Assessment Appeals Process

The annual Assessment Notice is mailed to property owners and posted online each January. It includes the County’s estimate of the fair market value of a property, as of January 1 of the current year, as well as information specific to the property (Real Property Code, Legal Description, and building/structure details).

Property owners are encouraged to review the notice carefully. Appraisers are available to discuss your assessment, the valuation process and property information. Contact your neighborhood appraiser in the Department of Real Estate Assessments by phone at 703-228-3920, email at realog2@arlingtonva.us or mail (or in person) at 2100 Clarendon Blvd., Suite 611, Arlington, VA 22201.

Note: The Real Estate Assessment Office is currently closed for in-person customer service. 

 

Steps to Appeal Your Assessment

Department Review

After speaking with an appraiser, if a property owner believes their assessment is inaccurate, they may request reconsideration of an assessment by filing a Department Review Request. The filing deadline is March 1 of each year. Applications can be submitted online, via email or by mail (and must be postmarked by March 1).

If an applicant is filing a Department Review on behalf of the property owner, a signed letter of authorization by the property owner must be submitted to the department.   

1. Appraiser Contact: Once the application is received, an appraiser will contact the property owner to set up a property inspection and discuss information and documentation included with the review.

2. Property Inspection: The appraiser typically conducts an interior and exterior inspection with a second appraiser present. Inspections include quick interior tours to confirm accuracy and determine the condition and quality of the property. Exterior inspections allow verification of property measurements and photographs of the property.

3. Appraiser Review: The appraiser reviews all information provided by the property owner, information gathered from the inspection and any other pertinent information and completes a written recommendation. The recommendation is submitted to the appraiser’s supervisor, who reviews and reaffirms the recommendation and submits to the Director of Real Estate Assessments for final determination.

4. Withdrawal/Refusal of Inspection:  The property owner may withdraw a review or refuse to have their property inspected. The property owner will receive written acknowledgement of the withdrawal. If a property owner refuses an inspection, the review will be processed with available pertinent information.

5. Results: There are three possible results of a review: a decrease, confirmation or an increase in the assessment. The property owner will receive written notification of the appeal decision by mail or email. If the property owner disagrees with the results of the department review, the next option is to appeal to the Board of Equalization. If a department review was filed and no determination letter has been received by April 1, the property owner should file an appeal to the Board of Equalization to reserve that option to appeal, if needed. 

Board of Equalization Review

The Board of Equalization (BOE) conducts hearings on property assessment disputes. It is their responsibility to make a fair, impartial decision on all property assessment disputes between taxpayers and the Department of Real Estate Assessments. The BOE is comprised of seven members, all county residents, appointed annually by the Circuit Court and Arlington County Board. The BOE functions separate and independent from the Department of Real Estate Assessments.

Appeals to the Board of Equalization must be filed or postmarked by April 15. Appeals to the Board of Equalization may be submitted online. Property owners may file an appeal directly with the BOE if they do not want to go through Department Review.

File Suit to the Circuit Court

If you do not agree with the decision from the Board of Equalization, your final opportunity is to file suit in Circuit Court. This will usually involve hiring an attorney to represent you. For more information, contact:

Arlington County Circuit Court
1425 North Courthouse Road
Arlington, VA 22201
Phone: 703-228-7010