Assessor’s Office

Office of the City Assessor

The function of the Assessor's Office  is to establish fair and accurate property values of all real estate and taxable business personal property in Burlington, Vermont. The department is responsible for the administration of all laws and regulations regarding property tax assessments.

The assessed values are the basis for the City's annual property tax levy. The Grand List Book is an inventory of approximately 11,000 taxable and exempt real estate parcels. Total taxable property value is greater than $3,750,000,000.

Additionally, there are approximately 300 business personal property tax accounts. All businesses need to register with the City Assessor’s office. Please click this embedded link for more information and to find the business registration form: Business Personal Property Tax.

Citywide Reappraisal project

The Board of Assessor decision letters will be mailed at the end of June. Property owners whom have appealed their property value to the Board of Assessors will have 14 days from the mailing date on the letter to appeal their property value to the Board of Tax Appeals.

 

The City is wrapping up the Citywide reappraisal project that has been underway since 2018, and will be releasing new property valuations on Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Here is the key information for Burlington property owners:

  • On Thursday, April 8, the City Assessor’s Office will be mailing changes of property valuation notices. You can view your new property valuation in that letter or on the City website (starting April 8) at: https://property.burlingtonvt.gov/.
  • The property valuation notices will contain more information about the Citywide Reappraisal and also how to file an appeal of your new valuation.

The last Citywide reappraisal was conducted in 2005. Since then, the market values of properties have increasingly diverged from their 2005 assessed values in ways that are not even across Burlington. This has resulted in property valuations no longer being fair and equitably distributed across properties, neighborhoods, and property types.

As a result, by Vermont Tax Department standards, the City was required to undertake this Citywide reappraisal. It’s important to note that the City’s Charter mandates that this reappraisal will be revenue neutral for City government. This means that though some people will owe more in taxes as a result of the reappraisal, others will owe less, and overall the City will not see any change in revenue.

The City contracted with Tyler Technologies Inc. to conduct this project. The goal of the reappraisal is to correct errors and inequitable property values so the tax burden is evenly distributed among all property types and properties.

Please see the reappraisal page for additional information about the Citywide reappraisal project.

General Property Value Updates (non-reappraisal project annual work)

Our City office staff may also be sending a letter or postcard requesting an inspection for our regular annual review of permitted improvements for residential, commercial and multi-unit apartment properties. Please follow instructions noted in this correspondence for scheduling an appointment.

The City Assessor’s office is located on the ground floor of City Hall, 149 Church Street, Room 17, Burlington, VT 05401.

We greatly appreciate the assistance from property owners in helping us make this project a success.

Thank you, John Vickery, City Assessor