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How to consolidate real estate parcels

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You can combine the parcel where your home is located with neighboring lots to create one property tax bill. You have two options:

Step
1

Before you get started by mail

You CANNOT combine different lots into one property tax bill if:

  • the names on the deeds for each parcel are different
  • there are outstanding taxes for any of the parcels
  • any of the parcels are under review for an abatement, or in an appeal for overvaluation
  • one parcel is taxable and another is tax exempt
  • any of the parcels were purchased from the City of Boston with a deed restriction, unless designated as a "Remnant Program" parcel
  • the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds has one of the parcels listed as recorded land, and another parcel as registered land
  • one of the parcels is part recorded and part registered land
  • one of the parcels is classified as condo parking, or
  • one parcel is a condominium. The owner or representative must record an Amendment to the Master Deed at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Master deed Amendment filed after Effective Fiscal Year
January 1, 2018 FY 2020
January 1, 2019 FY 2021

If the residential or commercial property straddles two or more lots:

  • you may need to provide a consolidation plan that is prepared by a registered surveyor, and
  • you must record the plan at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Consolidation plan filed after Effective Fiscal Year
 January 1, 2019  FY 2021
 January 1, 2020  FY 2022

Please note: commercial parcels can’t be combined if the lots have different uses.

Step
2

Complete your consolidation form

Please complete and print out the Real Estate Parcel Consolidation formYou can also call the Taxpayer Referral and Assistance Center at 617-635-4287 and we will send you a form.

Step
3

Mail the form to the City

Assessing Department, Room 301
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Step
1

Before you get started in person

UPDATE: Due to COVID-19, City Hall operating hours are reduced. We strongly urge you to conduct your business by mail.


You CANNOT combine different lots into one property tax bill if:

  • the names on the deeds for each parcel are different
  • there are outstanding taxes for any of the parcels
  • any of the parcels are under review for an abatement, or in an appeal for overvaluation
  • one parcel is taxable and another is tax exempt
  • any of the parcels were purchased from the City of Boston with a deed restriction, unless designated as a "Remnant Program" parcel
  • the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds has one of the parcels listed as recorded land, and another parcel as registered land
  • one of the parcels is part recorded and part registered land
  • one of the parcels is classified as condo parking, or
  • one parcel is a condominium. The owner or representative must record an Amendment to the Master Deed at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Master deed Amendment filed after Effective Fiscal Year
January 1, 2018 FY 2020
January 1, 2019 FY 2021

If the residential or commercial property straddles two or more lots:

  • you may need to provide a consolidation plan that is prepared by a registered surveyor, and
  • you must record the plan at the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Consolidation plan filed after Effective Fiscal Year
January 1, 2019 FY 2021
January 1, 2020 FY 2022

Please note: commercial parcels can’t be combined if the lots have different uses.

Step
2

Complete your consolidation form

Please complete and print out the Real Estate Parcel Consolidation formYou can also fill out a form when you visit City Hall.

Step
3

Go to Boston City Hall

You can bring your completed form, or fill out a new one, at:

Assessing Department, Room 301
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
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Need to Know:

The Assessing Department has the right to deny your application if you don’t meet our conditions. We aren’t responsible for your failure to get a bank or a lender’s approval for your consolidation.

This consolidation is ONLY for tax bill purposes, and land court will not recognize it.

If you were getting a residential exemption, you will need to reapply after combining your parcels. Learn more about the residential exemption.

Contact:
Assessing
1 City Hall Square
Room 301
Boston, MA 02201-2011

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