Filing For Homestead Classification

What Is The Homestead Classification?

Homestead is a classification granted to properties that are owner-occupied, lowering taxes on that property.

The homestead classification is not automatic or transferred to you by the seller at the time of sale. You must apply for the homestead classification in your name after you purchase and move in.

Who Qualifies?

Any property owner who is a Minnesota resident and occupies the property as his or her primary residence may apply for the homestead classification.

To be eligible you must own and occupy the property as your primary residence by December 1 in order for taxes payable the following year to be classified as homestead. Application must be made no later than December 15.

State law also provides for the homestead classification to be extended to properties that are occupied by a qualifying relative of the owner. Special application is required and must be made in person by the owners and relative occupying the property. For more information on the relative homestead classification, contact the assessor's office.

How Do I Apply?

  • Online with Hennepin County: Set up your own account and password on the Hennepin County secured website. Before you apply you will be asked a series of questions to see if you qualify. The assessor will email you if additional information is needed, and you'll get an email when your application is approved or denied. You will also be able to check your homestead status online.
  • In Person: As soon as possible after you move in, bring a copy of your Warranty Deed, Contract for Deed, Quit Claim Deed, or personal Representative Deed to General Services at City Hall to file for homestead. We will change the name of the owner on our records, and a homestead card will be mailed out in your name. This will assure you of the homestead classification on your real estate taxes. We only take homestead applications for properties in Golden Valley. Call 763-593-8020 for more information.