If you disagree with the Assessor’s estimate of value, all property owners have the opportunity to appeal and provide evidence that it is inaccurate. The Douglas County Assessor provides several options to appeal property value from May 1 to June 8 each year (see Protest/Appeals Calendar). Reasons for an appeal might include:
Employees of the Assessor’s office have been trained to be polite and helpful. They will do anything within their means to help you get the information you need for an appeal. Please view them as an ally, not an adversary.
If you think your value is correct, but your taxes are too high, this is an issue you must take up with the officials who determine budgets for each taxing authority. Taxes can not be appealed through the Assessor’s office.
Online appeals will be accepted through midnight on June 8. To preserve your right, your online appeal must be time-stamped before midnight on that date.
If you choose to mail a written appeal, you may elect to complete the form located on the Notice of Valuation. To preserve the right of appeal, the written filing must be postmarked no later than June 8.
If you wish to meet with an appraiser in-person or virtually, appointments can be made online or by calling the Assessor’s office at 303-660-7450 between May 1 and June 8.
Look up your property on the Assessor’s website. This is easy to do from the Assessor home page.
Check the living area of your home, the size of your lot, the presence or absence of a garage or finished basement, the construction materials, the quality of construction and so on.
Access “View Neighborhood Sales” from your Property Details page, or by clicking here. The results of this search will provide verified local sales that have been filtered to fall within the study period. You may also review the entire sales database with the Advanced Search reporting tool.
This application helps you review sales and their property characteristics. It is important to compare the features of these properties to yours. If there are differences, the values of the properties may be different.
The Assessor must make a decision and mail a Notice of Determination (NOD) to you before August 15th (the last working day in June during non-reappraisal years).
If you disagree with the Assessor’s determination, you can file a written appeal with the County Board of Equalization (CBOE) on or before September 15 (during non-reappraisal years the deadline is July 15) for real or personal property. The CBOE schedules and completes their hearings before November 1 (August 5 in non-reappraisal years). The board must notify you in writing within five business days after their decision is made.
If you are satisfied with the CBOE decision, the process ends there.
If not there are three options:
You must appeal within 30 days of the CBOE decision.
If you choose Arbitration after the CBOE decision, the decision reached at Arbitration is final and not subject to review.
If you are satisfied with the decision rendered by either the BAA or District Court, the process ends there. If, however, the decision rendered by either the BAA or District Court is unsatisfactory, you may then appeal to the Court of Appeals within 30 days of the BAA decision or 45 days of a District Court decision. The only appeal beyond that is to the Colorado Supreme Court.
For more information view the Protest/Appeals Calendar
Personal property Notices of Valuation are mailed no later than June 15. The Assessor conducts hearings on personal property valuation appeals beginning June 15 and continuing through June 30. The procedures are identical to those for real property protests, although the dates are different. Written personal property appeals must be postmarked on or before June 30. Hand-delivered written filings will be accepted through 5 p.m., June 30.