Email Sign-Up
Sign up for A-Mail to receive news and updates.
Click here >>

Albemarle County Newsroom


Save Money: Virginia’s Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday May 25-31

Virginia’s annual Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday is happening May 25-31.  This is the perfect time to create and stock up your emergency kit for your home, car, and office.

New this year: gas-powered chainsaws costing less than $350 and chainsaw accessories are tax free!  Among other items that are tax-exempt are these, with a price of $60 or less:

  • Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs, reusable ice       
  • Batteries, excluding car or boat batteries
  • Portable self-powered light sources, including flashlights and lanterns and glow sticks
  • First aid kits
  • Cell phone chargers
  • Weather Band radios and NOAA Weather Radios
  • Portable self-powered radios, including radios with electrical power capability
  • Bottled water of any size, including flavored and carbonated
  • Two-way radios
  • Manual can openers
  • Tarps, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths
  • Bungee cords and rope
  • Ground anchor systems, tie down kits
  • Ratchet straps
  • Duct tape
  • Carbon monoxide and smoke detectors, fire extinguishers
  • Empty gas, propane or diesel fuel tanks or containers
  • Water storage containers such as buckets, barrels, canteens, coolers

Shop for items on this list that have a sales price of $1,000 or less:
• Portable generators and generator power cords
• Inverters and inverter power cables. 

Retail outlets will have information about the tax holiday.  For more information, go to and

Return to Newsroom

Featured Events
Jack Jouett & Rio District FY 2019 Budget Meeting
3/13/2018, 6:00 PM
Planning Commission Meeting - CANCELLED
3/13/2018, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Board of Supervisors Night Meeting
3/14/2018, 6:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
White Hall District Town Hall Meeting
3/15/2018, 7:00 PM
5th & Avon Community Advisory Committee
3/15/2018, 6:00 PM
Places29-North Community Advisory Committee
3/15/2018, 6:00 PM
Solid Waste Alternatives Advisory Committee (SWAAC) Sub-committee Meeting
3/15/2018, 7:30 PM
Chris Green (COB Room 246)

View All >>
Links of Interest