Property tax protest and appeal procedures

The law gives property owners the right to protest actions concerning their property tax appraisals.

You may follow these appeal procedures if you have a concern about:

  • the market or appraised value of your property
  • the unequal appraisal of your property
  • the inclusion of your property on the appraisal roll
  • any exemptions that may apply to you
  • the qualification for an agricultural or timber appraisal
  • the taxable status of your property
  • the local governments which should be taxing your property
  • the ownership of the property
  • the change of use of land receiving special appraisal
  • any action taken by the chief appraiser, appraisal district or appraisal review board (ARB) that applies to and adversely affects you.

Property owners must file a written notice of protest before June 1, 2017, or within 30 days after the appraisal district mails the taxpayer a notice of appraised value, whichever is later. The Fort Bend Appraisal Review Board schedules a hearing and sends the protesting property owner written notice of the date, time and place of the hearing. Prior to appearing before the Appraisal Review Board (ARB), you may informally review your property appraisal with a member of the FBCAD staff.

Informal meetings are on a walk-in, “first come, first served” basis. If a mutual agreement is reached the ARB formal hearing will be cancelled. If you cannot resolve your issue informally, you may have your case heard by the Fort Bend Appraisal Review Board.

Please note that the FBCAD is expanding and is under construction; all visitors should use the Airport Avenue entrance and park in the east parking lot (nearest the ARB building).

The law contains specific timelines and procedures for both the owner and the ARB throughout the appraisal protest process. These are detailed in the state Comptroller’s publication, Property Taxpayer Remedies

Copies are available at the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District.

Glen Whitehead, Chief Appraiser
2801 B.F. Terry Blvd. Rosenberg, Texas 77471-5600
Phone: 281-344-8623


1 Comment for “Property tax protest and appeal procedures”

  1. sunshine

    Everybody file to protest against FB CAD, the more protesters the better chance of reaching an agreement. It is unlawful from CAD staff to compare your property values base on other properties with higher values, to just increase your appraisal values. After several years of protesting, thence file suite against CAD to district court. Time can defeat CAD in court easily .

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