Special Assessments

Understanding Special Assessments in the City of Bismarck

The City of Bismarck conducts a number of improvement projects every year. Some projects bring city services to new areas of the city. Other projects make repairs in older sections of Bismarck. All of this work is done with the help of special assessments.


Special assessments on private property pay for public improvements that benefit that property. Improvements that would bring special assessments fall under four main categories:
  • Storm sewer
  • Sewer and water
  • Paving and street lights
  • Sidewalk, curb, and gutter

View information about the special assessment process.
See the approved Special Assessment Policy here.

Property owners may pay off the remaining special assessment balance at the:
Bismarck Finance Office
Third Floor
City / County Building
221 N. 5th St.
Bismarck, ND 58506

View the City of Bismarck Property Search.

Note: The last day to pay special assessments before certification is October 28, 2016.  The October payoff amounts will be valid only through October 28th.
Special Assessments may be paid in full, or they will be billed to the property owner in installments. The installments are spread over seven to 15 years, depending on the type of improvement. Notice of the installment due each year is sent to property owners on their property tax statements. The installment is paid along with the property taxes to the Burleigh County Auditor's Office.

2015 Installments Certified to Burleigh County

More Information
For more information, please call (701) 355-1600.