Apply for the home owner grant
If you qualify for the home owner grant, you must apply each year to receive it. Anyone with your permission can apply for you on your behalf. You can apply at any time during the tax year, but the best time is after you receive your property tax notice in the mail and before your property tax due date.
Building and land owners: If you're claiming a home owner grant on behalf of eligible occupants living in your building or on your property, learn how to apply for the multiple home owner grant.
Residents in municipalities no longer apply for the home owner grant through their municipality. Everyone now applies online or by phone directly to the province. Our online application is fast, easy and secure.
When you apply, we'll need your social insurance number to verify your eligibility. Your personal information is encrypted at the time of entry to ensure your information is kept secure.
Updating your address
The information you provide on your home owner grant application is not shared with your municipality or BC Assessment. If your address or contact information have recently changed, you must advise your municipality and BC Assessment separately.
Only one qualifying owner can claim a grant for a property each year.
The grant amount may be higher for a homeowner who qualifies as a senior, veteran or person with a disability. The homeowner who meets these qualifications must be the one who applies in order to receive the higher grant amount for that residence.
Anyone with your permission can apply on your behalf. However, if you pay your property taxes through your financial institution, your financial institution will not apply for the home owner grant on your behalf.
If you and your spouse are separated and living apart, you may be able to claim the home owner grant for each of your principal residences.
If you’re claiming a 2020 grant retroactively, and you’re married but separated and living apart and you each want to claim the home owner grant for your principal residences, you’re only considered separated if you have a written agreement signed by both of you stating you have agreed to live apart or a court order recognizing your separation. You’ll be required to submit the written agreement if your file is reviewed.
If you’re claiming a 2021 grant, and you’re married but separated and living apart and you each want to claim the home owner grant for your principal residences, you’ll need a written agreement signed by both of you stating you have agreed to live apart or a court order recognizing your separation. You’ll be required to submit the written agreement if your file is reviewed. If you don’t have a written separation agreement, you must have lived separate and apart for a period of at least 90 days because of a breakdown in your marriage or marriage-like relationship and must be able to provide evidence of the separation if requested.
You can apply for the home owner grant for a property that is still registered in the name of a deceased owner, that owner’s estate, or the spouse or relative of a deceased owner, if you meet the following requirements:
- You’re the spouse, child, grandchild, parent, brother or sister of the deceased owner
- You’re a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
- The deceased owner would have qualified for the home owner grant
- You occupied the residence as your principal residence on the date of the owner’s death
- The property is still your principal residence
If the owner’s death occurred in the current year, you’ll receive the amount they would have been entitled to. If the owner would have qualified for an additional grant, you'll be entitled to the extra grant amount regardless of your status.
If the owner’s death occurred in a previous year, you’ll receive the amount you qualify for.
You can apply for your home owner grant at any point in the tax year. If you apply before your tax notice is mailed to you, your application will remain in a pending status until that time.
You can check the status of your application online using your application confirmation number.
Late payment penalties may apply to your property taxes if your grant application isn't received before the tax due date. The grant is a form of payment towards your property taxes and it's considered a late payment if you apply late.
However, you can still apply for the home owner grant up to December 31 of the current tax year. You can apply even if you haven’t paid your property taxes.
If you qualified for the grant last year and didn’t apply, you may be able to claim the grant retroactively for up to one year.
The fastest and easiest way to apply for your home owner grant is online. You can also apply by phone using our automated self-serve system or with the help of an agent.
If you don't have a computer or access to the internet, you can visit a Service BC location near you to use a computer terminal. Terminals are not available at Service BC locations in Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver.
Anyone with your permission can apply on your behalf.
To get started, you’ll need the jurisdiction and roll number for the property you are applying for. These numbers can be found on any of the following:
- Your property tax notice
- Your BC Assessment notice you received in January (see sample below)
- A search through BC Assessment
You’ll also need your social insurance number. Your personal information is encrypted at the time of entry to ensure your information is kept secure.
You may be required to submit additional documentation to support your application. Learn more about which documents may be required.
After you apply, you can check your status online using your confirmation number.
You can apply by phone anytime using our automated self-serve system if you are applying for the:
- Regular grant, or
- Senior grant
Note: the automated system uses voice recognition and keypad entry using a touch phone or keyboard. Rotating dial phones will not work.
Apply by phone with help from an agent
You can apply by phone with the help of our agents.
Call us Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, excluding statutory holidays.