Empty Homes Tax

Each year, every owner of residential property in Vancouver is required to submit a property status declaration to determine if their property is subject to the tax.

 The City's Empty Homes Tax is separate from the provincial government’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax. If you have an enquiry about the Province's tax, please refer to the Province's website  or call 1-833-554-2323.

Properties deemed empty will be subject to a tax of 1% of the property’s 2019 assessed taxable value. 

Most homes will not be subject to the tax, as it does not apply to principal residences or homes rented for at least six months of the year; however, all homeowners are required to submit a declaration.

Net revenues from the Empty Homes Tax will be reinvested into affordable housing initiatives.

Ready to declare?

Instructions will be mailed out with your advance property tax notice throughout November.

Declare by:
February 4, 2020

How to declare



ਕਿਵੇਂ ਐਲਾਨ ਕਰਨਾ ਹੈ

  1.  Jan 1, 2019
    Start of tax year
  2.  Dec 31, 2019
    End of tax year
  3.  Feb 4, 2020
    Declaration deadline


Will your home be taxed?

Determine if your property will be subject to the Empty Homes Tax (Vacancy Tax).

Enforcement and penalties

Find out how the tax is enforced, how to submit a Notice of Complaint, or pay or dispute a bylaw notice.

Frequently asked questions

View a list of questions, answers, and definitions about the Empty Homes Tax (Vacancy Tax).

Why an Empty Homes Tax

Learn about the tax, why it was introduced, reference documents, and more.

Declare property status

Submit your Empty Homes Tax (Vacancy Tax) property status declaration for 2019 by February 4, 2020

Paying your taxes

Pay your property tax and Empty Homes Tax (Vacancy Tax). Get information on ways to pay your taxes.

 Clarifications to the Vacancy Tax By-law may be made throughout the year. By-law changes come into effect for the reference years specified in the by-law. Review the by-law changes

The Empty Homes Tax is also known as the Vacancy Tax and is imposed under the Vacancy Tax By-law No. 11674.

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