To receive a homestead or farmstead exclusion, a Pennsylvania resident must submit an application to the county assessment office.
School districts are required to send an application to all owners of residential property in the school district by December 31 each year; however, annual notification may be limited to owners of residential property not currently approved as a homestead or whose approval is due to expire.
Homestead exclusion applications are due by March 1. Homeowners cannot be required to resubmit their application more than once every three years. Residents that acquire property in the school district after the March 1 deadline must wait until the following year to qualify for a homestead or farmstead exclusion.
The county assessor must notify the property owner of the approval or denial of the homestead or farmstead exclusion no later than 30 days after receipt of the application.