If you’re not in the commercial tax appraisal business, you may be confused by the variety of entities we have to work with here in Houston. The most frequent terms you’ll hear are “Harris County Appraisal District” and “Harris County Appraisal Review Board.” To make sure you understand who is responsible for what in the Houston area, we have put together the most relevant information about these entities for you.


The Harris County Appraisal District (HCAD) is responsible for appraising taxable property for Harris County, the cities, school districts and more than 300 special districts within Harris County. Harris County Appraisal District appraises more than 1.7 million properties annually.


The Harris County appraisal review board (ARB) is appointed by the local administrative district judge for Harris County. The ARB is comprised of an independent group of citizens. They are responsible for hearing and resolving property tax protests from property owners. When there is a dispute between the appraisal district and the property owner, the ARB provides an independent, impartial review and decision of the case.If you think the appraised value of your property is incorrect, the Harris County Appraisal Review Board is who receives your property value protest. They handle the scheduling of hearings and deciding each property tax protest case.At Property Consulting Group we have worked extensively with both the Harris County Appraisal District and the Harris County Appraisal Review Board. May 31st is your deadline for filing a property tax protest, contact us today to protest your Houston commercial property tax appraisal. 281-880-6500

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