Tax Sale

Every September, the City holds a tax sale where properties with three years of unpaid property taxes are offered for sale by auction. The tax sale is a requirement of the Local Government Act.

2021 Tax Sale

Date: Monday, September 27, 2021
Time: 10:00 am
Location: Quesnel City Hall Council Chambers, 410 Kinchant Street

If the delinquent taxes are paid before 10:00 am on the tax sale day, they will be removed from the list of properties.

*the 2021 Tax sale is now complete*

Council chambers capacity limits:

Due to physical distancing restrictions, capacity within Council Chambers is limited and will be provided on a first-come-first-served basis for who attend the tax sale. If occupancy limits exceed the amount allotted for the space, the public will be asked to wait in the fourth-floor lobby area until space may become available.

Tax Sale Advertising

Properties that have delinquent balances and are included in the annual tax sale will be listed in the local newspaper not less than 3, or more than 10 days, prior to the Tax Sale. 

2021 Tax Sale Properties

The 2021 Tax Sale Properties will be listed in mid-September. Properties will be updated on the website as changes in the list occur up to the tax sale date, September 27th, 2021.

Tax Sale Information
Bidder Information
  • Properties are sold at the Upset Price which equals all outstanding taxes + penalties + interest + 5% tax sale costs + Land Title Office fees.
  • All property sales are “as is” without warrant or guarantee by the City of Quesnel.
  • The City of Quesnel makes no representation, express or implied, as to the condition or quality of the properties being offered for sale. There is also no representation made either express or implied regarding the suitability for construction or ability to procure building permits for any vacant lots sold.
  • It is prospective bidder’s responsibility to search the title of the property in advance to determine if there are any charges registered against the property.
  • Successful bidders must secure their bid by making payment to the City of Quesnel cashier by 1:45 pm.  Payment must be made by cash, certified cheque, money order or Interac Debit Card.
  • Do not trespass onto the properties being offered for sale. It would be an infringement on the owner's right.
Avoid Tax Sale
  • Pay your property taxes and claim your home owner grant (if eligible) by the due date.
  • Pay your delinquent taxes by September 10 to avoid your property from being listed in the newspaper.
  • Pay your delinquent taxes, including interest, by mid-September to stop your property from going to tax sale.

The current owner has 1 year after the property is sold at Tax Sale to pay all taxes, interest, and charges to retain ownership of their property. Registered charge holders, as well as the owner, have full right to redeem the property.

As soon as the property is redeemed, the City of Quesnel will refund to the Tax Sale purchaser the purchase price, plus interest to the date of redemption.

Rights during redemption period

The redemption period last for one year after the property is sold at Tax Sale.

During the redemption period, the property owner continues to have the right to live on the property but the purchaser has the right to enter on the property sold to maintain it in a proper condition and to prevent waste.

For more information about rights during the redemption period, view the Local Government Act Section 665 (1) to (2).

Property Not Redeemed

If the property is not redeemed during the 1-year period, the Collector registers the new owner at the Land Title Office, thus cancelling all previous charges, except for those matters set out in Section 276(1)(c) to (g) of the Land Title Act, and any lien of the Crown, an improvement district, or local district.