Religious Exemption

Who can use this service?

This service is available to religious organizations who own property and conduct worship services and related religious activities on the site. 

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

What is the process?

Step 1: Apply for a Religious Exemption

First time religious exemption claimants must submit:

  • A completed Religious Exemption Form
  • A copy of the organization's certified articles of incorporation
  • A copy of a tax letter designating the organization's non-profit status

When and where is this service offered?

This service is available throughout the year during regular business hours except during scheduled holidays.

Location, directions and hours of operation

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New Government Center

Monday - Friday 8-5

1055 Monterey Street Suite D360 San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

Tel: (805) 781-5643

Atascadero Office

Monday - Friday 8-4

6565 Capistrano Avenue Atascadero, CA 93422

Tel: (805) 461-6143

Fax: (805) 461-6159

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Religious Exemption?

Exemptions from property tax are available to religious organizations that own property and use the property exclusively for conducting worship services and other related religious activities (e.g. bible studies, weddings, church operated schools, etc.).

How do I apply for a religious exemption?

First time religious exemption claimants must submit:

  • A completed Religious Exemption Form
  • A copy of the organization's certified articles of incorporation
  • A copy of a tax letter designating the organization's non-profit status
When should I file to receive a religious exemption?

The annual filing period is January 1st through February 15th. Once eligibility for the religious exemption has been approved, there is a simplified filing process and no penalty for filing late.

Who may I contact for further information?

Religious Exemptions are processed by our Change in Ownership department (also called the Transfers section). They can be reached by calling our main office switchboard at 805-781-5643. If you are in the North County, please call our Atascadero office at 805-461-6143.