Change of Value Notices

  1. Overview
  2. Notice
  3. Market Value
  4. Real Estate Market

2020 Change of Value Notices Mailed on October 1st, 2020

The Assessor mailed the Change of Value Notices for the assessment year 2020 on October 1st. 

By State law, the Assessor is required to value property at 100% market value. The Assessor's Office analyzed real estate transactions that occurred between January 1st, 2019 through April 30th, 2020. Your property value reflects the real estate market as of the January 1, 2020 assessment date.

Below are highlights of the 2020 assessment year:

  • The total assessed value for San Juan County increased more than $200 million over last year, including $109 Million in new construction value. 
  • The on-site inspection cycle included 2,731 properties on the west half of Orcas Island all of Waldron, Crane, and the Wasp Island. 

The Change of Value Notice is not a tax bill. An increase in value does not mean that next year's property taxes will increase at a proportionate rate. The 1% Property Tax Limitation works to protect taxpayers. Tax rates will be available by mid-January 2021.

NOTE: If your appraised property value did NOT change from the prior year, you will not receive a Change of Value Notice from the Assessor's Office. To obtain the most recent appraised value, go to the SJC Property Search and enter your Property ID (4 - 5) digits of your Tax Parcel Number (12 digits). You may also request your appraised value from the Assessor's Office by email, Assessor or call 360-378-2172.

Property owners who disagree with their assessed value may appeal to San Juan County Board of Equalization (BOE). The board reviews appeals and issue orders either sustaining the assessor’s determination, reducing the assessment, or increasing the assessment based on the facts the taxpayer and the assessor present.

If you do not agree with the value of your property, please do the following:

Step 1: Contact the Assessor’s Office between 10:00 AM and 4:00 PM

Disagreements of property values are often settled at this level.

Step 2: If you are unable to reach an agreement with the Assessor’s Office, you may file an appeal with the Board of Equalization (BOE). Petition forms are available by contacting the Clerk of the Board of Equalization.

  • E-mail:
  • Mailing Address: 350 Court Street #2, Friday Harbor, WA  98250

Forms are available for download on the BOE website

Completed petition forms must be submitted to the BOE within 30 days of the Change of Value Notice.