Charter school applications

Charter school applicants must meet certain requirements and provide additional information.



Use the general property tax exemption Form CR-PTE



Confirm the property meets ownership and use requirements

  • Ownership by one of the following:
    • An organization with 501(c)(2) or 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status
    • A public school district, college, or university
    • A private academy, college, university, or seminary of learning
    • A church or house of worship
    • The State of Minnesota or one of its political subdivisions 
  • Owner has a lease contract for at least 12 consecutive months that:
    • Gives the school exclusive right to use the property, or
    • Shared use with the property owner
  • The charter school uses the property for at least one of the following services:
    • Direct K12 instruction
    • Special education for disabled children
    • Administrative services directly related to the educational program at the site



Attach required documents

  • The property owner's:
    • 501(c)(3) determination letter, or
    • Proof of exempt status as one of the ownership organizations listed above
  • A copy of the lease between the charter school and the ownership entity.
  • Documents from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) indicating:
    • The charter school's authorizer
    • The school is approved to provide public education
    • The grade levels it serves

Contact us

Property Tax Exemption

Assessing Department


Minneapolis Assessing Department
350 Fifth St. S., Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1323

Office hours

8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday

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