Important Dates
Fiscal Year begins July 1

The following schedule is intended to serve as a general guide to property owners in Orange County, California. Please note that the list below includes only the more significant dates and does not include all items or activities in the regular, property tax-fiscal year cycle from July 1 to June 30.

July 1 Delinquent secured property taxes from the prior fiscal year default and start accruing penalties of 1.5% per month, plus a $15.00 redemption fee

Unsecured Property Tax Bills are mailed out and can be found online at ocgov.com/octaxbill
August Delinquent secured property tax notices from the prior fiscal year are mailed out
August 31 Unsecured property taxes are due (late payments incur a 10% penalty plus a $75.00 collection fee if not postmarked by August 31, received by someone in our office, or by midnight online at ocgov.com/octaxbill)
September to October Secured Property Tax bills are mailed out and can be found online at ocgov.com/octaxbill
November Liens are filed for all delinquent Unsecured Property Taxes and a $75.00 collection fee plus a 1.5% per month penalty is added to the outstanding amount due.
November 1 First Installment of Secured Property Taxes are due
December 10 Last day to pay First Installment of Secured Property Taxes (late payments incur a 10% penalty if not postmarked by December 10, received by someone in our office, or by midnight online at ocgov.com/octaxbill)
January 1 Lien date for Secured and Unsecured Property Taxes

Delinquent notices for unpaid First Installment Secured Property Taxes are mailed out
February 1 Second Installment of Secured Property Taxes are due
April 10
Last day to pay Second Installment of Secured Property Taxes (late payments incur a 10% penalty plus a $23.00 collection fee if not postmarked by April 10, received by someone in our office, or by midnight online at ocgov.com/octaxbill)
May
Delinquent notices for any unpaid First and Second Installment Secured Property Taxes are mailed out
June 30 Last day to start a five-year payment plan for delinquent Secured Property Taxes that have at least one installment delinquent for over five years and are eligible to start a payment plan
All Year
New Owner Secured Property Tax bills (after ownership of parcel changes) are mailed year-round as updates are received from the Office of the Assessor

Supplemental Property Tax bills are mailed three to four times during the year

Note:

  • If a due date falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date is the next business day
  • All Secured Property Taxes are pro-rated based on time of ownership
  • All Unsecured Property Taxes and possessory interest assessments are not pro-rated and the owner on the January 1 lien date is responsible to pay 100% of the Unsecured Property Tax bill