FAQ:  Special Assessment Search

Q What are special assessments?
Q Why is the lien placed on my property before any work is done?
Q I didn’t vote for this project. Why was my property included?
Q Why do I have two water liens?
Q How is the assessment amount determined?
Q When will I get a payment schedule?
Q I paid off my assessment. When will the satisfaction be recorded?
Q Will I receive a copy of the Satisfaction?
Q Why have I never received a notice or bill?
Q Is the lien transferable to the new owner?
Q Does the lien have to be paid at closing?
Q Will Palm Beach County subordinate the lien?

Q What are special assessments?
A Special assessments are used to help pay for public improvements in a community, such as road paving, water mains and drainage. The assessments are levied upon properties which will directly benefit from the improvements.
Q Why is the lien placed on my property before any work is done?
A Once the project is approved by the Board of County Commissioners, the Resolution is recorded and the lien is established, per County Ordinance 95-52, as amended.
Q I didn’t vote for this project.  Why was my property included?
A If the project is approved by 51 percent of the home owners, all home owners in the project area are assessed.
Q Why do I have two water liens?
A One lien is for the water main assessment. All owners are assessed once a project has been approved. Those who choose to connect to County water will also have a second lien for costs associated with connection. Please call the Palm Beach County Water Utilities Department at (561) 493-6000 for questions related to your water connection lien.
Q How is the assessment amount determined?
A The amount of the assessment is determined by the Water Utilities or Engineering Departments. The calculation method could be based on front footage, per parcel, per dwelling, etc. Please contact the Special Assessment department, at (561)355-3457 for the calculation method used on any specific project.
Q When will I get a payment schedule?
A When the project has been completed and notification or the final approved Resolution is received by the Special Assessment Office, a final letter and payment schedule will be sent to the property owners.
Q I paid off my assessment. When will the satisfaction be recorded?
A The processing and recording of satisfaction information takes approximately 30-60 days.
Q Will I receive a copy of the satisfaction?
A No. A copy of the satisfaction can be obtained from the Clerk & Comptroller’s office in person, or online at http://www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/tier3.aspx?id=1300
Q Why haven't I received a notice or bill?
A All bills and correspondence are mailed to the address on file at the Property Appraiser’s office. If this address is not correct, please call the Property Appraiser’s office at (561) 355-3230.
Q Is the lien transferable to the new owner?
A The special assessment liens are on the property, not the owner. If it is not paid when the title is transferred, it will remain on the property.
Q Does the lien have to be paid at closing?
A Not necessarily. Whether a lien has to be paid at closing is determined by the title company and/or lender.
Q Will Palm Beach County subordinate the lien?
A Per Ordinance 95-52, Palm Beach County special assessment liens shall be the lien of first position and not subordinate to any other liens, titles and claims, until paid.