New for 2020-2021

Heir Property Community Guide Brochures, click below for more information :

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Temporary Disaster Exemption

Click the heading above for the form and it is also available under the Forms tab.


Don’t be fooled by this Homestead Scam!!

***Special Announcement*** Galveston Central Appraisal District is currently being contacted by home owners who have received letters in the mail from solicitors offering to file their homestead application for a fee. Please be aware, there is NO CHARGE to file a homestead exemption application with the appraisal district. Homestead applications are available: On this website, at the Galveston Central Appraisal District office located at: 9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Ste. A, Texas City, Texas 77591, or the Texas Comptroller website at (Enter Homestead Exemption in the search box). Please contact our office at (409)935-1980 if you have any questions concerning this matter.


Helpful Hint: If you have not received your confirmation email, please check your junk or spam mail to be sure the email has not been filtered out by your email provider. It may be beneficial to add to your address book to prevent further delays.

Click the available form below to file online:

Homestead Application 

Business Personal Property Rendition





Notice of Appraised Value

Galveston Central Appraisal District mailed out 131,000 plus notices on April 22, 2020 .

CAD’s in Texas operate under the Mass Appraisal System:


Mass Appraisal:

The process of valuing a universe of properties as of a given date and using common data, standardized methods, and statistical testing


The CAD (County) is one universe which has many universes inside it; the CAD breaks it down by school and further more by neighborhood.

Pursuant to Texas Property Tax Code §23.01 the Central Appraisal Districts in Texas are required to value property at 100% of market value.

The common data that is used are sales that take place in your county, school and neighborhoods; these sales are collected throughout the prior year and are used to measure the level of appraisal for the current year. Some other common data used are income and expenses as well as the cost data.


Here at Galveston Central Appraisal District we collect the sales, income, expense and cost information from the prior year, run in-house ratio studies by school districts and the neighborhoods to measure a level of appraisal and make the adjustments to bring the level to 100% of market value.


This is mass appraisal; not a fee appraisal that would have been done prior to buying your property. So it does not focus on one property, but is valuing many properties with one set of data. This is why it is important to have all the information about your property when dealing with your protests. It is important for property owners to collect sales, incoming expenses, cost information in your area, neighborhood conditions, size, year built, and location as any of this information you can gather will help with determining the value of your property.


Due to the health and safety of our staff and to the public we strongly encourage everyone to use our Online Protest Portal, Email or contact our office by phone.

Our office hours are 8am to 5pm Monday – Friday

Office # (409) 935-1980



Does COVID-19 Effect the January 1, 2020 Valuation Date?


Pursuant to Texas Property Tax Code §23.01(a), the Appraisal Notice represents your property value as of January 01, 2020.

Any impact on values caused by the current health crisis will be reflected in the 2021 property valuations.

There are currently no provisions in the tax code to allow for reduced values for 2020 based on an event such as the current health crisis.


Tommy Watson,

Chief Appraiser of the Galveston Central Appraisal District

9850 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Ste. A

Texas City, TX 77591

(409) 935-1980 Ext. 406 





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Mission Statement

The primary mission of the Galveston Central Appraisal District is to provide the best possible customer service through teamwork, a positive attitude, a well educated and informative staff and through an accountable system which uses technology, positive communication and a helpful manner in order to ensure the taxing jurisdictions, property owners and the public a smooth transition and experience.




Within this site you will find general information about the District and the ad valorem property tax system in Texas, as well as information regarding specific properties within the district.

Thank you for your patience as we are launching a new website.  Many things have changed, - for example: when you search your property using a property number (R123456), please remove the ‘R’ and only use the digits (123456).  We are continuing to update the website, so please contact us or check back later for more updates.  Please email or call us if you have any questions or concerns.