Paying Your Property Tax

Due dates, home owner grant, and how to pay remotely or in person in 2021

Property Tax Notices

Property tax notices have now been mailed out. Your notice also includes an insert explaining how to pay your property tax and how to claim the Home Owner Grant.

Download a PDF of the property tax insert here.

 

Due Dates

Property taxes are due July 2, 2021. Those who do not pay by 4:30 pm on July 2, 2021, will be charged a 10% penalty on any unpaid current taxes.

 


Home Owner Grant

IMPORTANT UPDATE:

Effective in 2021, all Home Owner Grant applications MUST be submitted directly to the BC government; this is a province-wide change. Residents in all municipalities no longer can apply through their municipal office. Please note that City of Terrace residents will still pay property taxes to the City as normal, but will not be able to claim their Home Owner Grant at City Hall.

The home owner grant reduces the amount of property tax you pay for your principal residence. If eligible, you must claim your grant each year. To avoid a 10% penalty on the outstanding balance, make sure to claim your grant by the tax due date (July 2).

HOW DO I APPLY?

Applying for the grant before paying your property taxes is recommended but not required. Home owners can apply for their current year (or a retroactive grant) through these channels:

  • Apply 24/7 online: gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant
  • Apply with an agent: Toll-free at 1-888-355-2700; Mon–Fri, 8:30 am–5:00 pm
  • Apply 24/7 using a self-serve voice recognition application: Toll-free at 1-888-355-2700

Most property owners qualify for the grant and will pay the reduced amount—no need to pay the full amount and then get reimbursed. The best time to apply is after property tax notices are mailed out in May but before the tax deadline of July 2.

Tips:

  • You do not have to claim your grant before paying your property taxes, but it is recommended.

  • If you have recently (within the last 24 hours or so) claimed your home owner grant, it will not yet show up in our system as being claimed. However, we will still be able to accept your payment for the reduced amount as if the grant had been processed.

  • If you claimed your home owner grant prior to receiving your tax notice, the grant will show up as a negative adjustment under all three columns on your notice. Please pay the total amount due in the column applicable to you (A, B, or C).

LEARN MORE:

Please follow the link below or call 1-888-355-2700 (toll-free) to speak with an agent.

Learn more and apply here

 


 

How to Pay Your Property Taxes Remotely

Once you have claimed your Home Owner Grant (see above), please pay your property taxes via one of the methods below. If possible, please pay remotely by:

  • Online banking
    • To pay online, register the City of Terrace as a bill payee with your financial institution and use the "Jurisdiction" (339) and “Roll Number” on the top right-hand corner of your property tax notice as the account number. For example, if your jurisdiction and roll number are listed as 339 12345.000, you would enter your account number as 33912345000.
  • Telephone banking
  • Mail

Please note payments MUST BE RECEIVED by the due date to avoid late penalties.

 


 

How to Pay Your Property Taxes in Person

You may also pay in person by:

  • Cash
  • Cheque
  • Post-dated cheque
  • Debit (please verify your daily limit)

> Please note that credit card payments are NOT accepted.

 

City Hall is open:

Monday to Friday
8:30 am–4:30 pm


 

Additional Resources and Assistance

Please feel free to contact City Hall with any questions about property taxes by calling 250-635-6311 during regular business hours.

Return to the main Finance page for forms for pre-authorized payments, permissive tax exemptions, the tax deferment program, and more.

Return to main Finance and Taxation page

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