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 Tax Notices are mailed out during the third week of May and are due each year on the first business day in July. While payment is made in the middle of the year, it covers the time period of January 1 to December 31 of the current year.
Any unpaid 2014 taxes will be subject to a five percent penalty levied after July 2, 2014 and a further five percent penalty levied after September 30, 2014.
To make payment of your property taxes as convenient as possible, the following options are available:
- In Person - The Resort Municipality of Whistler is located at 4325 Blackcomb Way. Payments can be made by cash, cheques (including post dated cheques to the due date) and by Interac (please ensure daily transaction limits allow for full payment of taxes due).
- Office hours: Monday to Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM
- After office hours: Drop your payments in the secure drop box located at the front of the Municipal Hall, 4325 Blackcomb Way (across from the RCMP)
- By Mail: 4325 Blackcomb Way Whistler, BC V0N 1B4. If sending in payment by mail, please allow ample time for delivery as post marks are NOT accepted as date of payment. No exceptions. (cheques can be post dated for the due date)
- At financial institutions: Most Financial Institution in Canada will accept payment for your property taxes with remittance stub.
- Internet Banking with your bank or credit union. Your folio number is the account number (without the decimal) for online payment purposes. Please contact your financial intuition for further information.
- Telephone Banking with your bank or credit union. Your folio number is the account number (without the decimal) for online payment purposes. Please contact your financial intuition for further information.
- Pre-Authorized Payment Plan: For information on plans offered click here.
- Credit Cards of all types are NOT accepted for property tax payments.
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.
- Sign up to have the District Energy System payment withdrawn quarterly on the notice due date. Please complete the District Energy Quarterly 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.
2014 tax notices are mailed out during the third week of May and the payment due date was July 2, 2014.
- A five percent penalty will be added to outstanding current taxes after the due date; and
- A further five percent penalty will be applied to unpaid taxes after September 30, 2014.
- 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.
You can claim your grant online or mail in the bottom stub of your tax notice. Please be sure to complete the entire form, including your name, address, telephone number, current date, signature and birth day if you are 65 or over during the calendar year.
About Home Owner Grant
The Home Owner Grant is a Provincial Government program designed to help homeowners reduce the property taxes of the home in which they reside.
The Basic and Additional Grant is available to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who ordinarily reside in British Columbia and occupy the home as their principal residence and meet the eligibility requirements. There are two types of grants available to Whistler residents.
The Basic Home Owner Grant is $770 for owners of properties with assessed values less than $1,100,000. The Home Owner Grant is phased out at a rate of $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value in excess of $1,100,000. Properties with an assessed value greater than $1,254,000 do not qualify for the Basic Home Owner Grant.
In addition to the basic grant, the Additional Grant can reduce your property tax by a further $275, for a total of up to $1045. However, it cannot reduce the amount payable to below $100. The additional grant will be reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value in excess of $1,100,000. Therefore, properties with an assessed value greater than $1,309,000 do not qualify for the grant.
You must apply for the Home Owner Grant every year on or before the tax due date. Home Owner Grants not claimed by the tax due date will be subject to penalties as they are considered unpaid taxes. If your financial institution is remitting property taxes on your behalf, you must still complete your Home Owner Grant.
For information on eligibility requirments, please visit the Province's website.
Property Tax Deferment is a property tax assistance program offered by the Province. Property Tax Deferment is a low-interest loan program that assists qualifying homeowners in British Columbia in paying the annual property taxes on their homes. The program is administered by the Province in conjunction with municipal tax collectors.
There are two different deferment programs:
- 55 and Older, Surviving Spouse, Persons with a Disability
- Families with Children under 18
Property Tax Deferment allows you to defer your current property taxes less any available Home Owner Grant. The deferment must be applied for on or before the tax due date to avoid penalties. If you miss the property tax due date, you have until December 31 of the current taxation year to apply. Before applying for deferment, you must pay user fees, all penalties, interest, and any previous years' property taxes as these cannot be deferred.
You must apply for each year you wish to defer your taxes. The new application or renewal must be submitted to Finance Department at the Resort Municipality of Whistler along with the Home Owner Grant each year by the due date.
For more information please visit the Province's website.
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