Temporary Disaster-Related Exemptions

Individuals and businesses who suffered property damage as a result of the 2021 winter storms may be eligible for a temporary exemption.

Tax Code Section 11.35 allows for a chief appraiser to determine if a property qualifies for a temporary exemption based on a damage assessment rating of Level I, II, III, or IV. The exemption applies only to qualified property, which includes improvements to real property, business personal property, and manufactured homes used as a dwelling. The amount of the exemption is determined by multiplying the property value, after applying the assessment rating, to a fraction comprised of the days remaining in the tax year after the governor has declared a disaster divided by 365.

The temporary exemption lasts until the property is reappraised.


Damage Assessment

Damage Description

Exemption Percentage


15% < 30%

Minimal, may continue to be used as intended



30% < 60%

Nonstructural damage and waterline <18″ above floor



60% < 100%

Significant structural damage and waterline 18″+ above floor




Total loss; repair is not feasible


Individuals who suffered property damage as a result of the 2021 winter storms can use our exemption estimate calculator for help understanding how this exemption may impact their property’s taxable value.

To apply for a temporary disaster-related exemption, property owners should complete the application form and return it to the Travis Central Appraisal District. Forms can be returned by mail (P.O. Box 149012, Austin, TX 78714-9012) or dropped off using the drop box in front of our office at 850 East Anderson Lane. Applications can also be submitted directly online.

The deadline to apply for a temporary exemption related to the 2021 winter storms is May 28, 2021.

Prefer to file by mail or office drop box? Click here to download the application form.