What is the homestead classification?
The homestead classification is a tax benefit based on a market value exclusion that may be applied to a property that is owned and occupied as a person’s primary place of residence.
How does a property I own qualify for the homestead classification?
To qualify for the homestead classification, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Be one of the owners of the property listed on the deed or be a qualifying relative of at least one of the owners.*
- Occupy the property as your primary place of residence.
- Be a Minnesota resident. (If the property is the primary residence of a qualifying relative of an owner, it is not necessary for the owner to be a Minnesota resident)
* To be a qualifying relative of the owner, you must be the owner’s parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew; including those related by marriage.
What is the relative homestead classification?
The relative homestead classification is similar to the homestead classification. However, the relative homestead classification is based on a relative of the owner(s) occupying the home as their primary residence. To be a qualifying relative of the owner(s) you must be the owner’s parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew; including those related by marriage.
To apply for the relative homestead classification see the section below "How do I apply for the homestead classification?". The City of Maple Grove uses the same homestead application for the traditional homestead classification and the relative homestead classification
How do I apply for the homestead classification?
There are three options available for residents to apply for the homestead classification:
- Apply in person at the Assessing Department located in the Maple Grove Government Center, 12800 Arbor Lakes Parkway North, Maple Grove, MN 55311.
- Complete the Homestead Application (PDF) and submit the completed application by mail or fax to the Maple Grove Assessing Department.
- Apply online through the Hennepin County Website. When applying online you will need to create an “Online Services Account” with Hennepin County and a series of questions will guide you through the application process.
Please be prepared to provide the following information and additional documentation when filing for the homestead classification:
- Copy of the warranty deed or contract for deed. (If property is sold on a contract for deed, a certificate of real estate value must accompany application.)
- Copy of the Certificate of Real Estate Value.
- Signatures of all owner occupants (in case of a married couple, the homestead application does require the signature of each spouse)
- Social security numbers for all individuals listed on the deed. (A social security number would also be required for a spouse that is not listed on the deed.)
Mail completed homestead applications and additional documentation to:
City of Maple Grove
P.O. Box 1180
Maple Grove, MN 55311-6180
Fax completed homestead applications and additional documentation to: (763) 494-6415
The Final Step of the Homestead Process: After we receive and process your homestead application, you will receive a homestead form in the mail at the property address. You must return this form to the Maple Grove Assessor's Office within 10 days after receipt in order to complete the homestead process. The homestead classification will not be granted until the homestead form is returned.
Do I have to apply for the homestead classification in person?
No, if you are unable to apply for the homestead classification in person at the Maple Grove Government Center, you may apply online or mail or fax your completed application and the additional supporting documentation to the assessing department. Please see “How do I apply for the homestead classification?” above.
When should I apply for the homestead classification?
Homeowners should apply for the homestead classification once they have purchased a new or existing home and they occupy the home as their principal place of residence. Most homeowners will not receive a homestead application annually. However, the Assessor may, at any time require a homestead application to be filed in order to verify that any property classified as homestead continues to be eligible for homestead status.
In order to qualify for the full-year homestead classification, a homeowner must own and occupy the home as their primary residence on or before January 2nd.
A residence that does not qualify for the full-year homestead classification on January 2nd, but is owned and occupied as a primary residence on or before December 1st, may qualify for a mid-year homestead classification.
The filing deadline for the homestead application is December 15th.
The critical dates related to the homestead classification may be found on the Annual Assessment Calendar.
How often do I have to apply for the homestead classification?
Minnesota property tax laws provide that once the initial homestead application is filed and the property is granted the homestead status, there is no need to refile an annual homestead declaration, as long as the property is owned and occupied by the same party. The property will remain homestead until the property is sold or no longer qualifies for the homestead classification.
If you move state Law requires that you notify the assessor within 30 days after you sell your property or change your primary residence.
Can I apply for the homestead classification on more than one property?
If you own a property that is the primary place of residence of a qualifying relative, the property may also be eligible for the homestead classification. To be a qualifying relative of the owner, you must be the owner’s parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew; including those related by marriage.
There are limited circumstances that allow the homestead classification to be applied to multiple properties, contact the assessor office with any questions.
How does the homestead market value exclusion work?
Under current statute, only homesteads (defined as owner occupied homes for property tax purposes) qualify for the homestead market value exclusion. Homes valued at less than $76,000 will have 40% of their market value excluded from the property tax calculation. For homes valued at more than $76,000, the market value homestead exclusion percentage is reduced as the value of the home increases. The homestead market value exclusion is reduced to 0% once a home is valued over $413,778.
Every homestead is unique — please contact us with any questions.
Assessing personnel are available to help answer your questions Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The contact information for the assessing department is listed in the upper left corner of this page.