Notice to Property Owners Whose Property is Split by the County Line

Prior to January 1, 2008, if the boundaries of a taxing unit such as a school district, city, or utility district extended across county lines, the taxing unit might have chosen to have all of its property appraised by one appraisal district, regardless of the county in which the property was located. For example, the Clear Creek ISD was previously appraised by the Galveston County Appraisal District, while the Waller County Appraisal District appraised all property for the Katy and Waller ISDs, even if the property was in Harris County. The Harris County Appraisal District appraised all of the City of Houston, including the portions in Montgomery and Fort Bend Counties.

Because of a change in law that became effective in 2008, all taxable property located in a specific county must be appraised by the appraisal district for that county. This means that property owners in Harris County--regardless of the school district, city, or utility district in which they are located--will only need to deal with the Harris County Appraisal District on matters related to exemptions, the value of their property, or protests to the appraisal review board. An adjoining appraisal district will now be involved only in cases where the property is actually split by the county line.

If the county line does split your property, you will receive value notices from the appraisal districts for both counties, and must file homestead exemption or agricultural productivity value applications with both. In such cases, if you choose to file a value protest, you must do so with the appraisal review boards in both counties. Below are the names and mailing address of all of the appraisal districts that border Harris County:

Appraisal District Mailing Address Telephone Number
Harris County P O Box 920975, Houston, TX 77292-0975 (713) 957-7800
Brazoria County 500 N Chenango, Angleton, TX 77515 (713) 331-6101 x1388
Chambers County P O Box 1520, Anahuac, TX 77514 (888) 267-3795
Fort Bend County 2801 B F Terry Blvd, Rosenburg, TX 77471 (281) 344-8623
Galveston County P O Box 3647, Texas City, TX 77592-3647 (281) 474-4489
Liberty County P O Box 10016, Liberty, TX 77575 (409) 336-5722
Montgomery County P O Box 2233, Conroe, TX 77305 (281) 353-2186
Waller County P O Box 887, Hempstead, TX 77445 (979) 921-0060

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