Property Taxes

Search for real and personal property tax records, find out when property tax payments are due, accepted payment methods, tax lien sales and property tax rebate programs offered by the City and County of Denver.

Payments and Due Dates

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Notice: Check Payments

Paying by check authorizes the City & County of Denver to debit your bank account electronically or by presenting your check. 

In the event that your payment is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, we may resubmit your payment electronically up to two (2) additional times in the ordinary course of business.

Your check will not be provided to you with your bank statement.

A Returned Check charge of $20 and a Cost of Collection charge of $30 will be assessed for any check returned not paid.*

 *Pursuant to C.R.S 13-21-109 and §53-3 of the D.R.M.C. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about property taxes in the City and County of Denver.

How do I pay my property tax?

Payment options are available for 1st half, 2nd half, or Full payments online without needing to create an online account. Follow this link to the payment page, select the proper payment option, enter parcel number (a balance due will be displayed with current fees and interest if applicable) then provide payment information. We accept E-check, Visa, MasterCard and Discover payment types.

If you do not know the parcel number, you can search by address here.

Payments can also be mailed. All checks and money order payments must be made payable to the Manager of Finance and must have a valid parcel number in the Memo. Property tax payments can be mailed to:

City and County of Denver
Department of Finance, Treasury Division
PO Box 17420
Denver, CO 80217-0420

 

Who do I contact with questions about my property tax payment?

If you have any further questions, contact Taxpayer Service by calling (720) 913-9300.

If you have questions concerning the valuation of your property, call the Assessor’s Office at (720) 913-4162.

Where can I find information on tax exemption, assistance, and refund programs?

Families, seniors, and people living with disabilities may qualify for the city's Property Tax Relief Program

People age 65 and older who have owned and lived in their home for more than ten years, may also qualify for a Senior Property Tax Exemption.

For information on different types of housing assistance, from mortgage to rental supports, visit the Help on Housing page.

When are property taxes due?

Taxes are billed in arrears; taxes assessed are due and payable January 1 of the following year.  For example, 2020 taxes are assessed January 1, 2020, but are not due and payable until January 1, 2021.  Property tax statements are mailed once a year in January.

 Taxes can be paid in a lump-sum payment or in two installments:  

  • If paid as a lump-sum, payment in full is due by April 30
  • If paid in installments, the first half is due by the last day of February and the second half is due by June 15

When paying by regular mail, the post office postmark will be considered the date of payment.

For a calendar of payment due dates and other deadlines, please see Denver's property tax calendar.

What happens if I don't pay my property taxes by the due date?

Once a payment is delinquent, interest accrues at the rate of 1% per month. The first half installment becomes delinquent on March 1 and the second half installment is due on June 15 of each year. If the entire amount of tax due is paid at one time on or before April 30, no delinquent interest will be charged on the first half installment.

What happens if I don't pay my property taxes?

If you do not pay your property taxes, you will owe delinquent interest at the rate of 1% per month and will receive a delinquency notice in July. Any unpaid taxes will be advertised for sale in the local newspaper and will be sold if they are still not paid by the day before the public tax lien auction. The public real estate tax lien auction is usually held in November.

The face value of a tax lien brought to auction is the sum of the unpaid taxes, delinquent interest, penalties (if applicable), and fees. After the auction you will owe monthly redemption interest on the face value of the lien until you redeem the property. Redemption interest is based on the Federal Reserve discount rate as of September 1 plus 9%.

What happens if my property taxes are sold at the property tax lien auction?

If your taxes are sold at the tax lien sale, you will owe the tax lien face value, redemption interest, redemption fee ($7.00), subsequent year endorsement fee ($5.00/year) if any, and any other fees associated with the deed process. 

Visit our Real Estate Tax Lien Sale page for more information on the real estate tax lien auction.

Why did I received a Special Assessment Statement?

If your property is within a local improvement district, a special assessment statement for the local improvements will be sent to you upon the completion of construction. Special assessments are billed separately from ad valorem property taxes.

Property owners have the option to defer payment over twelve (12) annual installments.

Both my mortgage company and I paid my property taxes. How do I get a refund?

The first payment received is applied toward the real estate property tax balance. If your payment is received after your mortgage company’s payment or you paid in excess of your balance, you can expect to receive your refund within six to eight weeks of Denver processing your payment.

How are my property taxes calculated?

Assessed Value x Mill Levy = Property Tax Due

To determine the tax due the Assessor first determines the ACTUAL value of your property.  Then, a percentage is applied to the actual value in order to arrive at the ASSESSED value of your property. 

  • Assessed value for residential property = 7.15% of actual value
  • Assessed value for commercial and business personal property = 29% of actual value

Your ASSESSED value is then multiplied by the current MILL LEVY to arrive at the property tax due.  Mill levies are set around December 15th each year by the various Denver taxing authorities such as the school district, city council, or special districts.

  • A mill = $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value

All taxable business personal and real estate property within Denver is subject to 74.195 mills for 2020 taxes due in 2021. If the property is located within a special district, local maintenance district, or business improvement district additional taxes are levied upon the property.

How can I obtain records of prior year assessment value and tax history not available online?

Requests for research of prior year records should be addressed to:

Taxpayer Service
201 West Colfax Avenue, MC403 Dept 1009
Denver, CO 80202

Phone:
(720) 913-9300

Note: There is a $15.00 per hour charge for research payable in advance.