Under the Florida Constitution, residents who apply and qualify will receive an exemption that reduces the taxable value of their property by up to $50,000. A partial exemption may apply if the applicant’s ownership of the property is less than 100%.
You must meet the following requirements as of January 1st of the qualifying tax year:
- Have legal or beneficial title to the property, as recorded in the Official Records of Saint Lucie County.
- In good faith make the property your permanent residence.
- Be a permanent resident of the State of Florida.
- Be a United States citizen or possess a Permanent Resident Alien Card (Green Card). **Some exceptions apply. Please contact our office for additional information.
You may file your application online or in person at one of our 2 convenient locations. The filing deadline is March 1st of the tax year for which you are applying. However, pre-file applications are accepted during the year.
All Proof of residency should be dated prior to January 1st
Information needed for each person filing for an exemption:
- Florida driver’s license
- Social Security Card or Number of applicant & applicant’s spouse
- If the applicant is not a U.S. Citizen, a U.S. Permanent Resident Alien Card
- Copy of entire trust, if the property is so titled
Additional Information Needed
- Date each applicant became a permanent Florida resident
- Date of occupancy
- Date of birth of all applicants
- Any exemptions filed last year
- Address of last income tax return
If additional information is needed to process your application, you will be notified. You can file for an exemption online by clicking here. (It’s fast, easy and convenient!)
Important: A change in the title of your property such as conveying into a trust or adding a spouse will require you to make a new application for your exemption. Homestead and other exemptions are not transferable. If you purchase and/or move to a new residence, it is your responsibility to reapply on your new home. Please notify us when your mailing address changes. If you don’t notify the Property Appraisers office, you could lose your exemption.
Once you have established Homestead Exemption, the following conditions apply if your property is rented (Florida Statute 196.061):
- If your home is rented January 1, you will lose the Homestead Exemption for that tax year.
- You may rent your home (after January 1) for 30 days or less per calendar year and maintain the Homestead Exemption.
- You may rent your home (after January 1) for more than 30 days and maintain your Homestead Exemption for that tax year. However, if you rent again the following year for more than 30 days, you will lose your Homestead Exemption for that tax year.
- This statute does not apply to a member of the Armed Forces of the United States.
- Property owners are required to notify the Property Appraiser’s Office when their property no longer qualifies for the exemption. Failure to do so could result in a Homestead Tax lien. Florida Statute 196.011 (9)(a).