Appealing Your Value

Appeal Process for 2021

There is an appeal process to assist property owners in presenting their concerns about property revaluation. The most recent valuation date for real properties in Orange County is January 1, 2021.

Appellant can appeal online, mail in paper copy, email, or drop off paper copy at the drop box outside.

  • Online:https://appeals.spatialest.com/nc-orange
  • The first appeal is an Informal Hearing with an Orange County Tax Office appraiser. 
    • Orange County will make personnel available to hold informal hearings with the property owner. During this informal session, the property record card is reviewed and you may request an actual site visit to your property. 
      • North Carolina General Statutes put the burden of proof on the property owner to show that a tax assessment is inaccurate. 
      • Keep in mind that the informal review will be to ensure your property is assessed at 100% of its fair market value as of the revaluation date, January 01, 2021. Therefore, an informal appeal could result in an increase, decrease or no change in assessment. 
        • A change in assessment will be considered only if the owner can demonstrate that the assessed value is more or less than market value as of January 01, 2021, or that it is inconsistent with assessments of similar properties. Assessments cannot be appealed based on:
        • The % of increase / decrease or
        • The taxpayer’s ability to pay the tax
    • The tax office will send results of informal appeals via mail.
    • Informal Appeal Form & Instructions (PDF) appeals will be accepted March 24 through April 30, 2021. 
  • The next level of appeal is to the Board of Equalization and Review(BOER)
    • It is a quasi-judicial body made up of members of the Orange County community who are appointed by the Orange County Board of Commissioners. 
    • The Board consists of three regular members, generally with legal or real estate backgrounds.
      • The Board of Equalization and Review will meet to accept formal appeals from May 3rd  until June 30th
        • They will meet to hear property owners’ appeals . 
        • Property owners appealing to the BOER, or appellants, have the option of being present when their appeal is heard by the Board. 
        • Most of these meetings will be conducted virtually during normal business hours, however, we will offer alternative scheduling as needed. 
        • Appellants can submit their appeal online, mail in a paper copy, email a scanned copy, or drop off a paper copy at the drop box outside our office at 228 South Churton St, Hillsborough. 
  • Formal Appeal Form & Instructions (PDF) may be made to the Board of Equalization and Review from May 1, 2021 and before the Board adjourns on June 30, 2021. 

The Revaluation is as of January 1st 2021,

 using sales from 2019 and 2020.


 Email: reval@orangecountync.gov

Your annual Orange County tax bill may include County Tax, Special District Tax, City Tax, Fire District Tax, Solid Waste Programs Fees and Chapel Hill or Hillsborough Stormwater Fees. You may appeal the value assessment of your property, and you may also appeal the fee assessment.