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Louisa County does have a leash law in effect throughout the entire county, see code below.
It shall be unlawful for any dog in this county to run at large at any time. It shall be the duty of the animal control officer to enforce the provisions of this section.
For the purpose of this section, a dog shall be deemed to be "running at large" while roaming or running off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner's or custodian's immediate control; provided, that no dog shall be deemed to be running at large in violation of this section if it shall be engaged in lawful hunting or training for hunting under the direction of its owner or custodian and shall thereafter stray from lawful hunting or training for hunting; or if the dog shall be engaged to assist farming activity, which is defined as raising, managing and using agricultural animals to provide food, fiber, or transportation, provided, that such owner or custodian shall place such dog under his immediate control within a reasonable time.
A violation of this section may result in such dog being taken into possession by the animal control officer and returned to the owner with a written warning.
A habitual offender, three or more violations within two years, will result in a $100.00 fine.
A violation within two years of receiving the fine will result in a court summons pursuant to Louisa County Code section 14-51 for an unlawful act that constitutes a Class 4 misdemeanor.
(Res. of 4-6-15(2015-87), Att.(§ 14-208); Res. of 5-2-22(2022-9), Att.)
To obtain a dog license you must have the following: - A current certificate of rabies vaccination - Proof the dog has been Sterilized (spayed or neutered) - Cash or a check made payable to County of Louisa
Free adoptions are available:
Our standard adoption fee is $120. This fee includes the spay/neuter surgery, Rabies vaccine and all other vaccines, treatments and dewormer received while in our care.
We do not offer spay, neutering, euthanasia or other vet services.
With grim reminders of that fact occurring much too frequently around the state and nation, the Sheriff's Office, in coordination with the Transportation Safety Commission established the Child Seat Inspection and Education Program and made this program an integral element of our many community policing initiatives. Our goal is simple, reduce serious or fatal injuries to children by teaching parents and caregivers how to buckle up children the right way every time.
Weekday appointments are available Monday through Friday, 4 to 5 p.m. (except holidays). Other special community outreach events will be published in the Central Virginian. Call 540-967-4589 or 540-223-8348 to make an appointment, the permanent inspection station is located at: Louisa County Rescue Squad 83 Rescue Lane Louisa, VA 23093
For more information, contact Corporal Nathan Harris at 540-223-8361 or any School Resource Officer.
Floodplain FAQs, associated maps, and related information are available here.
Please see https://library.municode.com/va/louisa_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_CH86LADERE_ARTIIZOORMA_DIV6ZODILAUS_S86-170ACUS.
No. Please see LDR section 86-111 at https://library.municode.com/va/louisa_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_CH86LADERE_ARTIIZOORMA_DIV4ADRE_S86-111USTRTRCAETDWPR.
Refer to Louisa County Chapter 86 Land Development Regulations. Please direct questions to Community Development at 540-967-3430 or CommunityDevelopment@louisa.org.
For personal use, a permit may not be required. If for commercial use, it will require a conditional use permit. Please contact Community Development for more information 540-967-3430 and ask to speak with a Planner.
Please contact Dominion Energy at 540-894-2307.
Flag pole questions are first handled by the zoning department. Inquiries should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification on zoning ordinances.
The Building Code allows you to build a small home (one bedroom, one bath, a kitchen). See the Tiny Houses section “Appendix Q” that gives specifics on what codes have been adjusted for this type of build.
Tiny homes on wheels or trailers are prohibited in Louisa County as a single family dwelling per Sec. 86-111: "Use of travel trailers, campers, etc., for dwellings prohibited. Travel trailers, campers, motor homes, tents, camp cabins and the like shall not be used for permanent or full-time dwellings in any district, unless otherwise permitted, whether or not connected to utilities, wells or septic systems. For the purposes of this section, permanent means available for occupancy for 30 consecutive days regardless of actual use."
A setback is the minimum distance which a building or other structure must be set back from a road or other place which is deemed to need protection.
See definitions in the Louisa County Code of Ordinance: https://library.municode.com/va/louisa_county/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=CO_CH86LADERE_ARTIGEPR_DIV2DE_S86-13DE
The County, like many other localities and the state itself, sees tremendous potential benefit in technology development due to the creation of jobs, significant revenues, and comparatively low impacts.
Diversification of the tax base is vital to a community – and business revenue like this represents the ability to make enhancements to core public services without necessarily increasing the number of people in need of those services. This also represents career opportunities and workforce development.
Assuming an $11B investment, annual new county revenues could exceed $25M annually.
Core public services like schools, public safety, and infrastructure enhancements. We’ll be looking for opportunities to gather public input on the priorities of potential projects.
Minimum of 200 feet from the adjoining residentially zoned property line. It should be noted the TOD avoids areas of dense residential development and the houses on the adjacent property may themselves be located a distance away from the property line.
Two campuses: Lake Anna Technology Campus (formerly known as REB Investments) and North Creek Technology Campus (formerly known as JCM). The below image shows the TOD parcels in pink, and the Lake Anna Technology Campus and North Creek Technology Campus are represented by the enlarged pink areas.
You may also use the TOD layer of our GIS mapping tool for an interactive look.
The Technology Overlay District (TOD) standards are the most restrictive development standards in the County, and includes several areas in the County which have sizeable acreage, proximity to kV lines and adequate road networks for technology businesses. By right uses are tightly controlled with significant buffering, noise limitations and other requirements.
Louisa County follows the guidance of the Comprehensive Plan, which includes a goal to preserve Louisa’s rural character. That goal is reflected in our standard approach to evaluating project impacts.
A conditional use permit or rezoning requires two public hearings (other localities are approaching these projects with rezoning). The establishment of the TOD also had two public hearings to allow for citizen input. The Performance Agreement with Amazon will also have three separate public considerations by the Board – providing citizens with a total of five opportunities for public input.
The Technology Overlay District (TOD) standards are the most restrictive development standards in the County. Noise has been a primary concern at other sites, and the centers here will leverage a quieter water-cooling method. The strict development standards of the TOD will ensure more space between the centers and residential areas, and will allow us to retain our rural character.
The Technology Overlay District (TOD) standards are the most restrictive development standards in the County. It was created to protect the rural character of the community, as our other approaches like concentrated development in growth areas also work to protect our rural character. We understand the rural character of the County is important to the citizens, and we invite them to review our Comprehensive Plan to learn more about what guides the Board in its decisions.
The use of the TOD process enabled the County to implement development controls that addressed public concerns while preserving the ability to compete quickly and effectively with other localities in the state. The resulting zoning districts include significant buffers, noise limits, and related controls which are more restrictive overall than traditional processes using conditional use permits.
The Technology Overlay District (TOD) standards are the most restrictive development standards in the County. It addresses allowable decibel levels and requires substantial buffer and setbacks to mitigate noise issues. Data centers in other areas are sometimes located very close to residential areas, but the strict standards of the TOD will provide distance to allow the sound to dissipate. The data centers locating here will also leverage water-cooling technology which is a quieter alternative to air-cooling technology.
Parcels were considered for the TOD which had ample capacity on the surrounding transportation network. Based on these capacities, traffic impacts should be minimal. However, we're still planning to collaborate with the Amazon to minimize traffic disruptions when construction begins. Our priority is to integrate the project thoughtfully into the existing infrastructure and reduce construction congestion.
When identifying areas for the TOD, roads were a major consideration. For example, one nearby road is currently only at 13% of its capacity during its peak hours. Though the roads have capacity to handle more cars, we are working with Amazon to divert construction traffic to minimize the impact.
This will vary based on the number of units built, but several hundred are likely.
Construction activity may start as soon as 2024.
All new development projects in the county must adhere to permitting regulations at the local, state, and federal level that address impacts of development projects prior to, during, and after construction.
We will work with AWS to reduce construction impacts.
Projected build-out is 15 years. Market demand for data storage will determine how fast the campuses are developed.
That will be an Amazon decision. Local businesses are encouraged to monitor bid solicitations related to this project that align with services they offer.
Water cooled (Raw/untreated water)
New infrastructure will be developed to support both campuses including a raw water pumping station and water lines, potable water lines to the North Creek Technology Campus (NCTC), and municipal sewer line to the NCTC. AWS will pay for all water/sewer infrastructure serving both campuses.
Northeast Creek Reservoir (NCR) is the raw water source. NCR has a safe yield of 3.2 million gallons per day. At full build-out, AWS’ average daily raw water demand is 620,000 gallons. AWS’ daily water demand combined with current and future potable water projections of 1 million gallons per day provide an excess safe yield capacity of 1.5 million gallons per day.
1 cubic acre inch of NCR surface water = 5.1 million gallons of water
1 cubic acre foot of NCR surface water = 62 million gallons of water
This method will not utilize groundwater, so it does not contribute to any increased demand for groundwater.
Preliminary discussions between the County and Amazon (and with the state) started in 2022. The County took steps to strengthen its marketing position while balancing public input and necessary zoning efforts in order to efficiently position ourselves for the project or similar opportunities.
AWS has expressed interest in collaborating with LCPS to establish CTE course curriculum focused on operations and maintenance of data center facilities.
AWS is paying for all infrastructure that will serve both campuses.
Improvements to power grid are expected over the course of the project’s development. The power utilities and/or AWS will be responsible for the upgrades and associated costs.
No funds from the County’s current revenues will be used. The county will rebate a portion of the new tax revenues paid by AWS. The rebate percentage is fixed based on the amount of AWS’ capital investment in the county. Final rebate details or "grants" will be considered as an amendment to the Performance Agreement.
The governor announced earlier this year that Amazon is contemplating major investments in multiple localities. A statewide grant fund of $140M will be allocated proportionally based on the investment amounts in each, and the state has also waived associated sales and use taxes. Pending the Board’s adoption of an amended performance agreement, local rebates would be calculated as a sliding proportion of new local revenues based on investment levels.
A new public road may be constructed on the NCTC to provide access to multiple development phases of this campus and to mitigate the need for multiple construction entrances from adjoining public roads.
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC)
As we understand it, graves may be on a parcel which is adjacent to the project and the applicant is going through the normal processes with the state’s Department of Historic Resources to mitigate disruptions. The County doesn’t have a formal role in the effort, but as always, we support a careful consideration of resources.
To continue working successfully, Louisa County Crime Solvers needs your help. Please become a part of it by sending your tax-deductible contribution to:Crimes Solvers, IncTreasurer, Board of DirectorsP.O. Box 789Louisa, Virginia 23093
Election officers set up the precinct for the election including making sure equipment is operating properly and signage is put in place. On Election Day, they check in voters, distribute ballots, and provide general assistance. At the end of Election Day, officers will tabulate report results, complete critical paperwork, and clean up the polling place. Some duties include:
Officers must arrive by 5:00am to open the poll by 6:00am. The polls close at 7:00pm but officers must remain to close equipment, report results, complete paperwork, and clean up the polling places. In most elections, officers are done their duties by approximately 8:30pm, but it can depend on several factors including if voters are still in line to vote at 7:00pm. All voters in line by that time can still vote. Officers are not permitted to leave and return to the polling place during the day.
Workers are sent an Assignment letter for each election to verify they have been selected to work a particular election. Whenever possible, Election Officers are assigned to their "home" precinct (the polling place where they vote) unless they request otherwise. However, if there are no vacancies at the home precinct, a nearby precinct may be assigned to ensure that all polling places have proper and equitable representation.
All Election Officers are encouraged to vote by mail or at the early voting location (whether assigned to their home precinct or not). Officers not assigned to their home polling place should pay particular attention to this as your vote will not count if not in your home precinct and you cannot leave the polling place you are working at to vote on Election Day. Please plan accordingly.
Early voting work is limited, and election officers will be surveyed prior to each election for availability to assist. Number of days, and staff needed can vary from election to election. The best way to be eligible is to apply to serve as an election officer to gain experience. Experienced election officers and those with availability are the most likely individuals to be selected to serve during early voting.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2023. Polls are open on November 7, 6am – 7pm.
For early voting information, please see the Election Calendar.
You will vote at your voting location, which can be found on your voter registration card. If you do not know where your voting location is, you can look up this information online at Lookup (virginia.gov).
Additionally, you may:
Sample ballots are available on our website for each district. Candidate information is also available on the Virginia Department of Election website.
This year (2023):
Virginia counties are required every 10 years to redistrict according to the census and state redistricting. Redistricting is a bi-partisan process intended to ensure that populations are represented fairly as they grow.
The state underwent redistricting in 2022. Louisa County moved from the 7th Congressional District to the 5th Congressional District. Redistricting occurs every 10 years and new boundaries are determined for each district by the Board of Supervisors. This includes voting location changes as well.
No, the only place to vote on Election Day is your polling place.
You may register to vote on election day (called Same Day Registration) at the voting location assigned to your address and vote a provisional ballot.
Curbside voting is available for people aged 65+ or with a physical disability. Call the number posted outside of your precinct and an election officer will be out to assist you. A person accompanying the curbside voter may go inside and make an election officer aware.
You will not need your voter registration card on Election Day.
You must show ID or sign an ID Confirmation Statement to vote. The most common IDs to use are your Virginia driver’s license or your Voter ID card, as these have a barcode that makes checking in easier. Acceptable ID can be any one of the following:
You may learn more on the Virginia Department of Election website to include learning about the provisional ballot process for voters without an acceptable form of identification and who refuse to sign an ID Confirmation Statement.
You can drop off your completed mail in ballot at any precinct location or the drop box at the Elections office (103 McDonald Street) until 7pm. If you no longer want to use your mail in ballot, and instead want to vote in person, turn in your envelope with your ballot to your polling place.
See the Louisa County Board of Supervisors and their contact details. Please use our Determine Your District webpage if you are unsure of your district.
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Yes. If you no longer want to use your mail-in ballot, you must surrender your ballot to your voting location in order to vote in person. If you do not bring your mail-in ballot, you will have to vote a provisional ballot.
You can also drop off your completed mail-in ballot at any precinct location’s drop box located at the Chief’s table or the drop box at the Voter Registration office until 7pm.
Please see the link below to our FOIA FAQs on our County Attorney's page.
The Virginia Freedom Information Act ("FOIA”), Va. Code Ann. §2.2-3700 et seq., is a state law that allows people of the Commonwealth to access public records in the custody of a public body or its officers and employees, as well as free entry to meetings of public bodies where the business of the people is being conducted. The Virginia FOIA was originally enacted in 1968.
The Virginia FOIA was enacted to promote transparency and accountability by ensuring that citizens have the opportunity to review and obtain information about the workings of their representative government.
Public Bodies include counties, cities, and towns, municipal councils, governing bodies of counties, school boards, and planning commissions; governing boards of public institutions of higher education; and other organizations, corporations, or agencies in the Commonwealth supported entirely or primarily by public funds. agencies in the Commonwealth supported wholly or principally by public funds.” (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3701.)
The Virginia Parole Board; Petit juries and grand juries; Family assessment and planning teams (established pursuant to 2.2-5207); Sexual assault response teams (established pursuant to 15.2-1627.4); Multidisciplinary child sexual abuse response teams (established pursuant to 15.2-1627.5); The Virginia State Crime Commission; and Records maintained by clerks of courts.
Additionally, public access to voter registration and election records are dually governed by both the provisions of Title 24.2 (§ 24.2-100 et. seq.) and the Virginia FOIA. The provisions of Title 24.2 control in the event of any conflict. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3703.)
All writings and recordings of letters, words, numbers, or their equivalents, made by handwriting, typing, printing, photostating, photography, magnetic impulse, optical or magneto-optical form, mechanical or electronic recording, or any other form of data compilation, no matter how they are stored or how they look, that were made by, belong to, or are in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees, or agents in the course of public business. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3701)
FOIA does not require a public body to answer questions related to their records; FOIA only requires the production of that record—if it exists. exist (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704).
The Virginia FOIA governs only existing records prepared or accumulated in the transaction of public business (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3701). FOIA does not require a public body to create a new record if the record does not already exist (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704).
To request public records under the Virginia FOIA, you must:
“A public body may make reasonable charges not to exceed its actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for the requested records and shall make all reasonable efforts to supply the requested records at the lowest possible cost. No public body shall impose any extraneous, intermediary, or surplus fees or expenses to recoup the general costs associated with creating or maintaining records or transacting the general business of the public body. Any duplicating fee charged by a public body shall not exceed the actual cost of duplication. Prior to conducting a search for records, the public body shall notify the requester in writing that the public body may make reasonable charges not to exceed its actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for requested records and inquire of the requester whether he would like to request a cost estimate in advance of the supplying of the requested records as set forth in subsection F of § 2.2-3704 of the Code of Virginia.”
Before processing a request, a public body may require a payment up to the advance determination if it expects costs to exceed $200. The payment will go toward providing the requested records. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704).
Before processing a request for records, a public body may require the requester to pay any amounts owed to the public body for previous requests for records that remain unpaid 30 days or more after billing. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704).
Louisa County does not have a fixed charge for accessing or searching for requested records. Charges for accessing or searching for requested records are based on the hourly rate of the person searching for the records in question. To keep costs down, the county attempts to use the lowest-paid staff members capable of retrieving the requested records in responding to a request. However, in situations where a staff member is required to search through his or her own email and files, the staff member will search for the requested records and the search charge will be based on that employee's hourly rate.
Costs may include but are not limited to: printed copies @ .50 cents per page, hourly staff pay rate, standard USPS postage rate, and $2 for CD disc. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704).
The request is considered withdrawn if the public body does not get a response from the requester within 30 days of providing the cost estimate. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704).
Any public body that is subject to the Virginia FOIA and that is the custodian of the requested records shall promptly, but in all cases within five working days of receiving a request, provide the requested records to the requester or respond in writing one of the following:
Additionally, a public body may petition the appropriate court for additional time to respond to a request when the request is for an extraordinary volume of records or requires an extraordinarily lengthy search, and a response by the public body within the normal time required would prevent the public body from meeting its operation responsibilities. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704).
Public bodies may deny or redact information contained in a public record when it is excluded from mandatory disclosure by the exclusions delineated in §§ 2.2-3705.1 – 2.2-3705.7. Information that may be excluded may be disclosed by the custodian in his or her discretion, except where disclosure is prohibited by law. Public bodies engaged in criminal law-enforcement activities have further limitations on disclosures (as described in §§ 2.2-3706, 2.2-3706.1).
Public bodies may not withhold a public record in its entirety on the grounds that some portion of the public record is excluded from disclosure. A public record may only be withheld from disclosure in its entirety only when the entire content of the public record is excluded from disclosure. Otherwise, only the portions containing information subject to an inclusion may be withheld or redacted, and all portions of the public record that are not excluded must be disclosed. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704.01).
Any person may proceed to enforce the rights and privileges conferred by the Virginia FOIA by filing a petition for mandamus or injunction, supported by an affidavit showing good cause.
Such petition may be brought in the name of the person notwithstanding that a request for public records was made by the person’s attorney in his representative capacity. Venue for the petition shall be addressed as follows:
1. In a case involving a local public body, to the general district court or circuit court of the county or city from which the public body has been elected or appointed to serve and in which such rights and privileges were so denied;
2. In a case involving a regional public body, to the general district or circuit court of the county or city where the principal business office of such body is located; and
3. In a case involving a board, bureau, commission, authority, district, institution, or agency of the state government, including a public institution of higher education, or a standing or other committee of the General Assembly, to the general district court or the circuit court of the residence of the aggrieved party or of the City of Richmond. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3713.)
The custodian may require the requester to provide his name and legal address. (Va. Code Ann. § 2.2-3704.)
The Chapter 37 of the Code of Virginia governs the Virginia Freedom of Information Act. Click here for more information.
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If you have a building permit you will need one or more inspections depending on the exact nature of the activity. The applicant is the responsible party for scheduling the appropriate inspections. The County inspects land disturbing permits both proactively and in response to complaints. Inspections must be scheduled through the Community Development Center. In addition to calling to schedule an inspection, the County has a software program that allows contractors and owners to request inspections on-line as well as view inspection results. This service helps get inspections scheduled more quickly and without needing to reach us over the busy phones. For more information log into the
It is not necessary to be present for every inspection. If the inspector can access and inspect everything needed, you do not need to be on-site (unless you would like to be). This can be accomplished by giving them a door code, leaving a spare key, keeping the area that needs to be accessed unlocked, etc.
Note: E&S inspections will be added to your regular inspections and inspected by your Building Inspector.
Note: Please do not pour your footings before getting an inspection.
*If using a 3rd party inspector, the following conditions apply:
Yes. Louisa County Landfill Tipping Fees for tires are:
Tires 21” or less in diameter off the rim $2.50 each
Tires 22” or greater in diameter off the rim $5.00 each
Tires 21” or less in diameter on the rim $7.00 each
Tires 22” or greater in diameter on the rim $20.00 each
*Please see the Louisa County Sanitary Landfill webpage to ensure accurate tipping fees and for more information.
Use our Facilities page to see a list of County locations. You may filter to the Solid Waste & Recycling category, then switch to the Map view.
Yes. However, if a paint can has even a drop of wet paint, then there is a charge. See landfill rates. If it is completely dry, then it is free.
We do accept paint can for free during Household Hazardous Waste Day.
Yes. Please see landfill rates.
Yes, you can bring white goods including refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers, dehumidifiers, microwaves, AC units, ovens and other large appliances to the landfill. Please see landfill rates.
Household Hazardous Waste Day is held twice a year in April & October. Check information, including hours, when the biannual event is posted to the General Services/Solid Waste & Recycling calendar.
Accepted Items Include: Household Poisons, Pesticides, Fertilizers, Gasoline, Antifreeze, Dry Cell Batteries, Paints, Latex and Oil Based, Kerosene, Solvents, Fluorescent Bulbs
Electronic Waste Accepted Includes: Computers, TV’s, Printers, Cell Phones, Stereo Equipment
It depends on what you are building. If you are building one single-family house, you will need a building permit and an agreement in lieu of plan. If you are building on Lake Anna you will need a special agreement in lieu for shoreline residential development. If you are not sure whether you need a permit or not, contact the Community Development Center and let them know about your development plans and we will assist you through the process. If you are disturbing more that 10,000 square feet, then you will likely need a land disturbing permit. This requires erosion and sediment control plans that will be reviewed by the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. A land disturbing permit is required by both Louisa County and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The permit allows landowners to lawfully clear, contour, or stockpile areas of dirt, construction, or roadway over 10,000 square foot in size. The penalties for not having, or following, a land disturbing plan can be stiff. County staff will work with you to achieve compliance of these important environmental regulations.
Fencing is not currently regulated by Louisa County, unless it is also a retaining wall.
Please review the Setback Compliance Policy (2009).
Yes if it is over 256 sqft in size. If under 256 sqft, only a zoning permit is required for the shed to meet setbacks. See https://www.louisacounty.gov/DocumentCenter/View/5463/New-Non-Residential-Building-Application-Packet.
It depends on exactly what you are doing. A building permit for a home will typically take a few weeks for the County to process. Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) or Health Department approvals are also usually needed. Due to the growth in the region, Health Department permits can take 60 days or more. Commercial or other non-residential permits follow the same process. The County's response time depends largely on the quality of the plans when they are first submitted and the responsiveness of the applicant in getting any corrections required prior to further review. If the applicant's plans are well done and any needed corrections are made quickly, then the building permit is usually ready to be issued as soon as Health Department approval is received. A site plan may also be needed particularly if your proposed use is commercial, civic, or is expanding the need for parking. Site plans are reviewed simultaneously with other required reviews and, like building plans, can be done quickly if the site plan regulations are met and any needed corrections are completed quickly. Development that requires a land disturbing permit requires erosion and sediment control plans that are reviewed by the Thomas Jefferson Soil and Water Conservation District. This can take a few weeks, but the process runs simultaneously with all of the other required reviews in order to minimize any delays. Conditional Use Permits or Rezoning's will take 90 to 120 days on average. Any subsequent development associated with these applications are contingent on their approval by the Board of Supervisors.
The clerk of the circuit court (540-967-5312) is a constitutional officer elected to an eight-year term by the voters of the locality. The clerk handles administrative matters for the court and also has authority to probate wills, grant administration of estates, and appoint guardians. The clerk is the custodian of the court’s records, and the clerk’s office is where deeds are recorded and marriage licenses issued. You may also obtain a plat of your property at the clerk’s office. The circuit court also has jurisdiction over divorce cases, disputes concerning wills and estates, and controversies involving real property.
The County of Louisa does not issue business licenses. If you are a contractor, click here for a Louisa County Contractors License application form.
New businesses need to complete the New Business Registration form. If you plan to operate the business from your home, you will need to contact the Community Development Department to see if a Home Occupation permit is required and that the business in question is allowed by right based on the zoning of your property.
Please direct well and septic / drainfield questions to the Louisa office of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).
Louisa County Health Department540 Industrial Dr.Louisa Virginia 23093
Phone: 540-967-3703Fax: 540-967-3706Email: BlueRidgeHD@vdh.virginia.gov
Please see our Retaining Wall Handout.
The county has a Request for Information or Division review form that should be filled out completely. This form is how we begin to research your question(s) and then contact you with answers as quickly as possible. By using the Geographic Information System (GIS), you can search for your property's tax map parcel number and zoning from at home or work. You can also use the GIS system when you visit the Community Development Center on the main floor of the Louisa County Office Building.
For these questions, not only does Community Development staff need the tax map parcel number, zoning, and other relevant information, but we also need a concept plan or well developed sketch in order to evaluate whether a proposed subdivision meets the regulations for that zoning district. This kind of question may also require a meeting with staff, but the information must first be provided to the department in order to schedule a meeting. Community Development staff has meetings on a weekly basis to provide guidance to prospective land developers, but staff cannot effectively provide this assistance without the information needed to research the proposal prior to meeting with a customer.
To request a zoning determination or confirmation letter, please complete the Request for Zoning Determination or Confirmation form and submit it to:
Louisa County Community Development Department
Attention: Zoning Administrator
1 Woolfolk Avenue, Suite 201
Louisa, Virginia 23093
Or by email to: PlanningZoning@louisa.org
The fee of $100.00 is due at the time the request is submitted. Requests for paper or digital plan copies may result in additional fees.
Checks should be made payable to Louisa County.
If the request is emailed, the fee payment must be received before the zoning determination or confirmation letter will be prepared and released.
To answer this common question, we need as much information as possible beginning with the tax map parcel number, the zoning, and any other relevant information. Often, a person wants to do a family division which is strictly defined by the Code of Virginia, and only one family division per family member (as defined) is allowed. Land may also be divided into 1 or 2 additional lots without triggering subdivision ordinance regulations, if the property meets minimum acreage and existing state road frontage requirements. Health Department and Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) requirements are the responsibility of the land owner and are handled separately from the County's plat approval process for divisions. Any division of land into 3 or more lots is considered a subdivision and will require the development of VDOT specification roads for subdivisions. Health Department and VDOT entrance requirements are also necessary prior to developing property, but these reviews are handled as part of the subdivision plat review process.
Take the following steps:
1.) On the LouisaCounty.com homepage, click Online Tools (https://www.louisacounty.com/600/Online-Tools)
2.) Click Assessments (https://louweb.louisa.org/assess/)
3.) Enter ONE single detail for record search (i.e. name OR address)
Whereas significant federal and state government revenues are based on income, local government revenues in Virginia are derived primarily from property taxes. Real property (land, structures, etc.) assessments (and the Assessor’s Office which compiles them) are necessary to calculate property values.
State code requires property values to be assessed at 100% market value.
The Assessor’s Office determines mass market value by analyzing annual sales ratios (sales prices/verified assessed values). This process includes the analysis of pertinent characteristics on the sales properties. These include sale price, square foot of living area, type of home, year built, quality, condition, # of bedrooms, baths, # acres, etc. In addition, the location or neighborhood where the property is located is considered.
No. Properties are physically reassessed for improvements (building) taking place on the property and sales verifications. We are on a five-year rotation to physically see properties as scheduling allows.
Updated values are computed based on market values of property sales throughout the County on a mass appraisal analysis.
The Assessor’s Office assesses the value of property based on sales analysis from the previous years’ market. The Board of Supervisors sets the tax rate, which is the rate applied to a property’s value to compute the tax. On an annual basis, the Board sets the tax rate based on public input, budget needs, and other factors. Concerns about property values should be communicated to the Assessor’s Office, and concerns about the tax rate should be communicated to the Board of Supervisors.
The County has an appeals process. The property owner should contact the Assessor's Office prior to the listed deadline with specifics and documentation of why they feel the assessment is inaccurate. A field visit is scheduled to determine if any changes should be physically made to the appraisal.
The two are completely separate. The Board of Supervisors is elected by the County’s voters. The Assessor is a function within the Office of the Commissioner of Revenue, who is separately elected by the County’s voters. The Board has no oversight or authority over the Assessor’s Office. The Assessor provides summary County assessment data to the Board for the purposes of computing revenues, but the Board has no authority to change assessment data. The Board may change the tax rate, which impacts the tax due on a given property’s assessed value. This separation of duties is an important part of Virginia’s local government structure.
Citizens have multiple ways to address the Board of Supervisors with any questions or concerns about the tax rate. Citizens may contact their Supervisor directly, or provide public comment at a related public hearing. To find contact information for your District's Supervisor, visit https://www.louisacounty.gov/462/Board-of-Supervisors. To learn about the public comment process, see the Community Report at https://www.louisacounty.gov/1710/Community-Report.
Yes. Virginia Department of Taxation requires sales ratio studies for accounting of market and equalization in assessments. They use mathematical formulas to further validate our assessment department and analysis.
You should dial 911 for any police, fire, or medical emergency where there is or could be an immediate threat to life or property.
This is a question that we hear a lot in 9-1-1. People want to know why we ask so many questions instead of just sending help. The first, easy answer is that we are not asking questions INSTEAD of sending help; but rather, are asking questions WHILE sending help. In Louisa County, fire and EMS calls are required to be dispatched within ninety seconds of receiving the call, providing that there is adequate information for dispatch. High-priority law enforcement calls are dispatched as soon as there is a location and the type of incident determined. Less serious law enforcement calls are managed and prioritized by the Dispatchers and dispatched as soon as possible based on available units, information, and priority.
There are multiple reasons that dispatchers ask additional questions after responders have been dispatched. For ambulance calls, the dispatchers use a sophisticated system of questions, pre-arrival medical instructions, and priorities. By following these instructions given to callers, patients can begin to receive care even before EMS has arrived. The answers to the questions determine which instructions the caller is going to be given and also determine the level of EMS training the ambulance needs to have to handle the call. The closest ambulance is always sent to medical emergencies, but if the closest ambulance is basic life support (BLS, staffed with EMT-Bs) and the answer to one or more of the questions indicates that the type of emergency needs an advanced life support ambulance (ALS, staffed with Paramedics), then an ALS ambulance or response car can be dispatched to respond with the closest ambulance.
Dispatchers are also highly trained in how to evaluate the dangerous situations that callers are in and give instructions to that caller to keep them as safe as possible until help arrives. These situations can include victims of active violence, bystanders near active shooters, and people trapped in a burning house, just to name a few. Another huge responsibility of the 9-1-1 Dispatchers is ensuring that the responders are safe. Dispatchers will ask questions that help them determine how safe the scene is and information about where and what type of unsafe conditions there are. This information helps responders determine the need for additional units and how to approach scenes to ensure their own safety. We do everything we can to make sure that our responders make it home to their own families.
The important thing to keep in mind when a 9-1-1 Dispatcher is asking questions is that, as long as the location and nature of the emergency have been obtained, help is already on the way. 9-1-1 Dispatchers have a very important job to do. Dispatchers are highly trained and experienced at quickly and efficiently handling multiple tasks, gathering information, and controlling calls. Remaining calm, answering the dispatchers’ questions, and following the dispatchers’ instructions are VERY important and can have a positive outcome in your emergency. And remember, those questions and instructions do not cause any delay in the emergency response.
The Louisa County Emergency Communications Center handles over 130,000 phone calls per year. Of that total, approximately 16,000 are 911 calls for emergency assistance with approximately 11,000 of them coming from cell phone callers. Currently, the Louisa County Emergency Communications Center uses its 3 dispatch consoles and 2 call taking consoles to input and process approximately 37,000 public safety calls per year in our Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system.
The mailing address is: 1 Woolfolk Ave, Suite 101, Louisa VA 23093
The physical address is:1 Woolfolk Avenue, Suite 101, Louisa, VA 23093
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The Treasurer’s Office cannot take payment over the phone. You can pay online, in-person or through the drop box located outside to the left of the entrance (1 Woolfolk Avenue, Louisa).
A 10% penalty is added to your account. Monthly interest is added to any unpaid balance beginning in January.
All taxes have to be paid in full with certified funds (money order, certified check) or over the phone to the collection agency TACS at 866-951-0742.
Louisa County is a non-pro-rating County, if you owned the vehicle January 1; you will pay taxes for the full year. If you purchased a vehicle after January 1 you will not pay personal property tax on that vehicle until the following year.
The $38.75 charge is a license fee on vehicles registered to be driven on the highway as of January 1st. This is not an additional tax on the vehicle.