Preston County Frequently Asked Questions

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You are eligible at age 65 contact the Preston County Assessor’s Office for further details 304-329-1220.

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You may qualify for an exemption on one vehicle if you are on active duty stationed outside of WV. Please provide us with a copy of your military ID and contact the Assessor’s Office.

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No, the county does not have a noise ordinance.

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No the County no longer sells hunting / fishing licenses, they can be purchased online at: www.wvhunt.com

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No, the county has no zoning. If you are building inside an incorporated area you need to contact that city hall.

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If the dog is running loose report it to the Animal Shelter 304-329-3461. If it is a vicious dog or has bitten call 911.

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Contact the Preston County Assessor’s Office for details of these programs.

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No, however there are several community neighbor watch programs. These are: Terra Alta 304-789-6524, Bruceton Mills 304-379-6600, Tunnelton 304-568-2338, Gladesville gladesvilleneighborhoodwatch@frontier.com, Kingwood 304-329-2220, Rowlesburg 304-454-9229

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The County Commission meets every Monday at 9:30AM, except for the first meeting of the month which is at 6:30PM.

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These can be obtained from the Circuit Court 304-329-0047

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You apply in person at the Preston County Sheriff’s Department.

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You would apply from the state, however you will need a zoning letter from the county, contact the County Commission Office for this letter.

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These can be found in the County Clerk’s Office (304-329-0070)

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You will receive your dog tags when you pay your dog taxes, which is done in the Assessor’s Office.

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License sticker can be obtained in the Sheriff’s Tax Office.

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They can be paid at the Sheriff’s Tax Office in the County Annex, balance and receipts can be found online. For more information click here.

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If the ticket was written by a Preston Sheriff Department Deputy or State Police contact Magistrate Court, if written by a municipal officer contact the City Hall of the town it was written in.

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Approximately 60% of property tax dollars go to schools and education if you live in a district. County government gets approximately 39% which is used to support the courthouse, jail, and various services such as: Economic Development, Health Department, Animal Shelter and Animal Control, Emergency Services and Social Services. The remained goes to the state. The school excess levy goes to the school system.

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Contact the County Clerk’s Office for more information 304-329-0070

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The county has no control over road repairs, contact the Preston County Department of Highways for information 304-329-0192

Commission Contact

Commission Hours

  • Mondays: 8:30AM to 5:30PM
  • Tuesdays-Fridays: 8:30AM to 4:30PM
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  • Commission meets every Monday of each month at 9:30AM, except on the First meeting of the month, which will meet at 6:30 PM.

Court House Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 8:30AM to 5:00PM

Some County Facts

  • Formed in 1818, named in honor of James Patton Preston Area equals about 653.8 square miles. Preston County WV county area map

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