COMMERCIAL PROPERTY INSPECTIONS
The Board of Assessors would like to introduce Gary Mizher as a representative of Vision Government Solutions who has been contracted by the Board of Assessors to perform a revaluation of certain commercial property accounts in the Town of Norfolk for Fiscal Year 2023. The scope of this project may include an interior/exterior inspection of certain commercial property accounts that have recent building permits or were recent sales The Board of Assessors and Vision will appreciate your cooperation in providing the representative with access to your property and the information necessary to undertake this assignment. Please keep in mind that if your business is not inspected, an estimate will be made, resulting in a less reliable appraisal. If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Assessors’ Office at (508) 528-1120.
Due to the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) conditions all INTERIOR inspections from the Assessor's Office will only be done if the homeowner consents and follows current Covid-19 safety guidelines (ie. is not sick, has been vaccinated and/or wears a mask and socially distances). We will still be doing exterior inspections and will be ringing your doorbell to inform you of such from a safe distance. These inspections are for sales verifications, building permits and cyclicals to stay in compliance with Department of Revenue requirements. If a door tag has been left at your property requesting an inspection please contact us by phone (508)528-1120 and we will schedule your appointment for a date and time that works for you. Although the Town Hall is currently open, many of the services provided by this office do not need to be done in person and may be done either via this website or by phone at (508)528-1120.
The Norfolk Assessor's Office consistently in the process of doing cyclical inspections of real estate properties throughout the town, as well for building permits and new sales. The inspections are being done with the inspector going door to door throughout neighborhoods to do inspections of both the exterior and interior of properties. Inspections are being done by the town's Data Collector, John Adalio who will be in the town vehicle, a silver Ford Focus with the town seal, and have identification with his photograph.
Inspections of the interior of the property will not be done unless a person age 18 or older is present. If no one is available for the interior inspection, a notice will be left on the doorknob requesting the resident call the Assessor's Office at 508-528-1120 to set up an appointment for the interior inspection. In the event no one is home, the exterior inspection will be done, including measuring and new photos taken.
The Dept. of Revenue requires that every community re-inspect its real estate on a ten year cycle. The state suggests reviewing a portion of properties every year rather than the town have a huge expense for all inspections in one year. As a result, the Norfolk Board of Assessors inspects some of its property each year. In addition to meeting DOR requirements, the objective is to assure the accuracy of the Town's assessing data thereby assuring all properties are valued in a fair and equitable manner.
The Board of Assessors urges the public to be cooperative with the inspector and understand that by assuring the accuracy of assessing information, the Town will ensure that every homeowner pays only his or her fair share in taxes. Realtors, appraisers and banks also use our data therefore by making sure the Assessor's Office has accurate information, you are also helping yourself.
The core responsibility of the Assessing Department is the yearly revaluation of all real and personal property located within Norfolk. Assessors are required by Massachusetts state law to assess all property at its full and fair market value as of January 1 of each year. The department is responsible for the maintenance of all property tax data records and maintains accurate parcel ownership data based upon recorded property transactions at the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. ~There are approximately 4,200 parcels of real estate, including residential, agricultural, commercial and industrial in Norfolk.Collaborating with other town departments, assessment records are reviewed annually to reflect new construction, fire damage, demolition or rehabilitation.
In addition, there are just over 200 personal property accounts which are reviewed with the business owners via the Form of List (aka State Tax Form 2) required by State Law to be filed annually by March 1. All taxable personal property owned, held, or leased as of January 1st each year should be listed. (M.G.L. Chapter 59,~ Section 29). For all real and personal property held for literary, temperance, benevolent, charitable or scientific purposes a Form 3ABC must be filed annually. State Tax Form 2-504GE must be electronically filed by all electric distribution and transmission utility companies. State Tax Form 2-504G must be electronically filed by all gas distribution and transmission utility companies.
Assessors also have the responsibility of issuing motor vehicle excise tax bills, with the information supplied by the State Registry of Motor Vehicles. As a vehicle owner, it is to your benefit to ensure your address information is correct and that you process transfer and plate cancellations in a timely manner. If you sell, trade or junk a vehicle, be sure to keep a receipt of that transaction as well as the plate cancellation receipt as it is required if you choose to complete an abatement application. You can find that form on the Motor Vehicle Abatement link above.
Also, assessors must review and process personal exemptions which are a type of low income and asset based tax credit for qualified taxpayers, and qualify the applications of charitable organizations as well as agricultural/forest/recreational properties.
The Assessing Department staff both via our website and at our office offer taxpayer services, including:
- Information - including explanations of tax bills, abatements and exemptions programs, change of mailing address forms, exemption information and applications, and motor vehicle excise tax, and general informational publications;
- Assistance including accepting and help completing exemption applications, abating excise taxes, and parcel information; preparation of abutters lists.
- Problem-solving - referral to "expert" assistance in either Assessing or Collector/Treasurer office, for the resolution of current fiscal year tax bill payments, and personal and real estate abatement processing.