Assessment Complaints

Assessment Review Boards


Assessment Review Boards are "one-level" boards. There are different assessment review boards (LARB - Local Assessment Review Board and CARB - Composite Assessment Review Board) to hear various types of complaints. The role and jurisdiction of each are outlined in Bylaw 11-05 and in An Outline of the Composition and Roles of One-Level Assessment Review Boards (PDF). You cannot appeal the decision of an assessment review board simply because you do not agree with the decision. You may request a judicial review if you believe that the board made an error on a question of law or jurisdiction.

Contact the Municipal Assessor


Many matters can be resolved without the necessity of filing a formal complaint. Please call the Town Office at 403-933-4348 to discuss your assessment concerns. If administrative staff is unable to answer your questions, they will notify the Municipal Assessor and he will get in touch with you to discuss your concerns with you directly. The Municipal Assessor will make every reasonable attempt to respond to your concerns and resolve any issues to a state of mutual agreement. The Town of Black Diamond hopes that any resident with a question or concern will make a strong effort to resolve the issue with staff assistance prior to filing a complaint.  If, after speaking with the Municipal Assessor, you still wish to file a complaint, be sure to read the following information, as well as the information on the Property Assessments page.

Complaint Items


Section 460(5) of the Municipal Government Act states "A complaint may be about any of the following matters, as shown on an assessment or tax notice:
(a)  the description of a property or business;
(b)  the name and mailing address of an assessed person or taxpayer;
(c)  an assessment;
(d)  an assessment class;
(e)  an assessment sub-class;
(f)  the type of property;
(g)  the type of improvement;
(h)  school support;
(i)  whether the property is assessable;
(j)  whether the property or business is exempt from taxation under Part 10;
(k) any extent to which the property is exempt from taxation under a bylaw under section 364.1;
(l) whether the collection of tax on the property is deferred under a bylaw under section 364.1."

Note: You may not file a complaint regarding your taxes (i.e. the tax dollar amount)

Deadlines


As an assessed property owner in the Town of Black Diamond, you have 60 days from the Notice of Assessment date shown on your Assessment Notice, to file a complaint with the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board. A complaint must be filed on the prescribed Assessment Review Board Complaint Form (PDF), include the correct fee as outlined in Bylaw 11-05 (Schedule A) (PDF), and be filed before the end of the 60 day period. The Province of Alberta has published a handy brochure entitled Filing a Property Assessment Complaint and Preparing for Your Hearing (PDF) that will help you to understand and navigate the process and strict timelines correctly. 

Once the Clerk has received a valid assessment complaint, a hearing will be scheduled.  The complainant will be notified of the date and location of the hearing.  The Clerk will include, in the hearing notification, the schedule for the required disclosure of information.

Learn More...


To learn more about Property Assessment within the Province of Alberta, please visit the Municipal Affairs webpages:
The required forms and other information that you may need to file an assessment appeal can be found below. Residents may also visit the Town Office and request the forms and assistance there by asking to speak with the Clerk of the Assessment Appeal Board.

Forms & Documentation You May Require