Property Tax & Home Owner Grant
Property taxes were due July 3, 2018
We mailed each property owner a tax notice near the end of May; if you have not received your tax notice, please contact us at 250.544.4206.
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You can pay at Central Saanich Municipal Hall, located at 1903 Mt. Newton Cross Road, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For your convenience, a drop box is available to drop off cheques 24 hours a day. The drop box is located within the first set of doors at the main entrance of Municipal Hall.
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You can mail a cheque payable to the District of Central Saanich (post-dated cheques for July 3, 2018, are acceptable).
District of Central Saanich
The BC Government offers a Property Tax Deferment Program to eligible taxpayers. Applications are available at Municipal Hall.
Home Owner Grant
The BC Government offers the Home Owner Grant program, which is designed to provide property tax relief to owner-occupiers. Their site offers current details about amounts, eligibility, and other information.
How to claim your Home Owner Grant
- Through our online system.
- In person or by mail. Simply fill out the Home Owner Grant at the bottom of your property tax notice and return to Municipal Hall by the deadline. For your convenience, a drop box is available to drop off Home Owner Grants 24 hours a day. The drop box is located within the first set of doors at the main entrance of Municipal Hall.
- The same deadlines apply to Home Owner Grant applications as property taxes.
- Late and incomplete Home Owner Grant applications will be charged a ten percent penalty.
If you miss the deadline to pay your property taxes, there will be a 10% penalty on the outstanding amount (mandated by Provincial Legislation) and interest will begin accumulating December 31, 2018 (the interest rate on taxes balances in arrears and delinquent is established by the Lieutenant Governor in Council).
Yes, BC Assessment assesses Farms lower than market value, resulting in lower taxes.
You are eligible to claim the additional grant in the calendar year you turn 65 years of age.
If you have the information of the new owner you should forward the tax notice to them. Alternatively you can return it to the Property Tax Department.
Starting in 2017 a taxpayer may give verbal or written permission to another individual to claim a grant on his/her behalf.
No, only the registered owner can claim a home owner grant if they are eligible. Only one grant can be claimed per year, even if you own multiple properties. If the child’s name appears on the title then they can claim the grant if they also meet the other eligibility criteria.
If you have not yet sold the property and are eligible for the grant, then you should apply for it. If you have already sold the property, and the new owner(s) live at the property, then the new owner(s) should apply for it, assuming that they have not claimed a grant for any other property in this calendar year. Attorneys for buyers and sellers of property normally adjust the purchase/sale price to account for the property taxes. If you are unable to see how the taxes were adjusted on your Statement of Adjustments, then you should contact the lawyer or realtor who closed your sale for further advisement.
Ask your lawyer if you are responsible for claiming the Home Owner Grant. If you are the new owner and you are to apply for the grant, submit the grant application to the Property Tax Department by the due date to avoid penalty.
The Provincial Government allows an extension of time in which to claim a grant for the prior year if you are the homeowner or eligible occupant and you meet all residency qualifications up to December 31 of that year. Retroactive grant application forms are available at the Property Tax Department. Documentary evidence for proof of residency may be requested. Retroactive applications are applicable for the preceding year only.