Review & Appeals Process
Mass appraisal methods are utilized to bring assessments to a fair market value. The Real Estate Assessment Department will send a notice to each property owner upon completion of a reassessment. Property owners should read these notices carefully. Instructions for review, filing procedures, deadlines and scheduling are included with the notice should you have any questions or concerns.
The following are general guidelines for the appeals process:
- Administrative Review : If after you receive and review your Notice of Real Estate Assessment Change you note any errors or corrections or wish to request a review, reconsideration or explanation of your determined reassessed value, the property owner or an Authorized Agent may do so by completing an Administrative Appeal Application by the deadline. A link to all forms will be provided once notices are mailed. Real Estate Assessment staff will review your application form and assessment and will contact you for an appointment and/or notify you of any corrections to your reassessment. Hard copies of the forms are also available at the Gloucester Real Estate Assessment Department, located at 6489 Main Street on the third floor of County Office Building Two. Requests for an administrative review must be submitted on the appropriate county form by the deadline for consideration. Staff members are available if you require assistance by calling 804-693-1325.
- Board of Equalization: If the departmental review is not satisfactory, you may appeal to the Board of Equalization. This is a five-member citizen board appointed by the Circuit Court of Gloucester County. Although, by statute, property owners may appeal directly to the Board of Equalization, most differences are often resolved at the departmental level, thus eliminating the need to go through the formal Board of Equalization process. Specific information on filing an appeal with the Gloucester Board of Equalization will be posted on the Board of Equalization website.
- Circuit Court: Another level of appeal is to file a petition in the Circuit Court of Gloucester County. For information call the Clerk of the Circuit Court at 804-693-2502.