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
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
12/15/2014 BOD Agenda (12/17/2014)
11/14/2014 BOD Agenda (11/19/2014)
10/09/2014 BOD Agenda (10/15/2014)
09/23/2014 HCAD Wins Award of Excellence
09/11/2014 BOD Agenda (09/17/2014)

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


I filed a protest. Now what?

If you have filed a protest on your property value, you may be scheduled for a meeting with an appraiser or you could be scheduled for a hearing with the Appraisal Review Board. Here's a look at what to expect.

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.

Appraisal Review Board Applications Are Now Being Accepted

Applications are being accepted by the administrative judge for the state district courts in Harris County until October 15 for service on the Appraisal Review Board. The ARB is a citizen board that sits in panels of three to hear testimony and review evidence in order to determine property owner protests which cannot be resolved informally with the Harris County Appraisal District. Service on the review board does not constitute a full-time job but is generally a full-time commitment during the summer and fall months. Members are compensated per diem when conducting hearings and attending ARB meetings. Former ARB members can apply if they have not served on the ARB for at least a year after serving all or part of three consecutive terms. ARB qualifications and application forms are available HERE or by calling the ARB executive office at 713.957.5265. More information also is available in the NEWS RELEASE.


2014 Reappraisal Values

The Harris County real estate market has shown rapid 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]


Local home sales stay on torrid pace

Read the Houston Chronicle story about the record number of homes that traded hands and how potential buyers are competing in the tight market.


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

There are two programs – iFile and iSettle – that we have in place to help streamline any appeal you choose to make. You can use both of these programs from the comfort of your home or your office.

Using iFile and iSettle can eliminate the need for you to come to the district office at 13013 Northwest Freeway. This will be especially useful this year while construction on 290 has increased traffic congestion on the highway and service roads around HCAD’s building.

Receipt of your protest will be immediately verified by email. Your data, along with other market information, will be reviewed by an appraiser, and you will be notified by email of a decision on your iSettle protest.

As soon as HCAD notifies you of our decision, you will have immediate online access to all of the information, including the comparable sales, used in considering your appeal. You can use that information to decide whether to accept or reject HCAD’s decision. If you are not satisfied, you’ll be scheduled to make your case at a formal Appraisal Review Board hearing.


The Harris County Appraisal District has launched a new electronic notice and protest filing system for property owners.

The new system allows property owners to iFile a protest and use iSettle to accept or decline a settlement offer from HCAD.  Using the new system, property owners are also able to reschedule a formal hearing and look at their hearing evidence on the system.

Property owners can access the new system through their property account on www.hcad.org by clicking on the “File a Protest” button in the upper left or by directly going to owners.hcad.org. Once there, property owners can use their iFile number to create a log-in that will link to their account. Property owners also can link an account to their personal email.

When the registration is complete, property owners will be able to view documents online. If owners elect to enroll in paperless delivery, documents will be emailed directly to them.

To view the new system and see the options available, go to owners.hcad.org.

For more information about protesting and settling your value online:

Sands L. Stiefer, RPA
Chief Appraiser

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