You should apply for homestead when you move into a house you own, and it is your main place of residence. If you own and occupy by Dec. 1, your property taxes the next year will get the homestead reduction.
Apply in person
You can apply in person at any the following locations:
Apply by mail
You can apply by mail by completing the Homestead Application Form and sending it to the following address:
Dakota County Assessing Services Office
1590 Highway 55
Hastings MN 55033-2343
Apply by fax
You can apply by fax by filling out the Homestead Application Form and faxing it to 651-438-4469.