A Comprehensive Overview of Homestead and Portability in Palm Beach County

A Comprehensive Overview of Homestead and Portability in Palm Beach County

If you’re a homeowner in Palm Beach County, you may have heard terms like “homestead” and “portability” thrown around. But what do they really mean? In this article, we’ll provide a comprehensive overview of homesteading and portability in Palm Beach County to help you better understand these important concepts.

Homestead Exemption

A homestead exemption lowers the taxable value of your home for county tax purposes. This means that homeowners who qualify for a homestead exemption will pay lower taxes on their property than those who don't. In order to qualify for the homestead exemption in Palm Beach County, homeowners must meet certain criteria:

• The homeowner must be a permanent resident of the county for at least 6 months prior to applying for the exemption
• The homeowner must have title to the property or have a contract/lease with an option to purchase
• The homeowner must be an individual (not a corporation or other legal entity) who uses the property as his/her primary residence.

If you meet all these requirements, you can apply for your homestead exemption online or by mail by submitting a notarized affidavit and proof of residency (such as driver's license or passport). Once approved, your homestead exemption will remain in effect until it is revoked by the taxpayer or cancelled due to changes in ownership, use, or occupancy of the property.


Portability is another way that homeowners can save money on their property taxes. It allows homeowners to take their “savings” from one year’s taxes and apply it to another year’s taxes if they move within Florida. In other words, if you are eligible for portability and you buy a new home within Florida that has higher taxes than your current home, then you can transfer some of your savings from your previous year’s taxes to offset some of the costs associated with purchasing a new home.

To qualify for portability in Palm Beach County, you must meet all the same criteria as above but additionally:   

  • You must have received at least one ad valorem tax bill on the former residence prior to acquiring title to the new residence within 12 months; and
  • You must have filed an application with Palm Beach County Property Appraiser's Office no later than March 1st each year.  

Whether you're looking to save money on your property taxes through homestead exemptions or portability, understanding how these programs work is essential if you want to get maximum benefit from them. Be sure that you fulfill all requirements before filing applications so that there are no delays or complications in receiving your benefits. With careful planning and research, homeowners can make sure they're taking full advantage of all opportunities available when it comes to their tax burden—and saving money!

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