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Bay Area taxpayers have many options to ensure that they can pay their secured property taxes by the Dec. 10 deadline, despite some county offices being closed due to COVID-19.
Homeowners, landlords and businesses in the nine Bay Area counties and across the state must submit their payment for the first installment of their secured property tax bill by 5 p.m. Dec. 10 to avoid penalty. The remainder of the bill must be paid by 5 p.m. April 10, 2021.
Paying those bills in person is no longer possible in some counties, and in any event, health officials advise individuals to avoid personal contact with those not in their immediate households when possible. Every county has no-contact alternatives for getting that payment in on time.
Below is a guide to options at each of the Bay Area counties. It’s worth noting that with COVID-19, arrangements are fluid.
San Francisco County’s Treasurer and Tax Collector’s office is currently closed due to COVID-19. San Francisco property tax bills can be paid online, by mail, via electronic funds transfer or through a wire transfer, or onsite at a dropbox outside City Hall, at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.
Those needing to pay Alameda County property tax bills also have a dropbox option at the Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office, 1221 Oak St. in Oakland, though the office is currently closed. People can also pay using the mail slot at the Hayward Business License office, at 224 West Winton Avenue, Room 169, Hayward.
Additionally, checks can be mailed in and payments are accepted online or through the taxpayer’s bank’s Bill-Pay service or via wire transfer.
Marin County tax payments can be made online or by phone at 800-985-7277.
Solano County property taxes can be paid via mail or online. Mailed payments can be sent to Charles Lomeli, Treasurer-Tax Collector-County Clerk, 675 Texas Street, Suite 1900, Fairfield. There are also two dropboxes at that location.
It is possible to pay Contra Costa County property taxes in person by making an appointment. Otherwise, taxpayers can mail in a check, pay online or make the payment on the phone.
Napa County will accept payments in person, though in-person payments are discouraged. Otherwise, payments can be made online or mailed to the Napa County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office.
For Santa Clara payments, taxpayers can mail in a check or money order, make an appointment to pay in person or go online. Payments can also be made via a mobile app called SCC DTAC.
Taxpayers can make their Sonoma County payments online or on the phone. Payments can also be mailed to P.O. Box 3879, Santa Rosa or placed in a dropbox at the Auditor-Controller-Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office, 585 Fiscal Drive in Sonoma.
Property tax payments in San Mateo County can be made by appointment in person, online or via mail.