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Property Taxes

Property Taxes are due Monday, July 4, 2022. 

Property Tax Notices are mailed in May of each year with payment due the first business day following July 1st.

The deadline to apply for the provincial Home Owner Grant coincides with the due date for property taxes. As of 2021, eligible property owners must apply to claim their grant directly with the province. 

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Pay your property taxes and apply for the Home Owner Grant before the first business day in July every year to avoid a penalty. We recommend paying through your bank or signing up for monthly prepayments to take the stress out of taxes.

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The Provincial Home Owner Grant program helps to reduce the amount of residential property taxes that homeowners pay on their primary residence.

If you qualify for the Home Owner Grant (HOG), you must apply each year to receive it. Only one qualifying owner can claim a grant for a property each year.

To claim your Home Owner Grant visit the Government of B.C. website.

You will require the following information to apply:

  • Three-Digit Jurisdiction Number (348)
  • Eight-Digit Roll Number (XXXXX.XX)
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Insurance Number
Who is eligible to apply? 

The Province of BC sets out the qualifications for the home owner grant. If you are the registered owner of the property, a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, live in BC, and occupy the residence as your principal residence then you may qualify as a homeowner who is:

Who can apply on behalf of a registered owner?

Anyone with owner permission can apply on their behalf.

Forgot to claim last year's grant?

The home owner grant may be available retroactively if you qualified last year and didn't apply. 

For instructions on how to apply and a list of original documentation that you must provide, please visit the Retroactive Home Owner Grant section of the Province's website. 

What happens if I don't claim my Home Owner Grant?

To avoid penalties, owners are required to apply annually for the home owner grant prior to the property tax due date. The home owner grant is a form of payment and is subject to the property tax due date. Submit the grant even if you are not making a payment at that time, or your mortgage company pays your property taxes on your behalf.

Once you receive your property tax notice, you may be able to apply to the Province of BC for a low interest loan to pay the current year property taxes on your principal residence. There are two programs you may qualify for:

  • Regular Program - you may qualify for this program if you're:
    • 55 or older during the current year or
    • a surviving spouse of any age or
    • a person with disabilities

  • Families with Children Program - you may qualify for this program if you're a parent, stepparent or financially supporting a child.

You can apply to defer a portion or all of your residential (class 1) or residential and farm (class 1 and 9) property taxes after the home owner grant is deducted. If you qualify for the home owner grant, you must apply for it separately each year.

All penalties, interest, previous year property taxes, and local service taxes  (or utility user fees) must be paid to the municipal tax collector as these are not eligible for deferment.

If your application is approved, the province pays the current year unpaid property taxes on your behalf.

You must apply to renew your agreement each year if you want the province to continue to pay your property taxes on your behalf. The renewal process is not automatic.

The Permissive Tax Exemption is available for qualifying, Sicamous-based, registered non-profit organizations using property for municipal, recreational, religious, cultural or charitable purposes. 

For more information, please review the Permissive Tax Exemption Policy.

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Tax Sale Process

The following notes are intended to provide a general outline of the tax sale process. For more information about the annual sale of properties, prospective purchasers should consult the Local Government Act, in particular (but not limited to) Sections 645 to 672.

  • The District is required by the Local Government Act to sell at Tax Sale all properties whose taxes have not been paid for 3 years.
  • The Local Government Act gives the Collector authority to sell a property for the Upset Price which equals all outstanding taxes + penalties + interest + 5% tax sale costs + Land Title Office fees.
  • All property sales are "as is" without warrant or guarantee by the District of Sicamous.

For addition information see the BC Government's page on Municipal Property Tax Sale.

Advertising

  • The Local Government Act requires municipalities to advertise in a local paper not less than 3, or more than 10 days prior to the Tax Sale.
  • The legal description and street address must be published.
  • To avoid your property being listed in this ad in the newspaper, your delinquent taxes must be paid approximately 3 weeks prior to the Tax Sale date.

Tax Sale

  • A public auction will be held at 10am, on the last Monday in September each year in Council Chambers, District Office.
  • Bidding is accepted on all properties.
  • Prospective bidders are advised that it is their responsibility to search the title of the property in advance to determine if there are any charges registered against the property.
  • The minimum bid is the amount of the Upset Price.
  • If no bidding takes place within 3 calls by the Collector (auctioneer), the District is declared the purchaser at the Upset Price.

Purchasing a Property

  • The successful bidder is required to have their social insurance number or business number, as well as their corporate seal if required.
  • Payment is to be in the form of cash or certified cheque for at least the upset price amount at the close of the Tax Sale.
  • The balance owing must be received by 12:00 pm on the day of the Tax Sale.
  • If full payment is not received by 12:00 pm on the day of the Tax Sale, the Collector again offers the property for sale.

Notifying Charge Holders

The Collector is required by law to search all property titles and within 90 days after Tax Sale notify all registered charge holders shown on each property.

Redemption

  • The original owner has one year after the property is sold at Tax Sale to pay the taxes and buy back their property. This is called redemption.
  • All registered charge holders have full right to redeem the property.
  • To redeem the property, the charge holder must remit the full upset price, plus interest on the purchase price at a rate set by the Province, within one year of the Tax Sale.
  • If the property has been sold at Tax Sale and the District has been declared the purchaser, 50% of the upset price, plus interest may be paid as an installment thus extending the redemption period by 11 months and 21 days. This applies only to property having improvements.
  • As soon as the property is redeemed, the Collector will refund to the Tax Sale purchaser the purchase price, plus interest to the date of redemption.

Rights During Redemption Period

For information regarding rights during redemption period, please see the Local Government Act - Section 665.

Property Not Redeemed

  • If the property is not redeemed during the one year period, the Collector registers the new owner at the Land Titles Office in Victoria, thus cancelling all previous registered charges, except for those matters set out in Section 276(1) (c) to (g) of the Land Title Act and any lien of the Crown, an improvement district or a local district.
  • The new owners are required to pay the property sales tax to the Provincial Sales Tax Administrator after application has been made to register in the Land Titles Office.

The property tax calculator provides a property tax estimate based on your BC Assessment Notice. Please note that the current tax rates are from 2021. 

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Contact the District Finance Department

Phone:  250-836-2477
Email: finance@sicamous.ca

The District office at Municipal Hall (446 Main St) is open Monday to Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. excluding Statutory Holidays.

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