Hearing Process

You will receive a Notice of Hearing advising you of the date, time and location of your hearing.

Postponement and Adjournment

In exceptional circumstances, the Board may consider rescheduling your hearing. A request to reschedule must be in writing (Request For Postponement Form). The request must include the following:

  • Tax roll number
  • Daytime phone/fax numbers
  • Detailed reasons
  • Hearing dates requested
  • Dates when you are unavailable to attend a hearing
  • Signed consent of the other parties (if available)

If granted, the Board will schedule a new hearing date. If denied, the hearing will proceed as scheduled.

Attendance

We recommend that you attend your hearing as your complaint is stronger if you are present. You can question witnesses, answer questions and respond to arguments or objections made.

If you do not attend the hearing, it will still take place. The Board will review the information you have disclosed (written submissions/evidence).

At the Hearing

You do not need to bring any paper or electronic copies of your disclosure to the hearing. You will be provided with a computer at the hearing that will display all of the disclosure that was filed with the Board.

An assessor from the Assessment and Taxation Branch may attend the hearing and may have legal counsel.

Normally three Board members will hear your complaint. One member will act as the presiding member. You may call the presiding member Mr. Chair or Madam Chair and the side members by their last names.

The presiding member will start by explaining the hearing process. Usually, the process is as follows:

  • The Board will address any preliminary matters. This includes questions about procedures, disclosure issues and requests to reschedule.
  • You will present your case. You will usually be the first witness and may call other witnesses. Witnesses may be required to give their testimony under oath or affirmation. After each witness has testified, the Respondent can question them. The Board may ask questions of each witness.
  • The Respondent will then present their case. The Respondent will usually be the first witness and may call other witnesses. You and the Board may then question the Respondent’s witnesses.
  • If the Respondent has raised a new issue that was not covered in your case, you may present rebuttal evidence in response to the new issue. Rebuttal evidence must be properly disclosed before the hearing.
  • After the presentation of the evidence, you and the Respondent will present closing arguments. This includes a summary of your case and the arguments supporting them.

Remember that you must present enough evidence to convince the Board that your assessment is incorrect or unfair.

Decisions

The Board will base its decision on the evidence presented by you and the Respondent at the hearing. The Board will make a decision within 30 days or before the end of the taxation year, whichever is earlier. You will receive a copy of your decision by mail or email.

You may appeal the Board's Decision to the Court of Queen's Bench on a question of law or jurisdiction. 

For more information:

Assessment Review Board

Main Floor, Churchill Building
10019 - 103 Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 0G9

Hours of Operation
Monday to Friday
8am-4:30pm

Telephone 780-496-5026
Fax 780-496-8199
Email assessmentreviewboard@edmonton.ca
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