The due date for property taxes is July 2, 2020, and we ask those who can pay on time to please do so. To assist those facing financial hardship, Council has extended the penalty dates for property tax payments.
How to pay
For the safety of the public and our staff, please avoid in-person payments. There are several payment methods available:
|Through your bank|
Contact your financial institution for their rules for paying bills in person. Or pay online, log into your bank account and search for "Central Saanich Tax" payee to make your online banking payment. The account number is your nine digit folio number (no decimal).
|Through your mortgage company||Contact your financial institution to set this up.|
Mail your cheque and the bottom portion of your tax notice to: The District of Central Saanich
|Drop Box||There’s a secure slot at the entrance of the Municipal Hall. The slot is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.|
If you usually come to the Municipal Hall to pay your taxes in person, you are encouraged to make arrangements for an alternate payment method. If you need to pay at the Hall, we will be open as of June 1 for those who need to make in-person payments.
Starting May 1, 2020, residential property owners must apply for property tax deferment or renewal on their principal residence online, quickly and easily. Learn more about online applications at gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment. If you do not have computer access please call 1.888.355.2700 and government agents will assist you.
Home Owner Grant
The Home Owner Grant program is delivered by the Province of BC; their site offers details about amounts, eligibility, and more. As of 2021, Home Owner Grants must be claimed online.
Council has extended the penalty dates for property tax payments. The due date for property taxes is July 2, 2020, and we ask those who can pay on time to please do so.
The period to pay without a penalty has been extended to:
- Residential, utility and farm property owners have until July 31, 2020, to pay without a penalty; a 3% penalty will be applied after that and an additional 7% penalty after September 30, 2020.
- Business, industrial, and recreational property owners have until September 30, 2020, after which there is a 10% penalty
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.
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 on the Provincial Government website. Documentary evidence for proof of residency may be requested. Retroactive applications are applicable for the preceding year only.