Assessor

Our staff is committed to the fair and equitable assessment of all property in Butte County. We strive to provide prompt, personal, and professional attention to all whom we serve. 

Our mission is to create equitable, timely and accurate property tax assessments to fund public services. We strive to be a source of accurate and timely property information for local government and the community.

Intra-Family Transfer

Typically, transfers of real property are considered changes in ownership that require a reassessment to current market value. In some transfers between family members, however, statutory exclusions may apply. 

Husband/Wife (Inter-Spousal) Change in Ownership Exclusion

Any transfer of property between spouses during marriage (or transfers between former spouses after marriage in connection with a property settlement agreement or dissolution) is excluded from the change in ownership reassessment requirement of Proposition 13. In other words, transfers of property between husband & wife should not trigger reassessments. No claim form is required; however, additional documentation may be necessary. [ref. Revenue and Taxation Code (RTC) section 63]

Registered Domestic Partners Change In Ownership Exclusion

Beginning January 1, 2006 transfers of real property between registered domestic partners (as defined in Section 297 of the Family Code) under Revenue and Taxation Code 62(p) are excluded from being considered a change in ownership. This includes transfers in and out of a trust for the benefit of a partner, the addition of a partner on a deed, transfers upon the death of a partner and transfer pursuant to a settlement agreement or court order upon termination of the domestic partnership.

Cotenancy Change in Ownership Exclusion

Transfers of a cotenancy interest from one cotenant to another that occur due to the death of one cotenant and after January 1, 2013 may be excluded from reassessment if certain conditions are met. A claim form is required, and the transferee must sign an affidavit affirming residency. (ref. Revenue and Taxation Code 62.3)

Parent/Child Change in Ownership Exclusion

Transfers between parents and their children (in either direction) of a principle residence and up to $1 million (taxable value) of other property may be excluded from change in ownership reassessment, providing a claim is filed and certain requirements are met. This provision of the law is often referred to as 'Prop 58.' A claim for this exclusion must be filed within three years of the date of transfer in order to receive the benefit back to the date of transfer. If a valid claim is filed after that initial three year time limit has expired, the exclusion will only be available prospectively from the lien date following the filing date and forward. This benefit applies to Parent/Child transfers made on or after November 6, 1986, but the three year filing period only applies to transfers occurring on or after September 30,1990.

Download Claim for Reassessment Exclusion for Transfer Between Parent and Child.

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 Contact Assessor

Butte County Assessor
Main Office
Phone:    530.538.7721
Fax:        530.538.7991
assessorsoffice@buttecounty.net

Chico Branch
Phone:    530.891.2718
Fax:        530.895.6609

Paradise Branch
Phone:    530.872.6317
Fax:        530.872.6312

 Location and Hours

Assessor
25 County Center Drive,
Suite 100
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm
Holidays Excluded

Chico Branch
196 Memorial Way
Chico, CA 95928

Office Hours:
Monday to Friday
9:00am to 12:00pm
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Paradise Branch
747 Elliott Road
Paradise, CA 95969

Office Hours:
Monday 8am-5pm
Tuesday to Friday
By Appointment
8:00am to 12:00pm
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Excludes Holidays

 Dates & Deadlines

January 1st - Lien Date.
February 15th - Deadline to file exemption claims. 
April 1st - Due date for business and agricultural property statements.
April 10th - Last Day to pay second installment of secured property taxes.
July 2nd - November 30th - Period for filing application for assessment appeal.
August 31st - Last Day to pay unsecured taxes.
December 10th - Last day to pay first installment of secured property taxes. 

All deadlines (appeals, exemptions, bill due dates) that fall on a weekend extend to the next workday.

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