Senior Citizen ExemptionDisabled Veteran Exemption
Property Tax Exemption for Schools, Charitable Organizations and Churches

Senior Citizen Exemption

You can  now apply for the Senior Exemption/Disabled Exemption for the 2020 tax year.

The application must be filed no later than July 1 (Disabled Veteran Exemption)/July 15 (Senior Exemption).


In 2000, voters amended the Colorado Constitution with the adoption of Section 3.5 of Article X. The amendment and subsequent legislation created a property tax exemption for two groups of people: qualifying seniors and the surviving spouses of seniors who previously qualified.

The Senior Citizen Exemption is available to applicants who:

  • are at least 65 years of age prior to January 1 of the year of application,
  • owned their home for at least 10 consecutive years prior to January 1, and
  • occupied it as their primary residence for at least 10 consecutive years prior to January 1.

For those who qualify, 50 percent of the first $200,000 of the actual value of the property is exempted. The state will pay the exempted property tax. If you own multiple residences, only one can be designated as your primary residence. Seniors that were previously approved do not need to reapply.

The application must be filed no later than July 15 to have the exemption apply to your tax bill the following year. The exemption must be applied for only once and remains in effect for subsequent years as long as the property ownership and occupancy does not change.

4430 S. Adams County Pkwy, Ste C2100
Brighton, CO  80601-8203
Phone: 720.523.6038
Email: assessor@adcogov.org
Fax: 720.523.6037

The Colorado Senior Property Tax Exemption Long Form must be used by individuals applying under the surviving spouse option and for applicants applying as the qualifying senior who falls within certain exceptions to the occupancy and ownership requirements. Please contact our office at 720.523.6038 to request a long form be mailed to you.

Disabled Veteran Exemption

In 2006, Colorado voters approved Referendum E, expanding the senior property tax exemption to include "qualifying disabled veterans. The Disabled Veteran Exemption is available to property owners who:

  • sustained a service-connected disability while serving on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States,
  • were honorably discharged, and
  • were rated by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs as one hundred percent "permanent and total" disabled. VA unemployability awards do not meet the requirement for determining an applicant's eligibility.
  • owned and occupied the property since January 1 of the current year.

The application deadline this year is July 1. Application forms are available from the Division of Veterans Affairs at the address and telephone number shown below and from the website of the Colorado Division of Property Taxation.

Completed applications should be submitted to the Colorado Division of Veteran's Affairs at the following address:

Property Tax Exemption for Schools, Charitable Organizations and Churches

Property which is owned and used solely and exclusively for religious purposes, for private schools, or for strictly charitable purposes is exempt, C.R.S. 39-3-106 – 113 and 116.  Ownership of property which may qualify for exemption as owned and used for a private school, strictly for charitable purposes or for religious purposes must file an application with the Division of Property Taxation.

The Process to File for Exemption for a School, Church or Charitable Organization:

4430 S. Adams County Pkwy, Ste C2100
Brighton, CO  80601-8203
Phone: 720.523.6038
Email: Assessor@adcogov.org
Fax: 720.523.6037

  • Return the form and a check for the application made payable to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to the county assessor’s office.
  • The county section of the application(s) will be updated and the form(s) and check(s) will be forwarded to the Property Tax Administrator at the State of Colorado, Department of Local Affairs, Division of Property Taxation.

Once the review process is completed by the Property Tax Administrator’s Office, a Final Determination notice will be sent to the applicant and the county assessor.