Classification refers to how a property is used. Classifications — such as homestead, rural vacant land, commercial, and agricultural — describe a property's primary use and impact the amount of property tax paid.
The Minnesota State Legislature creates and defines class rates, and a property is taxed at the rate corresponding to its class. For example, if neighboring properties are of equal value but one is a classified as agricultural and the other is rural vacant land, they will be taxed at different rates.
New homeowners must contact the Assessor's Department to apply for homestead classification. Property owners who qualify for tax exempt status must also contact the Assessor to apply.