How Do Residential Property Value Assessments Work?

Each year, in January, the City of Edmonton mails Residential Assessment Notices to all property owners.  The city allows the property owners to review their assessment until early March.  This window of assessment period is called the Assessment Roll.  If the homeowner has any questions regarding their assessment they can contact 311 by telephone to have many of their questions answered.  If a question cannot be answered, the homeowner may request to speak to an assessor, which is their right.

What If I’m Not Happy With My Assessment?

If a homeowner feels the assessment is incorrect or they are unsatisfied, they have the right to file an appeal prior to the closing of the Assessment Roll.

Every property owner, on their residential assessment notice, has an account number and a password. This is very important information for the property owner to gain access to their own individual property details online. In order to review your individual assessment, follow these steps:

  1. Click here to visit the Assessment & Taxes section for your property;
  2. Create a profile by clicking Create Profile;
  3. Input the details request, such as email address & password;
  4. Add your property:
    1. When adding your property, you will need the Account Code and Access Code;
    2. The Account Number is found on your Assessment Notice, which should have been mailed to your residential address;
    3. The Access Code is also found on this same Assessment Notice.
  5. Submit.

You should now have access to your property.

You have now successfully created an account with your residential property properly linked.  You may now:

  1. Click on What Makes Up Your Property’s Assessed Value.
  2. Download your detailed Property Assessment Report.
    1. This document gives you all the pertinent details of your property assesment.
  3. If you find any errors, please immediately contact 311 by telephone.

If you still disagree with the assessment given by 311, you can file an appeal This must be done before the roll is closed. You can also contact your Councillor’s office.

Why Your Assessment Might Be Wrong

There are many components to creating your tax assessment, and for many of them, the City knows the answer, i.e. lot size; however, many of them the City takes an educated guess. This is why it is very important to verify with the City the state of your property, as it can have an effect on how much property tax you will owe. The following is a list of examples of the types of things considered when preparing your tax assessment. Go to the website to verify all your residential information. Here are some common mistakes:

  • The City incorrectly estimated measurements
  • Features on your assessment were not correct such as:
    • fireplace,
    • air conditioning unit, and/or,
    • finished basement.
  • Zoning considerations in your surrounding area,
  • Incorrect dates such as “Year Built.”