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Assessor
Mission
  • To ensure that all assessments are uniform and completed within the direction of the Connecticut General Statutes

Description of Services
  • Responsible for the discovery, listing, and valuation of all taxable and tax-exempt property in the city
  • Ensures that all values are fair and accurate which, in turn, guarantees that taxes are distributed in a manner that is uniform and equitable
  • Administers myriad exemptions and abatement programs in accordance with the Connecticut General Statutes

The Connecticut Office of Policy & Management provides a summary of the property tax assessment and taxation system in Connecticut.

Grand List Components 
Real Property
Real property is land and building improvements located within the city limits and is assessed at 70 percent of appraised value. Information on all properties, including assessments may be viewed by accessing the Vision Appraisal Online Database. The last State-mandated property revaluation in the City of Norwich was performed for the October 1, 2008 Grand List.

Personal Property
Personal property consists of all businesses located within the city limits. In general terms, it is everything needed to engage in a business enterprise, excluding land and any improvements thereon. State statutes require all businesses to file the annual Declaration of Personal Property on or before November 1. Failure to file a personal property declaration by November 1 would result in a 25% assessment penalty.

Unregistered motor vehicles are also taxed as personal property.

Vehicles
Registered motorized or non-motorized vehicles, (including cars, trucks, trailers and motorcycles) are considered motor vehicles for tax purposes. The department maintains a motor vehicle list that is developed with the help of the state's Department of Motor Vehicles. Vehicle values are based on the average retail from the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) price guides recommended by the Office of Policy and Management.