Commissioner of the Revenue


The City Council met on May 10, 2022 and passed an ordinance to amend Chapter 30 of the Chesapeake City Code, entitled "Finance and Taxation", Article XII, entitled "Food and Beverages Tax", section 30-389 thereof, to increase meal tax from 5.5% of the total amount paid for Food and Beverages to 6% of the total amount paid for food and beverages in food establishments effective July 1, 2022.

Please update your records and registers to reflect this tax increase as of July 1, 2022.

For the month of July 2022 and going forward, please use the New Food and Beverage Coupon (PDF).


The Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue assesses individual and business personal property taxes, prorates personal property taxes on motor vehicles and trailers, issues City business licenses, administers special taxes on meal, lodging, excavations, cigarettes, admissions and rental equipment, and administers the City's real estate tax relief program.

As a state Constitutional Officer, the Virginia General Assembly first created the position of Commissioner of the Revenue in 1786. The Commissioner of the Revenue is elected by the citizens of Chesapeake to a four-year term of office and serves at the pleasure of the voters.

The Commissioner of the Revenue holds office as an agent of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as local governments, and is the assessing officer on the local level for those taxes and licenses prescribed by state law and local ordinance.

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