Annual Grievance Hearing
The City of Albany's Board of Assessment Review is conducting its annual grievance hearing June 22, 2020, from 9 am until 1 pm and then again from 6 pm from 8 pm The meeting is being conducted via Zoom with the ability to call by telephone as well.
If you would like to be heard by the Board or if you simply wish to view the proceedings please email the Department to receive an invitation.
Announcement Regarding 2020 Assessment Schedule
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to assure that all property owners have adequate opportunity to protest their assessment if they believe they are over-assessed, the City of Albany has decided to exercise several options contained in the Governor's Executive Order Number 202.22.
The modifications the City has elected to enact are as follows:
- The tentative assessment roll will be published on June 1, 2020.
- The final assessment roll will be published on August 1, 2020.
- The 2020 Board of Assessment Review hearing has been rescheduled to June 22, 2020.
- More information including times of hearing will be posted here shortly.
- The Board of Assessment Review's 2020 hearing will be conducted remotely. The meeting will be open to the public via Zoom and open conference call.
- In person inspection of the Assessment Roll has been suspended for 2020.
- Department of Assessment Staff will be available electronically via Zoom, Skype, Facetime as well as by telephone and mail correspondence to assist property owners complete the required RP-524 Form. Specific information on how to schedule an appointment Assessment staff will be found here shortly.
- Form RP-524s (PDF) may be submitted by email, or may be mailed to:
Department of Assessment
24 Eagle Street
Albany, NY 12207
- If you would like to schedule a time to appear before the Board of Assessment Review either virtually through Zoom or by telephone, please call 518-434-5155 and leave a message. A member of the Assessment staff will return your call to schedule a time.
The Department of Assessment is responsible for assessing all real property within the City and administers programs that grant real property tax exemptions to eligible individuals and organizations. The Assessor annually compiles an assessment roll of approximately 31,000 properties on which real property taxes are levied. It is the duty of the Department of Assessment to ensure fairness and equity in the valuation of all of the real property within the City of Albany, and treats each property owner with courtesy and professionalism in pursuit of this goal.
Please contact the Treasurer's Office for any questions or concerns regarding your property taxes.
The Department of Assessment maintains the following responsibilities:
- Assessing Real Property within the City of Albany
- Issuing a Tentative (May 1) and Final (July 1) Assessment Roll
- The purpose of issuing a Tentative Assessment Roll is to put property owners on notice as to what will appear on the Final Assessment Roll. Property owners should inspect the Tentative Assessment Roll and if there is a concern as to its accuracy, they have the right to file a protest with the Board of Assessment Review by the fourth Tuesday in May. After the Board renders a decision, the property owner may have a right to continue their protest by means of a Small Claims action for residential properties or an Real Property Tax Law Article 7 proceeding for commercial properties.
- Administer Exemptions
- If they qualify, Property Owners may seek exemptions. The processes and time frames of obtaining an exemption vary and are specific to each exemption. If you have a question pertaining to a specific exemption please contact the Department of Assessment. A list of exemptions, along with the relevant City Code adopted by the Albany Common Council can be found below.
- The Department of Assessment works in conjunction with the building Department in order to maintain an accurate inventory of a property. Properties are updated in order to reflect any addition or demolition.