Assessment

Annual Grievance Hearing

The City of Albany's Board of Assessment Review is conducting its annual grievance hearing May 25, 2021, from 9 am until 1 pm and then again from 6 pm from 8 pm. The meeting will be conducted in person but property owners will also be able to participate via Zoom and the ability to call by telephone as well.

If you would like to be heard by the Board or if you simply wish to view the proceedings please email the Department to receive an invitation to view the meeting.

Announcement Regarding 2021 Assessment Schedule

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to assure that all property owners have adequate opportunity to protest their assessment if they believe they are over-assessed, the City of Albany will allow both in person as well as virtual appearances before the Board of Assessment Review.

The City of Albany is bound to the Assessment procedures as set forth by New York State and therefore the procedures on this page are subject to change. Any changes to the Grievance Day procedure will be made available on this page.

In person inspection of the Assessment Roll for 2021 will be by appointment only or available electronically by the following means;

o    Department of Assessment Staff will be available electronically via Zoom, Skype, Facetime as well as by telephone and email correspondence to assist property owners complete the required RP-524 Form. Specific information on how to schedule an appointment Assessment staff will be found here shortly.

  • Form RP-524s (PDF) may be submitted by email, or may be mailed to:
    Department of Assessment
    24 Eagle Street
    Room 302
    Albany, NY 12207
  • If you would like to schedule a time to appear before the Board of Assessment Review in-person, through Zoom or by telephone, please call 518-434-5155 and leave a message. A member of the Assessment staff will return your call to schedule a time.

The Department of Assessment is responsible for assessing all real property within the City and administers programs that grant real property tax exemptions to eligible individuals and organizations. The Assessor annually compiles an assessment roll of approximately 31,000 properties on which real property taxes are levied. It is the duty of the Department of Assessment to ensure fairness and equity in the valuation of all of the real property within the City of Albany, and treats each property owner with courtesy and professionalism in pursuit of this goal.

Please contact the Treasurer's Office for any questions or concerns regarding your property taxes.

Responsibilities

The Department of Assessment maintains the following responsibilities:

  • Assessing Real Property within the City of Albany
  • Issuing a Tentative (May 1) and Final (July 1) Assessment Roll
    • The purpose of issuing a Tentative Assessment Roll is to put property owners on notice as to what will appear on the Final Assessment Roll. Property owners should inspect the Tentative Assessment Roll and if there is a concern as to its accuracy, they have the right to file a protest with the Board of Assessment Review by the fourth Tuesday in May. After the Board renders a decision, the property owner may have a right to continue their protest by means of a Small Claims action for residential properties or an Real Property Tax Law Article 7 proceeding for commercial properties.
  • Administer Exemptions
    • If they qualify, Property Owners may seek exemptions. The processes and time frames of obtaining an exemption vary and are specific to each exemption. If you have a question pertaining to a specific exemption please contact the Department of Assessment. A list of exemptions, along with the relevant City Code adopted by the Albany Common Council can be found below.
  • Inventory
    • The Department of Assessment works in conjunction with the building Department in order to maintain an accurate inventory of a property. Properties are updated in order to reflect any addition or demolition.