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Property Tax and Home Owner Grant Inquiries • Phone: 604-820-3717
Utility Invoice Inquiries • Phone: 604-820-3718

2019 Property Taxes

On January 1, 2020 all outstanding 2019 property taxes will be moved to arrears and an interest charge of 6.95% will incur.  Arrears taxes (2018 outstanding) will be moved to delinquent and if these property taxes (plus any delinquent interest) are not paid by Friday, September 25, 2020, the property will go for Tax Sale on Monday, September 28, 2020.

2020 Property Taxes

  • Anticipated Mailing Date is:    May 22, 2020
  • Due Date:  Thursday, July 2, 2020
  • Penalties:   A 10% penalty will be added to any current balances outstanding (including unclaimed home owner grants) after July 2, 2020.

Find out how property assessments work by watching this short video from BC Assessment.

See how your property taxes are calculated based on your property’s assessment value by watching these two short videos:

  • The City of Richmond video provides a simplified explanation of the relationship between your assessment value and your property taxes.
  • The City of Vernon video explains how your property taxes are put to work.

To learn more about assessment / taxation, visit BC Assessment’s video page.

Property owners are responsible for payment of their annual property taxes by the due date to avoid penalty, whether or not they receive a property tax notice.  Contact the Finance Department if you have not received your property tax notice by the second week in June.

The Municipality has no authority to either waive or modify these penalty amounts.  It is a requirement of the Local Government Act that these penalties be added. Click here for the provincial government site for more information.

Home Owner Grants

Starting the end of May, you will be able to claim your 2020 Home Owner Grant online.

2019 Home Owner Grants are NO longer able to be claimed online.

2019 Home Owner Grants may only be claimed using a Retro Home Owner Grant Form.  Find out more information.

The Home Owner Grant is a provincial government program designed to assist home owners by reducing their school taxes payable on their principle residence. For additional information on the Home Owner Grant visit the Province’s website.

Avoid the Line-ups!

During the last week before taxes are due (July 2nd) there are typically long line-ups at the Municipal Hall of people coming in to pay their taxes. Avoid the line-ups by claiming your home owner grant online, paying your property taxes using your financial institution’s online banking or telephone banking services.

Or alternatively, mail in a post-dated cheque (dated July 2, 2020), along with your completed home owner grant application prior to June 19, 2020.

Consider signing up for the District’s Pre-Authorized Debit Plan to prepay your property taxes.

The most flexible option for making prepayments (or payments) is setting up recurring bill payments through your financial institution’s telephone or online banking system.  You choose the frequency, the day of the month, and the amount.  (Your 9 digit roll number [no dashes] is your account number).

Are You a New Home Owner?

If you have purchased property in Mission or plan to purchase one in 2020, you need to be familiar with your property tax obligation as recorded in your Purchaser’s Statement of Adjustments (contact your Lawyer or Notary for details).

If the 2020 property tax notice (mailed out in late May) is in the name of the previous owner or you do not receive a copy of the notice by the second week in June, please visit Municipal Hall and bring your certified Land Title Registration Number (Form A – Freehold Transfer Form).  This form will verify ownership allowing you to claim the Home Owner Grant (if eligible).

Important Dates and Deadlines

January 31, 2020

  • Last day to appeal your 2020 Property Assessment.

July 2, 2020

  • Property Tax Payments due date to avoid a penalty
  • Home Owner Grant due date to avoid a penalty
  • Property Tax Deferment Applications due date
  • Last day to avoid the 10% penalty on 2020 property taxes and utilities owing

August 2020

  • Pre-authorized Debit Plan (PADP) deductions start for 2021 property taxes (August 2020 to May 2021) on the 15th of each month
  • Any changes (i.e. banking information or pre-authorized amount) must be received by the 5th of each month

August 31, 2020

  • Last day to have delinquent property taxes and interest paid to avoid property being reported in the newspaper

September 25, 2020

  • Last day to pay your delinquent property taxes and interest to avoid tax sale

September 28, 2020

  • Tax Sale Day (10:00 am in Council Chambers)

December 31, 2020

  • Last day to claim 2019 Retro Home Owner Grant
  • Last day to claim 2020 Home Owner Grant
  • Last day to pay current taxes before they become arrears and start to accrue interest
  • Last day to submit 2020 Property Tax Deferment Application