Tax Deferment Program

2017 tax due dates

Advance taxes: Thursday, February 2

Main taxes: Wednesday, July 5

Home owner grant: Wednesday, July 5

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The Property Tax Deferment Program is a low-interest provincial loan program designed to help qualified BC home owners pay their annual property taxes.

New to the program?

You must pay all your arrears and penalties before applying for the program. 

Please submit to City Hall by the July tax due date:

  • Any arrears and penalties you owe
  • Your home owner grant
  • Your deferment application

Note The Province will not accept deferment applications for properties on leased land.

Deferral options

For current year tax deferral, you have two options as a new applicant:

  1. Pay the February advance taxes and defer only the July main tax portion to avoid paying any penalties.
  2. Defer the full year's taxes and incur a 5% penalty on the advance amount. This penalty amount must be paid by the July tax due date. 

Are you on the Tax Installment Pre-Payment Plan (TIPP)?

If you are on the Tax Installment Pre-Payment Plan (TIPP) and wish to defer your taxes, you must send in a separate request 30 days prior to the next payment date to cancel your TIPP payments. Depending on the timing of your cancellation, you may not have taxes left outstanding to defer in the current year. 

Please send this request by either:

Apply for your tax deferral in two steps

1. Fill out the tax deferment program form that applies to you

There are two property tax deferment programs. Find out which one you're eligible for.

 Submit original documents. We don't accept faxed or scanned copies. Please don't submit duplicate forms. 

Determine your eligibility

2. Deliver your application form to City Hall

Submit your completed deferment forms before the July tax deadline to avoid a 5% penalty on unpaid taxes. We will, however, accept your application until December 31.

By mail

Revenue Services
City of Vancouver
PO Box 7747
Vancouver, BC V6B 8R1

In person

City Hall
453 West 12th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Y 1V4

  • Revenue Services on the Ground Floor (Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm)
  • The mail slot at our 12th Avenue entrance
  • The kiosk in the parking lot (available during the last week before the tax due date)

 Please don't send applications to the Province of BC as they will forward your application back to us. This redirection of your application may result in late penalties being applied to your property taxes.

 All penalties, interest, and arrears must be paid before an application can be accepted.

Renew your tax deferral

Once you’ve been approved for the program, you must send us a completed renewal application form to keep deferring your taxes in subsequent years.

You should receive a Statement of Account and a renewal application form from the Province by late May (around the same time your tax notice is sent). If you did not receive your renewal form in the mail, contact the Province at 1-250-356-8121, toll-free at 1-888-355-2700 option 2, or email TaxDeferment@gov.bc.ca.

Note You will not receive an Advance tax notice while part of the deferment program. Advance notices will resume once your deferment account is closed.

Cancel or suspend your tax deferral

There are two ways to cancel your participation in the tax deferral program.

  1. Start paying property taxes for the current year while leaving your deferred balance owing. This will leave your deferment account open with the Province of BC even if you are paying your taxes some other way for a particular year.

  2. Pay the Province the amount of your deferred account balance in full. This will close your account with the Province, at which time they will notify us that you are no longer participating in the tax deferral program.

 To get your deferred account balance, please phone the Province at 250-356-8121, toll-free at 1-888-355-2700 option 2, or email TaxDeferment@gov.bc.ca.

 If you pay out your balance with the Province, you cannot submit a renewal form. You must reapply to the program.

Remember to claim your home owner grant

You must claim your home owner grant each year, even if you are paying through your mortgage or deferring your payment. 

 Some banks do not forward the remittance stub that contains your home owner grant application to us. If this is the case, claim your home owner grant. 

Claim your grant online