Declaring your property status

Residential property owners are required to make a property status declaration each year, to determine whether their property will be 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. If you have disputed your by-law notice, please wait for up to 2 business days before submitting your late declaration.

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:

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

Submit declaration

The deadline has passed to make a declaration for the 2021 tax year, but you can still make a late declaration until July 5, 2023, by submitting a Notice of Complaint

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.

Empty Homes Tax due dates

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

Declaration for 2022: February 2, 2023

Empty Homes Tax payment for 2022: April 18, 2023

Need assistance?

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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