Property taxes

Property taxes pay for Provincial, Regional and Municipal services, creating a better community to enjoy.

Property Tax Due Date

Mark down the tax due date to avoid penalties and make your payment early if you will be out of town.

2021 Due Date

Friday, July 2, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Penalties

A 10% penalty will be added to 2020 current property taxes outstanding and unclaimed home owners grant after Friday, July 2, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

These penalties are a requirement of the community charter. The City has no authority to waive or modify these penalty amounts. A payment that is one day late is subject to the same penalty as a payment that is 6 months late.

You can reduce your penalties by claiming your home owner grant even if you are not making a payment on your taxes. Unclaimed Grants are considered outstanding taxes.

Property Tax Information

Property taxes can be confusing, let us help you through the process!

Overview

The City provides residents with many great services:

  • Emergency services (RCMP and Fire)
  • Roads and sidewalks
  • Snow removal
  • Solid waste management
  • Planning and development
  • Arts and recreation
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • Transit
  • Airport
  • and more

All of theses services are provided by revenue collected from property taxes.

Property assesment

Your individual property taxes are tied directly to your property assessment. Property assessments are mailed to property owners by BC Assessment in early January of each year. The higher your assessment, the more property taxes you pay.

The following factors affect your tax bill:

  • Change in Assessment Values
  • New Local Improvement charges
  • Increase in the Tax Rate
  • Changes in Homeowner Grant status 
  • Unpaid utilities transferred to taxes
When to expect your bill

The City mails approximately 5,500 property tax notices to Quesnel property owners. Bills are mailed mid-May each year.

Provincial Property Tax Deferment program

The property tax deferment program is a low interest loan program administered by the Province of BC that assists qualifying BC homeowners in paying the annual property taxes on their homes. Municipalities will no longer be responsible for accepting deferment applications.

B.C. residential property owners can now apply for property tax deferment on their principal residence online - quickly, easily and securely. For the first time, owners can choose to auto renew their application.

  • Apply online at www.gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment
  • Call 1 888 355-2700 if you must have a paper application; Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, excluding statutory holidays. A paper-based application can take longer to receive and review – you may risk late payment penalties if you not eligible.

Look for more information online at:

www.gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment
Toll Free: 1-888-355-2700
Office: 250-387-0555
Email: TaxDeferment@gov.bc.ca
 

Class tax rates

The City and other public bodies set tax rates for each property class.

Property classes include:

  • 01 - Residential
  • 02 - Utilities
  • 04 - Major industrial
  • 05 - Light industrial
  • 06 - Business
  • 08 - Recreational
  • 09 - Farm

2021 Tax Rates

Information available online

You may view details of your tax account including assessments and bill summaries online.

View property tax information

Payment options

Payments can be made at City Hall (410 Kinchant St) with cash, cheque, money order, Interac, and post-dated cheques. You can also send your cheque in the mail.  Postmarks are not accepted as the date of payment.

Cheque

Make your cheque payable to the CITY OF QUESNEL.

We will reverse a payment if it is returned or dishonoured for any reason and a dishonoured payment fee will apply.

Online banking

Payments may be made online through participating financial institutions. Your account number is 10 digits after the 470 roll number. Do not include 470.

  1. ADD a Payee
  2. Search "Quesnel"
  3. Select Quesnel, City of, Taxes (this could be different for your bank)
  4. Insert your roll number (Do not include the first three digits: 470)
  5. Exclude the periods and spaces

Payments will be sent by your financial institution to us within three (3) to five (5) business days and your account will not be credited until we receive the payment.

To avoid penalties, the home owners grant application must be received at City Hall by the tax due date.

Pre-authorized Payment Plan

The Property Tax Pre-Authorized Payment Plan lets you pre-pay next year's property taxes in equal payments.

Benefits

  • Split the Property Tax “all at once” payment  into 10 equal installments throughout the year by choosing the option of Pre-authorized Payment Plan (PAP).
  • Payments are withdrawn from your bank account August 1 to May 1.
  • Earn interest.
  • Sign up at anytime.

How to Sign up

The Pre-Authorized Payment Plan form is available from either the City of Quesnel front desk or online by clicking the link.

Get the PAP Form Now

Fill out the form and email it to the City of Quesnel Finance Department, or drop it off in person at the City Hall front desk. For assistance, contact the Finance Department at 250-992-2111.

The Pre-authorized Payment Plan may be canceled at any time with two weeks’ written notice to the Property Tax Department by sending an email to propertytax@quesnel.ca. Your cancellation notice must contain Your name, Folio number and the property address in order to be processed.

Telephone banking

Contact your financial institution for telephone banking instructions.