Property Taxes


2020 PROPERTY TAXES DUE
THURSDAY, JULY 2nd

(Office Closed Wednesday, July 1st in lieu of Canada Day)


PLEASE NOTE:  THE DISTRICT OFFICE REMAINS CLOSED EXCEPT FOR TAX PAYMENTS
The District encourages residents to take advantage of the online, mail and/or drop box options that are available

COVID-19
In recognition of the financial hardship some are facing as a result of COVID-19 Highlands Council and the Provincial Government have enacted special bylaws and legislation to change the property taxation framework for 2020.
Please refer to the attached property tax insert

Regular Office Hours 8:30am to 4:00pm - For Property Tax Payments only please

  • Tax notices have been mailed out.
  • Unpaid 2020 Property Taxes, including unclaimed Home Owner Grants are subject to penalties as follows:  *Class 1 (Residential), 2 (Utilities), and 9 (Farm):  5% on the first business day of August and an additional 5% on the 1st business day of October.  *Class 5 (Light Industry), 6 (Business and Other), 7 (Managed Forest) and 8 (Recreational/Non-Profit):  10% on the 1st business day of October.  Interest on arrears and delinquent taxes is calculated to July 2, 2020.
  • TAX SALE - see this webpage for information.  Any property with outstanding delinquent (2018) taxes will be offered to the public at a tax sale set annually on the last Monday in September (September 28, 2020).

HOME OWNER GRANT must be claimed every year
Banks no longer accept HOG claims, therefore, the District of Highlands provides the following options:

  • ONLINE SERVICES on the District's website www.highlands.ca (ENCOURAGED)
  • At the District Office 1980 Millstream Road (off Hanington) during office hours
  • In secure drop box in front door of the District Office (no CASH please)
  • Mailed to the full mailing address on the front of your tax notice

When visiting the District's website www.highlands.ca, click the ONLINE SERVICES button, you will find the following options and instructions:

  • CLAIMING YOUR HOG ONLINE (through District's website) 
  • VIEWING YOUR TAX ACCOUNT (you must register to safeguard your personal information) 
  • PAYING YOUR TAXES (what you will need to know to pay through YOUR Financial Institution’s website) 
  • PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENT PLAN  (program runs Aug 10 to May 10) 
  • VIEWING PROPERTY INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC 

Payment Options

 

  • Mail or drop us off a cheque or post-dated cheque in our secure drop box at the front door
    of our District Offfice (please include roll # on cheque for reference). 
  • Pay your taxes via online banking through YOUR Financial Institution’s website: “Highlands, Dist (BC)-Taxes” is now set up as a Payee at chartered banks and most credit unions.
  • After hours:  secure drop box at front door (no cash please)
  • In person 1980 Millstream Road (off Hanington) Office Hours:  8:30am to 4:00pm
  • We DO accept cash (discouraged), cheque, debit/interact  (know your transaction limit)
  • We DO NOT accept credit cards