The Cypress County Assessment Department prepares Assessments for properties on an annual basis in accordance with legislative requirements. The entire Assessment Base of Cypress County is just below $5 billion. A pie chart depicting the various property types assessed in Cypress County can be observed below:

Farmland, Machinery & Equipment, and certain Non-residential properties are assessed at regulated rates which are derived from Provincial Legislation and Regulation. Residential, Small Business, and certain Non-residential properties are assessed based on their Market Value using recent comparable sales of similar properties. The 2020 comparable Sales Sheet as well as a Market Land Model Map  and other assessment information can be observed in the Main Folder below.  


What you need to know

Cypress County issues property assessment notices at the beginning of each year, which begins a 67-day Assessment Complaint Period. During this time, we encourage you to review your assessment details and contact Assessment if you have any questions or comments. We are committed to providing reliable information and service that you can count on. 

* If you received an Amended Assessment Notice then your date range will be different. You will still have a 67-day Assessment Complaint Period, but it will be based on the date of your Amended Notice. 


The 2020 Property Assessment is used to calculate 2021 Taxes

How Are Taxes Calculated?


  • Assessors prepare the assessments.
  • Cypress County Council sets the tax rate.
  • Once council approves an annual budget to operate their municipality, the revenue required is divided by the municipality’s Assessment Base.


Step 1: Review your assessment notice

Check the accuracy of your property details and search for comparable properties and sales in your area to ensure your assessment is fair and equitable.

Step 2: Talk to us during the Assessment Complaint Period

If you have any questions or comments about your assessment value, the process, or anything assessment related, call us and we'll help you. If you are using an agent representative, you will need to authorize them to act on your behalf (found on the Property Account page within Assessment Search).

The Assessment Complaint Period is the time we dedicate to working with you to review your property assessment. Here is what you can expect when you call Assessment:
What we will do: Verify and confirm information about your property with you. 
What you can do: Update us on your property. 
What we will do: If inconsistencies are found, we'll explain what we need to verify and correct the information. Confirmed inconsistencies will be corrected. 
What you can do: Learn more about how your property was assessed. 
What we will do: Share how your property assessment was determined. 
What can you do: Show us comparable properties you found in Assessment Search. 
What we will do: We will look at the different properties that may have been used as comparable properties, including ones that you may have identified in your own research.
What you can do: Make an appointment with an assessor to discuss your property in depth. This can be done in-person or in the phone, depending on your preference. There is no cost for appointments. 
What we will do: Discuss variables which may have influenced your property value. 
What you can do: If we cannot come to a consensus about the assessment of your property, we'll help you understand how to appeal your assessment with the Assessment Review Board. 
What we will do: Answer your question in an honest, transparent and respectful manner. 
What you can do: Share your questions and comments with us. We're happy to listen and help if we can.

Step 3: Assessment Review Board: What to do if we can't reach an agreement

If we are unable to come to a consensus about the assessment of your property, there is a mechanism in place to help reach a conclusion. You may file a complaint with the Assessment Review Board (ARB). The ARB is an impartial tribunal that hears and resolves assessment complaints by property owners. A complaint may be filed no later than the final date noted on the front of the assessment notice. You cannot appeal your tax notice (bill), only the assessment of your property (assessment notice).

If you choose to file a complaint, your hearing date will be provided to you by the ARB. It is suggested that you gather and prepare the evidence you wish to provide even before you have been given a hearing date. This is an important task as you will need to provide evidence which supports your determination that your assessment is incorrect. 
A valid Assessment Complaint Form must be accompanied by the required Filing Fee indicated on the front of the assessment notice. When speaking with us (before making a complaint to ARB) we will provide you with a brief, general summary of the steps you will need to follow to file a complaint with ARB. For more information please review MATTERS RELATING TO ASSESSMENT COMPLAINTS REGULATION.  

Property Assessment Address Change

If Canada Post has recently changed your mailing address, or you have moved, remember to update your information to ensure continued delivery of your assessment and tax notices.

  • In person at the County Office

There are two options to update your property tax address with Cypress County:

You should also update your address with the Land Titles Office to ensure your correct mailing address is recorded on the Certificate of Title. Visit Service Alberta for more information.

The Cypress County Assessment Department re-inspects properties on a five-year cycle based off the best practices set out by the Alberta Municipal Affairs Assessment Services Branch. The Assessment Department is in the process of re-inspecting and reviewing property assessments in some areas of the county, if your property falls in one of these areas this letter will be mailed out to you by July 16th, 2021.

We are currently looking to confirm and update property information in order to maintain the accuracy of property assessments and ensure our database of information is up to date. The information gathered will be used for property assessment purposes only

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, physical property inspections are being limited to reduce the risk to property owners and staff, in accordance with administrative direction and provincial restrictions. Instead we are asking property owners to complete a Request for Information (RFI) survey detailing the information of your property to maintain the fairness and equitability of assessment practices in Cypress County.  
The online survey can be found here, to complete it you will need your Roll number, and the Survey Key which can be found in the letter sent to those addresses within the 2021 inspection area.
If you received a letter and need a new copy of the survey you can download here: Hamlet Survey, Rural Survey.

Note: Some properties may need to be inspected to confirm changes to the assessment information or if no information is provided in the survey.
If you have any questions, please contact the Assessment Department at 403-526-2888.