Harris County Appraisal District
13013 Northwest Freeway
Houston, Texas 77040-6305

Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday - Friday
(713) 957-7800

(Rescheduling Calls Only)
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday - Friday
(713) 812-5860

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Financial & Audit Information

Harris County Appraisal District
has no authority to receive tax
payments for any jurisdiction.
All tax payments must be mailed
or delivered to the tax collector
for the jurisdiction that sent you
the tax bill.

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Recent Headlines
These are links to press
articles of interest
03/26/2015 Houston Metro Area Continues Torrid Growth
08/14/2014 Local home sales stay on torrid pace
07/10/2014 In a red-hot market, houses sell in a flash
05/14/2014 Many Homebuyers Must Wait In Limbo – And In Rentals
05/04/2014 Real estate hot spots warm up the areas around them
05/04/2014 Q&A: How long will the upswing last?

Click here to access the recent press articles archive

Current News
06/12/2015 BOD Agenda (06/17/2015)
05/18/2015 Protest Deadline Is June 1
05/15/2015 BOD Agenda (05/20/2015)
04/09/2015 BOD Agenda (04/15/2015)
03/26/2015 HCAD Readies Property Value Notices

Click here to access the news release archive

Most Requested Forms
Homestead Exemption: General Residential, Over-65, Disability,
Over-55 Surviving Spouse
Notice of Protest Standard
Request to Correct Name or Address on a Real Property Account Standard
Internet Opt Out Standard
Removal of Agent Standard
Additional Forms..

Consumer Alerts
The Attorney General for the State of Texas has taken action against O'Connor & Associates resulting in an Agreed Final Judgment and Permanent Injunction.
Community Housing Development Organization Property Capitalization Rate
HCAD Warns Homeowners to be Wary of Homestead Designation and Unclaimed Money Solicitations


Does Damage From The Recent Flooding Affect My Property Value?

Many homeowners in Harris County have experienced property damage due to the recent storms and flooding. As a courtesy, we want to remind you that the appraised value of your property for 2015 is set based on the home’s condition as of January 1of this year. We appraise property every year on January 1, so recent flood damage to your home that is not repaired by January 1, 2016, may be reflected in next year’s value. If you have already filed a protest or are planning to file a protest, please be aware that the recent flooding will not affect the taxable value of your property for this year.

Resources That May Be Helpful

REPORT: Residents who experienced flooding in their home or business should report the damage to the City of Houston by phone at (713) 837-0311, online or by email. These reports are important because they impact the resources the city may receive from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

SERVICES: Services are available through the Red Cross and other organizations for those in need of shelter. The statewide hotline for those impacted by the recent storms is (877) 500-8645.

REPAIRS: In planning for repairs, the Texas Attorney General offered the following tips for hiring contractors.

  • Only do business with licensed or bonded contractors or builders
  • Contact an insurance adjuster to get an estimate of the damage and repair cost
  • Consult the Better Business Bureau to ensure you are working with a trustworthy business
  • Be wary of contractors who solicit services door-to-door, especially those that are unfamiliar or from out of town

2015 Reappraisal Values

The Harris County real estate market has continued to show growth over the last year, as reported by many local and national news outlets. Properties in virtually every segment of the market have experienced increases in sale prices, median prices, dollar volume and sales volume. [read more]


Home Sales Weaken, But Prices Still Rising

Read the Houston Chronicle story about home prices continuing to rise despite a slight dip in the number of May sales.


Are You A First Time Property Owner Or New To Texas?
Are You A First Time Property Owner Or New To Texas?
Associate Chief Appraiser Stephen Atchison talks to new property owners and new Texas residents about the property tax system in Texas and HCAD’s role in the tax system. [read more]

Filing Renditions Electronically Using iFile

If you own tangible personal property that is used to produce income, you must file a rendition with the Harris County Appraisal District by April 15. A rendition is a report that lists all the taxable personal property you owned or controlled on Jan. 1 of this year. Business personal property includes such things as office equipment, business vehicles, vessels and aircraft, inventory, machinery and other types of equipment, trade fixtures, supplies, work in process and raw materials held for business purposes. We have scheduled 6 renditions workshops to help you complete the process. Click here for times and locations.

Some renditions may be filed electronically using HCAD's iFile™ system. If a unique iFile™ number is printed on your rendition form below the account number then you may render online by going to www.hcad.org/ifile. Complete instructions can be found on the iFile™ website. If no iFile™ number is printed on your rendition form, you will need to complete and file the form manually. Rendering with iFile™ is quick and convenient. We urge you to use it if an iFile™ number is printed on your paper rendition form.


A residence homestead exemption is the most common type of exemption and applies to most owner-occupied homes in Texas and excludes part of your property’s value from taxes. [read more]


HCAD’s electronic notice and protest filing system allows property owners to iFile a protest and use iSettle to accept or decline an offer. [read more]


If you think the market value of your property is incorrect, the appraisal district encourages you to file a protest. [read more]


The property tax is the primary source of local government revenue in Texas and provides funding for the services provided by counties, cities, school districts etc. [read more]

Residential Field Appraiser Facts

HCAD’s residential field staff is engaged in various appraisal projects throughout the year to enter changes in property characteristics. How to recognize an appraiser working in your neighborhood. [read more]

Highway construction along the Northwest Freeway

Highway construction along the Northwest Freeway and its service roads near the HCAD building may create some traffic congestion so plan for time to get through the construction.

290 Construction
Heavy equipment works on the outbound Highway 290 lanes by HCAD

Here is a link to Highway 290 travel information for your convenience.

Sands L. Stiefer, RPA
Chief Appraiser

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