As existing properties are altered, new properties built or others demolished, the Director of Land Valuation makes changes to the Valuation List. Certificates of use and occupancy permits from the Planning Department, information from owners or occupiers and periodic re-inspections by the Land Valuation Department staff will bring these changes to the Director’s attention.
Prior to an inspection, the taxpayer will receive written notification from the Department of the proposed site visit together with the contact details of the member of staff who will be carrying out the inspection. Land Valuation Department staff will have photo identification with them during a site visit and should you have a concern about someone purporting to be from the Department, please call the Department on 297-7964 for confirmation.
The staff member will inspect the property and record details necessary for valuation purposes, including measurements of the structures on the property and notes of other factors that affect the value of the unit. The resurvey also provides an opportunity for the Department to update its records and pick up any additional changes which may have taken place at the property since our last site visit.
Residential properties are measured on an external basis, however in some instances, internal access to a valuation unit may be required, for example where there are apartments, to establish the division walls between the units. Commercial units are measured on an internal basis and internal access is therefore required during the inspection.
Once the onsite data capture is completed, a valuation of each valuation unit at the property is carried out, having regard to the established levels of value in the Valuation List. A notice is then served on the taxpayer of record proposing to alter the Valuation List accordingly.
There is a right of objection if you are aggrieved with the reassessment.