Home Improvement Exemption

The Home Improvement Exemption allows you to increase the value of your home with up to $75,000 worth of improvements without increasing your property taxes for at least four years. The exemption is available to owners of single-family homes, condominiums, cooperatives, and apartment buildings up to six units. The Home Improvement Exemption can also be used for repair necessitated by structural damage as a result of severe weather conditions, such as flooding.

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Eligibility

The exemption is available to owners of single-family homes, condominiums, cooperatives, and apartment buildings up to six units. The Exemption can also be used for repair necessitated by structural damage as a result of severe weather conditions, such as flooding.

Documentation Required to Apply

Property owners will automatically receive the exemption when our office field checks the building permit for the improvement.
A notice will be sent to you after we complete the check.

What is not covered by a Home Improvement Exemption?

The exemption is not granted for loss of personal property, normal weather damage, or routine maintenance. Routine maintenance includes repairs to or replacement of parts that would not increase the value of your property. The following are examples of normal upkeep:

  • Repair or replace roofing materials, sidewalks, driveways, or fencing
  • Insulate and/or add storm windows and doors
  • Add or replace gutters and downspouts
  • Place siding over existing frame structure
  • Add or improve trees, lawns, and landscaping
  • Paint, decorate, plaster, or change exterior ornamentations
  • Replace furnace, or replace old heating systems with solar heating
  • Replace kitchen cabinets, flooring, fixtures
  • Replace or add water softener, or add larger hot water heater
  • Add outdoor lighting, burglar or fire alarms
  • Replace electrical systems or plumbing fixtures
  • Install above-ground swimming pool or outdoor playground facilities
  • Add automatic garage door opener
  • Add aluminum soffit and facia

Frequently Asked Questions 

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Due Date & How to Apply

Property owners will automatically receive the exemption when our office field checks the building permit for the improvement. A notice will be sent to you after we complete the check.

To learn whether you may qualify for the Home Improvement Exemption, call the Cook County Assessor's Office at 312-443-7550.