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
- Property Tax Payment Plan
- Penalties on Unpaid Property Tax and Unclaimed Home Owner Grants
- Interest on Property Taxes
- Home Owner Grant
- Property Tax Deferment
- Tax sale
- What to do if you're out of town when Property Taxes are due
- View Your Property Tax Account Online
- Purchase Tax Certificates Online
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 email@example.com.
The Due Date for payment of your 2020 property taxes is Thursday, 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 (and your completed Home Owner Grant application, if applicable) to City Hall at 340 Spokane Street, Kimberley BC, V1A 2E8. Cheques post dated to the July 2, 2020 Due Date will be accepted. You can also drop a cheque (and your completed Home Owner Grant application, if applicable) in the mail slot to the right of the front door at City Hall anytime, day or night.
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 Thursday, July 2nd at 4:45 pm.
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.
Residential (Class 1) and Utility (Class 2) Properties
In an effort to provide some financial relief to those impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic, the 10% penalty on unpaid taxes has been split as follows:
- 5% penalty will be applied to unpaid 2020 taxes and unclaimed Home Owner Grants on July 3rd, 2020
- 5% penalty will be applied to any remaining unpaid 2020 taxes and unclaimed Home Owner Grants on September 2nd, 2020
Light Industry (Class 5), Business (Class 6), and Recreation (Class 8) Properties
As part of their COVID-19 Action Plan, the Province of BC has established the following penalty date for these property classifications:
- 10% penalty will be applied to unpaid 2020 taxes on October 1st, 2020
Arrears 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.
Delinquent property taxes relate to amounts owing from 2018 which are charged daily interest at a rate prescribed by the Province of BC. This rate is updated quarterly.
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 will now be required to apply directly to the Province using their soon to be released online system. The Province has advised that the new system will be available in early 2021.
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.
IMPORTANT: Early applications are not being accepted by the Province at this time. To be notified when the system goes live, subscribe to their What's New in BC Property Taxes page.
For more information about the Home Owner Grant please visit www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant.
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.
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 2018) 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.
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.