Appeals / Grievances
In Vermont, appeals of the property assessments (property values) are known as Grievance Hearings with the Assessor/Listers. Per state statute an abstract of the Grand List must be filed with the town clerk by June 25th of each year of all the property values in the town. Before the list is filed, a Change of Appraisal notice is sent to any property that has a change in value. Anyone can appeal their value regardless of whether there was a change or not any given year. All assessments are subject to appeal by the respective property owners. Anyone who wishes to appeal should file a Grievance Application with our office no later than the end of business the day before the onset of the official Grievance Hearing.
Grievance is an official time period by statute. Once it begins and you have not filed you will not be able to appeal until the next year.
The office will post an official notice to the public on this website, in the newspaper and any other official posting locations for town notices. This usually occurs in May.
You may grieve in 1 of 3 ways; in person, by representation (with the written permission of the owner), or by mail. In all cases, you must either contact our office for a grievance application form, or you may download a form (PDF). You will be contacted by our office to set an appointment. Please arrive early and have any documentation to give the board to support your grievance.
It is the policy of the Assessor/Listers to conduct interior inspections of all properties under appeal. Without this interior inspection, we cannot verify the physical data on the property. For vacant parcels of land, no inspection appointment is necessary, unless a taxpayer wishes to accompany the Assessor/Listers. It is important to note that at the next local level of appeal, the Board of Civil Authority, an interior inspection is required by law prior as part of the proceedings.
Notices of Grievance Results
Notices of Grievance Results will be mailed 2 weeks after hearings are closed. This notice will contain information regarding the procedure for appealing the decision of the Assessor/Listers to the Board of Civil Authority (BCA).
Appeals beyond the local level go to either the Vermont Superior Court or to the Director of Property Valuation and Review. Each level of appeal must be completed before the next can be scheduled. Please make sure you understand the deadlines and procedures for each appeal level for the dates are firm in statute.