Marshall Fire

Assessor Information for those impacted by the Marshall Fire

The Boulder County Assessor’s Office will work to assist county residents to reach a fair market value for any property that was destroyed or damaged by the Marshall Fire.

Property values, which are used to determine annual property tax payments, will be adjusted downward to reflect the destruction to a physical residence or structure. In all cases your land values will hold its value, but the physical residence or structure will be prorated to reflect the reduction in value caused by the fire in the year of the destruction or damage.

  • For Destroyed properties (in 2021) the State of Colorado will reimburse Boulder County taxes for the destroyed physical residence or structure. Property owners will receive a tax bill for the land only assessed at the residential rate of 7.15%
  • Damaged properties will receive a 2021 tax bill for the entire property (land and structure) at the assessment rate of 7.15%.

Additionally, upon request, and free of charge, we can provide copies all official valuation documents, property descriptions, photographs, and more.

The documents below contain further explanation of the Assessor’s process in valuing properties destroyed and damage by natural causes:

For more information or assistance please email us at: Assessor@bouldercounty.org or call us at 303-441-3530. Please provide your street address and the property owners name so we can quickly identify your property in our records and contact information so we can reach you. Our office hours are 7:30am – 5:00pm Monday – Thursday.

If you have questions regarding Business Personal Property that was damaged or destroyed in the Marshall Fire, please contact us via the same manner: by email at Assessor@bouldercounty.org calling 303-441-3530 and note that in your correspondence or message.

For replacement home / property deed records or vehicle titles, see Clerk & Recorder Services.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What will my 2021 tax bill (payable in 2022) look like?

  • For destroyed properties:
    • The State of Colorado will pay the taxes on the residence/structure(s)
    • Property owner will still be responsible for the taxes on the land
  • For damaged properties:
    • Property owners will receive a tax bill based on the 2021 value of the property

Where do I find a sketch of my home?

  • The Assessor’s Office may have a drawing of your home’s footprint
  • Email Assessor@bouldercounty.org; include the address and owner names in the email
  • Or Call the Assessor’s office at 303-441-3530

What about my property value in 2022?

  • Destroyed Properties:
    • The value of the residence/structure(s) will be removed
    • The land will be:
      • Classified as residential for the 2022, 2023, and 2024 tax years and
        may remain so classified for a total of up to five subsequent tax years, if there is reasonable evidence that the owner intends to build a residence
      • Assessed at the 6.95% residential assessment rate
      • Reviewed by Assessor Appraisal staff to determine that appropriate classification for the 2025 tax year forward
    • Property owners will receive a Notice of Valuation on May 1, 2022
    • Letter to Properties Destroyed in Marshall Fire
  • Damaged Properties:
    • The value will be reviewed by Assessor Appraisal staff
    • Providing documentation to the Assessor’s Office of cost to cure damage is important in understanding the amount of damage to impacted property
    • Property owners will receive a Notice of Valuation on May 1, 2022
    • Letter to Properties Damaged in Marshall Fire

My house has smoke damage, how will this affect my property value?

  • State law does not directly address smoke damage from a fire. The Assessor’s office will be gathering information from other entities to measure damage, determine when an adjustment is appropriate, and determine how much the adjustment should be. Any property that receives an adjustment for 2022, will receive a new Notice of Valuation in May 2022

What is an ‘improvement’?

  • “Improvement” refers to any residence/structure/building located on the parcel

How is land value decided?

  • Land is valued based on market sales that occurred between 7/1/2015 and 6/30/2020, per state law
  • The Assessor’s Office reviewing information on impacts of the Marshall fire on the land for valuation

What if the land is so damaged it cannot be built on?

  • Please contact the assessor’s office, Email Assessor@bouldercounty.org;
    include the address and owner names in the email
  • Or Call the Assessor’s office at 303-441-3530
  • These will be handled on a case-by-case basis

My business was destroyed or damaged, what do I do?

  • Please contact the assessor’s office, Email Assessor@bouldercounty.org; or call the Assessor’s office at 303-441-3530 and speak with April Myco for assistance

If my commercial property/improvements have been destroyed or damaged?

or Corey Kallembach (303) 441-4769, ckallembach@bouldercounty.org For assistance

  • It would be helpful if the ownership group can provide any information that can assist in our assessment of the property damage including any estimates you gather for remediation, demolition, insurance estimates, or estimates from mortgage companies. Additionally, data surrounding tenant’s ability to pay rent and/or stay in the space, lease amendments, expense amendments, or rent relief/amendments and the anticipated downtime, or time to re-build/re-tenant the space.

I have a Senior Exemption on my house- what happens now?

  • The exemption will remain on the property. If a property owner purchases a new home in any county in Colorado, the exemption can be transferred. Please contact us if you purchase a home in another county so we can remove the exemption in Boulder. (Rental properties do not qualify). If you rebuild and return to the original property, the exemption can either be transferred back or has remained in place.

If you have any additional questions:

  • Please contact the assessor’s office, Email Assessor@bouldercounty.org;
    include the address, owner names, and your question(s)
  • Or Call the Assessor’s office at 303-441-3530

Contact Us

Assessor
Phone: 303-441-3530
Fax: 303-441-4996

Email

Mailing Address
PO Box 471
Boulder, CO 80306-0471

*New as of Jan 4, 2021*
Monday thru Thursday
Hours: 7:30 am–5 pm
CLOSED Friday

Locations

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Boulder
1325 Pearl Street, 2nd floor
Boulder, CO 80302
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Longmont
515 Coffman Street, Suite 114
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1376 Miners Drive, Unit 105
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