Complaints & Appeals
The Government of Alberta introduced a single system of assessment complaints for the entire province starting in January, 2010. This means the complaint process has changed as a result of amendments to the Municipal Government Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. M-26 and Matters Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulation AR 310/09.
Assessment Review Board
Assessment Review Boards hear complaints on assessments to ensure that assessments are fair and equitable in relation to assessments on other, similar properties in the municipality. The Board then directs any necessary amendments to be made to the assessment roll.
A Local Assessment Review Board (LARB) has been created to hear matters that are shown on an assessment notice for residential property with 3 or fewer dwelling units, farmland, or non-assessment matters, such as local improvement taxes ad business tax. The Local Assessment Review Board (LARB) is composed of trained local members that are appointed by Council.
A Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB) has been created to hear all other matters. The Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB) is composed of two trained local members and one provincially approved member who will be the presiding officer.
There is now a 60 day time period between the mailing of your assessment notice and the date complaints are due. If you believe that your assessment is unfair or contains an error, you are encouraged to contact one of your local assessors prior to filing your complaint. Assessors may be able to make adjustments to your assessment based upon additional information, before a complaint is filed. If you and your assessor cannot come to a reasonable agreement the next step then becomes filing a Complaint/Appeal to the Clerk of the Assessment Review Board, using the forms set out by Municipal Affairs. The forms and information needed to place a complaint can be obtained from either the County of Grande Prairie Administration Building or by downloading them from the Municipal Affairs Website.
Any fees associated with appeals are located on the back of the Assessment & Tax Notice and are as follows:
Residential and Farmland appeals $50 per account
All other assessment classes $300 per account.