Homeowner's Exemption

Shelly Scott, Assessor - Recorder - County Clerk

If you own and occupy your principal place of residence on lien date, January 1, you may apply for a homeowner's exemption that would exempt $7,000 of your home's assessed value from property taxation. The California Constitution provides for the exemption of $7,000 (maximum) in assessed value from the property tax assessment of any property owned and occupied as the owner's principal place of residence. The homeowner’s exemption reduces the annual property tax bill for a qualified homeowner by at least $70. This would result in a savings of approximately $70 per year on your property tax bill.

To receive the full homeowner’s exemption, the property owner must reside on the property January 1, and file the homeowner’s exemption claim form with the Marin County Assessor’s Office by February 15th. If the application is filed between February 16th and December 10th, a partial homeowner’s exemption (80%) will be approved

If the home is purchased after January 1st, the exemption is applied to the supplemental assessment, unless the prior owner received the homeowner’s exemption on the secured bill. The homeowner’s exemption claim form has to be filed within 30 days of your supplemental notice. A partial homeowner’s exemption is approved, if the homeowner’s exemption claim form is returned prior to the due date of the first installment of the supplemental bill.

To apply for the homeowner's exemption or If you need additional information or have more questions, please contact the Marin County Assessor Exemptions Division.

For more information or to get a homeowner’s exemption claim, please contact us. Our office is located at the Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Drive room 208, San Rafael, CA. You can also contact a member of the Assessor Exemptions staff via phone at (415) 473-3794, then press 5, or via email. Office hours are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (closed major holidays).

You may also visit the Homeowners Exemptions FAQ section for additional information.