Reminder: homestead application deadline is December 16

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Public Records & Property Valuation • 100 North Fifth Avenue West, Room 101 • Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: (218) 726-2677 •

Mary Garness




November 20, 2019

CONTACT: Mary Garness, Public Records and Property Valuation Director 



County Assessor offers reminder: homestead application deadline is December 16

The St. Louis County Assessor's Office has an important reminder for anyone who's moved in the last year: the deadline to apply for homestead classification is December 16, 2019.


A homestead classification may qualify the property for a reduced classification rate, reduced taxable market value, property tax refund, and/or special program eligibility. The property owner must apply for this classification. It does not happen automatically at closing.


To be eligible, a property must be occupied as the primary residence on or before December 1, 2019. It can be occupied either by the property owner or a qualifying relative. Full eligibility rules, including a homestead fact sheet from the Minnesota Department of Revenue, can be found online at


"Every year, it seems, we get one or two people contacting us after the deadline, and unfortunately by then it's too late - there's nothing we can do," said Mary Garness, St. Louis County Director of Public Records and Property Valuation. "So we want to do what we can ahead of time to make sure people are aware, because getting the homestead classification will likely reduce the amount they pay in property taxes."


To apply for the homestead classification, people can contact any of the following St. Louis County Assessor's Offices: Duluth, 218-726-2304; Virginia, 218-749-7147; Hibbing, 218-262-6089; Orr, 218-471-7735; or Ely, 218-365-8208.