Your property assessment significantly influences the amount of property taxes you pay

You will receive your property assessment notice from BC Assessment each year in January. Your property is assessed to determine its:

  • Value
  • Classification
  • Exemptions (if any apply)

In most cases, the value is an estimate of your property's value as of July 1 of the previous year. To determine the value of your property, an assessor compares your property to actual sales in the same area.

Some of the characteristics the assessor compares are:
  • Location
  • Size
  • Land surface (topography)
  • Shape
  • Use
  • Age and condition of buildings
Concerns about your assessment?

If you notice an issue or have a question about your property assessment, contact BC Assessment to discuss your concerns. If your concerns are not resolved, you may file a Notice of Complaint to appeal your assessment. Appeals must be made prior to January 31. If you appeal, once a decision is made your property taxes may change; this change may result in a:

  • tax decrease, you may qualify for a refund if you paid a higher amount of property taxes
  • tax increase, you will pay a higher amount of property taxes
Didn't receive your property assessment?

If you did not receive your BC Assessment notice in the mail by mid-January, contact us and we can update them with the correct mailing address.


BC Assessment has some great information on their website including Frequently Asked Questions and the video below details how property taxes are determined using property assessments.