Property Tax Information

Property owners in Kimberley are required to pay taxes based on the value of their property.

Property taxes are levied and collected by the City of Kimberley. View the Tax Rates Bylaw here. Please note, that City Council adopts the tax rates bylaw in May of each year. The City is also responsible for the collection of taxes for the Province (school taxes), Regional District, Hospital District, BC Assessment and Municipal Finance Authority although it has no control over the amount of taxes collected for these other agencies and it retains none of these funds for its own use.

Tax notices

Tax notices advising property owners of the amount of tax payable are typically mailed to registered property owners before the end of May each year.  If you have not received your tax notice by mid-June, please contact City Hall at 250-427-5311 or info@kimberley.ca.

Payments

The Due Date for payment of your 2021 property taxes is Friday, July 2nd at 4:45 p.m.

Online payment of your property taxes through your financial institution is strongly encouraged to help maintain the physical distancing recommendations associated with COVID-19. If you aren’t able to pay online, financial institutions also offer the option of paying by phone.  Please contact your branch for details. 

The next best option to online or phone payments is to mail a cheque to City Hall at 340 Spokane Street, Kimberley BC, V1A 2E8. Cheques post dated to the July 2, 2021 Due Date will be accepted. You can also drop a cheque in the mail slot to the right of the front door at City Hall anytime, day or night.

You can also pay using debit or credit card through, Paytm. Please note that Paytm Canada charges a 2.5% convenience fee at the time of payment for use of their service. All of the fees collected go directly to Paytm with the City retaining only the Property Tax. 

If online payments or any of the other alternatives noted above are not an option for you, payments can be made in person at your financial institution or at City Hall.  Please note that business hours may be modified due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  For City Hall hours check www.kimberley.ca or call 250-427-5311.

Regardless of the payment method, the date and time that the funds arrive at City Hall is considered as the date of payment. Please allow time for mailing and for internet or phone payments to arrive at City Hall by the Due Date of Friday, July 2nd at 4:45 pm.

HOME OWNER GRANTS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED AT CITY HALL. Please visit the PROVINCE of BC website for eligibility and to apply. 

Property Tax Payment Plan

The City of Kimberley offers a convenient tax prepayment plan for those accounts with a zero balance. The City will automatically debit your bank account for 10 months on the first day of the month – August 1st to May 1st. Payment amounts are estimated each year so that 90% of your taxes will be prepaid before the tax notices are mailed out.

The City will pay interest on the prepayments and apply it against your tax account, if applicable.  The interest rate is 3% below the prime interest rate. To apply for the property tax payment plan, you must fill in a Tax Prepayment Plan Authorization Form and supply a voided cheque to the City of Kimberley.  

Penalties on Unpaid Property Tax and Unclaimed Home Owner Grants

A 10% penalty will be applied to property taxes not paid and Home Owner Grants not claimed by the July 2nd, 2021 due date. 

 

Interest on Property Taxes

Arrears property taxes relate to amounts owing from 2020 which are charged daily interest at a rate prescribed by the Province of BC. This rate is updated quarterly.

Delinquent property taxes relate to amounts owing from 2019 which are charged daily interest at a rate prescribed by the Province of BC. This rate is updated quarterly.

Home Owner Grant

The Province of BC offers a Home Owner Grant of $770 for home owners who are under 65 and up to $1,045 for home owners who are 65 and older or have a qualifying disability. To qualify for a Home Owner Grant:

  • You must be a permanent resident of British Columbia;
  • You must be an owner or the spouse/relative of a deceased owner of the property;
  • The property must be your principal residence; and
  • You must not have applied for a Home Owner Grant for any other property you own.

Starting in 2021, the Province has changed the application process such that homeowners will no longer be able to apply for their Home Owner Grant through City Hall.  Everyone is required to apply directly to the Province using their online system. The Province has advised that the new system is available now.

Although the application process has changed, program details and eligibility requirements have not. The Province’s new system will help to ensure that homeowners receive their full grant entitlement, including the additional grant for seniors or persons with a disability. It will also help process applications faster and reduce fraudulent applications.

For more information about the Home Owner Grant and to apply, please visit www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant

Property Tax Deferment

Home owners can apply to have the Province pay their property taxes through their low interest loan program. To be eligible, home owners must qualify under one of the following Province of BC Programs

1. Regular Property Tax Deferment Program:

a) Owners age 55 or older in the current year;
b) A surviving spouse of any age, or
c) A person with disabilities

2. Families with Children Tax Deferment Program

The City is not permitted to accept applications. Applications can only be submitted to the Province of BC. To apply or to get more information about property tax deferment, call 1-800-663-7867, go to  https://www.gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment, or visit a Service BC center.

Tax Sale

Under section 403 (1) of the Local Government Act, the City must hold a tax sale at 10:00 a.m. on the last Monday of September each year.

Properties required by Provincial legislation to be auctioned by the Collector at the tax sale are those with delinquent taxes (unpaid amounts from 2019) outstanding as of the date and time of tax sale. To avoid going to tax sale, owners must pay the delinquent amount of taxes outstanding prior to 10:00 a.m. on the last Monday of September.

Purchase Tax Certificates Online

Our tax certificates are conveniently available to purchase online through:

  • BC ONLINE: If you are already a customer of BC Online , login and select tax certificates online from the main menu. For more infomation about BC Online or to become a customer, visit www.bconline.gov.bc.ca
  • APIC: If you prefer to pay for the Tax Certificate by credit card, please visit www.apicanada.com to open an account and order your Tax Certificate.