Property Records F.A.Q.
Q. What public records are available?
A. The Assessor's office provides a public information service to assist taxpayers with questions about current property ownership and assessments. Property ownership information is available for all properties in the County. It is available in person at the Assessor's office. We will not give ownership information over the telephone. The Assessor's Office also provides recent property sales information for public review. Property characteristics, ownership, and other data is also available for purchase.
Q. How do I get Assessor's Parcel Maps?
A. The Assessor's Office prepares and maintains over 9,000 maps delineating every parcel of property in the County. These parcel maps serve as a basis for all property assessments and are continuously updated to reflect new subdivisions and surveys. These maps are available for review and purchase at the Assessor's Office or can be viewed on the Assessor Map Look up page.
Q. Where can I go to record a document?
A. The Fresno County Recorder website can give you the hours and location to record documents.
Q. How do I fill out my Quitclaim Deed/Grant Deed/Affidavit of Death etc.?
A. State law prohibits us from providing assistance or advice in the preparation of legal documents. You may contact a legal aid service listed in the yellow pages or your legal advisor for assistance in completing legal documents.
Q. How can I add another person to my deed (title)?
A. State law prohibits us from providing assistance or advise in the preparation of legal documents. Most office supply and stationery stores carry legal documents that may fit your situation. We strongly suggest you contact your legal advisor for assistance in the preparation of your document.
Q. What is a "Change in Ownership Statement"?
A. This statement is required by State law to be filed with all property sales and transfers at the time of recording. If it is not filed, a $20 fee must be charged and the Assessor's Office will send out another statement to obtain the required information. This statement is used solely for appraisal purposes and is confidential - it is not a public record.
Q. How do I change the name on the tax bill or ownership records?
A. In order to change the name as it appears on assessment records, a new deed must be recorded. Record the notarized deed in the Fresno County Recorder's Office along with a Preliminary Change of Ownership Report. General information on how documents are recorded can be found here.
We recommend that you seek legal advice and assistance from an attorney before filling documents that affect the ownership of your property.
Q. How do I report the death of a property owner?
A. See the Death of a Real Property Owner page for details. The death of a property owner is a change in ownership and may affect the property taxes. Failure to report the death may result in penalties. If the property is in a trust, you may want to review the trust papers with an attorney.
Q. What is an "Affidavit of Death" or an "Affidavit of Death of a Joint Tenant"?
A. This is a legal document that may be required by title companies or attorneys in order to make the death a matter of public record. The notarized document should be recorded in the Fresno County Recorder's Office with a certified copy of the death certificate.
Q. What information should appear on a recorded document?
A. The document must be typed or filled out legibly in ink. It should include a complete legal description of the property and the Assessors Parcel Number. A Preliminary Change of Ownership Report should be filed with the deed when it is recorded. The Fresno County Recorder can provide a complete list of document recording requirements.
Q. Where can I obtain blank deeds and other legal documents?
A. Many legal documents such as deeds and affidavits of death can be obtained at office supply stores. The Preliminary Change of Ownership Report is also available on the Forms page of this website.
By State law, Fresno County Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk staff is not permitted to give legal advice or to assist in document preparation.