To ensure that property owners have a voice in the property assessment system, the Municipal Government Act provides property owners with the ability to ask for an independent review of their property assessment.
The following information provides details on working with the Assessment Review Board to file an assessment complaint:
Filing a Complaint:
The first step an assessed person should take if he or she believes his or her property assessment is unfair or inaccurate is to contact their assessor as assessors can make corrections to a property assessment without a complaint being filed. Contact Red Deer County’s Assessment Services Department at 403.350.2166 to speak to your assessor. Please note that the value shown on the assessment notice is based on the estimated value of that property on July 1 in the previous year.
If the assessor and the property owner cannot come to an agreement, the property owner may begin the formal complaint process by filing a complaint with the Assessment Review Board.
Complainants must demonstrate that the assessment of their property is not correct. Preparing a case for the complaint hearing will take some time and research. See the Alberta Municipal Affairs information brochure: Filing a property assessment complaint and preparing for your hearing for more information on the process (link below or visit www.alberta.ca)
The final date that complaints must be filed by is 60 days from the Notice of Assessment Date; this date is identified on the top right corner of the assessment notice under Complaint Date. Please note that complaint forms that are incomplete, filed late, or without the required filing fee are invalid.
Complaint Filing Fee:
The complaint filing fee must be submitted with the completed complaint form or the complaint will be invalid. Fees for filing a complaint are outlined on the back of your assessment notice.
Cheques for fee are payable to Red Deer County. Please submit your payment and completed provincial complaint form to the County’s Assessment Review Board Clerk at:
Red Deer County 38106 Range Road 275, Red Deer County, AB T4S 2L9
*Please note that a complaint against your assessed property does not exempt you from paying taxes on time or from late payment penalties. If an appeal is successful, the adjustment will be applied to the tax roll. Refund requests must be received in writing to the above address.
Alberta Municipal Affairs - Property assessment complaints and appeals Information
Alberta Municipal Affairs Brochure - Filing a property assessment complaint and preparing for your hearing.
Red Deer County Assessment & Taxes Forms
Red Deer County 2018/33 Fee Bylaw