How to Pay Your Property Taxes

You pay your property taxes to the office that sent your property tax notice.

Rural Area Properties

In a rural area, your tax payment must be received on or before the due date to be considered on time.  If you aren’t able to pay your taxes in full, still claim your home owner grant. You may also qualify to defer your taxes.

When you pay your property taxes, you can also apply for the home owner grant if you qualify. You can submit your home owner grant application online or by mail or courier

You can pay your rural property taxes

Your rural property taxes can also be estimated and paid in advance.

Online Using eTaxBC

Pay your rural property taxes by enrolling into eTaxBC. To enrol for access to eTaxBC, you’ll need the following information:

  1. Your account type: Property Tax – Rural
  2. Your folio number
  3. Your enrolment code

You can find your folio number and enrolment code on your 2017 property tax notice or Statement of Account.

If you qualify, you can submit your home owner grant application online through your eTaxBC account.

If you already have an eTaxBC account for other taxes you pay, you need to enrol for a separate eTaxBC account for your rural property taxes.

Prepay

If you will be away in June or July or want to pay your property taxes before the due date, request your folio number and enrolment code by contacting the property tax branch to enrol for access to eTaxBC. Once you are enrolled, you can set up your account for pre-authorized debit (PAD) payments. PAD payments are the only way to make prepayments on your account. 

If you qualify, you can submit the home owner grant application online in advance through your eTaxBC account.

Bank or Financial Institution

You can pay your property taxes through the bank, credit union or other financial institution you have an account with. When you use your bank or financial institution, we recommend that you always confirm when your payment will be processed by your bank to avoid late payment penalties. For example, banks will often process payments received in the afternoon with the date of the next business day.

There are three ways you can pay your property taxes through your bank or financial institution:

  1. Bill payment service
  2. Wire transfer
  3. Electronic funds transfer

Note: You can no longer make a payment at a financial institution you don’t have an account with.

 Bill Payment Service

Most banks and financial institutions offer bill payment services for their clients. Bill payment services can generally be accessed through your online banking account, an automated teller machine (ATM), telephone banking or in person with a teller at the financial institution that you bank with.

Note: When you pay in person, you need to set up a bill payment service for Rural Property Taxation before you pay with a teller.

To pay your property taxes using a bill payment service you'll need to add a payee for Rural Property Taxation to your bank account. To add a new payee to your bank account you need to know our payee name and your account number.

Payee name

You should be able to find us listed with your bank under one of the following payee names:

  • PROV BC - RURAL PROPERTY TAX
  • BC - RURAL TAX
  • BC (MINISTRY OF PROVINCIAL REVENUE) - RURAL PROPERTY TAX

Note: Some banks and financial institutions will use a variation of the payee names above. If you can't find us, call your bank for assistance or try entering a shorter version of the above payee names in the search window.

Account number

Your account number is the folio number listed on your property tax notice. Your folio number format has changed for the 2017 tax year. Your folio number must be entered without spaces or decimals (e.g. ### ######.### must be entered as ############).

For your records, write down the confirmation number generated when you complete your payment. This will help if we have to request a trace on the payment.

If you qualify, you can submit your home owner grant application online or by mail or courier.

Wire Transfer

To send us a payment through a wire transfer, your payment must be made in Canadian dollars and your bank will need the following information:

Beneficiary Name:

Province of British Columbia

Beneficiary Address:

1802 Douglas Street
Victoria, BC  V8T 4K6

Bank Name:

Bank of Montreal

Bank Address:

1225 Douglas Street
Victoria BC V8W 2E6

Beneficiary Account No.:

1150-128

Bank Number:

001

Transit Number:

00120

Bank Code:

//CC 000100120

Swift:

BOFMCAM2

Description or Reference Field

Your folio number

When you make a wire transfer, you must send the payment details to us through

  1. Email at RSBCClientCare@hpadvancedsolutions.com with the subject line “Wire Transfer – Your Name – Your Folio Number”

or

  1. Fax to 250 405-4415, attention Electronic Payments Clerk, Revenue Services of British Columbia

Provide the following details in your email or fax:

  • Your folio number
  • The amount of your payment
  • The date your payment was made

You may want to ask your bank if service charges apply.

If you qualify, you can submit your home owner grant application online or by mail or courier.

 Electronic funds transfer

To send us a payment through electronic funds transfer (EFT), your payment must be made through a Canadian financial institution and they will need the following information:

Account Name:

Province of British Columbia

Bank/No.:

Bank of Montreal (0001)

Bank Transit/Address:

00120
1225 Douglas Street
Victoria BC V8W 2E6

Account No.:

1150-128

When you make an EFT payment, you must send the payment details to us through

  1. Email at RSBCClientCare@hpadvancedsolutions.com with the subject line “EFT – Your Name – Your Folio Number”

or   

  1. Fax to 250 405-4415, attention Electronic Payments Clerk, Revenue Services of British Columbia

Provide the following details in your email or fax:

  • Your folio number
  • The amount of your payment
  • The date your payment was made

EFT payments take up to three days to get to us from your bank. Make sure you make your payment early enough to avoid late payment penalties.

If you don’t have an EFT account, you can set one up with your bank or financial institution. You should set up your EFT account well before your first payment is due. You may want to ask your bank if service charges apply.

If you qualify, you can submit your home owner grant application online or by mail or courier.

Mortgage Agreement

When you sign your mortgage agreement, you can arrange for your annual property taxes to be paid on your behalf. When your mortgage company pays your taxes for you, you are still responsible for:

Government Office

To pay at a government office, bring your payment and the remittance advice found at the bottom of your property tax notice or Statement of Account. If you qualify for a home owner grant, complete the home owner grant application online. You can also complete the application form enclosed with your tax notice and submit it with your payment and remittance advice.

You can make your payment at one of the following locations:

  • In-Person - Service BC Centre
    Payments by cash, debit, cheque, bank draft or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance are accepted.
  • Drop Box Only - 1802 Douglas Street in Victoria
    Drop off your envelope with payment by cheque, bank draft or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance. Do not drop off cash.

Mail or Courier

To pay by mail or courier you must send a cheque, bank draft or money order made payable to the Minister of Finance. Write your property’s folio number on your payment so your account can be easily identified when your payment is processed. Make sure you leave enough time for your payment to be received in our office by the due date. Postmark dates are not accepted as date of payment.

In an envelope, put in your payment and the remittance advice located at the bottom of your property tax notice. If you qualify for a home owner grant, complete the home owner grant application online. You can also complete the application form enclosed with your tax notice and send it with your payment and remittance advice to:

Mailing Address Courier Address
Surveyor of Taxes
PO Box 9446 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9V6
Surveyor of Taxes
1802 Douglas Street
Victoria BC V8T 4K6           

Rural Property Tax Due Date

July 4

If you pay your taxes after this date, late payment penalties will be charged. 

eTaxBC Rural Online Services

Once you receive your 2017 tax notice with your enrolment code, you can enrol for access to eTaxBC and create an account to:

  • Pay your annual rural property taxes
  • Claim your annual rural home owner grant
  • Update your address and contact information
  • Review your account details

Enrol for access to eTaxBC

Learn how to use eTaxBC.

Quick-Access Rural Online Services

Contact Information

Telephone: 250 387-0555
Alternate
Telephone:
Toll free 1 888 355-2700
Fax: 250 387-2210
Street
Address:
(Courier and Drop Box Only) Property Taxation Branch 1802 Douglas Street Victoria BC V8T 4K6
Mailing
Address:
Surveyor of Taxes Office PO Box 9446 Stn Prov Govt Victoria BC V8W 9V6
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