Property Taxes 101

Property Taxes 101

Property taxes due first week of July

Homeowners and businesses received their annual property tax notice in June. Property taxes are due the first or second business day in July, depending on the municipality. 

No property tax notice?

Property owners who didn’t receive a tax notice should contact their municipal finance department to get a duplicate notice. It’s the property owner’s responsibility to ensure a municipality has the correct mailing address.

New property owners who didn’t receive a tax notice, or received a tax notice with the previous owners’ name(s) on it, should:

Property taxes must be paid and the Home Owner Grant claimed by the due date to avoid late penalties.

The BC Home Owner Grant Program helps reduce residential property taxes for Canadian citizens and landed immigrants who are permanent residents and whose home is their principal residence.

Pay property taxes

Check the due date on your tax notice, complete the Home Owner Grant application, and then pay by: 

  • mail (must be received by the due date);
  • at a financial institution;
  • at city hall in person or use the city hall drop box;
  • through a mortgage;
  • by installments through the municipality; or
  • by using the municipality’s own online payment system, if available.

Each municipality may have several ways to pay.

Deferring taxes

Property owners may be eligible to defer taxes under the BC Property Tax Deferment Program, a low-interest loan program that lets qualifying property owners defer part, or all, of their property taxes on their principal residence.

Visit the BC Ministry of Finance property tax deferment website for details.



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