The Board of Equalization is wholly separate and apart from the Assessor’s Office. The Board of Equalization hears appeals of property value determinations made by the Assessor's Office. They are comprised of County residents appointed by the Island County board of Commissioners. Board members are selected for their knowledge of real estate values and each member is required by law to attend an intensive two day course on the valuation of real property. Board members receive a stipend while they are in session and receive yearly continuing education from the Washington State Department of Revenue. The Board is directed by state law (Revised Code of Washington, RCW, and Washington Administrative Code, WAC).
The only way to appeal an assessor’s valuation of your property is by timely filing a complete appeal petition with the
Island County Board of Equalization.
There is no fee charged for filing an appeal. The appeal petition form must be used. A letter or phone call is not acceptable as a substitute for the petition form.
A property owner or “taxpayer” may appeal. Taxpayer means the person or entity whose name and address appears on the assessment rolls, or their duly authorized agent.
Appeal forms are available on this website (click on the form below), from the Clerk of the Board at the
Island County Board of Equalization Office 360-679-7379, or at the Camano Island office.
Form DownloadsCurrent BOE Real Property Petition Form (USE FOR YOUR HOUSE AND OR LAND)Personal Property Appeal FormCurrent Use Appeal Form
Exemption or Deferral Appeal Form
July 1st of the current assessment year
or within 30 days of when the “Island County Change of Value Notice” was mailed by the Assessor’s Office.
The 2019 Change of Value Notice for most property owners was mailed June 7th, 2019. If your Notice was dated June 7th, 2019 then the filing deadline for an appeal is Monday, July 8th, 2019.
If you mail your petition, it must be postmarked by the deadline. You may hand deliver the petition to the Board of Equalization
When does the local Board of Equalization meet?
The Island County Board of Equalization meets in regular session within 14 days of the date the County Assessor certifies the Assessment Rolls [RCW 84-40-010(4) and WAC 458-14-046(5)]. Notice of the dates and location of these regular meetings can be viewed by clicking here, or visiting the Island County Administration Building bulletin board ( front hallway, 1 NE 7th St., Coupeville WA or the Island County Assesssor's Office.
Additionally, the Board of Equalization meets as designated by the Board of County Commissioners, Island County, to hear petitioned cases. These case hearings are set by appointment.