ALL homestead applications must be received by December 16, 2019 to qualify for Homestead market value exclusion for taxes paid in 2020.

Applications received after that will not qualify for homestead until 2021 payable taxes.  This includes all homesteads: 

All Special Ag classifications had to re-apply in 2019

4,100 application renewals were mailed out in October – make sure to return yours.

Relative Homestead application renewals will be mailed soon.

This will affect your 2020 property taxes and eligibility for Property Tax Refund.

Have you purchased or moved into a property in the past year?

Contact your county assessor to file a homestead application if you or a qualifying relative occupy the property as a homestead on or before December 1, 2019.

What is a qualifying relative?

For agricultural property, a qualifying relative includes the child, grandchild, sibling, or parent of the

owner or owner’s spouse. For residential property a qualifying relative also includes the owner’s uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece.

When do I apply?

You must apply on or before December 15, 2019. Once homestead is granted, annual applications are not necessary unless they are requested by the county assessor.

Contact the assessor by December 15, 2019 if the use of the property you own or occupy as a qualifying relative has changed during the past year.

If you sell, move, or for any reason no longer qualify for the homestead classification, you are required to notify the county assessor within 30 days of the change in homestead status.

Martin County Assessor’s Office


Michael Sheplee

Martin County Assessor

Michael Sheplee, SAMA

Assessor, Martin County

201 Lake Avenue, Suite 226

Fairmont, MN  56031

P: 507.238.3278 | F: 507.238.4601