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Call (925) 608-8400 or (510) 374-3966 with questions or concerns regarding stray animals or wildlife. For noisy animals, see our web page.
If you are unable to care for your pets due to foreclosure difficulties, you have the option to surrender them to Animal Services. Call us at 925-608-8400 for more information. You might also visit the Resources page of the
It depends on whether your dog is spayed or neutered. Click here for more
We have two locations: Martinez Shelter 4800 Imhoff Place Martinez, CA 94553-4393 (925) 608-8400 Pinole Shelter 910 San Pablo Avenue Pinole, CA 94564-2632 (510) 942-4530
We are closed Sunday, Monday, major holidays
Spay/Neuter Clinic (Martinez Shelter only)Phone hours: Tuesday - Friday9 am to 12 noon and 1 pm to 4 pm925-335-8320NOTE: Spay/neuter surgeries are by appointment only; pets scheduled for surgery must be at the Spay/Neuter Clinic between 7:30 am and 8 am on the morning of surgery.
SaturdayVaccination Drop-In Clinic (no appointment needed)8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
If you are 65 years of age or older, you are eligible for a reduced dog license fee, one per household. Proof of age is required. Call Licensing at 925-608-8410 for more information.
You are welcome to call us for information at (925) 608-8400. The Contra Costa County Code will also provide the information on animal laws in this county. Here is a link to the animal section of the
Call our general information line at 925-608-8400 to report suspected abuse or neglect of an animal.
Call Animal Services at (925) 608-8400 for advice about wildlife that you think might be injured. Also, Lindsay Wildlife Museum is a local organization which operates an on-site wildlife hospital in Walnut Creek, CA. Call (925) 935-1978 for more information or visit their
If you find a dead or injured skunk, or believe a skunk has had contact with people or pets, DON'T HANDLE IT or try to trap it. Call Animal Services at 925-608-8400 for assistance. For helpful information on living safely with skunks or to request a skunk inspection, call the Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District at 925-685-9301, ext. 190, or visit their
Auction list sales are final. Updated information on properties that remain in the sale is available at the Tax Collector's office.
The burden is on the purchaser to thoroughly research, before the sale, any matters relevant to his or her decision to purchase, rather than on the county, whose sole interest is the recovery of back taxes.
It is also recommended that bidders consult with the zoning and planning departments of any city within which a particular parcel lies.
ALL PROPERTIES ARE SOLD "AS IS" AND ALL SALES ARE FINAL.
Purchasers of property at the tax sale must also pay a Documentary Transfer Tax on the amount of the bid. The tax is based on the rate of $.55 for each $500 or fractional part of each $500 when the bid exceeds $100.
Purchasers of property within the city of Richmond must also pay a City Transfer Tax in addition to the Documentary Transfer Tax. The rate for this city tax is $7 per $1,000 of the purchase price.
(a) Any lien for installments of taxes and special assessments, which installments will become payable upon the secured roll after the time of sale.
(b) The lien for taxes or assessments or other rights of any taxing agency which does not consent to the sale under this chapter.
(c) Liens for special assessments levied upon the property conveyed which were, at the time of the sale under this chapter, not included in the amount necessary to redeem the tax-defaulted property, and, where a taxing agency which collects its own taxes has consented to the sale under this chapter, not included in the amount required to redeem from sale to the taxing agency.
(d) Easements constituting servitude upon or burdens to the property; water rights, the record title to which is held separately from the title to the property; and restrictions of record.
(e) Unaccepted, recorded, irrevocable offers of dedication of the property to the public or a public entity for a public purpose, and recorded options of any taxing agency to purchase the property or any interest therein for a public purpose.
(f) Unpaid assessments under the Improvement Bond Act of 1915 (Division 10 [commencing with Section 8500] of the Streets and Highways Code) which are not satisfied as a result of the sale proceeds being applied pursuant to Chapter 1.3 (commencing with Section 4671) Part 8.
(g) Any federal Internal Revenue Service liens which, pursuant to provisions of federal law, are not discharged by the sale, even though the tax collector has provided proper notice to the Internal Revenue Service before that date.”
(h) Unpaid special taxes under the Mello-Roos Community Facilities Act of 1982 (Chapter 2.5 [commencing with Section 53311] of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code) that are not satisfied as a result of the sale proceeds being applied pursuant to Chapter 1.3 (commencing with Section 4671) of Part 8.”
Note: A title search initiated at the prospective purchaser(s)’ expense should reveal any liens or encumbrances on a property in the tax sale.
The County assumes no liability for any other possible liens, encumbrances or easements, recorded or not recorded. When property is sold at tax sale on which the IRS holds a tax lien, the United States has the right of redemption for 120 days from the date of such sale (26 USC Sec. 3712(g) and 7425(d)). The IRS will pay the actual amount paid for the property by the bidder, plus interest at 6% per annum from the date of sale, plus the expenses of sale that exceed any income received from the property.
Property Tax Reimbursement
The Franchise Tax Board's Homeowner Assistance program provided property tax relief to persons who were blind, disabled, or at least 62 years old, and met certain minimum annual income thresholds. However, the state budget deleted funding for this Program that once provided cash reimbursement of a portion of the property taxes that you paid on your home. For more information, call the Franchise Tax Board at 1-800-852-5711.
Property Tax Postponement
The State Controller's Property Tax Postponement program allowed persons who are blind, disabled, or at least 62 years old, and meet certain minimum annual income thresholds to postpone their property taxes. However, the state budget eliminated the Property Tax Postponement Program. For more information, call the State Controller's Office at 1-800-952-5661 or 916-327-5587.
Effective January 1, 2006, developers of single-family subdivisions of five lots or more are granted an automatic builder’s exclusion upon recording the subdivision map. To be granted the Builder’s Exclusion on fewer than five single-family lots or on other types of property, you must submit a letter requesting the exclusion prior to or within 30 days of the start of new construction on land development and/or improvements. The parcels for which you are requesting an exclusion must be intended for resale, and for no other purpose than that incidental to resale, such as a model home. In short, this means that builders should submit a request for an exclusion as soon as they buy raw land intended for development.
Recommendations: Apply for the exclusion as soon as the land is purchased. Apply for the whole tract. If builder's exclusion is granted on the parent parcel and the parcel splits there is no need to reapply. Builders should be aware that after the exclusion is granted they are still responsible for payment of supplemental tax bills based upon the purchase of land for development, and for payment of annual secured tax bills based on the value of land and new construction complete or incomplete on January 1 of each year. Builders owning parcels protected by a builder's Exclusion are also cautioned that should they begin using these parcels for a purpose other than resale, such as rentals, they are required to notify the Assessor's Office of this fact within 45 days after such non-resale use begins.
Requests for Builder's Exclusions should be addressed to: Gus S. Kramer, Assessor ASR Division 2530 Arnold Drive, Suite 400 Martinez, CA 94553 For further information call (925)313-7400.
When a sale or transfer occurs, the Assessor's Office receives a copy of the deed and determines if a reappraisal is required under State law. If it is required, an appraisal is made to determine the new market value of the property. The owner is then notified of the new assessment and has the right to appeal the value.
The transfer of property between husband and wife does not require a reappraisal for property tax purposes. This includes transfers resulting from divorce or death. In addition, a refinancing will not cause a reappraisal.
As a result of recent State legislation, the purchase of a mobile home park by the residents will not cause a reassessment. Property taxes will remain at their current level and be prorated among the spaces.
Building Permits are required before you erect, construct, enlarge, alter, repair, move, improve, remove, convert or demolish any building or structure. See Section 106.2 of the California Building Code for further exemptions. The link below provides a summary of the exemptions. Exemption from the permit requirements shall not be deemed to grant authorization for any work to be done in any manner in violation of the provisions of any County code or ordinance. Please call us if you have any questions (925) 674-7200.
Please call us for more information at (925) 674-7200. Permit by Fax/Mail Applications
Some projects require approval either by the County Planning Division or City Planning Department and other agencies before the Building Inspection Division can proceed with the plan review. Then depending on the scope of the project, it may take anywhere from one day to several weeks depending on the amount of structural and non-structural review required.
Minor projects that are usually issued either that day or the next day are:
• Minor in-kind repairs due to damage caused by fire, termites, or deterioration • Minor interior alterations with no structural work • Plumbing, mechanical, or electrical repairs, change-outs, or alterations • Mobile homes
Major Projects that may take up to several weeks to review are:
• Changes in building use or occupancy • Major additions (greater than 50 percent of the existing structure) • Major structural work (seismic upgrades, major repairs, etc.) • Major tenant improvements • New residences in subdivisions with established master plans • Compliance with Title 24 energy documentation requirements
Please call us for more information (925) 674-7200.
Your license is current for the license year in which you obtain it and must be renewed each July 1 as long as you are in business. A 25% penalty charge and 18% per annum interest rate are imposed if license tax is not paid on time.
Every business must at least meet zoning and building requirements to ensure that its business category and site are compatible before signing any leases and moving in. Check with the County Zoning/Planning Department to make sure you locate your business at an address where it is allowed and that it does not heavily impact the neighborhood or require special parking consideration.
Also, if your business name is anything other than your surname or has more than one owner -- a partnership, association, or company -- you may need to file a fictitious business name with the County Clerk's Office, (925) 335-7900. Should you accidentally "infringe" upon another business, you may face legal action and will have to pay to re-file your Business License -- and that gets expensive. So, it is a good idea to do this before you apply for the Business License.
A copy of the fictitious name certification is required with your business license application.
A copy of your current State Contractor’s License is required with your business license application.
Treasurer-Tax Collector's OfficeBusiness License Tax Division625 Court Street, Room 100Martinez, CA 94553-0063 Business License Application
P.O. Box 631Martinez, CA 94553
Sometimes channels or time on LO channels can be "leased." Leased Access is another way local channels are used.
Educational Access channels are usually used by schools to show educational television, telecourses, or information about local schools and resources. Here in Contra Costa County, Educational Access television is provided by the Contra Costa Educational Television Consortium.
Government Access television allows local City and County governments to serve their communities by providing information about local resources, services, and emergencies. Coverage of local City Council and Board of Supervisors meetings, allow the public to see how local government runs and how its elected leaders make decisions.
For most code complaints a Courtesy Letter is sent out informing the property owner that they may have a code violation and to contact the code enforcement officer. For serious health and safety, disabled access and work being done without a permit, a code enforcement officer is sent out to ascertain if a violation exists and to request remediation. This is initiated with a Notice to Comply letter.
A complaint about a possible code violation is made by letter, e-mail, fax or in person. Please be prepared with specific information such as the address of the property, details of the situation and the length of time you have observed the situation. Contact us at (925) 674-7210 or Toll Free at (877) 646-8314. You may submit a complaint online here. You may also submit a complaint form by printing and submitting by fax, mail or drop off to the office.
If you need a lawyer and do not have one, you can call the Lawyer Referral and Information Service, operated by the Contra Costa Bar Association, at (925) 825-5700. Click here for more information.
No, the County Surveyor’s Office only performs surveys on County owned land, including County road and flood control channel rights-of-way.
Only a land surveyor or qualified pre-1982 civil engineer licensed in the state of California can provide property line location for a private survey in this state. Contact information for these professionals can be found in a telephone directory, by searching the Internet, or by contacting engineering and land surveying societies (see Resources, P. 21 of the Consumer Guide to Professional Engineers and Professional Land Surveyors or California Land Surveyors Association, Find a Surveyor). The California State Board website is another source of information for researching licensed engineers or land surveyors in your city or county where you can verify that the professional is currently and properly licensed and find out if there have been any complaints or disciplinary actions taken against the person’s license.
When interviewing land surveyors ask for local references on similar projects and compare qualifications and experience. Also, ask if they have previous experience working with your local planning department, public works department, municipal utility district, or County Surveyor’s Office. For your protection, the State Board insists that a formal contract is made between professional and client.
The County Surveyor’s Office has no authority to mediate private property issues.
How did your neighbour come to this determination? Request the official filed map of the survey that provided a surveyor’s opinion of your shared boundary line. You can hire a survey yourself.
Yes, Tract Maps (also known as Subdivision Maps), Parcel Maps, Records of Survey and Corner Records are now available for viewing and download at no cost through the Public Works Website here; click on the “Weblink” link on that website. Instructions for locating these records are at this site.
No. If your property is a lot in a subdivision we can provide a copy of the recorded subdivision map which will show easements created by that map and other easements affecting the property at that time; however, there is no reason to assume that other easements have not been created since. A title company guarantee policy is the best source of disclosing things such as easements affecting a particular property.
The Public Works Record Counter is open 7:00am to 5:00 pm from Monday through Thursday and closed on Fridays. You may contact our public counter staff at (925) 313-2000 and they can direct you to the Engineering Records staff. The public counter is located in the Public Works Offices at 255 Glacier Drive in Martinez.
No. You must do the research yourself. You are in responsible charge of your map, including research.
Fee schedules are currently a part of the checklists.
The checklists for parcel maps and final map submissions are here.
The checklist for Records of Surveys is here.
The checklist for Corner Records is here.
For tract numbers for the entire county, and parcel map numbers for the unincorporated areas of Contra Costa, contact the Department of Conservation and Development (DCD) (925) 674-7722. For parcel maps in other cities, obtain the number from the city.
The Courts are no longer part of the county government, but you can find out a great deal of court information by visiting their website. If you need information that you cannot find online, you can reach them by phone at 925-608-1000.
Call the Animal Services general information line at 925-608-8400 to report suspected abuse or neglect of an animal.
You can also find some information on the Department's "inmate lookup" system. Inmate Lookup website
You can also call them at 925-957-5280. Business License information
Contact the Assessor's Office at 925-313-7481. Lookup Property Tax
Example:Market value of damaged or destroyed property = $220,000Market value of replacement property = $253,000Percentage above value of damaged or destroyed property = 15 percent Base year value of replacement = $220,000
If the market value of the replacement is more than 120 percent of the market value of the property substantially damaged or destroyed, the base year value of the replacement will be the factored base year value of the damaged or destroyed property plus the amount by which the value of the replacement exceeds 120 percent of the value of the property that was damaged or destroyed. Ref. California Revenue & Taxation Code 69(b) (2)
Example: Market value of damaged or destroyed property = $220,000Market value of replacement property = $275,000Percentage above value of damaged or destroyed property = 25 percent Base year value of replacement = $220,000 + (275,000 - (220,000 x 120%)) = $231,000
The information you will need to complete an application for employment:
Personal Information:NameAddressCity, State, Zip CodePhone NumberE-mail AddressEligibility to Work in USIf under age, school work authorizationDriver’s License number and Class
Education:Schools/Colleges AttendedMajorDegree/DiplomaGraduation Date(s)
Position Applied For Information:Title of the job you are applying forHours/days available to workWhen you can start work
Employment Information:Names, addresses, phone numbers of previous employersSupervisors’ namesDates of employment (months and years)SalaryReason for Leaving
References:List of three references - names, job titles or relationships, addresses, phone numbers
Other Documentation:Any other documentation requested in the job announcement such as permit, license, or certificate.
Availability of a current eligible list; Number of individuals on the list who are still interested in the position; Number of anticipated openings.
For some jobs with limited turnover and a small number of positions, recruitments will open on an as needed basis.
Salary Position description Examples of necessary knowledge and abilities Minimum qualifications Special requirements Information about the testing process Type of recruitment (open, promotional, or continuous) Type of exam (written, oral, etc.) How to submit required documents when applying on-line Tentative final filing or cut-off dates Supplemental instructions and questions
Unofficial transcripts are acceptable and but must list the student name, institution name, field of study, and date the degree was awarded. Copies of diplomas should indicate your name, the name of the school, a specific field of study, and date of graduation. If applicable, required documentation should be submitted with each application. Please do not send originals; copies of the required documents are acceptable. No submitted documents will be returned. For recent graduates who have not received proof of their degree yet, a letter from the registrar’s office stating that all requirements for graduation have been met and listing the field of study will be sufficient proof of graduation.
The applicant does not provide enough detail about their work experience and duties in the Work Experience section on their application. For example, if you are applying for Automotive Mechanic, just writing “10 years as mechanic at XYZ Ford” doesn’t provide enough detail about your duties. Writing “As a mechanic at XYZ Ford dealership, I performed computerized diagnostics, repaired and replaced all components of the drive train, specialized in repairing hybrid vehicles, and did trouble-shooting of difficult electrical problems.” provides enough information to assess your experience to see if it meets the Minimum Qualifications.
Required documents are not attached to the application, such as a transcript, diploma, or typing certificate. If the Job Announcement states you must attach documents to substantiate your education or certifications, your application will be rejected if you don’t.
Contact us at (925) 674-7886 for more details about our program and bidding on our projects. Contractors Bidding Information
The surface treatment is needed to protect pavements from the damaging effects of water and natural weathering.
Yes, driveway access will be maintained throughout construction, but may be subject to some delays.
All roadwork is expected to be completed by the end of October. Though the schedule could be delayed depending on weather conditions or equipment breakdown.
Perhaps. Provisions have been made to ensure the flow of traffic in each direction for the duration of the project to minimize disruptions, but delays can happen.
The normal construction day is between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm. Workers may be out earlier or later depending on what portion of the project they are working on.
Click here for information regarding the work being done and who you should contact with any questions.
Watch out for workers and flaggers. Be patient and considerate of other motorists. Please drive slowly in the work zones and do not drive distracted. On the day of the posted work, please turn off your irrigation system if water runs off your property and onto the street.
The oil helps the new asphalt layer bond to the existing pavement below it.
If these criteria are met, then the fence and retaining wall may be placed within the required setbacks. Generally, fences and retaining walls that meet these criteria do not require planning approval and permits are not needed.
The Ordinance requires that the property owner obtain a tree permit from the county before trenching, grading or filling within the dripline of any protected tree or before cutting down, destroying, trimming by topping or removal of any protected tree.
No home occupation may be conducted at a residential dwelling unless a home occupation permit or a land use permit has been issued. To determine what type of permit applies, click on the link below.
A home occupation and land use may be obtained at the Department of Conservation and Development, Application and Permit Center on 30 Muir Road Martinez, CA 94553 Tel (925) 674-7200.
Once a permit is obtained, you can get a business license from the Treasurer-Tax Collector's Office-Business License Tax Division on 625 Court Street Martinez, CA 94553. Tel (925) 957-5280 Home Occupations
Before visiting or calling, make sure you have the specific Assessor’s Parcel Number (APN), also referred to as the Property Tax Number, or address for the site.
Second, consider contacting USA (Underground Services Alert) at (800) 227-6000 before beginning any work so that they can mark all lines that lie on your property.
To vote in the next election, you must register to vote at least 15 days before the election. For more information, contact:
Election Division524 Main St.Martinez, 94553
Or call the Election Division at (925) 646-4166.
You may choose to contact an attorney or the Public Defender’s Office to represent you for Change of Plea proceedings. The following conditions apply for you to be eligible for a change of plea:
If you were originally charged with a misdemeanor, contact the court that handled your case. If you were originally charged with a felony, the Probation Department will handle your request. Multiple dockets may be researched at the same time, however; no reports will be submitted to court without all of the necessary paperwork completed, all fines, fees and restitution paid.
For minors with the last name begining with:A-I; Monday, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM or 5:30 PM to 8 PMJ-R; Tuesday, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM or 5:30 PM to 8 PMS-Z; Wednesday, 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM or 5:30 PM to 8 PMNo visiting on Thursdays or Fridays.A-Q; Saturday, 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM or 12:45 PM to 4:30 PMR-Z; Sunday, 9:15 AM to 11:45 AM or 2 PM to 4:30 PM
Guidelines:Only Parents or Guardians are allowed to visit. Proper identification, such as a valid California driver's license or identification, must be presented. All personal property must be left in vehicle. All visitors must pass through the metal detector, without alarm, prior to entering the facility. No food or drink allowed within the facility. Some minors are on Special Visit Status, requiring a visiting appointment. Special visits must be arranged in advanced by the parent or guardian by contacting 925-957-2725.
In this scenario Probation would lack jurisdiction and be unable to provide direct services. However, Probation Officers routinely work with counselors, school officials and other professionals who do provide direct services to troubled families.
Please call and ask to speak to the officer of the day if you would like to be referred to a local resource agency. In East and Central County call: (925) 313-4000. In West County call: (510) 374-3041.
You should contact your local police department immediately and file a report. You may wish to contact a women’s program such as the Battered Women’s Alternatives (888) 215-5555.
The Probation Department lacks jurisdiction unless your boyfriend is being supervised by a probation officer. However, if you would like further information please call the Probation Department in Martinez and ask to speak to the supervisor of the Domestic Violence Unit at (925) 313-4151.
• Commercial Burglary of a Store during Regular Business Hours (PC §459) • Forgery (PC §470-476)• Fraud/Bad Checks (PC §476a)• Grand Theft (PC §487) • Petty Theft/Shoplifting (PC §§484, 484/666) • Possession of Methamphetamine (HS §11377)• Possession of Controlled Substance (HS §11350)• Possession of Concentrated Cannabis (HS §11357(a)) • Receiving Stolen Property (PC §496)
For theft charges to be reduced, the amount stolen must have been less than $950. Simple possession of any controlled substance or unlawful drug has now been reduced to a misdemeanor.
For more information about where you can pick up an application to register to vote, or to register to vote online, go to: http://registertovote.ca.gov/
http://www.abacollateralconsequences.org/search/?jurisdiction=10 or http://nacdl.org/restoration/
Our certified law clerks are frequently given opportunities to argue motions in court and even to conduct some trials, under the supervision of an experienced attorney.
If a law clerk is interested in one aspect of our practice, we try to accommodate that in the types of assignments given to that clerk. Law clerks also do client intake interviews and, if they are interested, have the opportunity to watch our attorneys in court, argue their own motions (if certified), and do some investigation.
Any consultation with an attorney from the Office of Public Defender will be completely confidential. Telephone calls from any local jail are free and collect calls regarding matters pending in Contra Costa County will be accepted.
Finally, public defenders are also sometimes appointed for representation of persons potentially subject to LPS proceedings under the relating to involuntary civil mental health commitments.
The Cost Recovery Department makes a determination as to how much, if any, of the ordered amount the person can afford to pay. This determination is made on a sliding scale based upon the person's financial resources. A payment scheduled may be arranged with the Cost Recovery Department. The Office of the Public Defender is not involved in the determination of, or collection of fees.
Contact the Application and Permit Center at (925) 674-7200.
If the debris is located within the unincorporated area, contact the County Public Works Department-Road Maintenance Division at (925) 313-7000.
If the debris is located on private property within the unincorporated area, contact the County Building Inspection Department-Code Enforcement at (925) 674-7210 or Toll Free at (877) 646-8314 or contact the County Health Services Department-Environmental Health Division at (925) 692-2500.
Offenders can include: construction, demolition, remodeling, roofing, or landscaping contractors, general hauling contractors, operators of junkyards, automobile repair or tire shops, scrap collectors, local residents and "do-it-yourselfers". A resident may dump wastes that did not get picked up by local waste haulers, such as bulky items, carpeting, or household hazardous wastes. Dump sites serve as magnets for additional dumping and other criminal activities. In many cases, illegal dumpers are breaking other laws relating to vehicle licensing, insurance, drug possession or theft.
The costs to local government and industry associated with continuous clearing of illegally dumped wastes are significant. In recent years the County has spent up to one million dollars per year on cleanup, hauling, and disposal associated with illegal dumping. Without adequate revenue, the funding available to establish and maintain effective illegal dumping prevention programs is limited. These costs may be passed along to residents in the form of higher service fees or property taxes.
Dumping on private land should be reported to Code Enforcement at (925) 674-7210 or Toll Free at (877) 646-8314. To file a complaint online go to Code Enforcement Complaint form
Contact the Application & Permit Center at (925) 674-7200. They will assist you in determining which permits you need for your project.
Any such obstructions will be removed as necessary for maintenance and access purposes and will not be repaired or replaced (Title 0; 914-14.010).
Then, use the 25-year Precipitation Duration-Frequency-Depth Curve found at the same link. Find 24-hours (1-day) on the x-axis, go up parallel to the y-axis on the graph to the mean seasonal rainfall for your site. Go horizontal parallel to the x-axis to the y-axis to read off the rainfall depth for the 25-year -24-hour storm. Hydrology Standards
Call 911 or the Sheriff’s Dispatch (925)646-2441 to report an illegal discharge going on right now. Call (925)313-2236 to report an illicit discharge that has taken place in unincorporated County or call 1-800-NO-DUMPING to report an illicit discharge that occurred in other cities/towns in Contra Costa County.
If you do not pay the first installment of your annual Secured Property Tax bill by 5 p.m. on December 10 (if it falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes are not delinquent until 5 p.m. the next business day.), or payment is not USPS postmarked by that time and date, then that installment becomes delinquent, and a 10% delinquent penalty is added. If you fail to pay the second installment by 5 p.m. on April 10 (if it falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes are not delinquent until 5 p.m. the next business day.), or payment is not USPS postmarked by that time and date, it becomes delinquent, and a 10% penalty on the unpaid taxes as well as an administrative charge of $20 are added. Likewise, if you fail to pay any Supplemental Property Tax bill installment by the applicable delinquency date, the same penalties and charges are added as those described above for delinquent annual Secured Property Taxes.
If there are ANY unpaid taxes as of 5 p.m. on June 30, then the property becomes t defaulted. (If June 30 falls on a weekend or holiday, taxes must be paid by p.m. of the next business day.) Once the property has become tax defaulted, a State redemption fee of $15 is added and interest begins to accrue at the rate of 1 1/2% per month of the unpaid balance of the taxes. This monthly interest is added on the first day of each month (or the following business day if the first day of the month falls on a weekend or holiday).
Your taxes can remain unpaid for a maximum of five years following their tax default, at which time your property becomes subject to the Tax Collector's power of sale. This means that after being given an official notice of the pending sale, your property will be sold at a public auction or acquired by a public agency if you do not pay the full amount of Redemption before the date on which the property is offered for sale or acquisition.
The amount needed to redeem tax-defaulted property in full is the sum of the following:
To obtain an estimate of the amount required to redeem your property, contact the County Tax Collector's Office at (925) 957-5280. Please provide either the Assessor's Parcel Number (APN), the property address, or the tax-defaulted Sale ID number. Be sure to specify the month in which you plan to pay off or redeem your property so the correct amount is calculated properly.
No, one year's defaulted taxes may not be redeemed separately from other years' defaulted taxes. When the Redemption amount is calculated, the total taxes owed for all defaulted years are combined together.
If you are unable to pay the full redemption amount (for example, unpaid taxes for all defaulted years plus penalties and charges), you may start an installment plan of Redemption. This plan allows you to make payments on your defaulted taxes over a five-year period beginning on the date you make the first payment of the installment plan.
NOTE: you must qualify for the installment plan within five years of the time the property first became tax-defaulted.
To start an installment plan, you must:
If you start an installment plan between July 1 and the following April 10, the current year's taxes and any supplemental taxes must be paid by April 10 or the payment plan will default. To start an installment plan between April 11 and June 30, all outstanding current year's taxes (plus any penalties and charges) must first be paid in full.
You can start a payment plan after the date on which the property has become tax defaulted (June 30) and within five years of that date. On the fifth year, your property becomes subject to the power of sale and a payment plan is no longer an option. The Redemption amount must be paid in full as a single payment in order to redeem the property from the tax sale.
If you wish detailed information about a payment plan of redemption, contact the Tax Collector's Office at (925) 957-5280.
Under the installment plan you are required to make at least one payment each year for five years, in addition to paying each year's annual taxes. By April 10 of each year you must have paid a sum total of 20% or more of the plan, plus interest (which accrues at the rate of 1-1/2% per month on the unpaid balance once the plan). If you fail to pay the required amount of the plan or fail to pay your current Secured Property or Supplemental Property taxes, if applicable, on or before April 10 of each year, then your installment plan will default.
You can, however, pay the total unpaid balance plus accrued interest any time before the fifth and final payment is due.
If your installment plan defaults due to failure to make the plan paymentor current year tax payment before the end of the fiscal year, you maybegin another installment plan provided less than five (5) years haveelapsed since the original tax default date. However, your next installment payment plan may not be started until July 1 of the following fiscal year. You may NEVER start a payment plan in the fiscal year the property becomes subject to the power of sale.
To start the new plan, you must pay at least 20% of the Redemption amount plus any current year and/or supplemental taxes that are due. Any payment(s) made on the previous (defaulted) plan will be applied toward the initial payment, but any interest savings that were achieved will be forfeited.
When you begin an installment plan, you have five (5) years to pay the full redemption amount. It is to your advantage not to default on an annual installment plan, as there are additional penalties. When a second installment plan is started, the minimum payment amounts are recalculated as though there had been no previous annual payment plan.
No. Your installment payments NEVER include your current year's taxes, which must be paid separately.
The taxpayer is responsible for the property tax bills. However, unpaid real estate property taxes remain with the property.
• Receive an email when your bills are ready to view.• Download and print your billing information at your convenience.• Use our secure website. View the same billing information that you would receive in the mail. • Receive the tax bill sooner and avoid mail delays.• Help the environment by saving paper and reducing waste. • Link directly to online payment options.
• Log-on to www.cctax.us • Click on: Secured Tax e-Billing• Click on: SIGN UP • Read and accept the E-Billing Terms & Conditions• Fill in the Personal and Security details• Enter in the Parcel Number(s) you want included in the e-notification
• Log-in to your account online at www.cctax.us .• Remove the Parcel Number(s) from the APN Listing Page.• Click Update and then Submit, and you will no longer receive an e-Bill for the removed APN(s). In September of the following tax year you will resume receiving your tax bill in paper form.
The second installment of your property tax is due February 1 and is delinquent after 5:00 pm on April 10. After April 10, an additional 10% penalty is added to your second installment plus $20.
A new property owner's regular secured tax bill is sent to the previous owner because the Tax Collector's Office is unaware the property has been sold. Regardless of the reason, if you do not receive a secured property tax bill by November 10th, contact this office at (925)957-5280 and our automated answering system will help you with your request.
Supplemental tax bills do not replace the regular tax bill. Supplemental tax bills are not mailed to your mortgage company. They are not paid by funds in your impound account. If you receive a supplemental tax bill and have any questions about payment responsibility, please contact your mortgage company.+
It is strongly recommended that prior to applying for the Installment Plan of Redemption, you contact your lender/mortgage company to ensure they allow the payment plan to pay tax defaulted taxes.
Treasurer - Tax Collector625 Court Street, Suite 100Martinez, CA 94553
Ph: (925) 957-5280
Contra Costa CountyTreasurer - Tax CollectorAttn: Redemption DivisionP.O. Box 631Martinez, CA 94553
-A minimum payment of 20% of the total delinquent tax amount including penalty and interest charges (1.5% per month). Call our office to get the correct amount before sending payment.
-All subsequent taxes must be paid on or before April 10. If during the course of an installment plan the current taxes are not paid by April 10, the plan is in default.
You will receive once a year, an Installment Plan of Redemption statement indicating the minimum amount required for that installment payment.
Pay-off payments are accepted anytime before the fifth and before the final payment is due.
Please be aware that an Installment Plan of Redemption cannot be started after the property becomes Subject To Power To Sell. This occurs when the property has been delinquent for more than five years.
Example: If you have delinquent taxes from the 1997-98 tax year, as of July 1, 2003, you CANNOT participate in the installment plan. You must pay in full the amount of outstanding taxes to keep the property from being sold at the Public Auction that is scheduled for early 2004.
Applications for appeal must be filed within sixty days of the mailing date shown on the assessment notice. If you choose to appeal your assessment, you should still pay your tax installments in full by the appropriate deadlines; otherwise, you may incur penalties while the case is in appeals. If your appeal is granted, a refund will be issued to you.
Further information about the appeals process can be obtained by calling (925) 335-1901 or writing to:
Clerk of the Assessment Appeals Board651 Pine Street, Room 106Martinez, CA 94553
Because of the large number of parcels and frequency of property changing hands in Contra Costa County, there are often delays in placing new assessments on the roll. Be sure to check the dates used to prorate the bill to ensure that the period covered is the period during which you actually owned the property. If you receive an incorrect tax bill, contact the Auditor – Controller’s Office at (925) 646-2236.
NOTE: If you purchased the property or completed new construction between January 1 and May 31, you will receive an additional supplemental bill for the entire following fiscal year.
If the bill is mailed between November 1 and June 30, the delinquency dates -- which are printed on the bill -- are determined as follows: The first installment is delinquent at 5 pm on the last day of the month following the month the bill was mailed; the second installment is delinquent at 5 pm on the last day of the fourth month after the first installment delinquency date.
Penalties of 10% are added to any installment that is not paid on time, and an additional $15 charge is added to a late second installment.
Example:On May 29, 2003 you purchase a home on which no homeowner's exemption had been allowed. Because you are reassessed on the first day of the month following an ownership change, in the current Fiscal Year you will pay supplemental taxes for the one remaining month. Your 2002-03 supplemental assessment amounts to $20,000. If you file for and qualify for a homeowner's exemption, the entire $7,000 exemption amount would be deducted from the supplemental assessment BEFORE the taxes are calculated.
Don't panic. Prior to the end of the fifth year of default, we have options available for you to bring your taxes current. Give us a call at (925) 957-5280 or email us.
Once enrolled, you will be able to view a summary of your recent bills and pay any that are outstanding.
To enroll a bill on the Four Year Plan, you must:
-File a written request with the Tax Collector's office prior to the due date of the bill.-Pay at least 20% of the tax, no later than the due date.
You should also contact the Assessor’s Office to make sure the ownership of record has been updated. Failure to do so could result in future billings and liens.
Example: 1999-00 fiscal year is July 1, 1999 to June 30, 2000.
Assessor Ph: (925) 313-7600Tax Collector Ph: (925) 957-5280
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The other program is called Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA) under Chapter 35. This is a monthly monetary benefit available to dependent children of a Veteran who has a Service Connected Disability rated at 100%. There are age restrictions. Please contact our office, if you believe that you are eligible.
Once enrolled, you will be able to view a summary of your recent bills and pay any that are outstanding.
For maximum security you may want to avoid using public computers when enrolling or modifying your personal or banking information.
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* To initiate the online payment process, you must select a payment date on the 'Schedule Payment' page. This is the date your payment process will begin. * For your convenience, VBS will alert you to the next available day you may make a payment. 'Same Day' payments can only be made online at www.cctax.us. * VBS will debit your account on the business day following the payment date (See the chart below for a complete schedule). * Your payment may be withdrawn from your bank account on or after your payment date. * Payments scheduled on a holiday will be withdrawn from your bank account on the business day after to the holiday. * Payments initiated after the due date shown on your bill will include applicable penalty and fee. Please initiate payments with sufficient time before your payment due date.
For payments made from credit cards
* To initiate the online payment process using your MasterCard or Visa, you must 'Add Credit Card' on the 'View Payment Accounts' page.* A credit card payment may only be made for your In Full balance.* A credit card payment is a 'real-time' transaction, meaning that the payment process will begin immediately after you enter your card number and click 'submit'.* A credit card payment must be made on or before the due date shown on your bill and your 'Schedule Payment' page.
* Payments initiated after the due date shown on your bill will include applicable penalty and fee. Please initiate payments with sufficient time before your payment due date.
Timing of Bank Account Payments If you schedule your Bank Account payment for ... VBS will debit your account on ... Monday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Friday Friday The following Monday Saturday N/A see note below Sunday N/A see note below
*If you try to schedule a payment after 1pm Eastern Time or on a non-business day, VBS will alert you to schedule your payment for the next available business day.
Timing of Credit Card PaymentsIf you make your Credit Card payment before 8pm ET on ... VBS will debit your account on ... Monday Tuesday Tuesday Wednesday Wednesday Thursday Thursday Friday Friday The following Monday Saturday The following Tuesday Sunday The following Tuesday
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Before the scheduled payment date, your history page will show the payment as 'scheduled'. When the scheduled payment is submitted to the payment processor your history page will show the payment as 'pending'. After the response is received, your history page will show the payment as 'approved' or 'rejected'.
VBS will display payment history for up to 6 months.
eBills are due on the same date as paper bills. Failure to pay by the due date will result in penalties and fees.
Helpful Hint: You may only schedule payments to occur no later than your due date.
Password: If you forget your password, go to the Log-On page and click 'Forgot your User Name/Password'. Enter your User ID and your password will be emailed to the email address you provided during enrollment.
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