Agricultural Land Classification for Property
How Land Classification is Determined
Each year, the Assessor is required to review property use to determine the classification for ad valorem tax purposes. Agricultural lands are valued by productivity, which is reflective of the market price of hay and the lease rate for grazing lands. If our lands were only desired for their agricultural use, productivity value and fair market value would be nearly the same. The Affidavit for Agricultural Classification
is routinely sent each year to property owners who had requested to be assessed by productivity valuation in the past. It is also sent to owners of large acreages whose land use we are unsure of, or who do not report machinery and equipment used in agriculture for their personal property taxation.
For more information, click on this link to a pamphlet prepared by the Wyoming Department of Revenue, How Agricultural Land is Valued
What is Agricultural Land?
For tax purposes, agricultural land means contiguous or non-contiguous parcels of land presently used and employed for the primary purpose of providing gross revenue from agricultural or horticultural use or any combination thereof unless the land is part of a platted subdivision. Agricultural land shall generally include land that is actively farmed, ranched, or used to raise timber for timber products to obtain a fair rate of return. The use of the land must be consistent with the land's capability to produce. The owner of non-leased land must derive annual gross revenue of no less than $500 from the marketing of agricultural products from the agricultural operation that includes the subject land. For leased land, the leasee must derive $1,000 from the marketing of agricultural products. Grazing horses does not in itself qualify for productivity valuation.
Lands that are not classified as agricultural for tax purposes are:
- Lands which have been platted and received approval from the governing body in whose jurisdiction the property resides.
- Lands in active transition from agricultural use to residential, commercial, or industrial use which includes creation or divisions of tract, parcel, or other units of land for the purposes of sale or development for such use.
- Resort or recreational lands, including dude ranch facilities, summer homes, or mountain cabins.
- Parcels of land 40 acres or less unless the landowner provides proof that such land should otherwise be classified as agricultural.
- Land zoned for purposes which exclude agricultural uses.
If you believe that your property qualifies for agricultural status, complete and return the Affidavit of Agricultural Classification
by March 1. The County Commissioners
in the past have denied requests for productivity valuation which were filed after the assessment protest period. If your application is denied, you will receive written notice of the denial and the reasons for it. If you disagree with the decision, you may protest it to the County Board of Equalization during the assessment schedule protest period
as stated on the assessment schedule