Laws, Regulations & Annotations

Property Taxes Law Guide – Revision 2017

Property Tax Rules

Title 18, Public Revenues California Code of Regulations


Chapter 3. Local Equalization (301–369)

Article 1. Hearing by County Board (301–369)

Rule 308

Rule 308. Request for Findings.

Reference: Sections 1603, 1611.5, 1611.6, Revenue and Taxation Code.

(a) If an applicant or the assessor desires written findings of fact, the request must be in writing and submitted to the clerk before commencement of the hearing. The requesting party may abandon the request and waive findings at the conclusion of the hearing. If the requesting party abandons the request at this time, the other party may orally or in writing renew the request at the conclusion of the hearing and accompany the request with payment of the required fee or deposit. The county may impose a reasonable fee, as determined by the board of supervisors, to cover the expense of preparing the findings and conclusions and may require a deposit to be paid prior to the end of the hearing. If, at the conclusion of the hearing, a party requesting written findings has failed to pay the required fee or deposit, the board need not prepare written findings. The board may deny a request made after the conclusion of the hearing that seeks to waive written findings.

(b) The written findings of fact shall fairly disclose the board's findings on all material points raised in the application and at the hearing. The findings shall also include a statement of the method or methods of valuation used in determining the full value of the property. The county shall provide findings within 45 days after the final determination of the board is entered into the record pursuant to regulation 325 of this subchapter, and shall accompany them with a notice that a request for a transcript of the hearing must be made within 60 days after the final determination.

(c) If the county board fails to make findings upon request, or if findings made are found by a reviewing court to be so deficient that a remand to the county board is ordered to secure reasonable compliance with the elements of findings required by section 1611.5 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, the action of the county board shall be deemed to be arbitrary and capricious within the meaning of section 800 of the Government Code, so as to support an allowance of reasonable attorney's fees against the county for the services necessary to obtain proper findings. The dollar limitation set forth in section 800 of the Government Code shall not apply to an allowance of attorney's fees pursuant to this section.

History: Adopted May 11, 1967, effective June 11, 1967.

Amended November 20, 1968, effective November 22, 1968.

Amended April 14, 1972, effective May 14, 1972.

Amended June 23, 1981, effective September 19, 1981.

Amended November 18, 1987, effective January 28, 1988.

Amended October 6, 1999, effective April 22, 2000.