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Deadline to apply for homestead status Dec. 15

All new property owners or qualified relatives who changed residences during the past year and use the residence for homestead purposes must apply for homestead status with their county assessor by Dec. 15.

Property owners or qualified relatives who want to classify property as homestead that was not classified as homestead in the past, must apply with the Dakota County Assessor's Office to receive homestead for property taxes payable in 2013. The definition of relative for a homestead includes parent, stepparent, child, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, nephew or niece. This relationship may be by blood or marriage.

Once the homestead classification has been granted, no further applications are necessary, unless requested by the county assessor. Only new applicants must file if they have not already done so.

Residents can print a form from the Dakota County website at or call Dakota County Assessing Services at 651-438-4200. Residents can also go in person to the service desks at the Western Service Center (14955 Galaxie Ave., Apple Valley) or Northern Service Center (One Mendota Drive, West St. Paul) or the Assessing Services Department in the Administration Center (1590 Highway 55, Hastings) during normal business hours.