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How to dispute a Vacancy Tax (Empty Homes Tax) by-law notice

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

To dispute a by-law notice, you must apply for an adjudication hearing. If you have disputed this by-law 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 by-law 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 by-law notice at any point before the hearing.

Keep in mind:

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

A paid by-law 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 by-law notice is cancelled, the process ends here.

Apply for a hearing

Complete online application within 14 days from when your by-law notice was issued.

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Collection agency:
Owe by-law 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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By-law notice is cancelled

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By-law notice is upheld

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

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Pay by-law fine or submit declaration

Pay now

Have a notice adjudicated

Apply now

How to prepare for an adjudication hearing

The City of Vancouver will present evidence at your by-law notice adjudication hearing.