Prior to challenging your assessment….

The Department of Assessment is well aware of the issues surrounding COVID-19. The 2021 Tentative Assessment Roll is based upon the market conditions as of July 1, 2020 (Valuation Date) and the status of the property as of March 1, 2021 (Taxable Status Date). 

Please Do Your Homework Before Completing Your Application



Helpful Videos are available here.

Your assessment should be the market value of your property.
Market value is typically what your home would sell for.
You may discover that your assessment is within an acceptable range of your market value.

Review Real Estate Listings and Recent Sales


Select Properties with similar or the same:
Style Ranch (single story), Colonial (2 Story), Cape Cod, etc
Size Square footage of Living Area
Age Year Built
Amenities or Improvements Garages, decks, basements, inground pools, fireplaces, etc.
Neighborhoods Close proximity to your home
School District Brighton, Penfield, Pittsford, Rush-Henrietta, Wheatland-Chili

Properties which do not meet these criteria should not be chosen.


The Valuation date for the 2021 Assessment Roll is July 1, 2020.
Selected properties should be recent sales or listings from July 1, 2017 through July 1, 2020

Market value is based on homes that have sold. Sales information is available through the Monroe County Property Portal.

Additional Support Material


  • Current Professional Appraisal
  • Current Comparative Market Analysis by a real estate professional
  • Interior and Exterior photos showing current condition of the property

To Challenge Your Assessment

Grievance Day is May 25, 2021

Complete the Grievance Application RP-524 and submit it to the Assessor's office beginning May 1st.

Printable RP-524 Grievance Form
 Fillable PDF RP-524 Grievance Form

Form RP-524 will also be available for pick up in the Lobby of the Public Safety Wing at the Brighton Town Hall,
2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 beginning on May 3, 2021, Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 6 pm.


Instructions for the RP-524 are found here.

PLEASE NOTE: The Town of Brighton Assessor's Office and the Brighton Board of Assessment Review will not accept Form RP-524 electronically by fax or email for Grievance Day.

A completed Form RP-524, with all supporting documentation, signed and dated, must be filed via mail or dropbox with the Assessor’s Office at Brighton Town Hall, 2300 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 on or before 8:00 PM on Grievance Day, May 25, 2021.

There will be a clearly marked Assessment dropbox outside in the back of the Brighton Town Hall between Doors 8 and 9 beginning May 1, 2021 through 8:00 PM on May 25, 2021.

Mailed Grievance Forms must be received by the Assessor's Office by May 25, 2021.

The Board of Assessment Review will hold Grievance hearings via teleconference on May 25, 2021 from 4 pm - 8 pm.
Hearing times will be assigned as completed applications are submitted with all supporting documentation.