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Properties Eligible for Exemption

Historical Property (RCW 84.26.030)
The actual cost of substantial improvement to eligible historic property (25% or greater of the assessed value prior to rehabilitation) may be excluded from assessed value for a period of ten years. Applications are furnished by the Assessor. Approval is made by the local Historical Preservation Board within each jurisdiction. Helpful forms, brochures, and an overall picture of the program can be found on the Historic Preservation Office Website.

Physical Improvement to Single Family Dwelling (RCW 84.36.400)
Exempts from taxation any physical improvement to a detached single family dwelling for three assessment years subsequent to completion of the improvement, up to 30% of the value of the original structure. This home improvement exemption may be claimed only once in a 5-year period. Normal maintenance work does not qualify. Notice to claim the exemption must be filed with the Assessor prior to completion of the improvement.

PDF Form available here: https://dor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-02/64-0009.pdf

Multiple Unit Exemption for Urban Centers (RCW 84.14)
Either new or rehabilitated structures having 4 or more dwelling units within a defined urban center may receive exemption on the improvement value for a period of ten years. For more information, view the Spokane Municipal Code, Chapter 8.15.

City of Spokane Ordinance C-32575

Publicly Owned Property (RCW 84.36.010)
RCW 84.36.010 allows exemption of taxes to all publicly-owned property, such as that of the federal, state, county, or city governments and certain tribal lands. This exemption is determined by the Assessor.

Parcels of Less Than $500 in Value (RCW 84.36.015)
All parcels of real and personal property that individually have an assessed value of less than $500 are exempt from property taxation. This exemption is determined by the Assessor.


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