How are municipal property tax rates calculated?
In British Columbia municipal property tax rates are calculated based on the budgeted property tax revenues established by council during the annual budget process and assessment information provided by BC Assessment.
These factors establish the amount of municipal taxes paid per $1,000 of assessed value for each class of property.
What is the municipal portion of the property tax bill?
The municipal portion of your property tax bill includes municipal property taxes and utility charges that are controlled and set by the municipality.
Taxes levied by other government agencies are also included on your tax notice and are not controlled by the municipality. These agencies include the Municipal Finance Authority, BC Assessment, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Hospitals, and the Provincial Government (school tax).
Learn more about tax basics. Download the 2013 edition of Tax Talk – an informational brochure mailed to taxpayers each year with their tax notice.
Property taxes are due on the first business day of July.
- In 2013, the payment due date was July 2, 2013.
- In 2014, the payment due date will be July 2, 2014.
Municipal property tax payments can be made in person at the Municipal Hall, via personal banking, by mail, or by pre-authorized withdrawal.
The municipality can withdraw property taxes from any Canadian bank account.
Register for one of the Resort Municipality of Whistler’s pre-authorized payment plans.
- Sign up to have current taxes withdrawn annually on or after the first working day of July (the property tax due date). Complete the Pre-Authorized Withdrawal Annual Tax Payment Application.
- Alternatively, after your current taxes are paid in full, sign up to make monthly pre-payments on next year’s taxes. Complete the Pre-Authorized Withdrawal Monthly Tax Pre-Payment Application.
Cancel your enrollment in the pre-authorized withdrawal program. Complete the Pre-Authorized Withdrawal Cancellation Form
Make changes to your pre-authorized withdrawal account or amount. Complete the Pre-Authorized Withdrawal Account or Amount Change Form
Make adjustments to your existing pre-authorized withdrawal plan. Complete the Auto-Recalculation or Balance Withdrawal Form.
2013 tax notices were mailed out during the third week of May and the payment due date was July 2, 2013.
- A five per cent penalty was added to outstanding current taxes after the due date; and
- A further five per cent penalty was applied to unpaid taxes on October 1, 2013.
- Outstanding amounts that are not paid due to Home Owner Grants not being claimed are subject to the same penalties.
Taxes are collected by the Resort Municipality of Whistler on behalf of various jurisdictions.
The Resort Municipality of Whistler administers the Home Owner Grant program on behalf of the Province of B.C. The purpose of the homeowner grant is to help reduce the amount of residential property tax that citizens pay.
The grant is available to Canadian citizens or permanent residents, who live in British Columbia, and occupy their home as a principal residence.
Home Owner Grants must be claimed by the due date to avoid penalties.
- Home Owner Grant applications that are incomplete, unclaimed, or late may result in penalty charges.
- Home Owner Grants that are not claimed are considered equivalent to unpaid taxes.
Apply for your homeowner grant by:
- Completing the Home Owner Grant Application online. You will require your folio number and access code from your tax notice.
- Filling out and submitting the paper application at the bottom of your tax notice by the tax due date.
Failure of an intermediary such as a financial institution, Canada Post, or agent to remit the Home Owner Grant application on behalf of the owner is a private matter for resolution between the parties involved and is outside the municipality’s authority and responsibility.
Find information about the B.C. Home Owner Grant Program, including eligibility requirements.
Contact the Home Owner Grant Administration at 1-888-355-2700.
Tax deferment is a low interest loan program that assists qualified BC homeowners to pay their annual property taxes.
If you have recently moved please complete a change of address form.
Only registered owners are authorized to update mailing address records.
Resort Municipality of Whistler finance department
Provincial Home Owner Grant program – Find information about the program and eligibility requirements: www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/hog
BC Assessment – Find information about property values and assessments: www.bcassessment.ca