Property Assessment

The City Clerks Department has a hard copy of the Assessment Rolls for the City of Burlington as well as a touch screen computer for access to the entire City of Burlington assessment data. The Assessment Rolls are public documents and the information is available to the public to view during regular business hours.

The assessment rolls list all properties in Burlington. Residential properties show owner(s) and tenant(s) names (residential properties only), mailing addresses and the assessed value of each property and the school support for taxation purposes.

How to obtain assessment roll and property information

The Clerk's Office does not provide assessment roll and property information via telephone inquiry. A fax service is available for assessment information at a fee of $10.00 per property inquiry. Certified copies of the assessment roll are available for $20.00 plus G.S.T. per page. Letters of Residency are available for individuals requiring proof that they reside within Burlington. Letters are prepared only if the individual is shown in the assessment roll and will be transcribed verbatim from the roll. The fee for a Letter of Residency is $20.00 plus G.S.T.

To obtain further information on these services or to establish an account for any of these services please contact 905-335-7600 Ext. 7855. Requests are processed within 24hrs of receipt (except Friday's). Faxed requests may be directed to 905-335-7881.

Direction of school support

If you wish to direct your school taxes to another Board you will be required to complete an application for direction of school support. Information and applications are availalbe from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.

What is assessment?

Assessment is the value assigned by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation to all property including land and buildings.

The assessed value of property multiplied by the tax rate(s) determines the taxes each property owner pays.  Commercial, industrial and multi-residential properties may have phase-ins (capping and claw backs) mandated under the Municipal Act that affect the total taxes payable.  The tax rate includes the taxes levied by the school board(s), the Region of Halton, and City of Burlington. The assessment information is also used to determine school support.

Who establishes your assessed value?

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation is responsible for establishing all property assessments. All Ontario municipalities are members of the Corporation, whose activities are legislated by the Assessment Act. Ontario is divided into 28 assessment regions. Each region is responsible for the assessment activity within it's region. The assessors deal directly with taxpayers, municipalities and school boards.

Responsibilities include: determining the assessed value of every Ontario property; sending out assessment Notices of Property Assessment; answering inquiries from the public about property assessment; defending assessments before tribunals and courts; conducting an enumeration every four years to support municipal and school board elections. The creation of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation responds to municipal government requests for greater control over the management of the assessment process which is a key element of their local property tax system.

Assessment services will be provided by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation to standards established by the Ontario Minister of Finance.

How is property assessed?

Assessors have three main ways of determining the assessed value of a property. They can look at sales of similar properties, calculate how much it would cost to replace the property or use the income a property could generate to determine its value. The method or methods used depend on the type of property. Assessors also inspect and measure buildings; monitor building permits, which indicate where renovations or new construction is taking place; and use computer programs to help them calculate the assessed values.

What factors determine the value of your property?

There are many factors affecting the value of your property. Some of these factors include the location and size of the lot, the age and general condition of the building(s), the type of construction and construction materials used, the number and size of the rooms, and the income generated by the property (if applicable).

How to tell if your assessment is accurate?

Ask yourself whether your current value assessment is a reasonable estimate of what your property would have sold for on Jan. 1, 2008. If you think it is, you have an accurate assessment and there is no need for you to do anything further, except to retain your Notice of Property Assessment for your records.

What happens when there is a reassessment?

When a reassessment is completed, a Notice of Property Assessment is mailed to every property owner. The notice indicates the assessed value of your property and who to contact for clarification or more information. The last completed reassessment reflects the current value of your property as of Jan. 1, 2008 for the 2009 taxation year. At the end of the year, each municipality receives an assessment roll that lists the assessments for all properties in the municipality. The municipality uses the information to calculate tax rates for each property class.

How often will your property be reassessed?

Updating assessments will keep the system fair and equitable because properties will be assessed at their current value, based on the same date, in all parts of the province. For the taxation years of 1998, 1999 and 2000, the common assessment date is June 30th 1996. All properties were reassessed for the 2001 and 2002 taxation years on the valuation date of June 30th, 1999. For taxation year 2003, the valuation date was June 30, 2001. For the taxation year 2004 and 2005, the valuation date is June 30th, 2003. For taxation years 2006, 2007 and 2008 the valuation date is January 1, 2005.  For taxation years 2009 to 2012 the valuation date will be January 1, 2008.  Reassessment will occur every four years.

Property Classes

The Ontario Fair Assessment System established seven property classes and gave municipalities the flexibility to vary the tax rate for each class, subject to ranges of fairness established by Ontario regulation. These tax ranges will ensure a fair level of taxation for each property class. The seven standard property classes are: residential, multi-residential (rental apartment buildings), commercial, industrial, pipe line, farmlands and managed forests.

Appealing your assessment

The Mississauga Assessment Office serves the Region of Halton and the Region of Peel. If you do not agree with the current value assessment for your property you must first file a Request for Reconsideration (RfR) with the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) by March 31st of each year, at no cost. MPAC will mail the results no later than September 30th.

If you are not satisfied with MPAC’s RfR result, you can appeal to the Assessment Review Board (ARB) within 90 days of the mailing of the RfR response from MPAC. There is a cost to appeal to the ARB. The Appeal Form/Notice of Complaint form is available from the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation website or the Assessment Review Board website. If you file an appeal to the ARB a hearing will be scheduled and you will appear before a tribunal and present your evidence. The decision of the ARB is final. You can, however, appeal to the Divisional Court of Ontario on a question of law.

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Contact Information:

Local Assessment Office
Region #15 (Regional Municipality of Halton, Regional Municipality of Peel)

Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
6745 Century Avenue, Suite #1
Mississauga ON L5N 8C9
Toll Free: 1-866-296-MPAC (6722)
Fax: 1-866-297-6703

Municipal Tax Office
426 Brant Street
Burlington, ON
L7R 3Z6
Phone: 905 335-7750

City Hall Clerks Department
426 Brant Street
Burlington, ON
Automated Information Line: 905 335-7836

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday, 8:45 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except statutory and other holidays)

 

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