Overview

The MGB Board Order search allows users to search for decisions within the MGB's database.

Tip: How to use the “Find” feature:

  1. Use the ‘Find’ feature to search for a word in a document.
  2. Opened pdf document and hold down the “control key (Ctrl)” and the letter “f” at the same time.
  3. Type search word in search box and press the “enter key."
  4. The searched word will be highlighted in the document.
  5. If you press the ‘enter key’ again to find next highlighted word unless there are “no more matches were found."

MGB Board Order Definitions

Order Number
The Board Order numbers are given to each specific Order. The numbers are sequential by year. For example, MGB 1/98 or AAAB 1/95.
Roll Number
Relates to the roll number the municipality has given to each property. If this field is used, the municipality name should also be completed.
Municipality
If possible enter the full name of the municipality. For example, the "City of Camrose" or the "County of Camrose." If only Camrose is typed, the search will result in both municipalities being search.
Subject
A pull down list is provided for your selection. The default search is on ALL orders. Specific selections can be made to obtain more accurate results if you know the area of your search. Subject examples are assessment, planning, etc.
Appellant
Party making the appeal. For example, John Doe or ABC Company.
Appellant Representative
Agent or representative of the party making the appeal. For example, ABC Tax Consultants.
Respondent
Party defending the appeal. For example, in the case of assessments, the respondent is usually the municipality.
Respondent Representative
Agent or representative of the party defending the appeal.
Appeal Year
For assessment issues, the year of assessment under appeal. For other appeals, it is the year the complaint is made.
Appeal Decision
Complete only if you know if the decision was allowed or denied. Alternatively, if you know the decision of the board did not result in an allowed or denied decision, such as in a case where a decision results in directions or procedures to the parties, the "other" selection can be used. The default is to search all decisions.
Decision Date
The default is to search all dates (approximately 200 Orders per year). You can narrow your search and the results by specifying a range of dates.

Board Order Search Information

General Tips

  • Search by any one of four separate types of searches: "Order Number", "Property ID Number", "Free Text", or "By Filtering." Information on acronyms in the database is below.
  • After entering search criteria, click the "Search" button to commence the search. Selecting the "Reset" button will clear search fields.
  • How to use the “Find” feature:
  1. Use the ‘Find’ feature to search for a word in a document.
  2. Opened pdf document and hold down the “control key (Ctrl)” and the letter “f” at the same time.
  3. Type search word in search box and press the “enter key."
  4. The searched word will be highlighted in the document.
  5. If you press the ‘enter key’ again to find next highlighted word unless there are “no more matches were found."

Searching by Order Number

  • To find a specific MGB Board Order or decision letter, type either MGB [number]/[2-digit year], or DL [number]/[two-digit year]. Example:
    • Type "DL 010/10" to find MGB Decision Letter 010/10
    • Type “MGB 001/14” to find MGB Board Order 001/14
  • Since 2013, MGB Board Orders and Decision Letters have been consecutively numbered.
  • For a broad range of results, use only the first 3 numbers of a Board Order or Decision Letter (for example, 000). This search will return board orders, decision letters and CARB decisions containing that number for each year in the system.

Searching by Property ID Number

  • To find property assessment decisions for a specific property, search by the property’s assessment roll number.
  • A roll number is assigned to a property by the municipality in which it is located. For linear property, the ID is assigned by the Assessment Services Branch of Municipal Affairs. Roll numbers or linear property IDs are found on an annual notice of assessment.
  • Searching results by roll number uses database information, but the roll number is not displayed in the search result. The roll number is contained in the board order or decision letter that the search result displays.

Free Text

  • This search feature is not case sensitive.
  • Search by one or more words.

Searching by Filtering

This section is experiencing some technical difficulties.

  • A combination of multiple filters may be used in a single search for more refined results. However, using certain refined search criteria may return limited or no results.

Municipality

  • Type the first 2 or 3 letters of the municipality, and select from the drop down list that appears. Type, for example – “Edm” for Edmonton or “Mun” for list of municipal districts.

Subject

  • “CARB” produces municipal assessment appeal decisions from 2010 and after.
  • “Non-CARB” produces MGB decisions.
  • Choose “Type”, “Issue”, “Detail” and “Sub-Detail” for a more refined search.
  • Type, Issue, Detail and Sub-Detail cannot be searched individually.
    Note: Sometimes, there are no sub-detail options.

Appeal Year

  • Search decisions by "Appeal Year" for property assessment appeals from a particular assessment year.
  • The property assessment year is the year before the tax year. For example, a property assessment appeal filed in the 2012 tax year had an assessment year of 2011.

Decision Date

  • "Decision date" will return all decisions within a date span.
  • To find decisions in the last week, month, year or set the “from” field accordingly and leave the “to” field blank.

Acronyms in the Database

  • ABMGB – “Neutral” citation for MGB decisions (implemented 2012)
  • Assessment Review Board – ARB
  • Board Order – M or BO
  • Composite Assessment Review Board – CARB
  • Decision Letter – DL
  • Edmonton Composite Assessment Review Board – ECARB
  • Local Assessment Review Board – LARB

Terms and Acronyms

  • Assessment Review Board – ARB
  • Board Orders – M
  • Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation – COPTER
  • Composite Assessment Review Board – CARB
  • Decision Letter – DL
  • Local Assessment Review Board – LARB
  • Land Use Policies – LUB
  • Legislation – acts, regulations, Minister's Guidelines, and Ministerial Orders
  • Municipal Government Act – MGA
  • Machinery & Equipment Assessment Minister’s Guidelines – M & E
  • Matters Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulation – MRAC
  • Matters Relating to Assessment & Taxation Regulation – MRAT
  • Municipal Government Board – MGB
  • Non Residential – Non Res
  • Residential – RES
  • Subdivision – SD
  • Jurisdiction – administrative and/or procedural matters

Search Hints

Order Number

  • For Board Orders use M before numbers /year (for example, M000/10).
  • For Decision Letters use DL before numbers /year (for example, DL000/10).
  • For broad range of results use only the first 3 numbers of a Board Order or Decision Letter (for example, 000) this will return board orders, decision letters and CARB decisions containing that number for each year in the system.

Property ID Number

  • Roll number assigned to properties by the Municipality; Linear Property ID assigned by the Assessment Services branch of Municipal Affairs. Roll Numbers or Linear Property IDs are found on the Annual Notice of Assessment.

Free Text

  • "Free Text" provides the ability to search for decisions by words or phrases and is not case sensitive.
  • Make sure all words are spelled correctly.
  • Try different keywords.
  • Try more general keywords.
  • "Free Text" search cannot be used in combination with other search criteria on this page.

Municipality

  • Type the first two or three letters of the city, town or municipal district and then select from the drop down list, example – Edm for Edmonton or Mun for list of municipal districts.
  • Use this search field individually or in combination with other search criteria in this area for a more refined search.

Subject

  • CARB (Composite Assessment Review Board) for decisions pertaining to Multi-Residential, Non-Residential (for example, Warehouses, retail space, shopping centre, etc).
  • Non-CARB for decisions pertaining to other MGB business such as linear, annexation, subdivision, intermunicipal disputes.
  • Use this search field individually or in combination with other search criteria in this area for a more refined search.

Type

  • Property type choices for CARB (Multi-Residential, Non-Residential, Office Space etc) or Non-CARB decisions (for example, Linear, Annexation, Subdivision etc)
  • Can only be used in combination with "Subject" search criteria
  • Cannot be searched individually.

Issue

  • Can only be used in combination with "Subject" and "Type" search criteria for a more refined search "Issue", for both CARB & Non-Carb, means the matter brought before the Board to decide (for example, high rise assessments, amended assessments, etc).
  • Cannot be searched individually.

Detail

  • Can only be used in combination with "Subject", "Type", and "Issue" for a more refined Search.
  • Provides further filtering criteria related to "Issue" for refined search results, in some instances there will be no choices for “Detail” (for example, annexation).
  • Cannot be searched individually.

Sub-detail

  • Can only be used in combination with "Subject", "Type", "Issue" and "Detail" for a more refined search. If there are no sub-details for “Type” there will be no choices.
  • Provides further filtering related to "Issue" and "Detail" for refined search results, in some instances there will be no choices for “Detail” (for example, Annexation).
  • Cannot be searched individually.

Contact

To connect with the Municipal Government Board:

Hours: 8:15 am to Noon and 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-4864
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-0986
Email: mgbmail@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Municipal Government Board
2nd Floor, Summerside Business Centre
1229 91 Street SW
Edmonton Alberta  T6X 1E9