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Property taxes collected by the City of Wilmington are an important ingredient in the City’s annual revenue collection process. Property taxes, when combined with wage tax and other fees and sources of revenue, help to fund basic City services such as Police, Fire, Public Works, Emergency Management, Parks and Recreation, Licenses and Inspections.

Wilmington’s current FY 2019 property tax rate is $1.995 per $100 of the assessed value of a property.

Property taxes average approximately 26% of the City's total General Fund revenue or about $42.6 million for Fiscal Year 2019, which began on July 1, 2018 and ends on June 30, 2019.

Citizen Self Service

View Your City Water/Sewer, Property Tax, and Permit Bills Online

The City of Wilmington is pleased to provide citizens an easy way to access your City utility, tax, and permit bill information.

  • Real Estate Property Tax
  • City quarterly water, sewer or storm water bills
  • Licenses and Inspections property maintenance, vacant property, and instant ticket bills
  • Public Works permits
  • License and Inspection permits
  • Fire permits

Go to Citizen Self Service

If the parcel is going to settlement or you wish to payoff an outstanding balance, please contact the Customer Service Unit at (302) 571-4320 for the most current charges.

Property Tax Exemptions

Effective July 1, 2019, only new applicants need apply. Applicants up for renewal will be notified by letter with information about their exemption.

Citizens Over 65 Years of Age and/or Disabled

The City provides a property tax exemption up to $715.64 per year to homeowners aged 65 and over who qualify based on income. If you qualify, you also receive a discount on your water and sewer bills. Applications must be filed on or before April 30th.

To qualify for a property tax exemption, you must meet all of the following
requirements:

  1. be an owner or part owner of the property;
  2. be at least 65 years old before the beginning of the tax year on July 1;
  3. make a maximum income of $19,000 for married couples, or $15,000 for single persons, excluding social security and railroad retirement tier 1;
  4. be up to date on your tax bills and water/sewer bills.

Non-profit Organizations

The City provides a real estate tax exemption for all non-profit organizations. Applications must be filed on or before April 30th.

Non-profit organizations that may be eligible for tax exemption are as follows:

  • State, Local, and Federal Governments
  • Religious Organizations
  • Literary/Private Schools
  • Exclusively Charitable Organizations
  • Licensed Not-for-Profit Day Care Centers
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations (operating primarily for Arts or Cultural purposes)
  • Hospitals
  • Not-for-Profit Nursing Homes
  • Qualifying Senior Citizen Organizations
  • Homes for Special Services
  • Homes for the Aged

Abatements

  • Property Tax Incentive Exemption Program Application
    The application is currently being updated. Please call the Finance Department's Customer Service Call Center at (302) 576-2620 should you have any questions regarding this application or the program.