The Tax Clerk enacts the Property Tax Bylaw and regulates property tax rates from Council for the annual tax billing.
Tax notices were sent out on May 12, 2022, and property taxes are due on July 4, 2022 and any property tax payments not received by midnight on July 4th will incur a 10% penalty.
Click the button below to view the 2022 Tax Brochure:
Payments can be made:
- through online banking – using your Roll number as your account number
- by credit card (2% fee added)
- pre-authorized payments
- at the bank
- or stop by City Hall in person
Please allow 3-5 business days for payments to be processed and plan accordingly.
Please note: The Online Property Tax Calculator includes 2022 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the eSend Application.
Home Owner Grants: Changes for 2022
As of May 2021, you can now apply for your home owner grant online with the Province.
- Municipalities are NO longer accepting applications. Program eligibility is unchanged.
- Home Owners must apply each year. Only one registered owner, who qualifies, is to apply.
- To apply online, visit gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant.
- To apply by phone, call toll free 1-888-355-2700
- When you apply:
- You will need your Social Insurance Number
- You must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
- You must live in BC
- You must occupy the residence as your principal residence
- In order to avoid penalties and interest, apply before the tax due date.
- 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.
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Property Tax Deferment Program
This is a Provincial Government program that allows the deferral of property taxes on your primary residence. You may qualify to defer your taxes on your principal residence for the current tax year, if you are:
- 55 years or older, a surviving spouse, or a person with disability, or
- Financially support a dependent child with disability or is under the age of 18
You must apply online through the Province, not via the City of Dawson Creek. Visit gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment. If you currently defer your property taxes, please refer to your Annual Statement of Account to verify you have selected the automated renewal option or not.
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 0.70%, 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 $10.65 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 was held on September 27, 2021 in Council Chambers at 10:00 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.