Special assessment definition
A special assessment is a fee collected by the City for improvements or services the City provides that benefit your property.
- City ordinance also allows special assessments to be used to recover the cost of services, unpaid charges, and fines.
- Special assessments appear as a line item on your Hennepin County Property Tax Statement.
- If not prepaid, the special assessments are collected along with property taxes.
Types of assessments
Special assessments can be used to finance many different types of local improvements and capital projects, including:
- Street and sidewalk improvements
- Sanitary sewer systems
- Street lighting systems
- Water works systems
- Planting maintenance and trimming of street trees
- Retaining walls and areaways
- Pedestrian skyway systems
- Underground pedestrian concourses
- Public malls, plazas and courtyards
- Parking facilities
Pending and levied special assessments
If an assessment is pending
- The capital improvement project has been approved by City Council and construction can start.
- We cannot accept payment at this point.
If an assessment is levied
- The project is complete
- The amount assessed is final and certified.
- We can accept payment.
- The assessment will be collected on your Hennepin County property tax statement.
Contact us for more info
Whether it is an improvement project, a fine, or unpaid bill—you’ve likely received one or more notices from the City before the charge ended up on your tax statement as a special assessment. Don’t recall? To learn more about a special assessment on your tax statement, please contact us
You can also contact the department listed on the notice.
- Frequently Asked Questions about Special Assessments (PDF)
- Influence Areas Assessment Method (PDF)
- Alley Construction Special Assessment Video
- Street Resurfacing Special Assessment Video
- Alley Resurfacing Special Assessment Video
- Street Reconstruction Special Assessment Video
- Assessments on problem properties