If you filed a timely protest form, but have not been scheduled for an ARB hearing yet, the Appraisal Review Board will be finishing all 2021 hearings in September. Your protest is still valid and you will still receive the same rights as everyone else, we just have to stop ARB hearings on July 20th to certify the appraisal roll (per the Texas Property Tax Code) and will restart ARB hearings again in September. You will receive your scheduling order two weeks prior to your ARB hearing date in September. All September hearings will go back to normal protocol and be in-person hearings, unless you request a telephone hearing.
*Having your ARB hearing in September will NOT delay your tax bill. The Denton County Tax Office mails tax bills in October.
ARB proTest Hearing procedures
How do i upload evidence?
If you have evidence, documentation, or pictures you would like to submit to support your opinion of value, please do so through the ARB Evidence Upload form, mail or drop off.
The District must receive your evidence before your ARB hearing.
Mail to or Drop off at:
DCAD, 3911 Morse Street, Denton, TX 76208
What if I miss my call back from an appraiser?
Please directly call the appraiser back who called you. (If you call the front desk, they are not going to know who called you.)
If they are unavailable, please leave a detailed message with your name, number, and property ID and they will call you back when they are available again.
taxpayer rights & remedies
can i send someone else to represent me for the arb hearing?
Yes, you are able to send someone to represent you in a hearing, but you need to make sure they have a signed authorization letter from you. You are able to fill out this form and send it with whoever will be representing you.
[50-162] Appointment of Agent for Property Tax Matters
Appointment of Non-Agent Representation
How Can i reschedule my hearing?
Please submit a written request to email@example.com.
How Can i withdraw my protest?
Please submit a request HERE to withdraw your Protest form.
I forgot to file a protest... can i still get my value lowered?
If a property owner does not file a timely protest, neither the appraiser nor the ARB can make a value adjustment to your property.
If you believe there are good cause reasons (i.e., hospitalization) as to why you could not file a timely protest, then you should write the ARB, state the facts and document (provide medical receipts on hospitalization) your reasons. Please send Letters of Good Cause to the attention of the ARB at 3911 Morse Street, Denton, TX 76208. The ARB will make a determination and respond back to you in writing. Forgetting to file a protest or not knowing the protest deadline are not considered good cause reasons to grant you a late protest.
If you believe there is a clerical error (Texas Tax Code 25.25c) or substantial error (Texas Tax Code 25.25d) associated with your property value, then you should speak to an appraiser who will clarify if there are any remedies available to you.
What if I just want to submit my evidence to the ARB and not go through the formal process or hearing
You can submit an affidavit on your behalf before your scheduled hearing.
[50-283] Property Owner’s Affidavit of Evidence to the Appraisal Review Board
"How To present your case" videos
options after you protest
After the ARB rules on your protest, it will send a written order by certified mail. If you are dissatisfied with the ARB’s findings, you have the right to appeal the decision. Depending on the facts and type of property, you may be able to appeal to the state district court in the county in which your property is located; to binding arbitration; or to the State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH).
Binding Arbitration - You may appeal through binding arbitration if your property is valued at $5 million or less. You may also use binding arbitration for your residence homestead regardless of its appraised value. To request binding arbitration, you must file a Request for Binding Arbitration form with the appraisal district, along with a deposit check payable to the Comptroller of Public Accounts. The deposit amount ranges from $450 to $1,550 based on the property type and value. All but $50 of your deposit will be refunded to you if the arbitrator sets your value at an amount closer to your opinion of value than to the ARB’s value. If not, the deposit is used to pay the arbitrator’s fee. You must exercise the arbitration option not later than 60 days after the date you receive the ARB’s notice of its decision. There are limits to what can be appealed to binding arbitration.
Information about what is allowed to be appealed through arbitration can be found on the Comptroller’s website HERE.
State Office of Administrative Hearings (SOAH) - Property owners may also appeal ARB orders for real or personal properties with values of more than $1 million to SOAH. To appeal, you file a notice with the chief appraiser not later than 30 days after the date you receive the ARB’s notice of its decision and file a $1,500 deposit not later than the 90th day after you receive the ARB’s notice of the order. The administrative law judge will schedule the hearing in the municipality where the property is located unless SOAH does not have a remote hearing site in that municipality. In which case, the hearing will be scheduled in the municipality with a remote hearing site that is closest to the subject property.
State District Court in Denton County - Alternatively, you may appeal the decision to the state district court in which your property is located. You must file the appeal no later than 60 days after you receive the final ARB order. In all types of appeals, you are required to pay a specified portion of your taxes before the delinquency date.
The Denton Central Appraisal District staff (including the Chief Appraiser), cannot change a value once the Appraisal Review Board has set that value.
[96-295] Property Taxpayer Rights & Remedies