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Yes, animals are available for adoption. The adoption fee schedule is as follows:
Dog - Male $55
Dog - Female $65
Cat - Male $40
Cat - Female $50
Yes, it is illegal to allow a dog to run at large off of its owner’s property April 1 through May 31. Running at large is defined as roaming, running or self-hunting while not under its owner’s or custodian’s immediate control. Also, year round dogs must be on a leash when on Goochland County property such as parks, school grounds and recreational facilities.
Due to the limited number of local commercial property transactions, regional and national information must be collected for analysis. Commercial properties are reassessed based on replacement cost data and market data, commercial potential rental income, occupancy levels and investor demands.
No. The Historic Courthouse and all of the historic buildings on the courthouse green will remain. Construction of the new courthouse will not interfere with these buildings. Non-historic buildings on or near the courthouse green, like the Quonset Hut that currently houses General Services personnel, may be removed.
The Historic Courthouse does not have the space and security features needed for our court system today. Moreover, courts, the Sheriff, and court support personnel are located in 7 different buildings in the courthouse area, which is inefficient and not as safe for employees and the public. The new court building will house all of the courts, offices for the Circuit Court Clerk, General District Court Clerk, Commonwealth's Attorney, and Sheriff's Court Security, as well as provide enhanced security, secure holding facilities, and more parking.
While there is not yet an estimated cost for the new courthouse, up to $28 million is the amount of the borrowing the County is associating with the construction and completion of the new courthouse.
No, the County owns sufficient land adjacent to the current courthouse green to allow the construction of the new courthouse and parking areas, without removing or destroying any of the historic structures on the courthouse green.
No. Goochland County will be able to carry and pay off the additional debt under its existing tax rate.
Using bonds to pay for the projects would help ensure that they are started and completed more quickly. Additionally, issuing bonds stabilizes the year-to-year costs for capital projects and spreads the cost of long-life major projects over time.
State law does not establish legal debt limits for counties. Given guidance from the credit rating agencies and advice from the County’s financial advisors, the Board adopted these debt ratios as boundaries to keep debt in check relative to the overall County budget:
The bond program is designed not to contribute to an increase in property tax rates. Goochland County has adopted prudent financial management policies designed to protect its triple-A bond rating.
If we were to pay cash for the projects instead of taking on debt, it would either take us many years to save enough money to fund the projects or we would need to increase the tax rate for several years in order to collect through taxes the cash needed on an annual basis for these projects. Issuing bonds spreads the cost of long-life major projects over time, ensuring that both current and future residents share in the payment of the cost of the community's long-term projects.
Yes, reasonable financial forecasts project that the County can afford the anticipated debt service payments on the general obligation bonds. The ratio of debt service expenditures as a percentage of total general fund expenditures can, pursuant to the county’s financial policies, be between 10-12%. The County’s debt service is currently around 2.7% and even with the issuance of $96 million in General Obligation bonds, it is anticipated that our debt service will not exceed 8%.
Moreover, two critically important facts underlie this statement: one, the entire amount will not be borrowed all at once, but over time, as the projects are ready to be constructed; two, when any project is ready for funding, the County and its financial advisors will undertake a careful analysis of the current market conditions, and of the timing, amount, structure, interest rates, operational needs, and debt policies before making a final decision to move forward with bond issuance. Goochland County currently has earned two AAA ratings from bond rating agencies, the highest rating possible. Because of this, the County will be able to obtain the lowest possible interest rates available in the market.
Each year the County goes through the annual budget process of planning current expenditures to meet current ongoing revenues. In anticipation of issuing future debt, the County has been increasing the amount budgeted for debt service each year to ensure that operational needs as well as debt service needs can be met. The County will continue to use conservative annual budgeting as well as multi-year planning to forecast the debt service needs of the County as well as the operational needs.
The new bond debt will have no impact on the TCSD bond debt. The TCSD bonds were issued to finance the infrastructure to be able to provide access to water and sewer utility services in the TCSD area. The bonds have two dedicated sources of revenue to pay the debt service: the $0.32 ad valorem tax on property in the district and 55% of the general increase in real estate revenues from commercial property in the district. Over the years, and with the benefit of two refinancings to take advantage of lower interest rates, those revenue streams have been sufficient to make the debt service payments on the TCSD bonds. Current financial analysis projects that they will continue to be sufficient to cover those debt service payments through the full repayment of the bonds which is anticipated to occur by 2032.
Property is being donated for this fire station in West Creek near the intersection of Tuckahoe Creek Parkway and Hockett Road.
The County is currently seeking an appropriately-located parcel on which to build a District 2 fire station. The District 2 fire station is included in the county's current Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and the county is already in the land acquisition stage for it.
Given the significant amount of residential and commercial development in the eastern end of the county, there is a greater life-safety need for the West Creek Fire-Rescue Station at this time. The county’s current Capital Improvement Program (CIP) reflects anticipated construction of the West Creek station in approximately 5 years. The District 2 Fire-Rescue Station is already in the land acquisition and planning stages.
While there is not yet an estimated cost for the new Fire-Rescue Station, up to $8 million is the amount of the borrowing the County is associating with the construction and equipping of the new Fire-Rescue Station which is expected to be similar in size to the Company 6 Fire-Rescue Station.
Two questions will be before voters to ask whether Goochland County should be authorized to issue up to $96 million in general obligation bonds to pay for improvements to public facilities. Voters will respond “yes “or “no” to each question. The proposed bond amounts are:
Virginia law requires County voters to approve general obligation bonds through a referendum. You have the opportunity to vote either YES or NO on the question. If there are more YES votes on a question, then the Goochland County Board of Supervisors will be authorized to sell bonds for the purpose described in the ballot question. If there are more NO votes on a question, the county cannot issue general obligation bonds to finance the purpose described in the question unless authorized in another referendum.
Bonds are a means of financing projects. Bonds are loans to pay for capital projects. The bonds (loans) are repaid through regular principal and interest payments. The principal and interest payments are often referred to as “debt service.”
For the proposed projects the County plans to issue General Obligation (GO) bonds.
Under State law, counties are required to secure voter approval through a referendum before issuing GO bonds. Cities do not have this requirement. Because the County has a GO credit rating of AAA from two rating agencies, the County generally may obtain lower interest rates on GO bonds than on other bonds. Lower interest rates are beneficial to taxpayers. Moreover, the issuers of other types of commercial bonds also charge administrative fees that are higher than the administrative costs incurred in issuing General Obligation bonds.
Bonds are generally not issued all at once. The County would not issue the bonds until work on a project is expected to occur. All the projects associated with the referendum have been specifically identified as upcoming needs in the County’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for several years. The current CIP lists all of the projects as being priorities to be undertaken within the next 8 years.
Bond referendum authority allows the County to issue/sell bonds for eight years after the approval of the referendum. Additionally, the Circuit Court may grant another two years, for a total of 10 years.
No, not necessarily. The referendum does not seek voters’ approval to complete the projects, but instead seeks voters’ approval to finance them through issuance of GO bonds which are backed by the County’s full faith and credit. The County could still proceed with the projects using other financing mechanisms.
If one or both of the bond referendum questions does not receive more YES votes than NO votes, the County cannot issue general obligation bonds to fund the identified projects. General obligation bonds are not the only funding source available; the County could pursue the projects with alternative funding sources. However, general obligation bonds traditionally carry lower overall borrowing costs when compared to other funding options and therefore are considered the most prudent method to finance long-term capital projects.
Issuance of bonds is an additional means of financing capital projects. Virginia law requires that in order for General Obligation bonds to be considered and used as a mean of financing by the County, Goochland voters must have an opportunity to vote either YES or NO on each bond question. If there are more YES votes on a question, then the Goochland County Board of Supervisors will be authorized to sell bonds for the purposes described in the ballot question. If there are more NO votes on a question, the County cannot issue general obligation bonds to finance the projects described in the question, but could instead find alternative means to fund the projects.
No, there are several steps in the process. The first step has already occurred because, for several years, these projects have been identified as needed in the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The next step is choosing how to fund the projects. The referendum is a necessary step in order to be able to use General Obligation (GO) bonds to finance these projects. GO bonds are usually the least expensive way to borrow money to fund long-term capital projects.
Even after the referendum, GO bonds won’t be issued until the Board of Supervisors and County staff collect specific data about the costs and interest rates available for a GO bond issuance. If GO bonds are the best way to finance a project, then the Board of Supervisors will then adopt a resolution authorizing the actual sale of the GO bonds. GO bonds will only be issued if the revenue projected for the County budget is sufficient to cover existing principal and interest payments (debt service) as well as debt service from the issuance of any new bonds.
The County has several fiscal policies concerning debt and debt service. One of those policies requires that the ratio between the County’s debt service and expenditures be at 10% with a ceiling of 12%. Every year, county staff will review calculations and projections of debt-service-to-expenditures and other debt ratios. Staff will ensure that the ratios continue to be met over the life of the bonds; if the debt-service-to-expenditure ratio is approaching the ceiling, then capital projects can be shifted to later years or deleted.
No. Bond sale proceeds authorized for a specific purpose may not, by law, be used for any purpose other than the purpose specified in the referendum question.
The County will be able to issue the General Obligation bonds that the voters supported and undertake those projects. The County could seek alternative funding options for the projects in the bond question that was not approved.
For capital projects, the County has funding alternatives other than General Obligation bonds, including cash funding and other bond types and borrowing options. Passage of these referendum questions does not mean that the County will be left without the means to fund other capital improvement projects.
The new Goochland Elementary School will be designed to meet the core purpose of instruction. The Goochland School District is known as a division of excellence and our goal is to build a school that reflects that core value; a building that the community can be proud of yet remains within the budget.
No. The request for up to $60 million in borrowing authority is based on an expectation that the School Division would borrow approximately $34.5 million for the new elementary school, approximately $21.5 million for renovations to the current Middle and High Schools, and approximately $4 million for road and parking lot upgrades to improve traffic flow along Bulldog Way. Each project costs more than the amount we anticipate borrowing; we are also cash funding approximately 10% of the total project cost as a prudent financial practice.
The current Goochland Elementary School will be repurposed to be used as additional office space for county departments and agencies.
Goochland County Public Schools (GCPS) is committed to protecting the community's investment in its school facilities. However, not only do facilities wear out over time, but they also become outdated. This facility needs specific renovations to meet the technological and instructional needs of our high school program in the future. Furthermore, as the population in Goochland grows, so does our high school enrollment. GCPS finds itself in a higher class of athletic competition which demands more facilities for more teams as well as more spaces for specialized fine arts, career and technology classes. GCPS, therefore, needs to expand and renovate our county-wide high school to be an effective and efficient learning environment for another 20 or 30 years.
The current County 25-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) includes a replacement school for Byrd in 2033-2034 which means that it will not be ready for students until the 2035-36 school year or later. The current CIP has a replacement for Randolph in 2037-2038 which means that it will not be ready for students until the 2039-40 school year or later.
All county residents benefit from Goochland having a top-notch school system. Residential real estate listings typically identify public schools in the area, so a good school system helps with residential home values. In addition, businesses want to locate in a place with a good school system and business growth is good for the county's tax base.
All county residents benefit from Goochland having an excellent school system. The new Goochland Elementary School will be a centralized location for division-wide elementary school activities and is being built to accommodate the increased student enrollment in Goochland since all elementary schools are at capacity. Redistricting will occur so that temporary trailers and overcrowded classrooms at Byrd and Randolph can be relieved. Therefore, some families in the Byrd and Randolph school districts may be placed in the Goochland school district.
Byrd and Randolph students will also benefit from the projects being funded at the Middle and High school, including safety improvements to Bulldog Way and the parking lots, and the additional facilities and modernizations planned for the Middle and High schools.
The new Bulldog Way road improvements will relieve a lot of the traffic congestion at the Middle-High School complex. The improvements are being made with the safety of students as the top priority.
Third-party engineering firms have determined that Goochland Elementary School (GES) is the school that has the most system (HVAC, electrical, plumbing) and programmatic issues. Even after critical renovations in 2017, GES is the first of our three elementary schools that need to be replaced. There is no gymnasium at the current school and the library is the size of a classroom. Students in our preschool programs and students who are walking to physical education classes cross a busy parking lot in all weather conditions. Furthermore, as the population in Goochland grows, so does our elementary school enrollment. As a centralized location, Goochland ES will be built with a capacity of 650 students to accommodate future growth.
The proposed road improvements to Bulldog Way are to add additional turn lanes to improve the flow of vehicles going to and from the current and future school facilities. Ensuring adequate turn lanes for access to a facility is the responsibility of the developer of the facility and not VDOT. Accordingly, the improvements to Bulldog Way are not the type of improvements that VDOT would undertake or fund, but have to be provided by the School Division. The funds earmarked for transportation improvements will not only provide sufficient turn lanes to ensure safe access to the new Goochland Elementary School, but also additional turn lanes and parking lot improvements to provide for better traffic flow at the Middle School/High School complex.
The new Goochland Elementary School, Bulldog Way turn lanes and Middle School/High School parking lot expansion are in the preliminary design phase. It is anticipated that traffic flow improvements for the Middle School/High School complex will be completed in the next 18 months. With no delay in funding decisions, the new Goochland Elementary School should be ready for students in August 2024. We will begin preliminary design of the high school additions and renovations in Fall 2023 with construction anticipated to start a year later and occurring over several years.
Broadband is any connection that allows data to move from the internet to your device quickly. When it's slow, it's an internet connection but it's not broadband. In Virginia, broadband is defined as a connection with speeds of greater than 10 megabits per second download - when things load from the internet to your computer or device - and 1 megabit per second upload - which is when you send something from your computer or device out to the internet.
Verizon has made an independent business decision not to expand Fios into Goochland. They determined their Verizon Wireless products are solutions for broadband in rural localities. All providers including Verizon are welcome and encouraged to expand service to Goochland citizens.
Goochland's franchise agreement with Comcast is non-exclusive, other providers can offer service if they choose too. Franchise agreements only pertain to cable television service, they cannot and do not regulate the provision of broadband service. All providers including Verizon are welcome and encouraged to expand service to Goochland citizens.
Goochland County does not regulate the utilization of fiber in public rights-of-way, nor does the county own much of the fiber in the county. The county does have the ability to leverage a length of fiber that has recently been extended from the County Administration Building to Byrd Elementary School. The county is willing to consider access/lease space of county assets (towers, fiber, facilities, property, and existing infrastructure), and to work with providers in a manner that is encouraging, flexible, cost effective, and values the investment of broadband providers.
While you may have what seems like a lot of towers, you don't have enough for 5G. We are certain, here's why.
5G, unlike previous improvements in cellular technology, is going to require transmitters to be VERY close together, sometimes as close as a few hundred yards apart. Plus, towers and transmitters don't do anything on their own; they need to be connected by fiber-optic lines.
While 5G may roll out to the Commonwealth's urban cores sometime in the next few years, it won't likely reach anywhere not currently served by broadband service anytime soon, and even when it does, providers are going to need a ton of fiber optic capacity to make a 5G network work.
Out of town contractorsIf you are a contractor who is licensed in another Virginia locality and you do not expect your total jobs within the County of Goochland to exceed $25,000, you are not required to secure a license. However, you must bring a copy of your valid license to the Commissioner of the Revenue, so that you may be eligible for exempt status.
Out of state contractorsIf you are a contractor whose office is located outside the Commonwealth of Virginia, you are required to secure a County Business License.
Business LicensesCommissioner of Revenue (804) 556-5807
Planning and Zoning (804) 556-5860
State Contractor's LicenseState Board for Contractors (800) 522-3016 or (804) 367-8511
You can either purchase a green CVWMA recycling bin or use one of your own bins. If you choose to use one of your own bins, make sure they are less than 40 gallons and there is no lid. We have large recycling stickers that are available free of charge.
If you choose to purchase a green CVMWA recycling bin, you can order one through CVWMA (click here). There are two sizes available for purchase, a large 96-gallon cart with wheels or a standard 24-gallon bin. Please note that it may take a couple weeks to receive your new bin.
If you are moving into a new home in an existing subdivision that participates in the curbside program, you will need to do the following:
First, contact your HOA and determine if this is a feasible option for your subdivision. Depending on how your bylaws are set up, you may need to hold a meeting or send out a notification, to get consensus on initiating this program and charging residents for the service. The County bills each HOA according to the number of households in the subdivision, regardless if certain households do not wish to participate in the program. The current cost is $40/household/year. If your subdivision would like to begin curbside service, the next enrollment period begins in April for the next fiscal year (starting July 1). The County will send out bills annually, and the HOAs must pay at least three months in advance of renewing the curbside service. Payments received by the County will be transmitted to the CVWMA.
Call Wendy Grady at 556-5340 or email email@example.com to add your new address to the system.
Drop-off facilities are available for recycling if you do not reside in a subdivision. The closest oneto eastern and central Goochland is located at 1908 Hidden Rock Lane, Maidens, VA 23102. Curbside recycling may be available on a case-by-case basis to those residents located outside of a subdivision.
Please visit the CVWMA website for more information on curbside recycling, such as acceptable items and collection schedule.
For missed collections, please call the CVWMA hotline at (804) 340-0900.
BUSINESS & INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTOverviewThe county zoning ordinance requires that all non-residential development or redevelopment have an approved site plan/Plan of Development filed with the Environmental and Land Development Office. This is done to protect property owners and citizens and to ensure basic standards for health and safety. Site plan regulations apply to all commercial, industrial, multi-family, churches, and institutional uses.Before submitting a site plan for review, check the zoning of the property to determine if the proposed use is permitted. Please contact the Planning & Zoning office to obtain an official determination of zoning. Developers are encouraged to contact the Environmental and Land Development Office prior to the submission of a site plan application. All site plans are reviewed by the community development review team which consists of Environmental, Planning, Public Utilities, Building Inspector's Office, Fire Marshal, and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT). A licensed professional such as a civil engineer, surveyor, or landscape architect is typically required to prepare site plans, which may include architectural elevations and a site lighting plan. If locating a business in an existing structure, check with Zoning to be sure that the business is suitable for the site. There may be parking, lighting, screening, or land use issues that need to be addressed. Contact the Building Inspector's Office to determine if any building permits will be required.
Design Overlay DistrictsPlease note that the County has design overlay districts along our major corridors (River Road West, River Road, Broad Street Road, and Ashland Road) and in certain villages (Centerville, Goochland Courthouse, and Oilville). These entrance corridors and village center overlay districts are created to conserve elements of the county's scenic beauty and to preserve and protect corridors and areas. A Certificate of Approval permit is required for any exterior improvements, including signs, or new construction. The Planning & Zoning department reviews and issues COA applications. ________________________________________
RESIDENTIALResidential or Agricultural Lot DivisionsTo divide a parcel(s) to create new residential lots the development plan must be reviewed through the residential subdivision review process.In some instances, if a property is not zoned for residential uses it must first be rezoned before proceeding through the subdivision or site plan process. Subdividing land requires approval from the Planning department.Creating a new lot falls into one of these three processes. The Zoning Administrator will determine which process to follow based on:• The number of lots proposed• The need to extend public utilities (water and sewer) to the property• The need to upgrade or construct roads to serve the development• The need to construct public drainage improvements to serve the developmentPlease contact the Planning & Zoning Office to discuss the scope of the proposed division before submitting any applications.
Minor Subdivision A minor subdivision is the division of a parent tract into less than five (5) lots and family subdivisions which results in one (1) division per family member. Also, the first two (2) divisions of land into parcels which are twenty (20) acres or more and all parcels in excess of forty (40) acres will not count toward a major subdivision, but will be counted for road construction requirements as spelled out in Article 5, Section 6 of the Subdivision Ordinance.For more information, please see the Minor Subdivision Brochure
Family DivisionsA subdivision in which one (1) division of the parent tract is made available to any person who is a natural or legally defined offspring, spouse or parent of the owner. Family divisions have different review criteria and a separate review process from other residential subdivisions. The family exception may not be used to circumvent the Subdivision Ordinance.For more information, please see the Minor Subdivision Brochure
Major SubdivisionThe division of land into five (5) or more lots. Major subdivisions require both tentative plat and final plat approvals. Please see the Major Subdivision Brochure for more information.
Planning & Zoning Applications
Major SubdivisionThe division of land into five (5) or more lots. Major subdivisions require both tentative plat and final plat approvals. Please see the Major Subdivision Brochure for more information. Planning & Zoning Applications & Information
The 2015 edition of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (VUSBC)
• Ground Snow Load: See link below • Wind Speed: 105 mph - 3 second gusts • Rainfall: 3.3" / hour • Seismic Catagory: B • Weathering: Severe • Frost Depth: 18 inches • Termite: Moderate to heavy • Winter Design Temperature: 17 Degree Farenheit • Mean Annual Temperature: 56.1 Degree Farenheit • Ice Barrier Underlayment: Yes • Flood Hazards: Contact Environmental Engineer 804-556-5849 • Air Freezing Index: 1500 or less • Shrink Swell Soil: See link below
For sign regulations see the zoning ordinance or contact the Planning & Zoning department. Also contact Planning & Zoning to report sign violations.
Design Overlay Districts
Please note that the County has design overlay districts along our major corridors (River Road West, River Road, Broad Street Road, and Ashland Road) and in certain villages (Centerville, Goochland Courthouse, and Oilville). These entrance corridors and village center overlay districts are created to conserve elements of the county's scenic beauty and to preserve and protect corridors and areas. A Certificate of Approval permit is required for any exterior improvements, including signs, or new construction. The Planning & Zoning department reviews and issues COA applications.
Road Name Signs
Contact Planning to report a missing or damaged street name sign. All public road signs will be installed by the Goochland County. Private road signs are the responsibility of the property owners. You can place an order for a private road sign with the County and the fee is $45.00. Report a missing or damaged street sign
To view the Goochland County Property Numbering and Street Naming manual see link below.
An agreement must accompany each surety. Erosion & Sediment Control AgreementRoad Construction Agreement
Please see the Environmental & Land Development website for these documents. Environmental and Land Development website
Please note that this is a different form than used when obtaining a residential permit. Please see the Department of Building Inspections and Permits website for more information. RLD Form
The entire process can take as long as six months, depending on multiple variables. Please plan your development accordingly. Please see the flowchart for more information. Stormwater Management Permit process
These reports can be obtained in person at Fire-Rescue Administration located at:
2938 River Road West
Goochland, VA 23063
Please be prepared to provide identification in the form of a government issued picture ID. Due to their sensitivity and HIPAA regulations, Patient Care Reports will only be issued to the patient or a third part that has legal documentation authorizing the release. It is advisable to call 804-556-5344 prior to coming for your report. This will give us adequate time to make copies and will minimize your wait. There is no charge for these reports.
Information on the location of our fire-rescue stations and unit capabilities can be found on our station information pages (http://www.goochlandva.us/306/Fire-Rescue-Stations). To determine the distance from the local fire-rescue station to your property or you can utilize the "My Government Services" option on our website (http://gis.co.goochland.va.us/goochland-my-government-services/). Enter the address in the top right search box and the response order of the stations and distance from the location will appear at the bottom of the screen.
Hydrant information can be found by utilizing the County's GIS mapping system (https://gis.co.goochland.va.us/GoochlandPV/), searching for the address, and choosing the hydrant map layer. For more information, please call 804-556-5304.
Goochland County began billing for EMS transports on January 1, 2013.
Ambulance Transport Cost Recovery is a program that allows localities to charge for the cost of emergency medical transport services.
The costs to meet the needs of residents with quality fire-rescue services are constantly increasing. These increases are due to population growth as well as continuous improvements in technology which require equipment upgrades or replacement.
Virginia authorizes localities to charge reasonable fees for the use of emergency medical service vehicles.
Service fees are based on the level of care provided during transport. Advanced Life Support (ALS 1 and ALS 2) are life-saving measures provided by Paramedics. Basic Life Support measures are provided by EMTs or Paramedics. Charges are also generated on “loaded” mileage, which is calculated from the scene to the hospital. Loaded miles are those traveled during patient transport. If there is no transport, there will be no bill for service.
No person will ever be denied emergency medical service because of an inability to pay.
If you have concerns about paying your bill, you can contact the Goochland County Fire-Rescue Administration for information.
The County has a third-party biller which files the claim first with your insurance company. Any portion not paid by insurance will be billed to the patient. You will receive two invoices, and if you are unable to pay, the debt is written off. The County has a “compassionate” policy. No accounts are sent to collections and unpaid invoices do not affect your credit.
The third-party vendor use by Goochland County uses for emergency transport billing is not local. Requests for insurance information and invoices will come from the vendor, not Goochland County.
Payments are handled directly by the bank using a secure lock-box account. No payments can be accepted at the Fire-Rescue Administration or Treasurer’s office.
The hospital collects your insurance information which is then provided to the third-party biller.
Health insurance premiums will continue to rise regardless of localities billing for emergency medical transports; however, ambulance costs are less than one percent of health care expenditures and have minimal impact on insurance premiums. Less than one penny of every insurance dollar is spent on EMS transports.
Collections vary by agency and region due to demographics, location, percentage of insured patients, number of calls run, type of billing level, and fee structures. Historically, Goochland has collected (on average) the equivalent of almost 2 cents out of the County Tax Rate.
All department members have been trained on patient privacy through the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and adhere strictly adhere to those standards. In addition, everyone in the department must attend mandatory HIPAA training every year.
If a patient is unable to electronically sign for receipt of the department’s privacy practices, the patient care provider documents the reason for not being able to obtain a signature.
We would hope not. Research conducted by most agencies and billing companies have not found evidence to validate this claim. While Goochland County covers most of the operational funding of services, individual volunteer stations rely on donations for the upkeep of facilities and improvements. Goochland County Fire-Rescue has not seen a decrease in volunteer donations since implementing fees for service.
No. Money collected from cost recovery offsets taxpayer funds but does not cover all operating and capital expenses of the department.
Insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid cover emergency medical transports. Many transported patients are not residents of and do not pay taxes in Goochland County. Billing for service generates revenue from only the users of the services in lieu of raising taxes for all Goochland constituents. Most localities in Virginia are now billing for transport services in order to better fund their emergency fire and rescue response needs. The fees collected reduce the burden that would need to be collected through additional taxes.
TCSD FAQ Website
Whenever an inspection fails twice for the same task, a re-inspection fee of $100.00 is assessed to recover the cost of the additional inspections. This fee must be paid at the Building Inspection Office. Inspectors will not accept payment for re-inspection fees in the field. No other inspections will be scheduled until the fee has been paid.
To schedule an inspection, you may call our inspection line 804-556-5815 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you call our inspection line, it will ask you to leave a voice message. Please speak slowly and clearly.
Please provide the following information:
Permit number is mandatory. Fail to provide this information and the inspection will not be scheduled.
Construction site street address.
Type of inspection requested. For commercial projects, be specific as to location (i.e. second floor, above ceiling, room #123)
Contact name and a phone number (including area code).
Inspections will be scheduled for the next workday provided they are received by 3:00 p.m. the previous business day. All requests received after 3:00 p.m. will be scheduled for the second business day.
We cannot schedule a time for your inspection. You may call after 9:00 a.m. the day of the inspection to obtain a window for when the inspection will take place. Staff will only provide an “AM” or “PM” time designation. Please do not ask for anything more specific.
For generator finals, homeowners or contractors must be onsite to start the generator.
There are three primary methods for registration: mail, in-person or online. All three methods require the full completion of a registration form as well as appropriate form of payment at the time of transaction. Register online by visiting this link.
Yes. Visit this link to view programs or register online.
Please note that there is a service fee associated with utilizing a credit card. If you are interested in paying with credit card, you will need to access our online registration system.
For detailed information regarding all of our parks, visit this page.
You can reserve a facility by submitting a completed facility use application with payment. Facility use applications are available online or in either of our offices. Requests are subject to availability.
If the school system is closed, or has early release due to weather our evening programs will be cancelled. If Goochland County government has closed for the day or issued an early closing due to weather, then all programs will be cancelled and our building will be closed.
Our open gym schedule varies season to season. For the most up to date information contact the office at 804-556-5854 or visit this page. Watch the website and Facebook for schedule changes per season.
The weight room are cardio room are open when the Goochland Sports Complex is open. For the most up to date hours contact the office at 804-556-5854 or visit this page.
Please note that you will need to obtain a business license from the Commissioner of Revenue.
An in-law suite is a two-family dwelling which would require a Conditional Use Permit . CUP Brochure
You can mail a check to our Treasurer’s Office located at the following address: PO Box 188, Goochland, VA 23063In addition, please address the check to Goochland County of VA and include your account number.
Official Payments website: (see link below)Official Payments phone number: 1-800-487-4567 a) The Goochland County Jurisdiction Code is: 1031b) Your ‘bill number’ is the same as your account number
You can bring your payment to the Treasurer’s Officea) Payment must be in the form of check or cash. b) We do not accept debit or credit cards. www.officialpayments.com
If these causes do not relate to you, please call our Office Manager at 804-556-5835
Depending on how your payment was made, it can take approximately 10-15 days for the Treasurer’s Office to receive.
Contact the Goochland Health Department at 556-5843. Depending on the age of your house, the Health Department may have record of the septic installation or any modifications/changes to your septic system. A local certified onsite soil evaluator or onsite sewage disposal system installer/operator may also be contacted to conduct a site evaluation for assistance. Additional information including a list of AOSE may be viewed at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/onsite-sewage-water-services-updated/
Contact the Goochland Health Department at 556-5843 or a local certified onsite sewage evaluator. Most perk tests for Certification letters to prospective buyers or sellers of property to certify that the lot has a site for an onsite sewage disposal system are now required to be conducted by the private sector. Additional information including a list of AOSE may be viewed at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/onsite-sewage-water-services-updated/
A new septic construction permit is issued during the building permit process. A building permit must be applied for at the Building Inspection Department before the Health Department will review the septic construction permit. Please contact the Community Development Customer Service Center at 556-5860 or visit the Building Inspection website at http://www.goochlandva.us/168/Building-Inspection
There are two options for obtaining a septic construction permit. Hire a private Alternative Onsite Soil Evaluator (AOSE) to determine the location and type of septic system. The AOSE will provide engineered septic construction plans to submit with your building permit. Please note that your septic must be designed to either meet or exceed your planned number of bedrooms. AOSE construction plans are required for lots in subdivisions and will expedite the Health department review. AOSE construction plans are valid for eighteen (18) months and are transferrable to a new owner. Additionalinformation including a list of AOSE can be found at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/onsite-sewage-water-services-updated/.
Apply for a “bare” septic application. A representative of the Health Department will visit your property to conduct a site and soil evaluation to determine its suitability for an onsite sewage disposal system. “Bare” septic applications can only be processed by the Health Department if a building permit is also being applied for and if the site is for the property owner’s principal place of residence. If an area is suitable, it will be identified, and a construction permit will be issued. The approval will include the permit to construct a well, if desired. This permit is valid for 18 months and is transferable to a new owner. If an onsite sewage disposal system area has been previously approved under a subdivision review, or previously issued a permit, and a different location is requested, the applicant must hire an AOSE or soil consultant to designate a new site and submit the appropriate paperwork. Use of AOSE’s is encouraged and may result in a faster processing time for Construction Permits. Additional information including a list of AOSE can be found at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/onsite-sewage-water-services-updated/.
Please click here for the Frequently Asked Questions on wells.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions here on underground storage tanks.
Shrink-swell soils are referred to by many names. "Expandable soils," "expansive clays," and "heavable soils" are some of the many names used for these materials.
Soils are composed of a variety of materials, most of which do not expand in the presence of moisture. However, many clay minerals are expansive. When a soil contains a large amount of expansive minerals, it has the potential of significant expansion. When the soil contains very little expansive minerals, it has little expansive potential.
Goochland County has potential problem areas, however, with careful onsite investigation or analysis by structural engineers, foundations can be properly designed to address the potential movement due to shrink-swell soils. Prospective homeowners who are aware of these potential hazards can insist on a soil report and/or structural design from your contractor. You may also negotiate a warranty with your contractor against future problems.
The Department of Building Inspection cannot perform specific on-site evaluations. It does, however, provide information like the shrink-swell map and assists with interpreting and using the information. An engineered soil report by a qualified professional will address soil issues specifically related to your property.
An engineer’s soils report, also known as a geotechnical report, is a tool used to communicate site conditions as well as design and construction recommendations to building design and construction personnel. Specifically, soils reports provide detailed information on the interpretation and analysis of sub-surface soil, rock and water conditions. Based on this information the engineer makes precise design and construction recommendations for such things as footing, basement and retaining wall designs.
For all new single-family residences, duplexes, townhomes, residential attached structures (including but not limited to additions, screen porches, sunrooms, or any expansion to the footprint of the existing structure), detached structures exceeding 400 square feet in size and all commercial construction.
Shrink-swell soils are present throughout the world and are known in every U.S. state. Every year they cause billions of dollars in damage. The American Society of Civil Engineers estimates that 1/4 of all homes in the United States have some damage caused by shrink-swell soils.
Even though expansive soils cause enormous amounts of damage, most people have never heard of them. This is because their damage is done slowly and cannot be attributed to a specific event. The damage done by shrink-swell soils is then attributed to poor construction practices or a misconception that all buildings experience this type of damage as they age.
There are some ways to minimize problems associated with shrink-swell soils without resorting to redesigning the foundation. These techniques involve keeping expansive soils from either expanding or shrinking too much around the foundation of a house by maintaining a relatively constant moisture content. Here are a couple of ways to help maintain soil moisture content:
1. Remove large trees and bushes that grow within about 10 feet of the house. Large plants tend to dry out the soil especially during the summer months.
2. Utilize drip irrigation systems to water vegetation. This minimizes the use of large volumes of water at one time.
3. See that down spouts and roof gutters disperse run-off away from the foundation. If possible, direct roof water into closed pipes that empty onto the street or other suitable location away from the foundation. This is the single most important step that can be taken to help minimize the average expansive soil problem.
4. Slope grade away from the foundation a minimum of 6” in the first 10’ of grade (0.5%). This aids runoff and helps prevent water from puddling or seeping into the ground. This simple step can significantly decrease a problem.
Soil Survey of Goochland County, Virginia 1968-1975
The original policy was created in the late 1990’s and based from paper maps. Since that time, the maps have been digitized allowing staff to better analyze the data. Staff determined that the presence of shrink swell soil is more prevalent than contemplated in the original policy. To protect the citizens of Goochland County, a revised policy and map were created that identify most of the County as having the potential for shrink swell soil.
A design professional such as an architect or a structural engineer will be able to evaluate your house to determine if you should hire a contractor.
The 2015 Virginia Residential Code, (VRC) Section R401.4 states that the Building Official shall require soils tests to determine if shrink swell soils exist in areas that are likely to have shrink swell soils.
Online or over the phone, you may use a credit or debit card through a third party: “Official Payments”.
To pay your taxes using a card: go online to www.officialpayments.com or call 1-888-272-9829.
You will need:
1)Our Jurisdiction code: 1031 2)Your Bill Number 3)The amount you want to pay
There will be a convenience fee charged.
The Treasurer’s Office does not process any card payments in the office. www.officialpayments.com
To obtain a dog license, you must produce a valid rabies certificate and pay the appropriate fee. The fees are as follows:
Lifetime dog license (single dog): $10.00
Multi dog – up to 20 (twenty) dogs: $25.00
Multi dog – up to 50 (fifty) dogs: $50.00
Multi-dog licenses are valid through December 31st each year.
Seizure and sale of the delinquent taxpayer’s vehicle (or other properties) for Personal Property taxes.
Referral to Collection Agency. Issuing Employment and Bank Liens.
Obtaining a court Judgment.
Withholding State Income Tax Refund
Failure to pay taxes can also lead to action through the Circuit Court to sell the property for taxes due and costs.
Interest is applied on the first day of the first month after the Due Date (July 1st and January 1st)at a rate of 10% per annum.
There is no grace period.
Installment agreements vary and are made on an individual case by case basis.However, failure to abide by the agreement will void the agreement and negate the possibility of entering into another such agreement at a later time.
You must call 1-888-272-9829.
You will need: 1)Our Jurisdiction code: 1031 2) Your Bill Number 3) The amount you want to pay
There will be a convenience fee charged. The Treasurer’s Office does not accept payments over the phone in the office.
By law, the bills must match the Land Books so that Title Searchers are able to determine taxes on any given property.
In order to get the bills to the new owner, we must address them to the owner on record as of January 1st and then add “care of” the new owner.
The prior owner’s name will not be on the bill next year when you are the owner of record on January 1st.
1)Our Jurisdiction code: 1031 2)Your Bill Number 3)The amount you want to pay
There will be a convenience fee charged. www.officialpayments.com
The Board of Supervisors sets the tax rates each year. At this time the tax rates are as follows: Personal Property: $3.95 per hundred (before tax relief*) *for information regarding the personal property tax relief act, please contact the Commissioner of the Revenue (804) 556-5807. Real Estate: 53 cents per hundred Tuckahoe Creek Service District: 32 cents per hundred.
If you own land, you should also notify the Assessor’s Office.
Failure to notify DMV, the Treasurer’s Office and the Assessor’s Office may result in a late payment! It is the responsibility of the Taxpayer to let the Treasurer’s Office know if you have not received your bill, so remember: If you have not received a tax bill by Mother’s Day or Thanksgiving Day, give us a call!
If you are being taxed for property you no longer own, contact: Commissioner of Revenue- (804) 556-5807 Assessor’s Office- (804) 556-5853
Example: If a parcel of land is assessed at $100,000*. The real estate tax would be calculated $100,000/$100 = $1,000 x $0.53 = $530The ad valorem tax would be calculated $100,000/$100 = $1,000 x $0.32 = $320Total real estate and ad valorem tax = $850
*Properties within the TCSD that participate in the special assessment for land preservation program (Land Use Program) shall be taxed at the full assessed value.
Below is a graph that compares Goochland’s ‘Ad Valorem Tax’ residents to other neighboring localities. Combined Tax Rates for those in TCSD
55% REVENUE SHARING
TOTAL PROPERTY TAX
Below is a graph. TCSD Ad Valorem Chart
The chart below shows the assessed value of the property in the TCSD since 2003 for new construction and growth combined.
Note: Total assessed value is a combination of new construction and growth in value of existing properties.
Note: Total assessed value is a combination of new construction and growth in value of existing properties.
The chart below shows the Ad Valorem rate versus the TCSD assessed values.
Please see below link for the remaining debt service by year.
Yes, the reserves are established for the TCSD and are shown in the chart below: Reserves as of 6/30/19 US Bank $13,542,120* General Fund $1,000,000 *Cannot be used until final years of the debt repayment per the financing agreement.
Yes, all TCSD documents are public documents and available to any resident who wishes to view or have a copy of them. Further, to provide clarity on the TCSD, we created this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section with the goal of explaining the past, present, and future of the TCSD. Most key documents can be found in these FAQs, and we will continue to add information based on questions that are asked by citizens that are not already addressed here. The TCSD portion of the County Code can be found here: County Code
Yes, Please see links.
Goochland & Henrico Water Agreement
Goochland & Henrico Wastewater Agreement
Goochland & Richmond Wastewater Agreement
Yes, everyone pays connection fees per the Goochland County Code. Please check the Public Utilities website for the most up-to-date fees: Utility Fees
The County has an agreement with Henrico County for 5.25 million gallons of water per day (mgd). The County’s ultimate capacity from Henrico County is for 25 mgd.
Please see the Goochland and Henrico agreement - Goochland & Henrico water agreement
Yes, all accounts in the Goochland County system are on the same billing rate structure. Please check the Public Utilities website for the most up-to-date rates: Utility Rates
Yes, there are legally taxable properties that are not in the TCSD but are within the physical boundaries of the district. These properties have the benefit of water and sewer infrastructure but do not pay the ad valorem tax because they are connected to water and sewer infrastructure built by a private land owner in the early 1990s, before the creation of the TCSD in June 2004. While these properties are within the TCSD boundaries, they are served by the privately built infrastructure and are not part of the TCSD.
While not subject to the ad valorem tax, each of these properties pay capacity charges that are unique to these properties and are not paid by any properties that pay the ad valorem tax.
Here is a listing of those properties and the amount of reserved capacity:
The capacity charges are designed to defray the County’s cost from Henrico County to purchase its water and sewer capacities. The capacity charge helps to pay for the operational expenses of maintaining the water and sewer infrastructure.
The capacity charges collected from these properties vary from year to year, but totaled approximately $93,000 in Fiscal Year 2017.
Yes. The capacity charges have been applied to each account since the first agreement signed on December 21, 1990.
No, capacity charges are applied to each account even if it is not connected to the County system.
No. Capacity charges are not deposited in the general fund or the ad valorem account. The revenue generated from the capacity charges is treated in a similar manner to our regular utility usage fees and are used for the operation and maintenance expenses for the utility system.
None of those property owners have expressed an interest in transferring any of their reserved capacity; moreover, the capacity for those property owners represents only 412,000 gpd of the 5.25 million gpd capacity the County has reserved with Henrico. If the County needs more, it is entitled to increase its capacity from Henrico to 25 million gpd. Please see executed contract document with Henrico County for more details.
Yes. Henrico County provides the 5.25 million gpd of capacity without making any distinction between TCSD and capacity charge customers.
Once the private infrastructure system was installed, the County department of utilities began to operate and maintain it as part of the overall utility system, thereby incurring some operational expenses. However, most of the properties connected to the system shortly after it was completed and continue to generate utility revenue to offset expenses.
No. Except those properties listed in the table in question number 21, any property connecting to TCSD infrastructure pays the ad valorem tax.
There are 4 main water connections from Henrico County to Goochland County. The TCSD paid for connections on Broad Street Road and Ridgefield Parkway. Development that pre-existed the TCSD paid for connections on Patterson Avenue and River Road.
At this time, additional connections between the 4 main connections have been created for the purposes of looping water lines to increase water quality, increase the fire flow demands, and to provide redundancy in the system in case there is a water main break.
The total water and sewer allocation charges to Henrico County, including the ‘capacity charge’ accounts, is approximately $365,400. In FY 2020, approximately $72,300 was paid by the ‘capacity charge’ accounts, and approximately $293,100 was paid by all other customers.
Yes, other than the project(s) that will use the unassigned 76,000 gallons per day of reserved capacity shown in the table in question 21, all legally taxable properties will be subject to the ad valorem tax.
There is a water and sewer system in the Courthouse. The Courthouse system purchases water and sewer capacity from the Department of Corrections and does not use any TCSD infrastructure. The properties that receive Courthouse water and sewer services do not pay the ad valorem. However, they pay the same water and sewer rates as all utility customers.
There are also some privately owned and operated water systems in the County. They were not constructed with County funds and they do not pay ad valorem taxes.
The Board of Supervisors will consider requests for removal from the district once every two (2) years beginning in September 2016. The next consideration will be September 2020. There are certain minimum requirements that must be met before the Board of Supervisors will consider a request for removal. 1.The request must be for residential property not currently serviced by water or sewer. If the property is serviced by water and/or sewer from the TCSD, the property must remain in the TCSD. 2.No such parcel shall be removed from the service district unless such removal is offset by the inclusion of parcels(s) subject to taxation of equal or greater assessed value at the time of inclusion that were added to the district within the preceding two (2) years of the request. 3.Commercial property is not eligible for exclusion from the TCSD. In addition, any parcel of land that is removed from the district shall not be eligible for rejoining the district for a period of five (5) years after the request to be entered back into the district. An application to be removed from the TCSD can be found below:
Yes, please see this link for a presentation that combines all of the FAQ questions into one document - TCSD Powerpoint Presentation
An underground storage tank (UST) system is a tank (or a combination of tanks) and connected underground piping having at least 10 percent of their combined volume underground. The tank system includes the tank, underground connected piping, underground ancillary equipment, and any containment system. The federal UST regulations apply only to UST systems storing either petroleum or certain hazardous substances.
Until the mid-1980s most underground storage tanks (USTs) were made ofbare steel, which is likely to corrode over time and allow UST contents to leakinto the environment. To address a nationwide problem of leaking USTs, Congresspassed a series of laws to protect human health and the environment beginningin 1984 with an amendment to the Solid Waste Disposal Act.
Estimated at 106 (2010 database report).
DEQ’s ‘Piedmont Regional Office’ would be the proper agency, but the specificcontact person would differ depending on the subject matter. Elizabeth Broeniman and Michael G. Kelly have been previousinspectors for Goochland County’s UST’s (804-527-5020).
All UST’s are required to have spill, overfill, and corrosionprotection. Testing frequency depends on the type of UST. Somesystems require daily product reconciliation by taking daily tank readings toverify that the product leaving the tank is attributed to filling a vehicle andnot a leak. Other systems are outfitted with a digital gauge. Thesetank volume readings are verified by a third party specializing in statisticalanalysis. Every three years, systems are required to verify that thefuel lines pass a tightness test and a tank cathodic protection test. These reports are provided to the DEQ representative during their inspections.
DEQ inspects registered tanks every three years. They check forthe technical requirements listed above, conduct an onsite inspection, andverify the owners’ financial responsibility to pay for costs associated withcleaning up releases and compensating third parties.
DEQ has jurisdiction over all UST’s, therefore, whenever Goochland County government receives a question or concern regarding them, we coordinate directly with DEQ.
DEQ has jurisdiction over the UST program. They conduct inspections every three years.
Farm and residential tanks of 1,100 gallons or less capacity holding motor fuel used for noncommercial purposes and tanks of 110 gallons or less capacity do not need to meet federal UST requirements. This is also the distinction between residential and commercial tanks.
Removal or abandoning of underground storage tanks (UST) must be done by a licensed contractor and requires a mechanical trades permit from the Building Inspection department. Please contact the Community Development Customer Service Center at 556-5860 or visit the Building Inspection website at http://www.goochlandva.us/168/Building-Inspection
TheDepartment of Environmental Quality oversees the abandonment or removal ofUSTs. Please visit the DEQ website for more information http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/LandProtectionRevitalization/PetroleumProgram/StorageTanks/undergroundstoragetanks.aspx.
Please visit the EPA website at https://www.epa.gov/ust/frequent-questions-about-underground-storage-tanks
Please visit our Well FAQs here to get information regarding well testing.
Please click here to for the Frequently Asked Questions regarding septic systems.
Contact the Goochland Health Department at 556-5843 or a local laboratory. Additional information may be viewed at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/onsite-sewage-water-services-updated/private-well-program/
Contact the Goochland Health Department at556-5843 or a local well driller. Additional information may be viewed at http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/environmental-health/onsite-sewage-water-services-updated/private-well-program/
Contact the Goochland Health Department at 556-5843. A representative of the Health Department will visit your property to conduct a sanitary survey of the area requested for the well. A permit will be issued for a suitable location that meets the Private Well Regulations. Well permits are valid for 54 months.
Please click here to for the Frequently Asked Questions regarding septic systems.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions here on underground storage tanks.