Appealing Your Assessment
First, protest to the local board of review.
If you are not satisfied with the assessment of your property, you must first appeal to your local board of review. Protests must be filed between April 2 and April 30 of the year of assessment with your local assessor's office using the Petition to Local Board of Review form. Please contact your local assessor's office for more information.
Wait for the decision from the local board of review to arrive in the mail. You must have this decision before you can file an appeal with PAAB.
You cannot bypass the board of review and appeal directly to PAAB.
After receiving your board of review decision, file an appeal with PAAB.
When: If you are not satisfied with the decision of your local board of review, you may appeal to PAAB. Appeals must be filed on or before the following dates, as applicable:
- If the board of review adjourned on or before May 31, your appeal must be filed on or before June 20.
- If the board of review adjourned after May 31, your appeal must be filed within 20 calendar days of the board of review's adjournment. Bechtel v. Warren County Bd. of Tax Review, 455 N.W.2d 925 (Iowa 1990).
If the 20th day falls on a Saturday, a Sunday, or a holiday, an appeal will be timely if filed on the next available business day.
It is your responsibility to ensure your appeal is timely filed. To avoid issues with mailing or the electronic filing system, DO NOT wait until the last day to file your appeal.
How: Appeals may be filed by using either of the following methods:
Electronic filing: Appeals can be filed through PAAB's electronic filing system using the instructions located here. PAAB does not accept appeals filed by email or fax.
Paper filing: Complete the Appeal from Board of Review Action form and then mail or deliver the form to PAAB. Please follow the instructions on the form.
What to file: You need only file the Appeal from Board of Review Action form at this time. Because of the volume of documents PAAB receives during the appeal filing period, we request that you do not attach any other documents. You may submit additional information to PAAB at a later date.
- NOTICE: The local board of review is not required to supply PAAB with any evidence or information you submitted with your local board of review protest.
- If you would like PAAB to consider any information/evidence you provided to the local board of review, you must file it as an exhibit to PAAB at a later date. It is your responsibility to ensure copies of exhibits and any other documents you file with PAAB are served upon the local board of review or its legal representative.
What happens after I file my appeal? For an overview of the PAAB appeal process, click here.