New! Assessment Appeals can now be viewed online. You can now look up the status of a current case, view the current agenda of the Assessment Appeals Board, or view Assessment Appeals Board meeting minutes.
The Assessment Appeals filing period is open from July 2, 2016 through November 30, 2016.
PROCESSING FEES REQUIRED
A NON-REFUNDABLE PROCESSING FEE OF $65 PER PARCEL OR APPRAISAL UNIT IS DUE TO THE CLERK OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AT THE TIME OF FILING AN APPLICATION FOR CHANGED ASSESSMENT. FOR PARCELS OR APPRAISAL UNITS WITH AN ASSESSED VALUE OF GREATER THAN $30,000,000 A $1,000 NON-REFUNDABLE PROCESSING FEE IS DUE TO THE CLERK OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AT THE TIME OF FILING. THESE NON-REFUNDABLE PROCESSING FEES ARE PAYABLE BY CHECK, CASH OR MONEY ORDER TO "COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA".
IN THE EVENT THAT AN APPLICATION IS FILED WITHOUT THE REQUIRED FEE(S), THE CLERK OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS WILL NOTIFY THE APPLICANT BY MAIL THAT THEY HAVE 20 CALENDAR DAYS FROM THE DATE OF THE LETTER TO REMIT THE REQUIRED FEE(S) TO THE CLERK OF THE BOARD. IF THE REQUIRED FEE IS NOT RECEIVED BY THE CLERK OF THE BOARD WITHIN 20 CALENDAR DAYS OF THE DATE OF THE LETTER TO THE APPLICANT, THE APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED INVALID AND WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
TO AVOID DELAY, DO NOT MAIL OR DELIVER APPLICATIONS AND PROCESSING FEES SEPARATELY. APPLICATIONS AND REQUIRED PROCESSING FEES MAY BE HAND-DELIVERED OR MAILED TO THE CLERK OF THE BOARD AT THE FOLLOWING ADDRESS:
105 E. ANAPAMU STREET, ROOM 407
SANTA BARBARA, CA 93101
The Clerk of the Board Office provides functional support for the County Assessment Appeals Process. This process is initiated when a citizen files a "Property Tax Assessment Appeal" and involves the Taxpayer, The County Assessor and the County Assessment Appeals Board. Members of the Assessment Appeals Board are appointed by the Board of Supervisors. An "Assessment Appeal" is a challenge by a taxpayer of the value assigned to a property by the County Assessor.
It is the Constitutional duty of the County Assessor to assess the value of all properties in Santa Barbara County. As of March 1, 2000, the total assessed value translates into approximately 30 million in property tax to the County annually. In cases where a taxpayer objects to the assessed value of their property, they have the right to seek a review of that value. The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has delegated the authority to review assessed values to an appointed 5 member "Assessment Appeals Board" by Ordinance in 1973 (S.B. Co. Ordinance no. 2482).
The Clerks role in Managing the Assessment Appeal process consists of the following function:
- Management of Assessment Appeal Process
- Providing Assistance to Taxpayers Regarding Assessment Appeal Process
- Acceptance of Assessment Appeal Application
- Review of Applications for Completeness
- Prepare and Complete Notice for Assessment Appeal Hearings
- Preparing the Assessment Appeal Hearing Calendar and Agenda
- Clerking and Taking Minutes of Assessment Appeal Hearings
- Preparing Minutes Orders and Notifying the Parties of Appeal Board Actions
Forms and Publications:
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Assessment Appeals Application
(.pdf form updated 1/2015)
- How to file an Assessment Appeal Application
- How to Prepare for an Assessment Appeal Hearing
- Assessment Appeals Manual
Assessment Appeals Links:
For information regarding the Assessment Appeal Process, Hearing Schedules and Assessment Appeal Agendas or an Assessment Appeal Form, please contact the Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board at (805) 568-2248.