Assessment Complaint Procedure
Assessment notices were mailed to each landowner on June 11, 2020. If you have any questions or concerns about your property assessment, please contact the County's Assessment Department as soon as possible at 780-663-3730.
You are entitled to see or receive information about how the assessor prepared the assessment of your property. For more information, refer to the Guide to Property Assessment and Taxation in Alberta.
Click here for information regarding the exchange of information between a property owner and the assessor.
If, after reviewing your assessment with the Assessor, you still believe that your assessment or the assessment of another property is unfair or incorrect, you may file a written complaint to the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board on the Assessment Review Board Complaint Form. The deadline to file a Property Assessment Complaint is August 18, 2020.
Please note the following requirements when filing your assessment complaint:
a) The complaint should be made on the official Complaint Form.
b) You may not complain about your taxes. You may only complain about your assessment, class of assessment, type of property, or other information on your assessment notice that is not the amount of your taxes.
c) All sections of the Complaint Form should be completed. If your Complaint Form is incomplete, it may be considered invalid and the Assessment Review Board may not hear your complaint. If you are unsure how to complete the Complaint Form, please contact the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board at 780-663-3730.
d) If you wish to have another person file the Complaint Form on your behalf, you must complete an Assessment Complaints Agent Authorization. Your agent may do any one or more of the following:
i) file the complaint on your behalf,
ii) discuss the matters of the complaint with the assessor,
iii) reach an agreement with the assessor to correct the matter under complaint,
iv) withdraw the complaint,
v) prepare for the Assessment Review Board hearing,
vi) represent you at the Assessment Review Board hearing.
Please note that your agent is not authorized to obtain information about your assessment from the assessor. You must obtain this information yourself.
e) You should discuss your complaint with the County's assessor before filing the complaint because you may be able to resolve the complaint without a hearing. If you choose to proceed with the complaint, you should indicate on the Complaint Form, the outcome of your discussion with the assessor. If you have not discussed your complaint with the Assessor, you should indicate on the Complaint Form why the discussion did not take place.
f) You must include the required assessment complaint fee when you submit the complaint form. The assessment complaint fee is:
i) $50 for each property that is a farmland property or a residential property with 3 or fewer dwelling units;
ii) $250 for each property that is a non-residential property or residential property with 4 or more dwelling units.
If the Assessment Review Board makes a decision in your favor, the complaint fee will be refunded.
g) The completed Complaint Form and applicable assessment complaint fee must be received by the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board no later than the date indicated on your assessment notice. Post-marked complaints will NOT be accepted.
h) A complaint against your property assessment does not exempt you from paying taxes on time or from late payment penalties. Please pay your taxes on time. If your complaint is successful, your taxes will be adjusted.
The Complaint Form may be mailed to the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board at Beaver County, Box 140, Ryley, AB T0B 4A0 or hand-delivered to 5120 - 50 Street, Ryley, AB. If the Complaint Form is mailed, please ensure that it is mailed in sufficient time to be received by the Clerk on or before the complaint deadline. Postmarked complaints will be considered late, and may not be heard by the Board.
If your complaint is accepted, you will be notified in writing of the date of the Assessment Review Board hearing. Evidence to be presented to the Board must be submitted prior the hearing date.
A decision regarding your complaint must be made by the Assessment Review Board prior to December 31st of the year in which you made your complaint.