Richland County Assessor
Elizabeth M "Liz" McDonald
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
2020 Hampton Street, 2nd Floor
The Richland County Assessor’s Office welcomes you to our information page. The general duties of the Assessor are to appraise all property at fair market value and place them on the tax rolls to generate revenue for Richland County.
We also classify property at a 4% ratio for your legal residence meaning that you own and occupy the property as your primary residence or at a 6% ratio for commercial property or non-owner occupied. We have approximately 169,900 pieces of property in our inventory and we are monitoring values and adding new construction each year as buildings are built. State Law requires we do a reassessment every 5 years and the latest reassessment will be accomplished tax year 2014. We also have a complete list of ownership of all property owners in Richland County and we separate parcels by taxing district so we can turn these values over to the Auditor for determination on millage in order to create the tax bills which are done roughly in November of each tax year.
The office has 34 employees of which we have 15 appraisers who are out in the field, each day. When building permits are received from county and local municipalities, we work those building permits and in this way we add value to the tax rolls. We also accept appeals. Each year we will send notices of classification appraisal and assessment of real estate for all new construction providing that the value increases by a sum greater than $1,000. By law if you recieve a notice, you are given 90 days to appeal the value of the property. Otherwise, you have the right to appeal between January 16 of that tax year going all the way through the first penalty period in the next year. Essentially from January 16 through January 15 of the next tax year.
We are here to assist and we hope the information displayed on these pages will be helpful to you.
Real Property Tax Bills Available Online
Residents seeking copies of their tax bills and other information can skip the trip to the County Administration Building.
Real estate, vehicle, business and personal property tax information is available online by making just three clicks and entering some basic data. Residents are encouraged to access their tax information by visiting richlandcountysc.gov, clicking “Online Payments” at the top of the gray menu box, clicking the tax payments link, then clicking the “Real Estate” button.
Online Property Value and Tax Estimate
Citizens can look up properties and receive tax estimates, by accessing the Property Value and Tax Estimate Inquiry page. Here the user will find real property values, property descriptions, links to maps and the ability to receive tax estimates.
2019 Multiple Lot Discount - May 1, 2019 Deadline
The 2019 Multiple Lot Discount (MLD) applications are about to go into the mail. The MLD is a special valuation that is afforded only to developers, licensed homebuilders and licensed contractors who are owners of undeveloped subdivision lots. It is codified under SC Code of Law section 12-43-225 and over the past several years, this law has been modified. Therefore, the applicant is encouraged to review the law to ascertain their eligibility. Here is a link to Title 12, Chapter 43. For subdivision plats recorded after January 1, 2001, the subdivision must contain 10 or more buildable lots to be eligible for the MLD.
Here is a link to a blank 2019 MLD application.
Military Homeowner Protection Act
2019 Tax Year - Application deadline is January 15, 2020
Active duty military that have received orders (PCS) or a temporary duty (TDY) assignment of at least one year may apply to retain the special assessment as legal residence on their property in Richland County, even though the property is no longer occupied as their primary residence. The deadline for the 2018 tax year was January 15, 2019.
Click here for the online application.
It is important to note that the law requires that the property owner reapply each year inorder to retain the special assessment.
Mailing Address Change
For your convenience, you can email a mailing address change for your real property to Assessor.COA@RichlandCountySC.Gov
Please understand that a correct mailing address is critical to real property taxation and as such, to ensure that our office does not err in making an incorrect change, a scanned copy of the owner’s picture ID is required for this request to be honored. It is also important to know that this mailing address change will only affect the mailing address for the property that you request in this email. If you have more than one property that requires a change, please be sure to list each property. Thank you for your assistance in ensuring the record is accurate.
2014 Reassessment Guide
Online Tax Estimate
Pay Property Taxes Online
Mobile Home FAQ's
SC Department of Revenue - Exempt Property FAQ's
GIS & Mapping
Click Here for access to the SCDMV driver's license mailing address change.
SC County Links
Special Assessment as Legal Residence - 4% Ratio
Special Valuation as Agricultural Use
Multiple Lot Discount
ATI Exemption Application
Builder/Developer Property Tax Exemption
Special Valuation as Homeowner's Association (HOA)
Mailing Address Change
Click Here for an Application for Exemption from the SC Department of Revenue
Click Here for a Copy of a Power of Attorney Form SC2848
Click Here for an Appeal Form