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

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. Once you're enrolled, you can use the eTaxBC Help Guide for Rural Property Taxes to learn how to pay your property taxes using eTaxBC.

If you qualify for the home owner grant, you can submit your application online through your eTaxBC account. Visit our eTaxBC Help Guide for Rural Property Taxes to find out how.

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, you can enrol for access to eTaxBC using your folio number and enrolment code found on your tax notice. Once you're 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 for the home owner grant, you can submit the application online in advance through your eTaxBC account. Visit our eTaxBC Help Guide for Rural Property Taxes to find out how.

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.

Wire Transfer

To successfully submit a payment through wire transfer, you must:

  1. Make the payment in Canadian dollars
  2. Provide your bank our account information
  3. Validate your payment by sending us your payment details

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

Account Information (Wire Transfer)

Provide your bank the following account 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

Validate Your Payment (Wire Transfer)

As soon as you make a payment, you must validate your payment by sending us the following payment details:

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

You can send the payment details through:

  1. Email at RSBCClientCare@gov.bc.ca 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

If you do not validate your payment, we cannot match your payment to your account. This may result in late payment penalties and interest may be charged.

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

 Electronic funds transfer

To successfully submit a payment through electronic funds transfer (EFT), you must:

  1. Make the payment in Canadian dollars
  2. Provide your bank our account information
  3. Validate your payment by sending us your payment details

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

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

Account Information (EFT)

Provide your bank the following account 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

Validate Your Payment (EFT)

As soon as you make a payment, you must validate your payment by sending us the following payment details:

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

You can send the payment details through:

  1. Email at RSBCClientCare@gov.bc.ca 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

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

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

To pay by mail 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:

Surveyor of Taxes
PO Box 9446 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria BC V8W 9V6