Applying for Property Tax Reductions In North Carolina

A North Carolina Law in all 100 counties allows woodland owners a reduction in their property taxes for those who qualify.

The basic requirements in the law are that a minimum of 20 acre of woodland be managed for commercial tree growth. Management of the forested area must follow guidelines written by a Registered Forester and include a Forest Management Plan and must be submitted to the county tax office for approval.

For continued property tax deferment the landowner must follow the provisions called for in the Forest Management Plan or written by the Registered Forester.

Elements Required in a Forest Management Plan:

  1. Statement of landowner objective.
  2. Location - A map of aerial photograph must be included that locates the property within the county.
  3. Description of each forest stand showing its inventory, Management Recommendations, acreage, species, age, soil types, etc.
  4. For each stand, harvest methods and type of cuts needed such as clearcut or select cut and a time table for the development of each stand.
  5. Regeneration Technique - A sound proposed regeneration plan should show when the final crop tree harvest will be completed and what type of reforestation will occur.

For more information about Forest Management Plans and the potential tax savings, contact Stewart Gregg directly at
336-427-5126 or email at

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For more information:

Contact Stewart Gregg directly at
336.344.3388 or email at


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