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Whether you’re a new resident, prospective business, long-time resident or employer in Scottsville, town staff are happy to answer your questions about government services and utilities. Call Town Hall at 286-9267 or click any link below to learn more:


Town of Scottsville Government Services
Building Permits
Structural change to any building requires a building permit. Building permits are issued by the county in which the property lies (Albemarle or Fluvanna).Changes that affect the outside appearance of a building in the Historic District and in the entrance corridors require approval from the Architectural Review Board. If you are in the Historic District, you should allow at least a month for the building permit process.For more information, please contact the Town Office,, 434.286.9267

The A. Raymon Thacker Levee is built to extend three feet above the highest recorded elevation of flood waters of the James River. In addition to the levee, the flood protection system includes a pumping station and provides for gates on Ferry Street and Main Street which seal off the town from encroaching waters.

When the James River rises to flood levels, the Levee Superintendent, assisted by members of the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department, activates the pumps in the pumping station and closes the flood gates. If you hear the siren sounding from the pump station, please call 911 to inform the fire department.

Police Department
Robert H. Layman, Chief


105 Main Street
Scottsville, VA 24590
Phone: 434.286.2511
Fax: 434.286.8868

Sign Permits
Signs in the Town of Scottsville require a permit and those in the Historic District require Architectural Review Board approval. Here is an information sheet explaining the Scottsville Sign Ordinance.  Any questions should be referred to the Zoning Administrator, at 286-9267.

Sign Ordinance Information Sheet

Sign Permit Application

The Town of Scottsville does not collect real estate or personal property taxes. Scottsville property owners pay real estate and personal property taxes to that county in which their property lies (Albemarle or Fluvanna).

Scottsville derives its revenues from utility taxes, meals tax, business and professional licenses, bank franchise tax, locality share of sales taxes collected by the state, transient occupancy tax, and other revenue producing sources.

The Town Council adopts a yearly budget at a public meeting in April or May. New forms are published each year on January 1.

For information on applying for and renewing a Business or Professional License, please call Town Hall at 286-9267.

Information on Meals Tax

Information on Transient Occupancy Tax

Vehicle License Tax
Town of Scottsville residents with motor vehicles are required to pay an annual vehicle license tax.  Effective February 2011, the Town of Scottsville no longer required the display of a window decal as evidence of payment.

The annual license tax is $30 for cars and trucks, $15 for motorcycles, $25 for trailers over 1,500 pounds, and $5 for trailers under 1,500 pounds.

New residents must pay the vehicle license tax (prorated by month) within 30 days of moving to town.  Town residents pay the Scottsville vehicle license tax in lieu of the Albemarle or Fluvanna vehicle license tax, while personal property tax revenues are paid to the respective county.  Effective February 2015, Albemarle County personal property tax bills will include the vehicle license tax for Town of Scottsville residents.


Other Services and Utilities

Fire Department
The town of Scottsville and Albemarle County’s are served by volunteer and career personnel who cooperatively provide emergency services.

Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department
141 Irish Road
P.O. Box 381
Scottsville, VA 24590

Garbage and Recycling
Residents may contract for garbage collection through the services of a private firm, available by a search in the telephone book. Curbside residential pickup by private contractors should be scheduled for Thursdays only.

Residents may also dispose of garbage at the RSWA Convenience Center in Ivy (4576 Dick Woods Road) for a small fee.

A recycling container for paper only, including newspapers, magazines, and catalogs, is located behind the Scottsville Community Center (Old Scottsville School), near the ball fields. Other recyclable items can be taken to the McIntire Road Recycling Center in Charlottesville.

Scottsville Library, a branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library system, boasts a collection of more than 21,000 items. For operating hours, please call or visit their website.

330 Bird Street
Scottsville, VA 24590

Post Office
110 Scottsville Center
P.O. Box 9998
Scottsville, VA 24590

Rescue Squad
The Town of Scottsville and Albemarle County are served by volunteer and career personnel who cooperatively provide emergency services.

Scottsville Volunteer Rescue Squad
805 Irish Road
P.O. Box 550
Scottsville, VA 24590