How to Apply

Submit the Not-For-Profit Organization's Tax Exemption Application. Be sure to read all instructions carefully and include all required documentation. Incomplete submissions will delay processing.

Required Documentation

  • Articles of incorporation (If you are leasing any part of the parcel to another not-for-profit, attach that organization's articles.)
  • Bylaws (If you are leasing any part of the parcel to a not-for-profit, attach that organization's bylaws.)
  • Deed, if the parcel is in Staten Island or not available in ACRIS
  • Certificate of Occupancy
  • If leasing, attach the lease
  • If the property is a parsonage, attach the certificate of ordination
  • If the property is unimproved (a vacant lot with no building, paving, etc.), and you intend to build a structure for your exempt purposes, you must show evidence of the contemplated use. This may include, but is not limited to:
    • Building plans prepared by an architect
    • Evidence of a building fund—a dedicated bank account for building purposes, not part of your organization’s other financial accounts/statements
    • Permits from the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB)
    • An affidavit from the board of directors committing to building or improving the lot indicated
    • A plan of work which has start and end dates
  • If the lot needs such alterations that it cannot be used now for your exempt purpose, you would be asked to submit some or all of the above.

Frequently Asked Questions