Property used exclusively by a church, non-profit college, cemetery, museum, school, or library may qualify for an exemption.  Property owned and used exclusively by a non-profit, religious, charitable, scientific, or hospital corporation may also be eligible. 

A qualifying organiztion's property may be exempted fully or partially from property taxes, depending on how much of the property is used for a qualifying purpose and activity.

The Assessor can grant a full exemption only if you file the proper claim form on time and show that the use of the property, (or intended use, if the property is under construction or newly acquired,) qualifies it for the exemption.  The exemptions apply to property taxes, but not to special assessments, such as district taxes.

Most non-profit organizations' Exemption claims must be filed with the Assessor between the January 1 lien date and 5 p.m. on February 15 to receive a full exemption for the upcoming fiscal year.  For some claims, a partial exemption is available for late filings.

For more information, or if you have questions, please contact the Exemptions Division at (408) 299-6460, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Property Tax Exemption Information for Nonprofit Organization