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Claim your home owner grant

2018 property tax due dates

Advance taxes:  February 2, 2018

Main taxes: July 4, 2018

Home owner grant: July 4, 2018

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Are you eligible for a home owner grant?

There are two types of home owner grants – the basic grant and the senior/ additional grant. You may only claim one type of home owner grant. See if you are eligible

You must claim your home owner grant for the current year, even if you successfully claimed it in the prior year.

Claim your home owner grant online and get instant confirmation.

Don’t have computer access? With your permission, anyone can apply on your behalf.

Claim your grant online

What you need to claim your grant online

To claim your electronic home owner grant online, you need your:

  • Folio number
  • Access code

If your grant claim requires additional documents, you can submit them electronically with your grant application. We accept PDF, JPG, JPEG, and BMP document file formats.

You can find these either on your advance or main property tax notice. 

Don't have your access code?

  • Access codes can be provided over the phone.
  • Call 3-1-1 and verify you're the registered owner by answering a few security questions.

Access codes are confidential. To maintain their confidentiality we are required by law to only give them to the registered owner of a property.

New owner?

Access codes are associated with the owner of the property, not to the property itself. Access codes change automatically when there is a change of ownership. 

If you are a new owner looking to claim a home owner grant, you will need to do two things first:

  1. Make sure that there is still some amount of the taxes still owing, since you cannot claim a grant if the vendor paid the taxes in full. For example, the vendor may have left the amount of the basic grant owing for you to be able to claim.
  2. Call 3-1-1 to speak with a citizen service representative. If you are already on title in our records, we may be able to tell you your access code and folio number over the phone. If we are unable to give you the access code by phone, visit the Revenue Services desk at City Hall in person with identification and your Form A - Freehold Transfer Form. This is a form that you would have received from your lawyer or notary when you purchased the property.

Claim your grant in person

 This option is not recommended.

You can claim your home owner grant in person at the City Hall Revenue Services office, however line-ups may be long.

Location
Ground Floor, City Hall
453 West 12th Ave

Hours
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5pm

Need help? 

Phone 3-1-1 (Outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000)

Hours
7am to 10pm, 7 days a week

2018 home owner grant threshold increased to $1.65 million

In 2018 the home owner grant threshold of assessed or partitioned value is $1.65 million (from $1.6 million in 2017). The grant is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 above the threshold.

  • The basic grant is eliminated when the assessed or partitioned value reaches $1.764 million
  • The additional grant is eliminated when the assessed or partitioned value reaches $1.819 million

 If you qualify for the seniors or other additional grant, but the grant amount has been reduced or eliminated due to the $1.65 million threshold, you may still be eligible for the low income grant supplement .

If you have concerns about the threshold change, please contact the Province of BC's Home Owner Grant Administration Branch: