Richland County Assessor’s Office
|John A. Cloyd, SRA, RM, RES
Richland County Assessor
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 the 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 168,000 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 the county and local municipalities, we work those building permits and this is the way in which 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. In which you are given 90 days to appeal the value of the property. If we do not send you a notice, you have the right to appeal between January 1 of that tax year going all the way through the first penalty period in the next year. Essentially from January 1 through January 15 of the next tax year.
We are here to assist and I hope the information displayed on these pages will be helpful to you.
2020 Hampton Street
Post Office Box 192
Columbia, SC 29202
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Telephone: 803 576 2640
Fax: 803 576 2681
For your convenience, you can submit a mailing address change for your real property to AssessorCOA@rcgov.us. 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.