What's New - Assessment Bureau

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  • Applications to the Board of Assessment Review must be received by the Bureau of Assessment, Room 101A - City Hall by 8 pm EST on the third Tuesday in March.  (informal reviews available earlier) . . .   

Seniors Exemption Renewals Deadline -Feb. 1, All Exemption Applications Submission Deadline - Feb. 1 . . . 

Exemption for Home Improvements (for investors and owner occupants) . . . 

 All Exemption applications are due February 1st.
Click these links (or use the left sidebar menu buttons) for Exemption descriptions and forms:

Residential Exemptions including STAR, Seniors, Veterans, Improvements
Commercial Exemptions

February 1, 2022 is the deadline to submit applications for ALL Exemptions and to submit renewal applications with documentation for the Seniors Exemption as well as the Enhanced Star Exemption. Approved Exemptions will take effect on the July 2022 City/School Tax Bill and or the January 2023 County Tax Bill.

If you are age 65 or older by December 31, 2022 (or a surviving spouse age 62 or older) and own and reside on the property - please complete a Seniors Exemption application by February 1st, 2022, if you have not previously applied.

The Enhanced Star Seniors Exemption has a maximum household income cut-off of $92,000. You will only need to apply once and submit the mandatory New York State forms (if you currently have a Basic STAR exemption).  The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance will verify your income annually.  You will not be required to file an annual renewal form.  Submit your application with income documentation to the Bureau of Assessment by the February 1st deadline. If maximum household income is below $37,400, then the Senior Citizen Exemption can be combined with the Enhanced Star. The exemption percentage of tax reduction increases as income decreases. Submission of the application, or an annual renewal application with income documentation, is required by February 1st.

This summer and fall we will mail out the renewal applications to Seniors who received the Seniors Exemption last year. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns.

For further details and an application click on “Residential Exemptions” in the left hand menu or call (585) 428-6994.

Exemption for Home Improvements (for investors and owner occupants) . . .    Click to go up to the story topics.

Often when considering making improvements to a residence, owners hesitate because of the property tax implications. To keep the taxes from dissuading owners from reinvesting, the City of Rochester adopted the Residential Improvement Exemption. Instead of being taxed on the full value of the improvements, eligible properties will have the increase ramped in incrementally over 8 years, with a full exemption the first year.

The requirements are as follows:

  •  Owners do NOT have to occupy to apply 
  •  1 or 2 family residence 
  •  Capital Improvement, not routine maintenance 
  •  Improvement Value totals at least $3,000 (document with receipts) 
  •  Verification of completion 
  •  Promptly request an inspection after completion to determine the pre and post improvement property value 

Submit the application promptly after completion by the February 1st deadline. Click here for the forms.