One week left to make City of Vancouver Empty Homes Tax declaration
31,000 residential property owners still need to declare to avoid $250 late fee
As of January 27, 84% of all residential property owners have submitted their Empty Homes Tax declaration for 2019, slightly behind last year’s percentage of 88 on the same date.
The City would like to thank property owners who have declared already and urge those who haven’t yet submitted their declaration to do so before the February 4 deadline. On average, it only takes two minutes to complete the online declaration.
Enforcement and penalties
All residential property owners in Vancouver are required to submit a City of Vancouver Empty Homes Tax declaration each year; only one declaration per property is required. Property owners who declare after the deadline will need to pay a $250 late fee (or dispute the ticket) before they can make their declaration.
A property will be subject to the Empty Homes Tax at a rate of one per cent of the property’s 2019 assessed taxable value if:
- Declared vacant by the property owner without qualifying for one of the eight exemptions
- No declaration is received by the deadline
If a late declaration of occupied or exempt is submitted, the tax bill will be cancelled.
Payment of the Empty Homes Tax is due by April 16, 2020 or an additional five per cent penalty will be applied.
There are a number of ways that residential property owners can easily submit their Empty Homes Tax declarations, including:
- Online. The online declaration process is available 24/7, is simple and takes most people only a few minutes to complete. Online chat with an EHT representative is available.
- In person at City Hall. Residential property owners may visit City Hall where staff will be available to assist them with online declarations. City Hall regular hours are 8:30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.
- Over the phone by calling 3-1-1. Residential property owners who need assistance making their online declaration can call 3-1-1 between 7am and 10pm daily (outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000) and speak to a citizen service representative. Translation services are also available at 3-1-1. Longer call wait times are expected closer to the February 4 deadline.
- Residential property owners can receive technical and information support for submitting their online declaration at any Vancouver Public Library location. Find opening hours and locations External website, opens in new tab
The City of Vancouver’s Empty Homes Tax is separate from the provincial government’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax; inquiries regarding the province’s tax may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-833-554-2323.