Apply for the Regular Property Tax Deferment Program
- What you need to do before you apply
- When to apply
- How to apply
- What happens after you apply
- When penalties may be charged
- Make sure you meet all program requirements by completing the eligibility calculator:
- Pay any overdue property taxes from previous years, outstanding penalty and interest charges, and utility fees. Do not pay your current year taxes.
- Claim your home owner grant (if eligible).
- Contact your bank or tax office to cancel any automatic payments being made to your property tax account to ensure your current year taxes remain unpaid at the time of deferment.
- Ensure your property title is up to date (e.g. deceased owners must be removed from the property title).
Note: If you're unsure of the state of your property title, contact the Land Title Office or the Personal Property Registry (if you own a manufactured home but not the land).
- If you have a secured debt on your property, such as a mortgage or a line of credit, contact your lender to ensure your approval into the tax deferment program doesn't cause you to default on your loan.
You can apply to defer your unpaid property taxes once you've received your property tax notice until December 31 of the current year. However, we suggest you apply before your property taxes are due.
If you apply after the property tax due date, you must pay any late payment penalties before you can defer your taxes. Only your current year’s taxes will be deferred.
City of Vancouver Residents
If you are a City of Vancouver resident with two property tax billing periods, you can do one of the following:
1. Pay your advanced tax notice amount before the designated tax due date to avoid any penalties. Wait until you receive your main tax notice and apply to defer only that portion.
2. Pay the late filing penalty fee (5%) to the City of Vancouver for not paying the advanced tax notice amount. Wait until you receive your main tax notice and apply to defer the advanced and main tax notice amounts.
In subsequent years, the City of Vancouver will send only one tax notice in the spring that will include the advanced and the main tax notice amounts. You may defer both portions in the spring without being penalized as long as you continue to qualify for tax deferment.
Complete the Property Tax Deferment Program Application (FIN 51) (PDF). This form has 2 parts:
- Page 1 (Form 1) is the application and has to be completed by only one qualified applicant
- Page 2 (Form 2) is the agreement and must be signed by all registered owners of the property. The names must match the names registered on title.
Make sure all sections are completed and legible.
Submit your application with original signatures to the address shown on your property tax notice (not the tax deferment office), along with:
A $60 administration fee will be added to your deferment loan balance if your application is approved. Don't send this fee with your application.
Note: If you aren’t sure where to submit your application, contact your municipality if your property is located in a municipality, or your local Service BC Centre if your property is located in a rural area.
You must include supporting documentation with your application if you're:
- Applying on behalf of a registered owner
- Applying as a surviving spouse
- Applying as a person with disabilities
You may apply on behalf of a qualifying registered owner if you have Power of Attorney for that person. You must sign both pages of the application (Form 1 and Form 2) with your name as it appears on the Power of Attorney document and include a copy of this document with the application. You’ll only have to provide this document to us once unless otherwise requested.
If you're a surviving spouse, you must include a copy of your deceased spouse's death certificate. The deceased must be removed from the property title prior to applying.
If you are a person with disabilities, you must include one of the following documents with your application:
- a completed Consent for Release of Information (FIN 81) (PDF) from the Ministry of Social Development confirming you have the designation, or
- Physician Certification Form (FIN 58) (PDF), completed and signed by physician.
After you submit your application and any supporting documents to your property tax office, they will do an initial review and complete their portion of the form with your account information. They will then forward it to us for a formal review. Applications received by us are reviewed in the order they are received.
Sometimes it can take us several months to process applications due to the need to gather necessary information. You may not get a response from us about your application until after the property tax due date. We will contact you by mail or email if further documentation is required to support the application.
Your application may be cancelled during the review process if:
- You pay your current year’s property taxes in full
- You sell your home
- You refinance your mortgage for a higher amount and, as a result, you no longer have sufficient equity
- You change owner information on the property title
- The property is no longer your principal residence
- You add a restrictive lien to your property title
- You subdivide the property
- You're in arrears for child or spousal support that's secured by a registered charge on your property title
- Any legal action is taken against your property, such as a foreclosure, bankruptcy or consumer proposal
Your property tax office will charge you a late penalty if:
- You apply for tax deferment after the property tax due date
- Your application isn't approved and it’s past the property tax due date
- You don’t provide our office with required information by the date requested
- Your application is cancelled or withdrawn for any reason after the tax due date