How to Pay

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 or postmarked 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:

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 two ways you can pay your property taxes through your bank or financial institution:

  1. Bill payment service
  2. 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 must be entered without spaces or decimals (e.g. 00 000 000000.000 0 0 must be entered as 0000000000000000).

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.

 Electronic funds transfer

If you aren’t able to pay using bill payment services you can make an electronic funds transfer. To make a payment follow the instructions for payments made from the U.S. only (PDF) or Canada and Overseas (PDF). Service charges may 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 coupon found at the bottom of your property tax notice. Your remittance coupon is also your home owner grant application; complete the application if you qualify for a home owner grant.

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.

Put your payment and the remittance coupon located at the bottom of your property tax notice in the envelope you received with your property tax notice. Your remittance coupon is also your home owner grant application; complete the application if you qualify for a home owner grant. Send your remittance coupon, completed home owner grant application, if applicable, and payment 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. 

Prepay

If you will be away in June or July, you can pay your property taxes before the due date. Find out how to estimate and prepay your taxes.

Useful Contacts

Telephone: 250 387-0555 (Victoria)
Alternate
Telephone:
1 888 355-2700 (Toll-free in B.C.)
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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