If you own a home and occupy it as your principal place of residence on January 1, you may apply for an exemption of $7,000 from the home’s assessed value, which reduces your property tax bill. There is no charge for filing for the Homeowner Exemption. New property owners will automatically receive an exemption application in the mail. Homeowner Exemption may also apply to a supplemental assessment if the property was not previously receiving a Homeowner Exemption on the annual Assessment Roll.
Please note that California law provides for only one Homeowner Exemption per owner at their principal place of residence, so a second home would not qualify for the exemption.
San Mateo County residents may request a Homeowner Exemption claim form from this website. Residents of other counties should contact their local assessor’s office for these forms.
To request a claim form, email the Assessor Division and include the property address, your mailing address and/or your Assessor’s Parcel Number.