2020 PETITION DEADLINE:
The Bay County Property Appraiser’s Office will send out trim notices on August TBA, 2020. The deadline for filing a petition to the Bay County Value Adjustment Board is September TBA, 2020. If you did not receive a trim notice or have questions concerning your assessment, you should contact the Bay County Property Appraiser’s Office at (850) 248-8401. If you have questions regarding the filing of a petition to the Bay County Value Adjustment Board please contact the Bay County Clerk’s Office at (850) 767-3314 or at email@example.com.
ALL PETITIONS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE CLERK’S OFFICE BY THE END OF THE BUSINESS DAY ON THE DEADLINE DATE. PETITIONS POSTMARKED ON AND RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE DATE WILL BE CONSIDERED LATE. REFER TO 12D-9.015(14) FOR LATE FILING PROCEDURE.
F.S. 194.015 Value Adjustment Board
“There is hereby created a value adjustment board for each county, which shall consist of two members of the governing body of the county as elected from the membership of the board of said governing body, one of whom shall be elected chairperson, and one member of the school board as elected from the membership of the school board, and two citizen members, one of whom shall be appointed by the governing body of the county and must own homestead property within the county and one of whom must be appointed by the school board and must own a business occupying commercial space located within the school district.”
Education and Resources
Section 194.011(5)(b), Florida Statues, states:
“(b) The department shall develop a uniform policies and procedures manual that shall be used by value adjustment boards, special magistrates, and taxpayers in proceedings before value adjustment boards. The manual shall be made available, at a minimum, on the department’s website and on the existing websites of the clerk of circuit courts.”
DOR – The Florida Department of Revenue (Department) has developed this uniform policies and procedures manual as prescribed by statute and other resources the public may find helpful. Click on the links below for more information.
- Uniform Policies, Procedures, Reference Materials and Other Legal Resources
- Taxpayer Resources and Information
- Department of Revenue Online
FLORIDA STATUTES – The Florida Statutes pertaining to the Value Adjustment Board and its processes are available at the Bay County Public Library and online. Suggested statute references are Chapters 193, 194, and 196.
FLORIDA ADMINISTRATIVE CODE (F.A.C) – In addition, Chapters 12D-9 and 12D-10 of The Florida Administrative Code can be found online.
FLORIDA SUNSHINE LAW – To access the Sunshine and Public Records Law click here for the Government-in-the-Sunshine Manual.
Fee to File a Petition
There is a $15.00 non-refundable filing fee to file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board. Petitions sent without the appropriate filing fees are deemed incomplete and cannot be processed unless the Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board receives the fee.
Petitioners filing a single joint petition containing multiple parcels or TPP accounts must first submit, to the Bay County Property Appraiser’s Office, a Florida Department of Revenue form DR-486MU, listing the contiguous parcels or similar accounts. The Property Appraiser’s Office must first approve the parcels or accounts as contiguous or like and similar in nature before the petition can be filed. The cost to file this type of petition is $15.00 + $5.00 each additional parcel or account after the first.
FILING FEES PERTAINING TO THE DENIAL OF HX EXEMPTION OR HX TAX DEFERRAL
Persons filing a petition due to the denial, by the Property Appraiser or the Tax Collector, of a timely filed application for homestead exemption or a timely filed application for homestead tax deferral, are not subject to a filing fee. However, if the application was filed after the March 1st deadline and was denied, the $15.00 petition filing fee would apply.
FILING YOUR PETITION IN PERSON OR THROUGH THE MAIL
You will file your petition with the Clerk of the Value Adjustment Board who is located at the Bay County Government Building located at 840 W 11th Street, Suite 3000, Panama City, FL 32401. Payment can be in the form of cash, check, cashier’s check or money order made payable to the Clerk of the Value Adjustment Board. ALL PETITIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE CLERK OF THE VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD BY THE END OF THE BUSINESS DAY ON THE DEADLINE DATE PROVIDED ON YOUR TRIM NOTICE. PETITIONS POSTMARKED ON AND RECEIVED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL BE CONSIDERED LATE. REFER TO 12D-9.015(11) FOR LATE FILING PROCEDURE.
FILING YOUR VALUE OR TPP PETITION ONLINE
To file a petition online and pay with a credit card, click on the link below. Credit cards are subject to a 3.5% non-refundable processing fee. Note: Single joint petitions containing multiple parcels must be filed in person or by mail and accompanied by a letter of approval from the Property Appraiser’s Office.
Value Adjustment Board Downloads
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Contacting the Value Adjustment Board
Deputy Clerk to the VAB
Phone : (850) 767-3314
Fax : (850) 747-5212
840 W. 11th Street, Suite 3000
Panama City, FL 32401
Email Value Adjustment Board