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Permissive Tax Exemptions

On June 15, 2020, Council moved the following recommendations on Permissive Tax Exemptions for the 2021 Tax Year:

  1. That the requirement to submit a new permissive tax exemption application under Council Policy FIN 49 for all properties holding a permissive tax exemption for the 2020 taxation year be waived;
  2. That all current permissive tax exemption grant recipients submit a renewal form and financial information for the 2021 taxation year by August 15, 2020; and
  3. That the District return to a new application requirement for all properties for the 2022 taxation year.

The Permissive Tax Exemption annual report forms for the 2021 tax year are due by the new due date of August 15, 2020.

The Annual Report Forms can be found here:  Permissive Tax Exemption Annual Report Form

Municipalities in British Columbia may exempt certain properties from property taxes by passing a bylaw in accordance with Division 7 – Permissive Exemptions of the Community Charter.

A permissive tax exemption is a means for Council to support organizations within the community which further Council’s objectives of enhancing quality of life (economic, social, cultural) and delivering services economically. District Policy FIN.49 guides identification of organizations meeting Council’s objectives.

There is no obligation for Council to grant a permissive tax exemption.

The following are some examples of types of properties which may be exempted:

  • Properties owned or held by charitable, philanthropic or other not-for-profit corporations
  • Properties owned or held by municipalities, regional cities or other local authorities
  • Properties owned or held by athletic or service clubs or associations and used as public parks or recreations grounds, or for public athletic or recreational purposes
  • Properties operated as a licensed community care facility or registered assisted living residence
  • Properties providing municipal services under partnering agreements
  • Lands held for Cemetery purposes
  • Specified properties which are part of a revitalization area

All applications must be submitted to the Corporate Services Department using the prescribed application form (see below), on or before August 15 in order to be considered for a tax exemption for the following year.

FULL DETAILS of the eligibility requirements and application procedures can be found here: Policy FIN.49 – Permissive Tax Exemptions

The Annual Report Forms can be found here:  Permissive Tax Exemption Annual Report Form

Annual Report Forms and copies of the guiding policy can also be obtained from the Corporate Services Department, Municipal Hall, 8645 Stave Lake Street, Mission, BC, telephone (604) 820-3700.