Filing with the Local Assessment Review Board
The Local Assessment Review Board is an impartial, quasi-judicial tribunal established by the City of St. Albert under the Municipal Government Act to adjudicate disputes between the City and you as a taxpayer or assessed person. Assessment Review Board members are members of the public who are appointed by City Council but are not City employees. The Board can change the assessment, as well as certain information that is in the assessment or tax notice, but cannot change a tax rate.
Information on your complaint will be provided to the Assessment Department, who will discuss it with you and endeavour to reach a mutually satisfactory outcome. Should your complaint remain unresolved after discussion with the Assessment Department, a hearing will be scheduled before the City of St. Albert Assessment Review Board. You and the City Assessor will receive Notice of Hearing for your complaint.
At the hearing, the Local Assessment Review Board will consider any evidence that you and the Assessor have brought. They will hear reasons as to why the changes you are requesting should be made. They will listen to the Assessor's position. The Board will then make a decision.
A Local Assessment Review Board (LARB) will hear residential complaints with three or fewer units. A Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB) will hear all other matters.
Your complaint must include:
- Roll number
- Legal description
- Civic address
- Your name
- Your mailing address
- Your telephone and fax numbers, residence and business
- Reasons for the complaint
- Your requested assessed value
- Written authorization from the registered owner of the property
- The appropriate complaint fee, per roll number
The Cost of Filing an Appeal
The fee must accompany the appeal or an Assessment Review Board hearing will not be scheduled. Cheques to be made payable to the City of St. Albert.
|Residential/Farm (having three or fewer dwelling units) Complaints||$40.00|
|Non-Residential/ Residential (having four or more units) Complaints|
|Under $1,000,000 Assessment||$250.00|
|$1,000,000 to $5 million Assessment||$500.00|
|Greater than $5 million Assessment||$650.00|
Should you wish to make a formal complaint about your property assessment, this must be submitted in writing within 60 days of the mailing date of the assessment notice. Complaints may be submitted by mail, or by email.
Filing an assessment complaint does not exempt you from paying taxes by the due date or from incurring late payment penalties. A penalty of 4% will be applied on July 1, 6% on August 1, and 6% on October 1 for current year taxes. Penalties on arrears are 6% on January 1, 6% on April 1, and 6% of July 1.
Last edited: July 29, 2020