The Annual Exemption Filing Deadline is February 15*
View the California State Board of Equalization video presentation on all property tax exemptions.
If you own a home and occupy it as your principal place of residence on January 1, you may apply for a Homeowners' Exemption. This exemption will reduce your annual tax bill by about $70. The exemption amount is printed in the upper right hand corner of the annual tax bill.
If you build or acquire a home, and there was no exemption on the annual tax roll, you may apply for a Homeowners' Exemption on the supplemental tax roll. In order to qualify, you must occupy the home within 90 days of the completion of new construction or the change in ownership. You should also apply for this exemption within 30 days of receiving a Notice of Supplemental Assessment.
You must immediately notify the Assessor's Office if a property becomes ineligible for a Homeowners' Exemption after it has been granted an exemption. You can terminate your exemption using the Homeowners' Exemption Termination Letter.
Homeowners' Exemptions are not automatically transferred between properties. If you move, you must file an application for a new exemption.
For a detailed overview and the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Homeowners' Exemption, go to our Homeowners' Exemption Frequently Asked Questions page. If our FAQ's don't answer all your questions, call (916) 875-0710 (8am-4pm).
Homeowners' Exemption Claim Form
Homeowners' Exemption Termination Notice
Real and personal property used exclusively by a church, college, cemetery, free museum, public school, or free public library may qualify for an exemption from property taxation. Properties owned and used exclusively by a nonprofit religious, charitable, scientific, or hospital corporation may also be eligible. An application must be filed with the Assessor's Office. The application forms can be found in the EXEMPTIONS FORMS section of this site. If you have further questions, call (916) 875-0720 (8am-4pm). For more information regarding Institutional Exemptions please read Publication 149, Property Tax Welfare Exemptions.
*If this date falls on a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday, mail postmarked the next business day shall be deemed on time.