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Board of County Commissioners

CBOE Taxpayer Rights for Further Appeals

If you are not satisfied with the County Board of Equalization’s decision, you must file within thirty (30) days of the County Board of Equalization’s written decision with ONE of the following:

Board of Assessment Appeals

Board of Assessment Appeals
You have the right to appeal the decision of the Douglas County Board of Equalization (CBOE) to the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA).  Such a hearing is the last hearing at which testimony, exhibits, or any other type of evidence may be introduced by either party.  If the decision of the BAA is further appealed to the Court of Appeals, the record created at the BAA hearing and no new evidence shall be the basis for the court’s decision.  Section 39-8-108(1), C.R.S.

Appeals to the BAA must be made on forms furnished by the BAA and must be mailed or delivered within 30 days of the date of the mailing of the decision of the Board of Equalization to:

Board of Assessment Appeals
1313 Sherman Street, Room 314
Denver, CO 80203
Phone:  303-864-7710
www.dola.colorado.gov/baa

Filing Fee: Colorado law requires the Board of Assessment Appeals to collect a filing fee in certain circumstances. Please visit the Board of Assessment Appeals site or call for fee information.

If you appeal the valuation of income-producing commercial real property to the Board of Assessment Appeals (BAA) pursuant to Section 39-8-108(1) you must provide the following information to the Douglas County Board of Equalization (CBOE) within 90 days of filing such appeal to avoid potential dismissal of the appeal by the BAA:

  1. Actual annual rental income for two full years including the base year;
  2. Tenant reimbursements for two full years including the base year;
  3. Itemized expenses for two full years including the base year; and
  4. Rent roll data, including the name of any tenants, the address, unit, or suite number of the subject property, lease start and end dates, option terms, base rent, square footage leased, and vacant space for two full years including the base year.

Pursuant to Section 39-8-108(1), the information items listed above should be delivered to the following address:

Douglas County Board of Equalization
Attn:  BAA Submission
100 Third Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104

The CBOE highly advises all petitioners subject to this requirement to deliver the information via Certified Mail.  Upon failure to comply with the rental property provisions of Section 39-8-108, the Douglas County Board of Equalization may request the BAA to dismiss the appeal filing in its entirety

District Court

You have the right to appeal the decision of the Douglas County Board of Equalization to the Douglas County District Court.  The appeal must be filed within 30 days of the date of the mailing of the decision of the Board of Equalization.  Testimony, exhibits, or any other evidence may be introduced at the District Court hearing.  For filing requirements, please contact your attorney or the Clerk of the District Court at 720-437-6200.

Binding Arbitration

When filing a written appeal, to preserve your rights you may be required to prove that you have filed a timely appeal; therefore, we recommend all written correspondence be mailed with proof of mailing.

If you wish to appeal pursuant to the binding arbitration process, please submit your appeal in writing to:

Douglas County Board of Equalization
Attn: Douglas County Attorney
100 Third Street
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone:  303-660-7414

You have the right to submit your case to arbitration.  If you choose this option, the decision of the arbitrator is final, and your right to appeal your current valuation ends.  Section 39-8-108.5, C.R.S.   In order to pursue arbitration, you must notify the Douglas County Board of Equalization (BOE) of your intent within 30 days of the date of the mailing of the decision of the BOE.

Arbitration hearings are held within 60 days from the date the arbitrator is selected.  Both you and the BOE are required to participate.  The hearings are informal.  The arbitrator has the authority to issue subpoenas for witnesses, books, records, documents, and other evidence.  The arbitrator also has the power to administer oaths and to determine all questions of law and fact.  Upon mutual agreement, the arbitration hearing may be confidential and closed to the public.  The arbitrator’s written decision must be delivered to both parties personally or by registered mail within 10 days of the hearing.  Such a decision is final and not subject to review.

The arbitrator’s fees and expenses are to be agreed upon between you and the BOE.  In the case of residential real property, such fees and expenses cannot exceed $150.00 per case.  In the case of commercial, personal, and other property, such fees and expenses cannot exceed $250.00 per case.  The arbitrator’s fees and expenses are to be paid as provided in the arbitrator’s decision.

If you do not receive a determination from the County Board of Equalization, you must file an appeal with one of the above within the 30-day period following the denial.

When filing a written appeal, to preserve your rights you may be required to prove that you have filed a timely appeal; therefore, we recommend all written correspondence be mailed with proof of mailing.

For administrative questions (filing petitions, scheduling hearings) contact:

County Board of Equalization
100 Third St
Castle Rock, CO 80104
Phone: 303-660-7302
Fax: 303-484-4344
Email: [email protected]

For questions about the valuation of your property, contact:

Douglas County Assessor
Phone: 303-660-7450
Fax: 303-660-1429