Administrative Services

Homestead/Farmstead Exclusion (Act 50)

How can I get a homestead or farmstead exclusion on my property?

How do I apply for a homestead or farmstead exclusion?
To receive an Allegheny County homestead or farmstead exclusion on your property, file an application form with the Office of Property Assessments. If that office determines that your property is eligible, you will receive the exclusion for your county tax.

The deadline for applying is March 1 of each year.

If your application for a homestead or farmstead exclusion is denied, the Office of Property Assessments will provide you with a written notice of denial by June 30.

If my application is denied, how can I appeal?
If your application is denied, you can appeal the decision to the Board of Property Assessment Appeals and Reviews. Appeals generally are limited to whether the parcel under question meets the definition of "farmstead property" or "homestead property."

What are my responsibilities under the homestead and farmstead exclusions?
If your property receives the homestead or farmstead exclusion, you must notify the Office of Property Assessments if your use of the property changes to a nonqualifying use (if, for instance, you move out of your home and rent it to others, or convert the farm building to nonfarm use). You have 45 days after such a property change to notify the Office of Property Assessments. If you fail to provide notification within the time deadline, you could be found guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree and be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $2,500, plus any taxes you should have paid but did not due to the exclusions (with interest), plus an additional penalty of 10 percent of the unpaid taxes.