How can I appeal the assessed value of my property?

The only way to appeal an Assessor’s valuation of your property is by timely filing a completed appeal petition with the Whatcom County Board of Equalization. There is no fee charged for filing an appeal. The appeal petition form must be used. A letter or phone call is not acceptable as a substitute for the petition form. You must submit separate petitions for each parcel. Petition forms are available from the Clerk of the Board, by phoning and requesting one at 360-778-5018, or the Assessor’s Office at 360-778-5050. You can also download a petition.

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1. Who is the Board of Equalization?
2. How can I appeal the assessed value of my property?
3. Who may file an appeal?
4. Where can I get an appeal form?
5. What information must I provide for a completed petition?
6. What is the deadline for filing a petition?
7. If I do not meet the appeal deadlines, can the board be reconvened to consider a late filed petition?
8. How does the assessor value my property?
9. When do I receive a "Change of Value Notice?"
10. What if I did not get a "Change of Value Notice?"
11. Should I wait until after my hearing to pay my property taxes?
12. What types of evidence should I provide?
13. What if there are no sales comparable to my property?
14. What if I don’t have time to gather all the evidence by the petition deadline?
15. Should I contact the Assessor’s Office?
16. When will I have a hearing?
17. What can I expect at the hearing?
18. May I submit additional information at the hearing?
19. How soon will I receive a decision from the Board of Equalization?
20. What if I am not satisfied with the Board of Equalization’s decision?