The City of Pitt Meadows takes pride in providing a high level of service to residents and businesses, and collects revenue from a combination of property taxes, fees and charges. The City has historically had some of the lowest combined tax and utility rates in the Lower Mainland.
To relieve the financial burden of COVID-19, the City is offering:
- COVID-19 Financial Relief Grant for homeowners. This optional one-time grant for residential taxpayers offers $150 for a single-family home or $100 for a multi-family home. The COVID-19 Financial Relief Grant will be automatically applied to every privately owned account with a Class 1 Residential designation. There is no need to apply for the grant. If you do not require the reduction in your property tax bill and wish to decline the one-time grant (i.e. you wish to pay the full amount of your residential property taxes without a $100 or $150 reduction), please send an email with the subject line “Waive Grant” to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your folio number and the access code from your Property Tax Notice.
- Extension of the late tax payment penalty date to October 1, 2020 for all property classes. A 10-per cent tax payment penalty will be applied to all taxes not paid by September 30, 2020. Learn more.
Property tax and Home Owner Grant due date: July 2, 2020
- Last day to pay taxes without 10% late payment penalty: September 30, 2020
- Late tax payment penalty date: October 1, 2020
Property Taxes are due on the first regular business day after Canada Day.
Property taxes and the Provincial Home Owner grants are due by July 2. Unpaid or unclaimed Home Owner Grants will incur penalty charges on October 1. If you are eligible for the Home Owner Grant, you must apply for it each year before the penalty date.
If you mail your Home Owner Grant application, it must be received before the October 1 penalty date.
Late Payment Penalty
The Province (Community Charter) requires municipalities to charge a late payment penalty.
This year, the Province announced that the late payment penalty date would be extended to October 1, 2020 for commercial properties. To help citizens, who may be experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 and to align with this provincial announcement, the City of Pitt Meadows has extended the late payment penalty date for all property classes to October 1, 2020.
Property tax notices are mailed at the end of May or early June. If you have not received yours, please contact the Finance Department by email: email@example.com. It is the responsibility of property owners to pay property taxes by the due date to avoid a late payment penalty, whether or not a bill is received.
A tax newsletter is included with the tax notice and includes information about how to pay, where your tax dollars go, and more.
Property Tax Payment
There are several convenient ways to pay your taxes including: online or in-person banking , via Canada Post or the City Hall Drop Box. Find more information about the City’s convenient property tax payment options.
Register For Online City Services
Access online City services at mypittmeadows.com
View your property tax and utility accounts, sign up for e-billing, apply for your Home Owner Grant, and access other services right from your own home. Use the Access Code provided on your tax notice to register for your online account at mypittmeadows.com.
The City remains heavily reliant on residential property taxation at 55.71% of total general property tax revenue. For 2020, approximately 44.29% is budgeted to come from non-residential assessment classes which make up only 20.09% of the total assessments.
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The distribution of general property tax revenue across different property classes is:
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A permissive tax exemption is a means for Council to support organizations within the community which further Council's objectives of enhancing quality of life (economic, social, cultural) and delivering services economically. Therefore, Council has adopted a policy to guide identification of organizations meeting these objectives.
See the Permissive Tax Exemptions Policy, C061, Section 5 for more information. The application form can be found at the end of the Policy document.
Have you recently changed your mailing address?
Do you own properties other than your principal residence?
If so, please complete BC Assessment's online Change of Address Notification form.
The City receives periodic updates of property owner's mailing addresses from BC Assessment and any changes may take several weeks to be reflected in the City's records.
The Regular City Council Meeting held on February 5th, 2019 included the following presentations:
The presentation materials from the meeting are available for viewing:
Property Taxes Explained by Cheryl Harding, Director of Financial Services
Presentation by BC Assessment by representative, Brian Smith
The full video recording of the meeting is available on the Council Meeting page; just click on the video link for the February 5, 2019 meeting.
Have more questions about property assessment and how it affects property tax rates?Check out this short video explanation:
Provincial Property-based Taxes Study Update (2017)
On April 29, 2016 the Board of Directors for the Metro Vancouver Regional District (MVRD) passed a motion requesting an update of a 1988 Metro Vancouver study entitled Real Property Taxation Issues in Greater Vancouver, focusing on Metro Vancouver's overall property tax burden and benefits relative to the rest of the province. Cascadia Strategy Consulting Partners Ltd. (Cascadia), an independent team of subject matter experts in public finance and economics, was requested to update the 1988 MVRD study, focusing specifically on the Home Owner Grant, Provincial School Property Tax, and Property Transfer Tax. This document outlines how each have been impacted by rising property values, resulting in increased Provincial tax burden within the region.
If you have any questions you are encouraged to contact:
Cheryl Harding, Director of Financial Services
Any property with unpaid taxes (deemed to include any penalty and interest charges and other property related charges) at the end of three years will be sold at the City's annual tax sale, as required by the Province via the Community Charter. The sale is held each year on the last Monday of September (or if this is a holiday, on the next Monday which is not a holiday), at 10:00am at City Hall located at 12007 Harris Road, Pitt Meadows, BC.
The list of properties that may be available for sale will be published in the local newspapers on two separate dates. The last publication being not less than 3 days or more than 10 days before the date of the tax sale. A final list of the properties still available for sale will be distributed at the time of the tax sale.
The sale is a public auction with the successful bid being the highest bid above the upset price. The upset price is the total of all outstanding taxes plus penalties, interest and costs. We require payment by cash, certified cheque or money order before 2:00 p.m. of the day of the tax sale. If these are not produced, the tax sale is re-opened and the property is sold again.
The owner of the property, or any registered charge holder, will be notified of the sale of the property for taxes. They have a period of 12 months to redeem the property by paying the outstanding taxes. Only at the end of the redemption period, if the property has not been redeemed will title pass to the successful bidder. If the property is redeemed, all of the amounts paid to the City by the successful bidder will be returned with interest at the rate prescribed under the Act.
The successful bidder has only limited legal rights to the property during the redemption period. The registered owner continues to have use and enjoyment of the property.
Also, the successful purchaser of tax sale property that results in transfer of title at the end of the redemption period will be required to pay any property purchase taxes and goods and services taxes which may apply to the sale.