The due date for property taxes is July 4, 2023.
2023 property tax overview
There is a late payment penalty of 10% on outstanding taxes after July 4, 2023.
Tax deferment is a low interest loan program that helps qualified B.C. homeowners pay their annual property taxes on their principal residence. It is managed by the Province of BC. Learn more about online applications at gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment or by phoning 1.888.355.2700.
Home Owner Grant
Municipalities are no longer accepting applications. Program eligibility is unchanged, Homeowner grants must be claimed online through the Province of B.C. Please visit www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant or call 1-888-355-2700 for details about amounts, eligibility, and more.
A 10% penalty will be applied to any outstanding property taxes owing after July 4, 2023.
Property taxes can be reduced by claiming the home owner grant if eligible. The home owner grant is a form of payment, therefore until the grant is claimed it is considered outstanding taxes and subject to penalty.
Yes. It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay property taxes by the due date to avoid penalty, regardless of whether a notice was received.
No. Penalties are mandated by Provincial legislation and not discretionary.
The Community Charter Section 426 - Municipal Tax Regulations
Penalty for unpaid taxes
3 If all or part of the property taxes referred to in section 234 (1) [taxes collected under general tax collection scheme] of the Community Charter for a parcel of land and its improvements on the assessment roll remain unpaid after July 4 of the year those taxes are levied,
(a)the collector must add to the unpaid property taxes for the parcel and improvements for the current year a penalty equal to 10% of the portion that remains unpaid.
If taxes are not collected in a timely manner, the District may have to fund operations by short-term borrowing or by forgoing interest on any cash balances it holds. This impacts all taxpayers including those who paid their taxes on time. The enforcement of late payment penalty for taxes not paid by the July deadline ensures that any costs associated with interim financing can be offset by revenue from penalties collected from only those payers that did not pay on time.
The address on a title is where information about a property may be sent, such as assessment, property tax and speculation tax notices. Property owners are encouraged to ensure it is an address where they can receive mail. It does not have to be the address of the property.
BC property owners can update the mailing address on a land title online using the BC Services Card app. The option to mail or deliver an application in person by appointment at a Land Title Office is also available. To learn more or start an application, visit www.ltsa.ca/ChangeMailingAddress
Alternately, you can update your mailing address online using BC Assessment’s website: https://info.bcassessment.ca/Services-products/update-your-property-information
If you have the information of the new owner you should forward the tax notice to them. Alternatively you can return it to the Property Tax Department.
Yes, BC Assessment assesses Farms lower than market value, resulting in lower taxes.
Farm status classification is granted by BC Assessment. For further information and how to apply visit their site.