Jefferson County, Alabama

Board of Equalization


2021 Annual Objection/Protest Filing Period is now Open

Objections to the 2021 BOE established values can be requested from June 28th through July, 28th.

The end date on the 2021 Valuation Notice letter is in error.  The actual end date is July 28, 2021. 

Taxpayers or their representatives can register a protest in one of 4 ways: 

-Return the bottom portion of the valuation letter in person to the Jefferson County BOE offices in Birmingham and Bessemer.

-Return the bottom portion of the valuation letter in a postage paid envelope addressed to the return address in the letter. You must include a valid phone number and email address when applicable.

-Return the bottom portion of the valuation letter at one of our drop-off bins located at the entrances of the Birmingham and Bessemer courthouses. You must include a valid phone number and email address when applicable.

-File online by going to: and clicking on the link that says "Click Here" at the top.  


Thank you.




Jefferson County Tax Valuation Notices Will Look Different This Year

For approximately 20 years Jefferson County tax valuation notices have been a yellow post card. This year, the Tax Valuation office is switching to a letter that provides more detail on the valuation process and how to protest. These letters will be sent to residents who are seeing an increase in their property valuation. It is important that citizens open and read the information. Jefferson County will hold a news conference showing the new design on June 10 at 2 p.m., just outside the commission chambers.

“We decided to go with a letter this year in hopes that more people would actually open the information and acknowledge it,” said Maria Knight, Chairman of the Jefferson County Board of Equalization. “Letters are more expensive to mail, but we believe this method will be easily noticed. It also gives us the opportunity to provide more information to the citizen on how to submit an objection to the valuation if they want to.”

The new letter will be in a business size letter envelope that measures 4 1/8” x 9 ½”and will be yellow. It will have a red stamp on the outside right corner that states “Property Value Notice-Do Not Discard”.

Mailout of the letters is expected to start within the next two weeks, which starts the protest season, and has a 30-day window. 

“All objections must be requested in writing by returning the bottom portion of the letter by USPS or hand delivered to our office,” added Knight. “Secure drop boxes will be in the courthouse lobbies for taxpayer convenience, and they will be checked throughout the day. Taxpayers also have the option to file electronically during the registration period of June 28th – July 28th at our website

If citizens have additional questions, they can visit our website at or call our office at 205.325.5566. 

Example of New Notices            Example of Old Notice

 Board of Equalization

Maria Knight, Chairman
Margie George, Associate Member
Karen Wadlington, Associate Member

The Board consists of three members who serve as a quasi judicial review panel for property owners who wish to challenge the market value of their property. Market values set by a Property Appraiser may be changed by the Board when a property owner can prove the appraised value is not based on the property’s fair market value.


Vision Statement

Our vision is to value fair and equitably all taxable real property in Jefferson County, to notify taxpayers of valuation increases, to hear and to decide protests, and to defend established values in court.


 Mission Statement

Our mission is the equalization of Real Property in Jefferson County by establishing fair and reasonable market value using appraisal methodologies and practices as set by statutory requirements and the Alabama Department of Revenue. We adhere to the laws of the jurisdiction while serving the taxpayers with knowledge and respect. The Board of Equalization will operate in an environment that is conducive to our taxpayers and to the professional and personal growth of its employees.


B.O.E. Property Information (Capture Portal)  -  Use this link to look up a parcel's value and the Parcel Number

Jefferson County GIS Tax Maps

Birmingham Office
716 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N
Suite A500
Birmingham, AL 35203

Bessemer Office
1801 3rd Avenue North
Room 204 
Bessemer, AL 35020