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COVID-19 has changed some of the procedures for providing service to you. For most questions or concerns, please call our office at (805) 781-5643 or review our website. If you need to meet with assessor staff, video conferencing or appointments can be scheduled. Please call or email to schedule a meeting or video conference. Our office is open to the public; however, there may be wait times due to the requirements for social distancing (Per California of Public Health Guidance, face coverings need to be worn while in the building). Documents may also be mailed in or delivered using the public drop box located outside our office lobby. 

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File a Vessel Property Statement

Who can use this service?

Owners of Vessels (boats and watercraft) over $80,000 or documented, commercial vessels may use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available January 1st to June 30th during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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New Government Center

Monday - Friday 8-5

1055 Monterey Street Suite D360 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Tel: (805) 781-5643

Main Office Fax: (805)-781-5641

Real and Business Property Fax: (805)-788-2042

Public Service/Front Counter Fax: (805)-788-2041

Mapping and Transfers Fax: (805)-781-4034

Frequently Asked Questions

What Exemptions from property tax are available for Vessels?

There is an exemption for documented vessels that are engaged or employed exclusively in commercial fishing, oceanographic research or "for hire" for commercial passenger fishing. The exemption reduces the assessed value to 4% of the full value of the vessel (which is equivalent to a 96% exemption). In order to receive this reduced assessment , a 4% Affidavit Form must be filed annually with the Assessor by February 15th.  Late filing of the 4% Affidavit form entitles the owner to partial credit and may be filed up until August 1st.  If you believe you qualify, please review the Exemptions information on this website.

Why did I get a Vessel Property Statement?

We received information from the California DMV or another source indicating that you were the owner of a vessel.  In order to value your boat correctly we need you to fill out the requested information and return the form to our office.

Documented vessels with the U.S, Coast Gard are also subject to assessment if they are inside the County.