Right of Way and Utilities Division

Appraiser Fee Panel

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has staff appraisers that may complete appraisals for right-of-way work.

Depending upon a project's nature and scope, appraisals may be contracted to outside parties. 

Those who complete appraisals for VDOT and are not VDOT employees are members of an “Appraiser Fee Panel”.

Admission is required prior to submitting proposals to complete appraisal work on VDOT’s behalf. In order to become a member,  refer to the “Appraiser Requirements and Application Process”.

Appraisal Information

Appraisal Services for the Acquisition of Right of Way and Associated Services

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is requesting proposals from licensed appraisers who wish to be considered for providing, on a state-wide basis, appraisal services necessary for the acquisition of rights of way under a two-year agreement.

It will be required of persons, corporations, or partnerships expressing interest that the services requested, relating specifically to appraisal services be performed according to current United States Department of Transportation / Federal Highway Administration guidelines and policies, VDOT policies and procedures, applicable federal and state laws and USPAP.

Appraisers shall have a demonstrated ability to perform these services. The scope of services include the appraisal of right of way by Virginia licensed appraisers or out-of-state appraisers who have a reciprocal license.

VDOT’s stratified appraiser panel consists of  an appraiser, a senior appraiser and a review appraiser. All applicants must meet the minimum requirements outlined for each level defined below:


Appraisers licensed as “residential” or “certified residential” real estate appraisers are categorized as “appraisers”.

Certified general real estate appraisers with less than 2,000 hours of appraisal experience specific to eminent domain will qualify as an “appraiser” on VDOT’s approved appraiser panel.

In addition, the appraiser must have seven hours of continuing education specific to eminent domain before the first assignment or within six months of application to VDOT’s approved appraiser panel, whichever is first.

Senior Appraiser

Must be licensed as a “certified general” real estate appraiser and must have more than 2,000 hours of appraisal experience specific to eminent domain.

In addition, the appraiser must have a minimum of 28 hours of continuing education specific to eminent domain appraisal.

Review Appraiser

Requirements are the same as senior appraiser. In addition, the review appraiser must have demonstrated at least two years of commercial real estate appraisal review experience and have experience testifying as an expert witness.

Firms or individuals interested in being considered must reply with three copies of qualifications. Qualifications and requirements for application are outlined in the prequalification questionnaire at the link below.

Replies should be sent to

Neil Hord
Administrative and consultant contracting manager
1401 E. Broad St.
Richmond, Virginia 23219

A copy of the prequalification package and additional information may be obtained by calling 804-786-4079.
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Page last modified: Oct. 30, 2019