Property taxes are due on Tuesday, July 2, 2013. A penalty of 10% will be applied to outstanding current year taxes as of the close of business on July 2, 2013.
If you're coming to City Hall to pay your taxes this year, please note we're under renovation. Avoid the dust and line-ups by choosing one of the many easy ways to pay, including online and by mail. During construction, access to City Hall for property taxes is limited to the Centennial Square and Pandora Avenue entrances only. There is no access off of Douglas Street.
2013 Property Tax Highlights
Council has limited the overall tax increase to 3.25% each year from 2013-2015. Tax increases within specific property classes, such as residential, business and industry may differ.
For 2013, the overall tax increase to the residential class is 3.96%. Residents with above average assessment increases will experience tax increases that exceed 3.96%.
For 2013, the average residential property in Victoria declined in value by 2.76%. If your assessment did not decline by this amount your property tax will increase by greater than 3.96%.
Online Property Tax Services
- Access property tax account information online - MyCity Login
- Property tax account information inquiry page
- Claim your home owner grant electronically
- Bill payment with online banking
- Purchase tax certificates through BC Online's Tax Certificate service
Payment Options For Property Taxes
Preauthorized Payment Program
Thinking ahead to next year's taxes, you may wish to enroll in the monthly, automatic pre-payment program. This program allows you to pay on a monthly basis instead of one lump sum - making budgeting easier and helping you avoid the risk of a 10% penalty. For 10 months, on the first day of the month, a fixed amount is automatically debited from your bank account. Once taxes have been determined the remaining balance will be debited on the due date in July.
Most banks and credit unions accept property tax payments. When paying through your bank, you will need to quote the "folio number", located on the top left of your statement. Note: Not all financial agencies will accept your home owner grant application. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have filled out your application correctly. Bank employees are not able to confirm correct completion of your application form.
Property owners are reminded that payment must be received at Victoria City Hall by July 2, 2013 or mailed within Canada with a legible postmark dated June 21, 2013 or prior, to avoid penalty. Cheques should be made payable to the City of Victoria in Canadian funds.
City Hall's Public Service Centre is open Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cash, cheque and interact are accepted. Cheques are accepted in person at the Public Service Centre. Credit cards are not accepted for property tax payments but interact is available.
After Hours Drop-off
A drop box is available for non-cash payments. It is conveniently located at the Pandora Avenue entrance of City Hall.
Your mortgage company name will show on your tax notice and they will receive your tax information directly from the City of Victoria. Property owners eligible for the Home Owner Grant must complete the grant application each year. The Home Owner Grant can be claimed electronically at the City's website, by mail, or in person at City Hall.
Property Tax Information
Each year, BC Assessment produces independent property assessments for all property owners in the province. Property owners receive a Property Assessment notice each year in December from BC Assessment and have until January 31 to appeal that assessment. BC Assessment provides assessed values to the City of Victoria and other government agencies as the basis for calculating property taxes each year.
Provincial Home Owner Grant
Property owners who are Canadian Citizens or permanent residents who ordinarily reside in British Columbia and occupy a property as their principal residence may be eligible for a Provincial Home Owner Grant. The applicable grant amount has already been applied to the amount owing on your tax notice. Columns B and C on the tax notice reflect the two possible grant categories available. The Home Owner Grant application should be returned to City Hall or claimed online as soon as possible. It is not necessary to make your tax payment in order to claim the grant. Penalty charges apply to Home Owner Grant amounts unclaimed by the property tax deadline. To claim the grant online, please click here.
You will require the folio number and access code noted on the top left corner of the property tax notice. If you claim online, DO NOT send in the paper application form. If you are not eligible for the home owner grant, DO NOT complete the application form on the bottom of the notice. To find out more about the home owner grant program go to the Ministry of Finance website.
Property Tax Inquiry & Tax Certificate Faxback Service
The City of Victoria is pleased to announce an information system available for municipal properties on our website. The information available includes current year and prior year assessments, legal descriptions and tax levy information. To access this information, click here.
Tax Certificates: You can now obtain our Tax Certificates through BC OnLine. If you are already a customer of BC OnLine, log on to their web site at www.bconline.gov.bc.ca and select Tax Certificates Online from the main menu.
For information about BC OnLine, or to become a customer, see their web site or call them at 250.953.8250.
Property taxation is the most important single source of municipal revenue. The amount of money that is to be raised through property taxes, and a portion of the tax rate, is set by Council each year. The tax rate together with the assessed value of the property determines the amount of property tax payable each year. Tax rates are expressed in "dollars per thousand". A rate of $10 per thousand means that the property owner would pay $10 for every $1,000 of assessed value.
The value of a property for tax purposes is determined by BC Assessment, independent of the municipality.
The municipality acts as the collection agency for school taxes. School taxes are paid to the Provincial Government.
Other Agencies on Your Tax Notice
Several public agencies affect the property tax rate and the amount of property tax collected by the City of Victoria each year. The municipality does not have control over the tax rates set by other agencies for which we collect taxes on behalf of. More information on these agencies is available through their websites:
If you would like to submit an address change for your property tax account or have any inquiries about your property taxes please send your request to either of the following:
Tax Sale for Delinquent Property Taxes
Properties with delinquent taxes (three years of taxes owing) will go to public auction if the delinquent taxes remain unpaid. The Tax Sale [PDF - 11 KB] is held on the last Monday of every September.
Property Tax Deferment Programs
Programs are available for (1) Families with Children, and (2) Age 55 and over, Surviving Spouse or Person with a Disability. Contact the City of Victoria tax office for further information or click here. Please submit all new deferment or renewal applications together with your home owner grant application directly to the City of Victoria before the tax due date to avoid penalty charges.
Property Tax Exemption
Under the Community Charter, Section 224, Council may choose to grant property tax exemption to non-profit organizations. The application process begins in April and the bylaw is passed by October 31 of each year. The organizations approved for exemption by Council will receive an exemption for the following year only and must reapply annually.
The Permissive Property Tax Exemption Policy [PDF - 18 KB] adopted in September 2004 is available for further information.
Heritage Tax Exemption
The City of Victoria is pleased to offer a Tax Incentive Program (TIP) to eligible owners of downtown Heritage Designated buildings to offset seismic upgrading costs for the purpose of residential conversion of existing upper storeys.Go to Top