Agricultural Land Classification Questionnaire & Use of Form


The Assessor’s Office has implemented a confirmation program that is designed to correctly classify all agricultural property in the county, by gathering pertinent information through physical inspections, agricultural committees, county extension agents, agricultural industry representatives, and responses to questionnaires. Agricultural land in Colorado is valued by the Income approach, based on the earning capability of the land (See definitions on the reverse side.) If your land is no longer used agriculturally, it will be valued based on the applicable approaches to value that will reflect a current Market value. In order to make an informed decision on the proper classification, all information will be analyzed. The classification of your property will not be based solely on the information you supply on this questionnaire.


This form is designed specifically for the use of classifying parcels of land wherein the class of land is unknown, questionable or in contention. The Assessor may conduct a physical inspection of the parcel of land in conjunction with the use of this form. Please provide written documentation to support your classification and aid in the determination and classification of the parcel.


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Ranch Land

“Ranch” means a parcel of land which is used for grazing livestock for the primary purpose of obtaining a monetary profit. For the purpose of this subsection (13.5), “livestock” means domestic animals which are used for food for human or animal consumption, breeding, draft, or profit. 39-1-102 (13.5), C.R.S. Indicate the type, ownership, and the number of livestock being grazed on the ranch. Explain the type of agreement between the owner of the property and the operator of the farm or ranch.
Is Your Property Used as a Ranch?
Is the Livestock the Property of the Land Owner?
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Farm Land

“Farm” means a parcel of land which is used to produce agricultural products that originate from the land’s productivity for the primary purpose of obtaining a monetary profit. 39-1-102 (3.5), C.R.S.
Is your Land Used as a Farm?

Agricultural Land

“Agricultural land” means a parcel of land, whether located in an incorporated or unincorporated area and regardless of the uses for which the land is zoned, which was used the previous two years and presently is used as a farm or ranch, as defined in subsection (3.5) and (13.5) of this section, or that is in the process of being restored through conservation practices. Such land must have been classified or eligible for classification as “agricultural land”, consistent with this subsection (1.6), during the ten years proceeding the year of assessment. Such land must continue to have actual agricultural use. “Agricultural land” includes the land underlying any residential improvements located on such “agricultural land” and also includes the land underlying other improvements, if such improvements are an integral part of the farm or ranch and if such improvements and the land area dedicated to such improvements are typically used as an ancillary part of the operation. The use of a portion of such land for hunting, fishing, or other wildlife purposes, for monetary profit or otherwise, shall not affect the classification of agricultural land. 39-1-102 (1.6)(a)(I), C.R.S. Explain the type of agreement between the owner of the property and the operator of the farm or ranch.
Is your Land Being used by another party in an Agricultural Endeavor?
Do you have Documentation Supporting the Agricultural Endeavor?
Note: Copy of lease agreement, a receipt of lease payment, 1040F or equivalent form from IRS return, sales invoices of agricultural products or livestock, account balance sheets, brand inspection certificates, profit/loss or financial statements.
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    Any Other Type of Use

    Indicate what percentage of the property is being used for farming, ranching or any other type of use.
    Other Use?

    Property Details

    “Actual value determined - when” Once any property is classified for property tax purposes, it shall remain so classified until such time as its actual use changes or the Assessor discovers that the classification is erroneous. The property owner shall endeavor to comply with the reasonable requests of the Assessor to supply information which cannot be ascertained independently but which is necessary to determine actual use and properly classify the property when the Assessor has evidence that there has been a change in the use of the property. Failure to supply such information shall not be the sole reason for reclassifying the property. Any such request for such information shall be accompanied by a notice that states that failure on the part of the property owner to supply such information will not be used as the sole reason for reclassifying the property in question. 39-1-103 (5)(c), C.R.S.
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    Questions?

    Contact us for additional information at:

    El Paso County Assessor’s Office
    1675 West Garden of the Gods Road
    Suite 2300
    Colorado Springs, CO 80907
    (719) 520-6600

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