Frequently Asked Questions

When I obtain a Building Permit to improve my property when and how will my property assessment be increased?
A representative from the assessor's office inspects the property and assesses at the current market value (as of October 1). The added assessment is the amount of the difference between the old assessment and the value of the entire property at the end of the project. Property is valued from scratch and is adjusted to the the last town wide revaluation. Assessments are calculated as of October 1 and then prorated. A completion date is determined by the Assessor according to "readiness for intended use" ( not by the date of the final inspection). When work was completed during the prior year, an omitted added assessment bill sent. All bills are sent out by the Tax Collector by October 25 and payable by November 1. The dates are mandated by the State of New Jersey.
If I get a Building Permit, complete the work and do not call for a final inspection will an added assessment bill be sent?
The final inspection does not determine the date of assessment. The assessor values the property when it is "substantially ready for its intended use". This may be earlier that the date used for the Certificate of Occupancy or the date of a final inspection.
What if the permit doesn't include all of the work? What if I don't take out a permit?
The assessor addresses all of the changes during the inspection and must value the entire property each time it is re-assessed.
What if I don't take out a permit?
Not getting a permit does not prevent an assessment. Building inspections are necessary for safety, not a method for raising revenue. If you had a fire without getting the proper permits and inspections, the insurance company might not pay for damage. If the assessor's office discovers an improvement, an assessment is made regardless of whether there was a permit or not. The assessor will then assume that the work was done within the past two years and issue assessments for both the current and the past year.
What if I disagree with the value on the bill?
You are obligated to pay the bill in full, whether or not you agree to the assessment. You have until December 1 to appeal the added assessment. After that date, no one will be able to appeal the added assessment, even the assessor. You do not have to meet with the assessor prior to filing an appeal. Taxes must be paid in full or the case will not be heard in court.