Assessor

Limited In-Office* Services by Appointment Only Starting Monday June 15th

Available appointment times are between 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday for the following services:

  • Senior Citizen and Disabled Persons tax relief applications and/or renewals
  • Mobile Home Transactions
  • Business Personal Property
  • Open Space and Agricultural use applications and renewals
  • Mapping Review and Support

Appointments may be made by calling 360-778-5050 or emailing assessor@co.whatcom.wa.us

*Face masks are required for all citizens entering the Assessor’s Office

We are still here to help and most transactions can be taken care of by mail, on-line, by email or over the phone.

  1. Limited In-Office Services Available by Appointment

    Starting Monday, June 15th citizens may begin making appointments for certain limited in-office services. Read on...
  2. Appraisers Starting On-Site New Construction Inspections

    Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are starting on-site new construction inspections for properties issued building permits within the last year. Read on...
  3. 2020 Property Tax Information Statement

    The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office is responsible for annually updating assessed values for all real and taxable personal property in Whatcom County, and calculating levy rates for all taxing districts for property tax purposes. Additional Info...
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Term

The Assessor is elected to a 4-year term, nonpartisan position. The current term is from January, 2020 to January, 2024.

Mission

Maintain the integrity of a professional property tax administration. Equitably list and establish taxable value for all real and taxable personal property in the county, used to distribute tax responsibility. Deliver irrefutable excellence in customer service.

Services

Established by state constitution and laws, directed by the Department of Revenue, the Assessor´s Office:

  • Appraises and revalues all real property, and physically inspects 1/6th of all real property, every year. Responds to building permit activity to include new construction additions
  • Maintains inventory, description, ownership, sales and mapping for all property
  • Publishes an annual tax booklet, which includes the statement of assessed valuations, tax rates and taxes levied within the various taxing districts of Whatcom County
  • Provides information, education and assistance
  • Provides public computer access to assessment data, also now available on the Internet through the Real Property Search
  • Allocates value to taxing districts, calculates levy rates and certifies tax roll to Treasurer
  • Administers and provides information for tax exemptions
  • Prepares defenses of valuations for Board of Equalization, State Board of Tax Appeals and courts