Assessment Request for Information
Assessment regularly mails requests for information to the owners of non-residential and multi-residential properties to produce fair and equitable assessments in accordance with the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and associated regulations. Assessment reviews and updates information on an ongoing basis. Accurate and up-to-date data ensures that properties are being assessed fairly.
Why does Assessment request information from property owners?
The City of Calgary regularly requests detailed property and business information to prepare market value assessments. This information is collected at various times throughout the year. It is used to get up-to-date physical information about that property including size, as well as market information such as recent lease information. Requests are also sent for sales information or tax status.
The information you provide in the Assessment Request for Information (ARFI) is very important as it helps us prepare fair and equitable market value assessments to accurately capture market changes in your property assessment since last year. By providing your ARFI, you help us prepare reliable preliminary property assessments that we can discuss with you during the Pre-Roll Consultation Period (Pre-Roll) in the fall.
During Pre-Roll, non-residential and multi-residential property owners and their representatives can review their preliminary Property Assessment value before they are finalized and mailed in January. This interaction often brings more certainty as you plan for the coming year.
Non-residential property owners (or their authorized property managers) can provide their information online by logging into Assessment Search, which is a secure-access site that requires owners to register for a City myID account. Step-by-step instructions on how to set up your account, check your property details, and review sales, are available in the Assessment Search How-to guide for property owners.
Do I have to respond to an Assessment Request for Information?
Assessment Requests for Information are made in accordance with the MGA including section 295(1) which states that ‘A person must provide, on request by an assessor, any information necessary for the assessor to carry out the duties and responsibilities of an assessor under Parts 9 to 12 and the regulations.’ Section 295(4) of the legislation further states that, ‘No person may make a complaint in the year following the assessment year under section 460 or, in the case of designated industrial linear property, under section 492(1) about an assessment if the person has failed to provide the information any information requested under subsection (1) within 60 days from the date of the request.’
Information sent previously or that was provided in connection with a tribunal hearing does not relieve the assessed person of the obligation to provide the information requested.
Please note that once collected, the information will only be further disclosed in accordance with section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FOIP) and the Municipal Government Act (MGA).
We are committed to providing reliable information and service that you can count on.
If you have any questions or comments about an Assessment Request for Information or anything assessment-related, call us at 403-268-2888.
Submit an Assessment Request for Information on Assessment Search
Assessment regularly mails requests for information to the owners of non-residential and multi-residential properties to produce fair and equitable assessments in accordance with the Municipal Government Act (MGA) and associated regulations. Visit Assessment Request for Information (ARFI) to learn more.
Non-residential property owners (or their authorized property managers) can provide their information online by following these instructions:
1. Log into Assessment Search through Secure Access and navigate to the Property Account page by clicking on the corresponding button on the left-hand navigation panel.
2. At the top of the Property Account page, click Respond to a Non-Residential Assessment Request for Information. Note that this button will only appear if you have a non-residential property(ies) with a related ARFI linked to your account. If you need to make changes to your non-residential property information and this option is not available to you, or you need to make changes to a submitted ARFI, we encourage you to Contact Assessment.
3. The non-residential ARFIs you can respond to will be listed. Click the Respond button next to the property you are submitting information for.
Note: If you have already submitted the ARFI, the button will say View. This will allow you to review the information you submitted.
4. An ARFI Summary page will appear. Review the Compliance Information and select Continue to proceed. This will bring you to a summary of the property.
5. If applicable, check off the box under Supporting Value Information to tell us if a Market Value Appraisal Report, Opinion of Value or Asset Management Report that includes the property has been completed last 12 months.
6. Review the information provided under the Building tab.
7. Review the unit(s) by clicking on the hyperlinked address or the red button beneath the Unit(s) header.
Note: If you attempt to submit without completing the unit review, you will be given a message noting submission failure because you have not reviewed each building and its associated units.
8. A list of the building’s unit(s) will appear. To edit a unit’s information, including any related lease information, select the hyperlinked address. A Unit Lease Wizard popup will appear where you can edit the unit information. Save your changes before proceeding.
Note: If the building has more than 10 units, you can upload the rent roll. For accounts with 10 units or less, you will need to use the grid provided to verify or update lease information.
9. Once you have completed your reviewing of the Building tab and its associated unit, review the information provided under the Land Lease and Parking Information tabs. Update information as needed.
10. Once you have reviewed the information and made any necessary updates, click Submit.
11. An Acknowledgement and Certification popup box will appear. Read the information and then select Acknowledge to continue.
12. A message will appear noting that the ARFI has been submitted successfully.