The Tax Clerk enacts the Property Tax Bylaw and regulates property tax rates from Council for the annual tax billing. At the Regular Meeting of Council on March 8, 2021, Council approved the upcoming changes to the 2021 Alternative Municipal Tax Collection Scheme:
“The due date remains July 2nd; however, penalties for late tax payments will be adjusted to split up and defer the standard 10% penalty issued for taxes unpaid as of July 2nd, as follows:
- 2% penalty for taxes unpaid as of August 1st, 2021;
- 2% penalty for taxes unpaid as of September 1st, 2021;
- 2% penalty for taxes unpaid as of October 1st, 2021;
- 2% penalty for taxes unpaid as of November 1st, 2021; and
- 2% penalty for taxes unpaid by December 1st, 2021.”
View the Tax Rate Bylaw 4504, 2021.
Payments can be made:
- through online banking – using your Roll number as your account number
- by credit card (2% fee added)
- at the bank
- or stop by City Hall
Please note: The Online Property Tax Calculator includes 2021 property tax rates.
Property Owners have the option to receive their property tax notices by email. If you would like to receive your property tax notice by email please contact us at email@example.com or complete the eSend Application.
Home Owner Grants: Changes for 2021
Starting May 2021, you will apply for your home owner grant online with the Province.
- Municipalities are NO longer accepting applications. Program eligibility is unchanged.
- In order to avoid penalties and interest, apply before the tax due date, starting May 2021.
- Learn more at gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant or phone 1-888-355-2700 to speak with a live agent.
- The Tax Department will automatically receive confirmation when you have applied for the Home Owner Grant through the Province.
Has Your Address Changed?
Notify our Tax Department:
Property Tax Deferment Program
This is a Provincial Government program that allows the deferral of property taxes on your primary residence. To qualify, you must be one of the following:
- 55 years or older,
- a family with children,
- or persons with disabilities.
For more information and to apply, please visit a Service BC Centre, call 1-888-355-2700, or visit the Government of BC Property Tax Deferment web page here.
If you are making payment by online banking for your property taxes you will have to add the City of Dawson Creek as a new payee (Dawson Creek City of – Taxes) and use your roll number as your account number dropping the decimal (ie. if your roll number is 001234.500 you will enter 001234500 as your account number).
NEW Credit Card Payment Option
The City of Dawson Creek will now accept Visa and MasterCard at City Hall with a convenience fee of 2%.
As of 2020, the City has changed banks, so be sure to update your account information online or at your bank.
Go to the online banking website:
- Set Up the Payee – DawCrkTaxBC.
- Choose the payee name—Dawson Creek Taxes BC.
- Enter the 9 digit Tax Roll # from your property tax notice with no spaces or decimals for account #.
- Allow 3-5 days for processing as payment must be received by the City of Dawson Creek’s bank before the penalty date.
Prepayment of taxes is recommended. With our pre-authorized payment option, a prepayment is made automatically on the first of each month and applied to your property taxes. Interest is paid on this prepayment on December 31st and April 30th of each year. Note: Interest is not paid from May 1st to July 3rd.
- Complete and sign the enrollment /authorization form PAP Form 2020.
- Attach your personal blank cheque marked “void.”
- Mail, deliver or email this form & void cheque to our office.
What is the benefit of prepaying property taxes?
- Earn Interest – Interest is updated quarterly.
- Currently, prepayment interest is 0.45%, compared to the majority of the bank savings accounts rates.
- The rate is based on the prime lending rate of the principal banker to the Province of British Columbia.
- Consistent Cash Flow – Paying on a monthly basis helps maintain a consistent cash flow and easy-to-maintain household budget.
- Non-locked-in Investment – The prepaid funds are also available to the owner at any time, as the funds are not locked in and can be accessed upon request.
Property Tax Certificates
The Property Tax Department supplies tax certificates to lawyers and notary public for a fee of $10.44 per certificate. Written request is required for out of town lawyers by email or fax and payment can be made by credit card or invoiced with the certificate.
If you have any questions please contact our Tax Department
(250.784.3608 or fax 250.782.3352).
Understanding Assessments and Property Taxes
Property tax is based on the assessment value of the property. BC Assessment has provided two helpful articles for learning more about the property tax equation and the relationship between property assessments and property taxes. Assessment notices are mailed out by BC Assessment the beginning of January. For more information on your assessment please visit http://bcassessment.ca/ .
Annual Tax Sale
Every year a tax sale is held on the last Monday in September. The 2021 Tax Sale will be held on September 27, 2021 in Council Chambers at 9:30 am. All taxes must be paid by December 31 of every year. Properties with delinquent taxes (3 years outstanding) are subject for sale. If not paid, the property will then accrue interest on a daily basis with rates assigned by the provincial government.
Tax Sale information for potential purchasers:
It is YOUR sole responsibility to verify any and all information to YOUR own satisfaction prior to any bid and determine the nature and scope of all risk related to any tax sales property. YOU acknowledge and agree that it is YOUR sole responsibility to conduct all legal, factual and other audits, enquiries, evaluations, inspections, and investigations of any tax sales property as YOU consider necessary prior to bidding on any property. Upon submitting a bid, YOU are deemed to have relied solely and entirely on YOUR own audits, enquiries, evaluations, inspections, and investigations of any tax sales property. YOU acknowledge that the City and the Tax Collector are not responsible for any loss, damage and or unresolved liens attached to the tax sales property.
Answers to Property Tax General Questions
Permissive Property Tax Exemption
Council will consider all applications for permissive tax exemptions for another three year exemption (2022 – 2024). All applications (existing and new) for a permissive tax exemption must be received by the Chief Financial Officer, using the prescribed application form, before June 18, 2021 by:
10105 – 12A Street
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G4
P.O. Box 150
Dawson Creek, BC V1G 4G4.