CREEK FIRE: How to Request a Property Tax Reduction


The Fresno County Assessor may be able to reduce your property tax assessment if your property was damaged or destroyed by a calamity or disaster such as the Creek Fire.

If your property sustained $10,000 dollars or more in damage that was not caused by your actions you may qualify for a reduction of your assessed value by submitting a completed Calamity Application for Reassessment within 12 months of the date of loss.

To qualify for a possible reassessment, all of the following requirements must be met:

  • The damage must have occurred within the past year.
  • The physical damage to the taxable property must be at least $10,000 in value.
  • Attach an insurance company estimate as evidence for your claim. If you don't have an estimate yet, list your insurance company, adjuster name and phone number.
  • If you didn't have insurance, simply note that on the form. 
  • The damage must have occurred by 'misfortune or calamity' such as a fire, flood, accident, etc.
  • The damage cannot have been the fault of the owner. Demolition does not qualify.
  • You may file the application if you are listed as the owner on the assessment roll, or if you are responsible for paying the property taxes.
  • The application must be postmarked or returned to the Assessor's Office no later than one year after the date of damage.
  • The application is signed under the penalty of perjury.
  • If you sign it outside the State of California, the application must be verified by affidavit.


QUESTIONS: Contact office of the Fresno County Assessor-Recorder at (559) 600‐3534, option 1 or email