Declaring your property status

As of November 2023, the late declaration deadline may be extended. Learn more about this extension

Vancouver homeowners are required to submit a declaration each year to determine if their property is subject to the Empty Homes Tax. Even if you live in your home, you must make a declaration every year.

Late declarations are open

Make sure you have paid your by-law fine. Failing to pay the fine may affect your credit rating. 

Your declaration should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

Only one declaration is required per property. For example: if you co-own a property, only one owner needs to declare.

You may give permission for someone to submit your declaration on your behalf.

What you will need:

Make sure you fulfill the requirements of your property status at the time you declare.

Submit declaration

Step-by-step guide to making your declaration

Audit process

All property status declarations are potentially subject to an audit process, in line with best practices for provincial and federal tax programs.

False declarations will result in fines of up to $10,000 per day of the continuing offense, in addition to payment of the tax.

Section 5.4 of the Vacancy Tax By-law requires property owners to provide evidence to verify declarations upon request 

Empty Homes Tax due dates

Previous years' unpaid tax added to property tax bill: December 31, 2023

Declaration deadline for 2023: February 2, 2024

Empty Homes Tax payment for 2023: April 15, 2024

Late declaration deadline following submission of acceptable evidence: July 5, 2028

Need assistance?

Review FAQ

Phone 3-1-1 for questions or interpretations.
(Outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000)

Speculation and Vacancy Tax

Our Empty Homes Tax is separate from the provincial government’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax.

Learn about the Speculation Vacancy Tax