Property Assessment Appeals
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.
Value Assessment Process for 2018:
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, 2017.
- For 2018, appeals may be submitted until March 31, 2018. The taxpayer should complete the Informal Notice of Appeal Form and submit it to the Tax Office with all evidence attached. The informal appeal will be reviewed by Orange County appraisal staff. Decisions are mailed to the property owner approximately 60 days after receipt of the appeal. For more information on the methodology used to evaluate property, please contact us and schedule an appointment.
- Formal Appeals may be made to the Board of Equalization and Review after March 31st and before the Board adjourns. The taxpayer should make a formal appeal in writing to the Board of Equalization and Review, who considers the appeal and makes a decision based on the evidence presented by the taxpayer. The Board's Notice of Decision is mailed to the taxpayer after the adjournment of the Board of Equalization and Review. More information is available about the Board of Equalization and Review here. Completed minutes may be viewed online.
- Exception: Certain appeals may be filed for the current year after the adjournment of the Board of Equalization and Review. These exceptions generally occur when the taxpayer is first notified of a change in valuation or exemption status after the adjournment of the Board. Typically, the taxpayer has 15 to 30 days to appeal to the Board, depending on the reason for the notice.
- Upon receiving the Board's Notice of Decision, the taxpayer has the option to further appeal to the NC Property Tax Commission. The resident must appeal to the Property Tax Commission in writing within 30 days of the notification from the Board of Equalization and Review.
Fee Assessment Appeal Process:
There are appeals processes available for fees that may be on your tax bill.
Solid Waste Programs Fee: Orange County Solid Waste Management offers an appeals process if you feel that the solid waste programs fee on your tax bill has not been accurately assessed for your property. Complete and sign a SWPF Appeals Form and submit it to Solid Waste Management. A review of the appeal will then be conducted by the County Solid Waste staff in coordination with information provided by the County Tax Office staff. Appellants will receive written notification of the outcome of their appeal from the Solid Waste Management department. Your appeal should be submitted by mail or fax to:
P.O. Box 17177
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
- Chapel Hill Storm Water Management Fee: Chapel Hill also offers an appeals process to the property owners who believe that the calculation of the impervious surface on their lot is incorrect. Complete this appeal form and submit it by mail to the address indicated on the form. Your appeal will be reviewed by the Chapel Hill Stormwater Staff, who will in turn mail a response to the address you provide on your appeal form.
- Hillsborough Storm Water Management Fee: Hillsborough offers an appeals process to property owners who believe that the storm water fee charged on their property tax bill is not correct. Please complete the appeal form and submit it by mail to the address indicated on the form, or complete and email to the address on the form. Your appeal will be reviewed by Hillsborough Stormwater Staff, who will mail a response to the address you provide on your appeal form.