The Carteret County Tax Administration Department is comprised of four divisions:

The Real Property Division appraises and assesses all real property in the county at its fair market value as of the effective date of the most recent reappraisal.

The Personal Property Division
is responsible for the listing and auditing of personal property as well as sending out the annual tax bills and assigning value and tax districts to motor vehicles.

The Tax Collector's Division, as mandated by the North Carolina General Statutes, is responsible for collecting annual property tax bills on real estate, mobile homes, boats, business personal property, aircraft and other properties, in addition to any other fees or assessments as charged by the governing body. Also, the Collector's Office is responsible for the collection of taxes that are levied by all of the municipalities, fire districts, and special districts in Carteret County. These bills are mailed in early August. The deadline for paying these taxes is January 5th of the next year. Beginning January 6th, these taxes are considered delinquent and accrue interest at a rate of 2% for the month of January, plus ¾ % each month thereafter.

The Mapping/Land Records Division
is responsible for maintaining accurate, up-to-date mapping of all properties and providing this information to citizens as well as other agencies, departments and branches of government.

The Mapping Office is responsible for maintaining the Carteret County property base map and real property ownership data. The property base maps are maintained using color digital orthophotos. Ownership information includes property boundaries, road names, rights-of-way, acreages, lot dimensions and district boundaries. Maps are based on deeds and plats recorded with the Register of Deeds Office.

The Carteret County Geographic Information System (GIS) houses all other support information for the County’s Planning, Inspections and Revaluation departments. The identification of property and other related information can be accessed online HERE.

There are two ways of researching real estate information:

* Online by using Tax Parcel Cards link
* Our departmental public access terminals, located at the Information Desk in the main hall of the Administration Building