budget.

What type of housing assistance does the Department of Community Enhancement offer to citizens?

The county funds the following programs with its annual federal grant funding. If you want more information or wish to apply for assistance, please refer to the contact information listed next to the program.

How do I apply for grant funding?

The County administers over a request for proposal (RFP) process each fall for the following fiscal year’s grant funding. Please note that the county’s fiscal year begins July 1st of each year. Organizations that are interested in applying for grant funding are required to attend a pre-proposal workshop that occurs prior to application availability, typically in early October. There is a 6-week application window before the submission deadline at the end of November.

Revitalization

What is revitalization and why is important?

Revitalization is an important part of Community Enhancement, seeking to encourage reinvestment and help bring new life to our aging communities. Revitalization is important to maintain, preserve, and improve property values and the quality of life to our aging communities. Buildings, neighborhoods, commercial areas, and communities require continual reinvestment to remain attractive and vibrant.

How does the county encourage revitalization?

The county encourages revitalization by:

  • strengthening community partnerships (with individuals, businesses, community organizations, the faith community, etc.)
  • promoting strategic investments in public facilities (such as schools) and infrastructure (such as sidewalks)
  • supporting property maintenance initiatives
  • deploying anti-litter programs 
  • providing a single point of contact and coordination in Community Enhancement for revitalization issues
  • focusing limited county resources in focused areas to maximize impact
  • providing rehabilitation tax exemptions for the rehabilitation, renovation, and replacement of older buildings countywide
  • promoting revitalization in the county’s planning and zoning processes

How can I make a difference in my community to encourage revitalization?

Community partnerships are the most effective way to encourage revitalization. The county cannot do this work without our community partners.

You can make a positive difference by joining or helping to form a community organization that takes an active interest in revitalization, such as homeowners, neighborhood, business, or civic organization. You can make a difference by individual volunteerism through your faith community or neighborhood watch group.

You can make a difference by using social media tools such as Facebook and NextDoor to connect and mobilize like-minded residents. You can make a difference by participating in the Revitalize Our Communities Committee (ROCC). You can make a difference by simply trying to be a Good Neighbor.

What incentives does the county offer to encourage revitalization?

The county has several incentive programs to encourage revitalization:

  • Technology Zone (offering targeted incentives for commercial and industrial businesses)
  • Rehabilitation Tax Exemptions (offering partial tax exemptions for rehabilitation, renovation, or replacement of older buildings countywide)
  • Cash Proffer Relief (a county policy to not accept “cash proffers” – voluntary cash contributions through the zoning process – for residential projects located in revitalization areas)

How does planning and zoning process encourage revitalization?

The County’s Comprehensive Plan actively supports and promotes revitalization. In addition, when Special Area Plans are updated, Community Enhancement staff include and address revitalization concerns where appropriate. Finally, Community Enhancement staff actively participate in the rezoning process, to encourage new development in revitalization areas to result in significant improvement compared to existing surrounding development.

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