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Property Information

Important Dates for Property Owners

  • January 1 - Lien date, the date property taxes become a lien on the property. Filing begins on various exemptions.
  • February 1 - Date 2nd installment of current fiscal year property taxes become due.
  • February 15 - Final deadline for filing timely claims for Historical Aircraft exemptions.
  • February 15 - Final deadline for filing timely claims for Welfare, Museum and Cemetery exemptions.
  • February 15 - Final deadline for filing timely claims for Church and Religious exemptions.
  • February 15 - Final deadline for filing timely claims for Homeowner's, Veteran's, and Blind or Disabled Veteran's exemptions.
  • April 1 - Due date for filing Business Personal Property Statements, Apartment House Personal Property Statements, Mining and Quarrying Productions Reports, etc. This due date is set by the Assessor, and may vary.
  • April 10 - Last day to pay 2nd installment of property taxes without penalty.
  • July 1 - The date the Assessor turns the local assessment roll over to the Auditor. (May be extended 30 days). Start of the County's fiscal year.
  • July 1 – Oct. 15 - Period for filing claims for Senior Citizens Tax Assistance.
  • July 2 – Nov. 30 - Period during which County Board of Equalization accepts applications for appealing property values on regular assessment roll.
  • Nov. 1 - Deadline for the Tax Collector to mail tax bills.
  • Nov. 1 - Date 1st installment of of current fiscal year property taxes become due.
  • Dec. 10 - Final deadline for filing "late file" Homeowner's.
  • Dec. 10 - Last day to pay 1st installment of property taxes without penalty.
  • Dec. 10 - Final deadline to notify Assessor of ineligibility for Homeowner's exemption without penalty.


Under Proposition 13, the base year value for real property is appraised only when: 

  •  A change in ownership occurs; or  
  •  New construction is completed   
Construction in progress and assessments lowered due to market declines are appraised each lien date January 1st (See Proposition 8)

Base year assessments cannot be increased by more than 2% annually. For more information regarding the actual tax rate and direct charges for individual parcels, please view the Property Tax Division of El Dorado County Auditor's website.

Some Frequently Asked Questions


Under California Property Tax Laws, real property is valued whenever it changes ownership or is newly constructed, is construction in progress, or each lien date January 1st if under Proposition 8 until restoration of the factored base year value. Personal property, Williamson Act property, possessory interests or Section 11 property is appraised as of each lien date. See "Other Property Assessments".

The El Dorado County Assessor is elected to a 4 year term of office. As an elected department head, the Assessor is required by State Constitution to locate, inventory and value all taxable property in El Dorado County.


A change in ownership includes almost all transfers of title in real property. Some changes of ownership that are excluded from reappraisal include the following:

    • The transfer of property between husband and wife;
    • The transfer of the principal place of residence between parents and children (and the transfer of up to $1 million of any other real property between parents and children) if an application is filed properly (Proposition 58);
    • Persons over 55 years of age can buy a residence of equal or lesser value than their existing home and transfer the current tax value to the new home within the county (Proposition 60).
    • For more information concerning these and other exclusions from reappraisal, see "Exclusions and Exemptions" or call our office.

    The following are some commonly asked questions and answers regarding change in ownership: 

    Q: If I get married and add my spouse as Joint Tenant on the deed to my property, will my property be reappraised? 

    A: No. An interspousal transfer does not constitute a reappraisal event. 

    Q: Can I transfer my property to my brother without its being reappraised?

    A: No. This type of transfer would require a reappraisal of the property. 

    Q: My wife and I want to add our friends as joint tenants on our property. Would this bring about a reappraisal at today's values?

    A: No. Adding joint tenants does not result in reappraisal until the original joint tenants no longer have an interest in the property; at this time, the entire property would be reappraised.

    Q: I've finally paid off my home loan. Is this a cause for the Assessor to reappraise? 

    A: No. A deed of reconveyance just officially documents the fact that you paid off your loan.

    NOTE: It is advisable to consult an attorney or other expert before changing your present or future ownership of property. The Assessor's Office cannot give legal advice, only explain what transfers shall be reappraised.


If you own a parcel of land and build a structure (a house, outbuilding or garage), this will usually increase the value of the property. California statutes refer to such structures as improvements. The Assessor is required to add the value of these improvements to the assessment roll. The land value will not usually be changed due to new construction of a structure.


If you increase the living area of your home you have completed "new construction." Since new construction typically increases the value of a property, the Assessor must add the value of the addition, but only value associated with the new addition. 

Q: If my construction is not complete by January 1, will I be assessed?

A: Yes. We will review the work on or about January 1, and you will be assessed on the value of the work completed. 

Q: I plan to add another room on my home. Will you reappraise my entire property? 

A: No. Only the value of your new addition will be added to your current assessed value.


To maintain your property's current value, you might need to paint your home or make some repairs. Typically, normal maintenance (such as painting or a new roof) would not cause a reappraisal and there would be no new assessment added by the Assessor. 


A complete rehabilitation of a property, which makes it substantially the equivalent of new or changes the use of the property, is considered new construction and does require reappraisal. 


The value of property may decline for any number of reasons. California law requires the Assessor to recognize these declines and when appropriate, reflect the decline in the assessed value of the property. Click here for an electronic application for review of your assessment.

There are three major causes of value decline:

Removal of Improvements - Most property will lose value when structures or other improvements are removed. If improvements have been removed from your property, you should contact the Assessor's Office at 530-621-5719.

Calamity or Disaster - If your property has been damaged by a calamity such as a fire or flood, you are entitled to property tax relief under R & T Section 170. Although our office makes every effort to follow up when we become aware of these occurrences, please contact us at the above number or click here to email us so we can evaluate the damage and lower your assessment accordingly.

Real Estate Market Declines (Proposition 8) - The market value of real estate can decline for a variety of reasons including external factors such as neighborhood changes, road alignments, zoning changes as well as supply, demand and the economy in general.

In California, Proposition 13 established a 1975 base year value for property until a new base year value is appraised as a result of a change in ownership or new construction. By statute, a maximum of 2% increase is applied to the base year value annually. This value is called the trended or factored base year value. Proposition 13 made no provision for a decline in value.

A subsequent constitutional amendment (Proposition 8) requires the Assessor to recognize a temporary loss in value. Each year, the Assessor is to enroll the lower of either the factored base year value or current fair market value on the lien date, January 1st. Under Proposition 8, the assessed value is reviewed annually and increased or decreased according to the market, until the market value once again exceeds the factored base year value. At that time, the trended or factored base year value is re-enrolled, regardless of how high the market value climbs. Since the proposition 8 value is driven by the market, these temporary decreases or increases may be greater than 2%.

Because of the current real estate conditions in El Dorado County, it is quite possible that the value of properties purchased in and after 2004 may be eligible for a reduced assessment (under Proposition 8). This condition generally applies to residential property in the west end of the county and along the Highway 50 corridor. Property acquired before 2004 is generally still assessed at less that the current market value.

If for any reason, you believe the assessed value of your property is more than the market value, please click here for an electronic application for review. Results of our review can be obtained after July 1, by viewing your property value on the on-line property information feature of this website. Questions and Answers about Decline in Value (Proposition 8)


  • This type of property tax relief generally applies to more recently purchased property.  
  • Decline in Value (Proposition 8) reviews look at market value as of the "snapshot" lien date of 12:01am January 1st.  
  • The review is of the total real property value. Land or improvements are not considered separately.  
  • Property tax payments are due as shown on the bill. If an adjustment to the assessment occurs, a corrected bill or refund will be made  by the Auditor/Controller and Tax Collector. 
  • If you do not agree with our review you may file an appeal. The filing period is from July 2 through November 30, or 60 days from the notice date in the case of an escaped assessment or supplemental assessment. Contact the El Dorado County Assessment Appeals Board (El Dorado County Board of Equalization) at the Board of Supervisors Office 330 Fair Lane, Placerville, Ca. 95667, or telephone 530-621-5654.   

Decline in Value Examples: 

1. I purchased my home in the late 1980's. The total assessed value on my 2007-2008 property tax bill is $192,423. The market value of my property on January 1, 2008 is $450,000.

Your property in this example does not qualify for relief, because the assessed value is lower than the market value. This type of property tax relief generally applies to more recently purchased or newly constructed property.

2. I purchased my home in July of 2006 for $600,000. The total assessed value on my 2007-2008 property tax bill is $612,000. Sales of similar homes up to January 1, 2007 were from $500,000 to $575,000.

Your property in this example may qualify for relief, as the sales of comparable properties indicate the market value on January 1, 2007, is lower than the assessed value.

3. I purchased my home in September 2006 for $500,000. The total assessed value on my 2007-2008 property tax bill is $500,000. Sales of similar homes in October through January 1, 2007 were $500,000. Beginning April of 2007 were $450,000 and current listings for sales are even lower.

Your property in this example does not qualify for relief for the 2007-2008 tax year because the assessed value was lower than the market value on January 1, 2007. However you may qualify for relief in tax year 2008-2009, if the market value on January 1, 2008 is lower than the assessed value.

4. A property was purchased for $600,000. During a three year period, the real estate market declined and recovered. The property owner filed for a decline-in-value reassessment. The following table shows the trended base value, the market value of the property, and the assessed value of the property, assuming a 2% Annual Consumer Index (C.P.I.):

Decline in Value Example
YearFactored Base Year Value  Market Value Assessed Value  
1$612,000$620,000    $612,000 (Factored Base)
2$624,240$575,000$575,000 (PROP 8)
3$636,724$600,000  $600,000 (PROP 8)
4$649,459  $675,000  $649,459 (Factored Base)

Disclaimer of Information:

Assessor maps and property characteristics are prepared for assessment purposes only. Our maps are not intended to illustrate legal building sites or establish precedence over local ordinances. Official information concerning size or use of any parcel should be obtained from recorded documents and local governing agencies.

A reasonable effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the data provided; nevertheless, some information may be out of date or may not be accurate. The County of Placer and the Office of the Assessor assumes no responsibility arising from use of this information. Associated data are provided without warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied. Do not make any business decisions based on this data before validating the data. [Revenue and Taxation Code 408.3(d)]