An assessment appeal is initiated by the taxpayer by filing an Application for Changed Assessment for due process if the assessed value of his or her property cannot be agreed upon with the County Assessor. Ventura County’s Assessment Appeals Board is a quasi-judicial body consisting of impartial persons or a Hearing Officer, and hears evidence from both parties (Assessor’s Office and the applicant) before deciding upon the value of the property in question. The assessment appeal process provides for the ’equalization,’ or the fairness of the assessment of a property's value.
Before you start filling out your appeal, please read the following first:
HOME/PROPERTY OWNER – You may elect to file an Application for Changed Assessment with the Clerk of the Board if you believe that the assessed value of your home/property is incorrect.
You may file your Application for Changed Assessment using one of the two methods listed below:
1. Online application – You may submit the information regarding your Assessment Appeal online, which will speed up the processing time of your application. After submitting the data, you will be REQUIRED TO MAIL OR DELIVER YOUR SIGNED APPLICATION to the Clerk of the Board by the appropriate deadline.
2. PDF – You may download and complete the online PDF or you may request a paper copy of the Application for Changed Assessment be mailed to you by contacting the Clerk of the Board. YOU MUST MAIL OR DELIVER YOUR SIGNED APPLICATION to the Clerk of the Board by the appropriate deadline.
AGENTS – As an Agent filing multiple appeals you may elect to file the Applications for Changed Assessments electronically. The electronic filing process is easy and speeds up the processing time of your application. The steps are listed below.
1. Agent Registration – Complete the Agent Registration application and mail or deliver the signed application to the Clerk of the Board.
2. Agent Authorization – Agent Authorizations attached to applications for Changed Assessment must include all REQUIRED information stated on Property Tax Rule 305(a) and (b).
3. Online Application – You must create a “Profile” and then you can provide the data regarding each of the Appeals. Be sure to upload the Agent Authorization document per Appeal. When you are finished, you may E-File the Changed Assessment Application(s) and the system will validate the application and if successful will issue you official Application Numbers for each of the Appeals.
FILING PERIOD DEADLINES ARE AS FOLLOWS:
Regular Assessment - July 2nd - September 15. If September 15 falls on Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, an application that is mailed and postmarked (or e-filed, if permitted) on the next business day shall be deemed to have been filed within the specified time period.
Supplemental Assessment - 60 Days from Date of the Notice, or Tax Bill with an Affidavit of Late Notice
Roll Change/Escape Assessment - 60 Days From Date Of Notice, or Tax Bill with an Affidavit of Late Notice
Calamity Reassessment - An Application must be Received or Postmarked No Later Than 6 Months After The Date of Notice of Such a Reassessment.