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Assessment Appeals Board

Santa Cruz County Assessment Appeals Board Information:

If you disagree with your property tax assessment, you have the right to file an Assessment Appeal. Valid applications that are submitted timely will be scheduled for hearing before the Assessment Appeals Board where both you and the Assessor's Office must present evidence to support your opinion of value. The Assessment Appeals Board is responsible for determining value based on the evidence presented during your hearing.

Applications must be filed for each assessment that you do not agree with (per Assessor Parcel Number or Assessor Account Number). Each application only applies to a single assessment and will not have an impact on any other assessments, nor impact future assessments for the same parcel.

Santa Cruz County Assessment Appeals Board Meeting Minutes are available upon request from the Clerk of the Board.

Note: You must continue paying your property taxes on time to avoid penalties regardless of a pending assessment appeal. For questions regarding paying your taxes, or for information on how to submit a payment, please visit the Treasurer/Tax Collector’s website or contact them by email at TTC.Webmail@santacruzcounty.us, or by phone at (831) 454-2510.

The Clerk of the Board does not handle assessment functions or generate assessment notice documents. For questions about your current assessment, please visit the Assessor’s website or contact them by email at asrwebmail@co.santa-cruz.ca.us, or by phone at (831) 454-2002.


Important COVID-19 Information

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the County Administrative office has implemented additional safety measures, and we are operating with reduced in-office staffing.

County business will continue to be conducted online, by phone, email and by appointment. Prior to visiting our office, or for assistance when the window is closed, please contact COB staff by phone at (831) 454-2323 or by email at AssessmentAppeals@santacruzcounty.us so we can best assist you.


Filing Periods:

  • Regular Assessment: July 2, 2021 through November 30, 2021 (*Applications must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2021 or received by the Clerk of the Board at 701 Ocean Street, Room 520 by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on November 30, 2021).
  • Supplemental Assessment: Applications must be postmarked or received by the Clerk of the Board at 701 Ocean Street, Room 520 (delivered by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time) no later than 60 days after the date printed on the Notice of Supplemental Assessment.
  • Assessment Roll Changes: Applications must be postmarked or received by the Clerk of the Board at 701 Ocean Street, Room 520 (delivered by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time) no later than 60 days after the date printed on the Notice of Assessment.
  • Calamity Assessment: Applications must be postmarked or received by the Clerk of the Board at 701 Ocean Street, Room 520 (delivered by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time) no later than 6 months after the date printed on the Notice of Calamity Assessment.

Scheduled Meeting Dates:

Unless stated otherwise, regular meetings of the Santa Cruz County Assessment Appeals Board are held in the Santa Cruz County Government Center Board Chambers located a 701 Ocean Street, Room 525, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

2022: Meetings Held on Thursdays, starting at 9:00 AM
January – 20
February – 17
March – 17
July – 18: Held Virtually by Teleconference (Organizational Meeting – held on the third Monday of July)
September – 15
October – 20
November – 10
December - 8

E-Filing Coming Soon!

The Clerk of the Board is currently developing an online e-filing system for the submission of Assessment Appeal applications. Please check back soon for more updates on this exciting new tool.


How to Contact the Santa Cruz County Assessment Appeals Board:

Physical & Mailing Address:
Clerk of the Board
Attn: Assessment Appeals Board
701 Ocean Street, Room 520
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

NEW CAO Reception Window Hours:
Open Monday - Friday:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Phone: (831) 454-2323
Fax: (831) 454-2327
Email Address: AssessmentAppeals@santacruzcounty.us

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.