Homestead Classification


To qualify for the homestead classification (PDF) you must:

  • Be a Minnesota resident
  • Be one of the owners of the property or a relative
  • Occupy the property as your primary residence

An owner may not have the benefits of the homestead classification in more than one place. A person may have only one homestead and that must be their place of residence on January 2.

Application Process

To apply for the homestead classification, you must fill out an application by calling the Assessor’s Office at 507-375-1205. You may also stop by the Assessor’s Office in the Watonwan County Courthouse at:
710 Second Avenue S
St. James, MN 56081

All homestead applications must be returned to the Assessor’s Office by December 31st.

Property Tax Information | Minnesota Department of Revenue ( provides further details about tax laws and programs on its website. You can also look at the State Statutes section (MS 273.124, subd. 21) for more information or contact the Watonwan County Assessor’s office at (507) 375-1205.