How to dispute a Vacancy Tax (Empty Homes Tax) bylaw notice

You can still submit a late property status declaration; however, you must pay or dispute your bylaw ticket before the late declaration can be completed.

To dispute a bylaw notice, you must apply for an adjudication hearing. If you have disputed this bylaw ticket, please wait up to two business days before filing a late declaration.

Before you apply for an adjudication hearing

  1. Call 3-1-1 (Outside Vancouver 604-873-7000) (TTY: 7-1-1) daily (7am to 10pm) to discuss your ticket concerns or to assist you with your property status declaration; however, we cannot discuss details about your ticket dispute.
  2. If your concerns cannot be resolved and you wish to have your bylaw notice adjudicated, make sure you understand how the adjudication process works before you apply for an adjudication hearing.

How the adjudication process works

The adjudication process can take 2 to 3 months to finalize.

Once you apply for an adjudication hearing, you can only cancel your application by paying your bylaw notice at any point before the hearing.

Keep in mind:

  • An adjudicator cannot reduce the bylaw notice amount.
  • A $25 fee is charged in addition to your non-discounted penalty amount on your bylaw notice if it is upheld.
  • If you receive more than one bylaw notice, you must dispute each notice separately.

A paid bylaw notice cannot be taken to adjudication.

Steps in the adjudication process

Review by a screening officer

A screening officer will review your dispute and you will be notified in writing of the decision. If your bylaw notice is cancelled, the process ends here.

Apply for a hearing

Complete online application within 14 days from when your bylaw notice was issued.

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Collection agency:
Owe bylaw notice value, plus 50%, plus $25 fee

Attend a hearing

 An adjudicator will make a decision based on the facts of your case.

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Bylaw notice is cancelled

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Bylaw notice is upheld

Pay the full
non-discounted bylaw notice plus a $25 fee

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Pay your notice now

Pay now

Have a notice adjudicated

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How to prepare for an adjudication hearing

The City of Vancouver will present evidence at your bylaw notice adjudication hearing.