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Real Property Defined

Real property for the purpose of taxation includes:

  • All land, whether platted or unplatted.
  • All buildings, structures or permanent improvements built upon or attached to privately-owned land.
  • Any fixture permanently affixed to and intended to be annexed to land or permanently affixed to and intended to be a component of a building, structure, or improvement on land, including machinery and equipment which become fixtures.
  • Privately-owned easements and easement-like privileges, irrespective of whether the servient estate is public or privately-owned land.
  • Leases of real property and leasehold interests therein having a term coextensive with the life of the tenant.
  • Title to minerals in place which belongs to someone other than the surface owner.
  • Standing timber growing on land which belongs to the same person as the timber.
  • Water rights, whether riparian, appropriative, or in the nature of an easement.
  • Buildings and similar permanent improvements erected or made by a tenant on land which he does not own, and title to which is not reserved in the tenant by the lease or some other landlord-tenant agreement.
  • All life estates in real property, whether created by grant or a reservation.
  • All possessory rights in realty which are coextensive with the natural life of their holder.

For a complete definition of real property for tax purposes, see WAC 458-12-010 and RCW 84.04.090.

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Clark County Assessor's Office: Peter Van Nortwick, Assessor
Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2391 | Fax: (360) 397-6046
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
Responsible Elected Official: Peter Van Nortwick
For document requests, please contact the Assessor's Office Public Records Officer by phone
(360) 397-2092 ext. 4846 or by email

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