Copies of all building permits are sent to the Assessor's Office by the cities and County. If the construction is new (such as a room addition), a reappraisal is required. If the construction is for replacement, repair, or maintenance, a reappraisal is not required.
The Assessor has the responsibility for annually discovering and assessing all property, and keeping track of all persons owning, claiming, possessing or controlling it, within the County as required by law. The Assessor must produce and deliver an assessment roll by July 1 of each year. The Assessment Roll becomes the base upon which local property taxes are levied, collected and distributed to the state (schools), cities, development agencies, special districts, and the County of Tulare.