Important Information Regarding Office Changes due to COVID-19

Property Tax Notices have been mailed May 27 and May 28, 2020.  Electronic Tax Notices will be sent Thursday, May 28, 2020. If you have not received your Tax Notice by June 4, 2020 please contact us to have a notice reprinted.

For everyone’s health and to avoid long lines, please avoid paying in person. In person service will be limited. Starting June 1, 2020, come by in person between 10am and 3pm Monday to Friday.

Updated Penalty Dates for 2020:

For Residential Properties, payments not received by 4:30 on July 2, 2020 are subject to a 5% penalty. Payments not received by October 1, 2020 are subject to a further 5% penalty.

For Commercial Properties, payments not received by 4:30 on October 1, 2020 are subject to a 5% penalty. Payments not received by December 1, 2020 are subject to a further 5% penalty.

For property tax inquiries please call 604-885-1986 or email propertytax@sechelt.ca

Property Taxes and Utilities

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.


 Payment Information

  • 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
    See top of page for current hours during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • 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.

Families with Children Program

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

Regular Program

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).

Contact Info

District of Sechelt Property Tax Office
Email: propertytax@sechelt.ca

City Hall Office Hours
See top of page.
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.