Property Taxes are due July 2, 2020.
Paying Your Taxes
Remember to complete your Home Owner Grant by July 2, if eligible. Home Owner Grants left unclaimed are subject to penalty.
- Payments must be made payable to the District of Sechelt.
- Credit cards are not accepted.
- Acceptable payment methods include cheque, cash, Interac or Online and Tele-Banking.
- Debit cards may be subject to daily transaction limits by your financial institution.
- Send a Cheque via Mail. Cheques received up to and including the due date will be accepted without penalty. Please mail early as postmarks are not accepted. The remittance portion of your tax notice must accompany your payment. Remember to complete your Home Owner Grant, if eligible.
- Pay at Your Bank
Important Note: Some financial institutions no longer accept the paper remittance. In this case you must forward the Home Owner Grant application to our office or claim HOG online.
- Tele-Banking—Please contact your bank for details on how to use this service.
- Online Banking—Add “Sechelt” as a Payee, *use the Roll Number for the account number, all 11 digits with no decimals or spaces.
- 24-hour Drop Off
Drop your payment and grant application day or night in drop box at City Hall, located at Cowrie Street Entrance.
- Pay in Person at City Hall
Your taxes can be paid in person between 8:30am - 4:30pm at the Finance counter, located on the second floor of City Hall. City Hall will be closed July 1 for Canada Day.
- Pre-authorized Tax
For your convenience, the District offers a plan to make pre-authorized payments to cover next year's annual taxes. For more information or to apply online, visit our Pre-authorized Tax Payment page.
Home Owner Grant
The Home Owner Grant is a provincial government program designed to help homeowners reduce the property taxes of the home in which they reside. To determine eligibility, please refer to the Home Owner Grant information on the back of your property tax notice.
There are two categories of grants which may reduce your property tax amount:
- Regular grant of up to $770.00
- Additional grant of up to $1045.00 (65 or older/other)
Claim your Home Owner Grant Now!
You need your roll number and personal access code to access your account and apply for the
Once you have your roll number and personal access code, you are ready to use the District’s online Home Owner Grant application. Home Owner Grants must be claimed by the Tax Due Date July 2, 2020 to avoid penalty. You will not receive the grant if you fail to fully complete the application form either online or on the front portion of your tax notice.
See www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant for further information regarding Home Owner Grants
Property Tax Deferment Program
B.C. municipalities will no longer be responsible for accepting deferment applications. However, municipalities will continue to handle Home Owner Grants and Utility payments.
The property tax deferment program provides low-interest loans that allow qualifying B.C. homeowners to defer their property taxes until they sell or transfer ownership of their home. The taxes can be deferred for any year the homeowner lives in the home and meets the criteria for the program. The eligibility requirements for property tax deferment remain the same.
Property Tax Deferment for Families with Children
The property tax deferment program is available under the Families with Children (FC) Property Tax Deferment Program for eligible homeowners who are financially supporting a dependent child under the age of 18. For more information go to http://www.gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment
Property Tax Deferment for Seniors
The property tax deferment program is available under the Regular Property Tax Deferment Program for eligible homeowners who are 55 or older, a surviving spouse of any age or a person with disabilities. For more information go to http://www.gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment
Homeowners needing support to complete an application can phone 1 888 355-2700 (toll-free within Canada) or 250 387-0555 (outside Canada).
District of Sechelt Property Tax Office
City Hall Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm
Closed July 1, 2020 for Canada Day.
To help ensure you receive your Property Taxation Notice without delay, please make sure that the District has your correct mailing address. Please change your address if required, with BC Assessment Authority. If ownership of property changes you must provide documentation to the District Office.
Property owners are responsible for payment of their annual property taxes by the due date to avoid a penalty, whether or not they receive a Property Tax Notice.
If a property within the District of Sechelt has delinquent taxes owing against it, the District will begin proceedings to recover those costs through its annual tax sale. The tax sale is a public auction held each year on the last Monday of September. At the time of a tax sale a list of all properties for auction is available from the District. For more information regarding tax sale please refer to the Tax Sale page.
Parcel Tax Review Panel
Pursuant to the provisions of Section 204 of the Community Charter, the District of Sechelt will be holding a Review Panel in regard to parcel tax assessment rolls. There are three different parcel taxes that MAY be charged on a property:
- The Community Recreation parcel tax is levied and collected to meet the annual cost for the debt servicing of Regional District debt for the Community Recreation Facilities Service. (Bylaw 577).
- The Water parcel is levied and collected to fund capital expenditures relating to the Regional District’s water infrastructure. This parcel tax is calculated as a function of parcel size and is levied against all parcels within the Regional Water Service Area. (Bylaw 422).
- A parcel tax to assist with the cost of providing the service of sewage collection and disposal within the Sewer Specified Area for the District of Sechelt.
A person may make a complaint to the parcel tax roll review panel on one or more of the following grounds:
(a) there is an error or omission respecting a name or address on the parcel tax roll;
(b) there is an error or omission respecting the inclusion of a parcel;
(c) there is an error or omission respecting the taxable area or the taxable frontage of a parcel;
(d) an exemption has been improperly allowed or disallowed.
The parcel tax roll will be made available to the public for inspection commencing Monday, March 16, 2020, with notice that corrections will be accepted up to Monday, March 30, 2020. Information regarding requests for correction will be provided to the Parcel Tax Roll Review Panel on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 @ 2:00pm. A paper copy is available in reception at Municipal Hall and digital copy can be requested via email at the email address listed below.
NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 Virus the Municipal Hall will be closed to the public as of March 16, 2020 at 2:30pm. Therefore, all requests will have to be written requests sent to the email address above.