Homestead Exemption

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A person who, on January 1, has the legal title or beneficial title in equity to real property in this state and who in good faith makes the property his or her permanent residence or the permanent residence of another or others legally or naturally dependent upon him or her, is entitled to an exemption. Once granted, you are entitled to a reduction of up to $50,000 from the assessed value of your dwelling.

To qualify you must be a permanent resident of Florida as of January 1st of the year in which you apply for the exemption. Florida law does allow new homestead applications to be filed prior to January 1st of the year the exemption is to be effective. However, pre-filed applications will only be accepted after March 1st of each year for the succeeding year.

Florida Statutes allow only one Homestead Exemption per "family unit." This means that anyone applying for the Homestead Exemption in Collier County would not be legally entitled to receive the exemption if they or their spouse are receiving residency-based exemption(s) in another state. This includes veterans and senior citizen exemptions.

  • Evidence of ownership (deed, tax receipt, etc.)
  • Social Security numbers for all applicants and spouses; as required by F.S. Section 196.011(1)
  • Collier County Voter Registration (if you vote) dated prior to January 1st
  • Florida Driver License dated prior to January 1st
  • Florida Vehicle Registration dated prior to January 1st
  • Optional: Declaration of Domicile filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court prior to January 1st of the year of application.
  • If not a U.S. citizen, a resident alien "green" card.
  • If your property is held in trust, a complete copy of the trust agreement.
  • If your residence is a mobile home, the real property decal number and a copy of the registration or title to the mobile home.
  • If you or your spouse benefited from a residency based exemption on an out of state property, a document from that government office stating the exemption has been removed will be required.

New applications for Homestead Exemption for the current year must be made in person prior to March 1st at the Property Appraiser’s office or at select locations during the regular homestead filing period. If you move, you must file a new application for homestead at your new residence. It does not automatically transfer. 

Main Office: 
3950 Radio Rd., Naples, FL 34104 
Open Mon-Fri 8-5 
239-252-8141 tel 
239-252-2071 fax 

Orange Blossom Office:
2335 Orange Blossom Dr., Naples, FL 34109
Open Mon-Fri 9-6
239-252-4444 tel
239-252-5984 fax 

Golden Gate City Office:
4715 Golden Gate Pkwy., Naples, FL 34116 
Open Mon-Fri 9-1, 2-6 
239-252-8193 tel 
239-348-3590 fax 

Immokalee Office:
106 1st Street South, Immokalee, FL 34142
Open first and third Monday of the Month only 9-12, 1-4

Please remember, that property owners who are not eligible for the current year but will be eligible for the following year, may pre-file for the exemption any time after March 1st. 

Information courtesy of Collier County Property Appraiser:


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