Frequently Asked Questions

When is real property reappraised?

Under State law (Proposition 13), real property is reappraised only when a change-in-ownership occurs, or upon completion of new construction. 

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January 1, 2014
Why is the acreage shown for my parcel on the Assessor's Map different from the acreage my surveyor and/or realtor say I actually own ?

The acreage shown for each parcel on the Assessor's Map is the "net" acreage of that parcel.

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January 1, 2014
The new owners of the property next to mine say that the fence between our two properties is in the wrong location and must be moved

Can you help me?

The Assessor/Clerk-Recorder has no authority to and cannot: A) Give anyone legal advice; B) Determine the actual ground location of any property boundaries or corner marks of a parcel; or C) Prepare deeds or read/write land descriptions for property owners. 

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January 1, 2014
How can I be assigned, confirm or verify the official site address for a building or building site on a given assessment parcel number ("APN") ?

The "official" address for a building or building site can only be issued, confirmed or verified by the City's or County's Building, Community Development or Planning Department

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I own two or more adjacent lots covered by a separate APN, How can I receive just one overall tax bill covering all of the lots?

 I own two or more adjacent subdivided lots each covered by a separate assessment parcel number ("APN") and received two or more tax bills.  How can I receive just one overall tax bill covering all of the lots?

If the City's or County's Building, Community Development or Planning Department confirms, in writing, that the lots cannot be developed, financed, leased or sold separately, then they may be combined into one tax bill.

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January 1, 2014
I receive just one tax bill on several adjacent subdivided lots that I own all covered by one APN. How can I get separate APNs and tax bills?

 

If the City's or County's Building, Community Development or Planning Department confirms, in writing, that each of the lots can be developed, financed, leased or sold separately, then there may be a separate tax bill for each lot.

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January 1, 2014
If land has been drawn as two or more separate assessor’s parcels, does that mean that those APN's can each be separately transferred, sold, leased, financed or developed ?

 If an overall area of land has been drawn and numbered as two or more separate assessor’s parcels on the assessor’s maps, does that fact alone mean that those separate assessor’s parcels can each be separately transferred, sold, leased, financed or developed ?

 No.  Depending on where the land is located, the city’s or county’s building, planning and/or community development department has primary authority to determine if any specific area of land can be separately transferred, sold, leased, financed or developed. 

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