Assessment Appeal

The State Board of Equalization has prepared a pamphlet to assist you in completing this application. You may download a copy of Publication 30, Residential Property Assessment Appeals, at or on the Clerk of the Board’s website at

A non-refundable processing fee of $40.00 for each application per parcel must be paid at the time of filing. Payment can be made by check or money order payable to the County of Santa Clara. Cash is not accepted. Applications submitted without payment will result in the denial of the application.

An application may be amended until 5:00 p.m. on the last day upon which the application might have been timely filed. After the filing period, an invalid or incomplete application may be corrected at the request of the clerk or amendments may be made at the discretion of the Appeals Board or Hearing Officer. Contact the clerk for information regarding correcting or amending an application.

The Appeals Board can hear matters concerning the Assessor’s allocation of exempt values. However, it cannot hear matters relating to a person’s or organization’s eligibility for a property tax exemption. Appeals regarding the denial of exemptions are under the jurisdiction of the Assessor and/or the courts.

Based on the evidence, the Appeals Board or Hearing Officer can increase as well as decrease an assessment. The decision of the Appeals Board or Hearing Officer upon this application is final; the Appeals Board or Hearing Officer may not reconsider or rehear any application. However, either the applicant or the Assessor may bring timely action in superior court for review of an adverse action.

Filing this application for reduced assessment does not relieve the applicant from the obligation to pay the taxes on the subject property on or before the applicable due date shown on the tax bill. If a reduction is granted, a proportionate refund of taxes paid will be made by the Tax Collector’s Office for the County of Santa Clara.

Application is generated in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF). To view and print PDF files, You can download Adobe® Acrobat® Reader from the following link Adobe Reader Download

This assessment appeal application is for Unsecured Property only (Businesses, Boats, Airplanes). If you would like to appeal another type of property, please click here.