- First, please review your property information with the Appointed Assessor to make sure the information about the property is accurate. This is the most important step.
- Second, if you believe the information about your property is incorrect, please arrange a meeting with the Appointed Assessor to discuss any discrepancies that may affect the value of your property. The Appointed Assessor may ask to re-inspect your property to correct the property assessment if necessary.
- If you are unable to come to an agreed property value after reviewing and discussing your property and comparable properties with the Appointed Assessor, you may choose to file a complaint with your municipality’s assessment review board clerk. Information on filing an Assessment Complaint can be found on the reverse side of your Property Assessment Notice.
In order to prepare an estimated value, the Appointed Assessor needs to know about your property. The MGA allows the Appointed Assessor the “right to enter on and inspect property” so long as the owner/occupier has been given notice and informed that the intent of the inspection is to determine an assessment of the property. Information typically gathered on a property includes the type, size, age, and characteristics (e.g. heating type, plumbing fixtures, interior finish) of improvements, and the ‘property class’ based use of the improvement/property (e.g. residential, farm, commercial, industrial/manufacturing – a property may be dual purpose, residential and industrial), etc.
Data collection may be in the form of a physical inspection, in-person or phone interview, by mail-in questionnaire or survey, or by using electronic data available through photos, land titles, etc. The MGA also states an owner has a “duty to provide information” to the Appointed Assessor when it is requested, or the property owner forfeits their right to filing a complaint about the assessment. Your assessment is only as accurate as the information provided to, or gathered by the Appointed Assessor when requested.
If you have recently purchased the property, the Appointed Assessor may ask for information about the sale to be used as an indication of typical market conditions. Questions may include:
- What the use of the property was at the time of sale?
- Was it serviced?
- Was it purchased from a family member or an inheritance?
- Was there any personal property (e.g. appliances) included?
- Have there been any changes to the property since the sale?
An Assessment is the estimated value of your property for the purpose of providing a basis for a municipality to levy a property tax. You may file a complaint in regards to your assessment.
Taxes are the amount of money a municipality collects from each assessed person in order to pay expenditures and transfers set out in its annual budget and as well as pay any others requisitions allowed by the Act (i.e. Alberta School Foundation Fund, School Boards, Subsidized Seniors housing, etc.). You can NOT register a complaint against your taxes.
The information on this site is a summary of the applicable legislative requirements contained in the Municipal Government Act, The Regulations, and the Minister’s Guidelines. For further information on these statutes and procedural guides please visit Alberta Municipal Affairs: https://www.alberta.ca/municipal-affairs.aspx
Or contact Alberta Municipal Affairs Monday through Friday from 8:15 am – 4:30 pm:
Alberta Municipal Affairs
Assessment Services Branch
15th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street