Prior to challenging your assessment….

The Department of Assessment is well aware of the issues surrounding COVID-19. The 2020 Preliminary Assessment Roll is based upon the market conditions as of July 1, 2019 and the status of the property as of Taxable Status Date March 1, 2020. If COVID-19 does adversely affect the real estate market as of July 1, 2020, we will make the necessary adjustments on the 2021 Assessment Roll. However, legally we cannot take COVID-19 into consideration for the 2020 Preliminary Assessment Roll.

Please Do Your Homework Before Completing Your Application

Helpful Videos are available here.

Your assessment should be the market value of your property.
Market value is typically what your home would sell for.
You may discover that your assessment is within an acceptable range of your market value.

Review Real Estate Listings and Recent Sales

Select Properties with similar or the same:
Style Ranch (single story), Colonial (2 Story), Cape Cod, etc
Size Square footage of Living Area
Age Year Built
Amenities or Improvements Garages, decks, basements, inground pools, fireplaces, etc.
Neighborhoods Close proximity to your home
School District Brighton, Penfield, Pittsford, Rush-Henrietta, Wheatland-Chili

Properties which do not meet these criteria should not be chosen.

The Valuation date for the 2020 Assessment Roll is July 1, 2019.
Selected properties should be recent sales or listings from July 1, 2016 through July 1, 2019

Market value is based on homes that have sold. Sales information is available through the Monroe County Property Portal.

Additional Support Material

  • Current Professional Appraisal
  • Current Comparative Market Analysis by a real estate professional
  • Interior and Exterior photos showing current condition of the property

To Challenge Your Assessment

Complete the Grievance Application RP-524 and submit it to the Assessor's office beginning May 1st.

Form RP-524 will also be available for pick up in the Lobby of the Public Safety Wing at the Brighton Town Hall,
2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 beginning on May 1, 2020 between the hours of 8:00 am and 6 pm.

Instructions for the RP-524 are found here.

All completed applications must be filed by email ( or mail no
later than May 26, 2020 at 8 pm

The Board of Assessment Review will hold Grievance hearings via teleconference on May 28, 2020 from 10 am - 5 pm.
Hearing times will be assigned as completed applications are submitted with all supporting documentation.