The City of Decatur offers seven homestead exemptions for which resident homeowners may qualify. These include general exemptions based on ownership and occupancy as well as exemptions based on age, income and disability. A complete list of exemptions and qualifications is shown in the chart below.

A homestead exemption reduces the taxable value of your home. For example, if your home is appraised at $200,000, then the assessed value is 50 percent of that amount, or $100,000. With a $20,000 homestead exemption, you only pay taxes on $80,000.

Homestead exemption applications are accepted year-round; however, to grant an exemption for the current tax year, we must receive your application no later than April 1. However, please note that although we can accept homestead exemptions until April 1, we encourage eligible homeowners to apply for any new exemptions prior to March 15 to ensure your exemption appears on your 1st installment tax bill.  Applications received after April 1 will be processed for the following tax year.

If you have previously applied for a homestead exemption, you do not need to re-apply. If you filed for a homestead exemption with DeKalb County, you must also apply with the City of Decatur. You must also apply if you now qualify for an exemption based on age or income for which you did not previously qualify.

If you reside at the property you own, you may apply for the general homestead exemption online. Applicants for all other exemptions based on age and/or income must apply in person at Decatur City Hall, 509 N. McDonough St., Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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What do Brush Sushi Izakaya, Kimball House, Billy Allin, Porchfest, Coco and Mischa, and Treehouse Kid & Craft all have in common?  All are winners in various categories for Atlanta Magazine‘s “Best of Atlanta” awards.


Here is a list of the winners and their categories:

Brush Sushi Izakaya – Yakitori

Kimball House – Oysters

Billy Allin – Restauranteur of the Year

Porchfest – Neighborhood Festival

Coco and Mischa – New Gift Boutique

Treehouse Kid & Craft – Kidstore


Click here to view the entire list of winners.

30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips on The Decatur Minute.


Add some flair to any festive affair! Boutique Karma offers tops, tunics, dresses, wraps, jackets, and more to add bold color and texture to any holiday party ensemble. Shop their selection of scarves, accessories, and jewelry to complete the look. You’ll find worldly stand-out pieces, comfy-cozy linen basics, and unexpected embroidery and patterns among their always-changing collection. Shop owners Raj and Jay have a knack for mixing and matching, and with top-quality customer service, it’s like shopping with your own personal stylist!

Boutique Karma’s narrow storefront on the pedestrian-only area of Sycamore Street opens up to a world of women’s fashion. Be sure to check them out. Then pop around the block to their (younger) sister store, Très Jolie!

Tip: On Terrific Thursdays (Dec. 1, 8, and 15) take 20 percent off of all full-priced merchandise.

Boutique Karma
145 Sycamore St.

Decatur Residents and Visitors –

There is a possibility of trees being blown down during the thunderstorms moving through our area in the next couple of days.

After a long period of drought, some tree roots are lost. As the ground becomes saturated by rain, the remaining roots are left in loosened soils. This makes the trees susceptible to being blown down by wind gusts.

For this reason, please use caution around mature trees. Do not park under trees if it can be avoided.

If you have any concerns about the condition of your trees, please contact a certified arborist for an inspection.

Kay Evanovich

Landscape Infrastructure Coordinator, City of Decatur

30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips on The Decatur Minute.


Need a little lift in your living room? Have a favorite piece that hasn’t seen the light of day because you can’t find the right frame? Get it up on the wall and start enjoying it every day with expert custom framing from Decatur Square Framing and Gallery! Bring in your artwork and let them work their magic. Or give the gift of artwork-come-to-life this holiday season. The proprietor’s intuitive eye for detail, texture, and scale makes any painting, print, or picture pop! They offer frames, mats, and other materials in a wide range of styles to pair with your piece and your home decor (or your mom’s – hint, hint).

Tip: Shop their rotating gallery for original paintings, prints, and sculptures, too!

Extra tip: A long-standing neighborhood favorite, Decatur Square Framing and Gallery is celebrating 15 years in business in Decatur! Save 15 percent on custom framing and all original artwork on Terrific Thursdays and with a coupon on the shop’s Facebook page.

Decatur Square Framing and Gallery
111 Clairemont Ave.

30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips on The Decatur Minute.


‘Tis the season… for a tattoo! Shaded Soul is getting in on the Terrific Thursdays fun with savings on tattoos and body piercings to make your season bright (or black and white). Their talented artists specialize in bold, colorful tattoos with vibrant shading and crisp line work. They take on any custom project in a variety of styles from classic Americana to delicate grayscale tinting and anything in between. Enjoy a private inking setting in their clean studio environment, up the stairs at 340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

Tip: On Terrific Thursdays, save $25 on tattoos costing $100 or more, and take $10 off any piercing. Now, that’s one unexpected holiday deal! They sell gift certificates, too. Just think… you could be the coolest aunt, dad, office secret Santa participant, or fill-in-the-blank-gift-giver EVER.

Extra tip: Convenient (and free) on-site parking at the back of the building.

Shaded Soul Tattoos
340 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips on The Decatur Minute.


Sick of turkey yet? Stuffed with stuffing? Burn it off with a sweat-tastic session at Pure Barre Decatur! Lift, tone, and shape your body in this uplifting boutique barre-method studio. They offer classes that sculpt muscles with targeted, tremble-inducing moves and kick-butt encouragement – all with a dose of sassy, work-it-girl attitude.

Shop Pure Barre’s boutique storefront for on-trend fitness gear, cute tanks and tees, loads of leggings, and the nubby socks you need to rock it in class. Find sweet S’well water bottles, modern athleisure wear, and motivation to get your rear in gear. Why wait ’til the new year!?

Tip: Check out a drop-in class – and by “check out” we mean “survive” – and earn the burn! During Terrific Thursdays drop-ins are $10, and you can take 10 percent off of most retail goodies, too.

Pure Barre Decatur
415 Church St.

30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips on The Decatur Minute.


Get officially festive at Vivid Boutique on West Ponce de Leon Avenue. They’ve got thoughtful gifts, unexpected stocking stuffers, and holiday decor galore. Seriously, this place is merry and bright! Find inspiration in their many multi-colored and themed trees, then get the goods to deck your own halls. Go for a look that’s elegant and understated – or one that’s hot pink!

Vivid Boutique gifts run the gamut from chic monogrammed stationery to sassy seasonal aprons. Home goods, gifts, jewelry, lotions and soaps, ornaments and decor items, even photo frames and wreaths are all hand-picked with charm and originality in mind.

Tip: This cheerful, colorful shop always offers something new – and there’s free street parking right out front.

Extra tip: Stop in on Terrific Thursdays for special sales, seasonal refreshments, and a jolt of the jolly holiday spirit!

Vivid Boutique
308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave.

30 Days of Shopping in Decatur this November: Jump-start your holiday spirit – and your holiday shopping – with local daily tips on The Decatur Minute.


You’ve shopped, chopped, baked, and basted, wined, dined, and had plenty of family time. Now take some time for yourself at Natural Body Spa in Decatur. This full-service spa – and fully stocked shop – offers the latest indulgences for skin and body. Their expert technicians and aestheticians provide top-quality facials, massages, wax and tinting treatments, skin therapies, mani-pedis, and more with the utmost care – and always in a serene, melt-your-cares-away setting.

Browse their bountiful storefront for boutique brands in skin care, hair care, and aromatherapy. Shop Bumble and Bumble, Jurlique, Naturopathics, and many more. Natural Body Spa even carries their own line of products with gentle, effective ingredients. Or blend your own! Their essential oils blending bar allows you to customize your own natural cosmetic and skin care treatments, and their expert staff helps you build just the right blend.

Tip: Terrific Thursdays sure are indulgent at Natural Body Spa! Enjoy 25 percent off of select merchandise and 15 percent off of 60+ minute spa treatments. Enter their raffle for a $200 value gift basket!

Natural Body Spa
225 E. Ponce de Leon Ave.