The Property Tax Deferment Program is a low-interest provincial loan program designed to help qualified BC home owners pay their annual property taxes.
You must pay all your arrears and penalties before applying for the program.
Please submit to City Hall by the July tax due date:
For current year tax deferral, you have two options as a new applicant:
Advance taxes: Tuesday, February 2
Main taxes: Tuesday, July 5
Home owner grant: Tuesday, July 5
Get your account balance. No login or registration required.
Set up an online account. You will need your access code. It can be found on your tax notice.
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:
We must have your payment or deferment and home owner grant by July 5 even if there is a Canada Post service disruption.
To make sure your payment arrives on time and without a 5% penalty, please consider paying your taxes through your bank, claiming your home owner grant online, or drop-off your payment or home owner grant at City Hall.
Canada Post postmarks are not proof of an on-time payment receipt.
Steps to apply:
There are two variations of the Property Tax Deferment Program. Find out which one you are eligible for.
Submit original documents. We do not accept faxed or scanned copies. Please don't submit duplicate forms.
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.
You can mail your renewal form or deliver it to City Hall in person to:
|Mailing address||Drop-off location|
City of Vancouver
PO Box 7747
Vancouver, BC V6B 8R1
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.
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.
There are two ways to cancel your participation in the tax deferral program.
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.
To get your deferred account balance, please phone the Province at 250-356-8121.
If you pay out your balance with the Province, you cannot submit a renewal form. You must reapply to the program.
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.