Santa Cruz County, California Tax Assessors' Office
701 Ocean Street, Room 130
Santa Cruz, California 95060
Where is the Santa Cruz County Tax Assessor's Office?
What can the Santa Cruz County Assessor's Office do for me?
The Santa Cruz County Tax Assessor's Office oversees the appraisal and assessment of properties as well as the billing and collection of property taxes for all taxable real estate located in Santa Cruz County.
Contact the assessor's office if you need help with paying your property taxes, applying for a homestead exemption or other tax exemption, reporting upgrades to your home, appealing your property tax assessment, or verifying your property records.
Submitting a Santa Cruz County property tax appeal
If you believe that your house has been unfairly overappraised (i.e. appraised at a value higher than the true market value of the property), you can attempt to get your home re-appraised at a lower value by contacting the Assessor's Office to submit a property tax appeal.
You will have to submit a form describing your property and sufficient proof that it is overassessed, including valuations of similar homes nearby as evidence. If your appeal is accepted, your home assessment (and property taxes) will be lowered as a result.
If you would like to appeal your property, call the Santa Cruz County Assessor's Office at (831) 454 2002 and ask for a property tax appeal form. Keep in mind that property tax appeals are generally only accepted in a 1-3 month window each year.
For more information and example appeals, see how to appeal your property taxes.
Useful Santa Cruz County Facts:
The median home value in Santa Cruz County is between $640,616.00 and $656,784.00. Property tax rates are based on property values.
How can I contact Santa Cruz County?
You can try contacting the Santa Cruz County local government directly with any issues the Assessor's Office can't solve. In many counties, certain property records such as deeds are kept in the county courthouse or county archives instead of at the tax assessors' office.
The county seat for Santa Cruz County is located in the County Government Center in Santa Cruz, which is where the Santa Cruz County Assessors' Office is also located. You can direct your general inquiries to Santa Cruz County with the contact info listed below.
Santa Cruz County Phone Number
Santa Cruz County County Government Center Address
County Government Center
701 Ocean Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4003
Useful Santa Cruz County Links:
- GIS Map
- Santa Cruz County Assessors' Office Homepage
- Santa Cruz County Tax Records
- Santa Cruz County Government Homepage
- Property Tax Search Tool