2023 Property Tax
Property taxes for 2023 are due July 4, 2023. Any unpaid balances (including unclaimed Home Owner Grants) after July 4th will have a ten percent (10%) penalty applied on July 5th.
If you do not receive your notice by June 15th, please contact the Finance Department via email or 250-485-6203.
Property Tax Payment Amounts on the Notice:
- Column A – No Grant – Pay this amount if you do not qualify
- Column B – Basic Grant – Pay this amount if you qualify and are under the age of 65
- Column C – Additional Grant – Pay this amount if you qualify and are a senior (65 or older), veteran or person with a disability
For more information, see the Home Owners Grant tab below.
Register for Online Services
Our online services provide residents the convenience of viewing and receiving their property tax account details online. When you sign up, you will no longer receive a paper copy in the mail.
If you have any questions please contact the Finance Department at 250-485-6203 or via email.
The account number is linked to the property. If you have sold or purchased your property Land Titles will notify the Finance Department with the updated information.
If you require a mailing address change, please contact BC Assessment at 1-866-825-8322 or complete the online address change form.
**If there is more than 1 owner on title, you will need to include them on this change form.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are moving within Oliver and you pay your property taxes and utilities online, you MUST update your bank payee with new property tax and utility account numbers. Otherwise, your payments will go to your previous property.
Change Name or Title
Any changes related to title requires notifying the Kamloops Land Titles Office. You may contact a land title corrections officer or have these changes made by a notary or lawyer acting on your behalf.
Talk to a Land Title Corrections Officer at:
Kamloops Land Title Office
114-455 Columbia Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 6K4
The Province of B.C. offers two programs to allow you to defer all or part of your annual property taxes on your home. Under these programs, taxes are paid on your behalf by the Province, and are accrued along with simple interest set by the Minister of Finance.
You may defer all or a portion of your current year taxes on your principal residence after the amount of the Home Owner Benefit. You cannot defer user fees for sewer, garbage and recycling.
Regular Property Tax Deferment Program
To qualify you must:
- be either 55 years or older (only one spouse need be 55), widowed or disabled; and if you are
- a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in BC for at least one year before applying for the deferment; and
- have at least 25% equity in your home based on your assessment
Families with Children Deferment Program
This program is designed to assist families with children, particularly during those years where costs are higher. To qualify you must:
- sign a declaration that, at the time of application the applicant financially supported any child under the age of 18 in the calendar year; and
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has lived in BC for at least one year before applying for the deferment; and
- have at least 15% equity in your home based on your assessment
With both applications, if you have a mortgage on your property a copy of your mortgage balance must accompany the application.
How to Enrol In eTaxBC
As a current Property Tax Deferment client (or account holder), you will have a new Property Tax Deferment (PTD) account number. Your current Property Tax Deferment account number RG0123456 will be replaced with a new account number PTD-1001-1001. You will need to use your new PTD account number going forward as the old account number will be invalid.
You will be able to review your account information by enrolling for eTaxBC access, go to eTaxBC and click “Enrol Now”. You will need the following
information to enrol:
User Type Selection: Access an Existing Account
Account Type: Property Tax – Deferment
New Account Number: PTD-1001-1001
Letter Id: L0123456789
How to Renew Your Existing Agreement
You are able to renew your existing agreement online by web Property Tax Deferment Annual Renewal and Statement of Account.
You can also select auto-renewal and your account will be automatically renewed annually, if you still meet all the eligibility requirements.
Auto-renewing is easy and simple. Do not forget to claim your home owner grant.
If you have questions about eTaxBC, please call eTaxBC support at 1 877 388-4440, option 1.
If you have questions about the Property Tax Deferment program or the new online
application, please call 1 888 355-2700 toll free (in B.C.) or 250 387-0555 (outside B.C.), or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find more information on
- Must apply each year
- Only one registered owner, who qualifies is to apply
- To apply online, visit gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant
- To apply by phone, call toll free 1 888 355-2700
- When you apply, you will need your social insurance number and folio number
- Must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
- Live in BC
- Occupy the residence as your principal residence
- Apply before the tax due date July 4, 2023 to avoid a penalty
You also must claim the grant even if you are paying through your mortgage or deferring your payment.
Learn more about the province’s home owner grant program.
Claim your home owner grant online with the province.
Notices are sent by mail in late May for the period of January 1 to December 31 of the current year.
- If you haven’t received a tax notice by June 15, please contact the Property Tax Department via email or by phone at 250-485-6203
- Not receiving a tax notice may occur due to a recent property purchase, if the notice was sent to the previous owner or mailed to an old address. If a property sale occurs during the year, taxes are adjusted by a notary or lawyer.
- The Town of Oliver does not adjust taxes due to property sales.
- Notices will include the municipal property tax portion, and, in some cases parcel taxes. Email the Property Tax Department or call 250-485-6203 for questions regarding parcel taxes.
- The notice will also include general taxes collected for other levels of government. For questions regarding other charges, please contact the corresponding organization below:
- BC Assessment Authority: 1-866-825-8322
- Municipal Finance Authority (MFA): 250-383-1181
- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Hospital, RDOS, and 911): 250-492-0237
- School (Province of BC): 250-590-0239
- Sterile Insect Release Program (RDOS): 250-469-6187
- If you haven’t received a tax notice by June 15, please contact the Property Tax Department via email or by phone at 250-485-6203
The Town of Oliver charges an automatic 10% penalty on all current taxes outstanding as of July 5th.
- Unclaimed home owner grants are also considered late if not received by the tax due date and are subject to the 10% penalty if claimed after July 4th.
- If after December 31, taxes are still not paid, further interest penalties are applied to the outstanding balances. Interest on outstanding balances is calculated at rates set quarterly by the Province of British Columbia.
A tax rate is established by taking the net revenue requirement of the municipality and dividing it by the total assessed value of all properties in their jurisdiction.
For example, if a municipality requires $2 million from taxation to cover its budget and the total assessed value of all properties within their jurisdiction is $1 billion, the tax rate is 0.00200.
Budget Need ÷ Assessed Value = Tax Rate
$2 million ÷ $1 billion = 0.00200
This rate is then used to calculate property taxes.
Tax Rate x Assessed Value = Property Taxes
0.0020 x $530,000 = $1,060.
To find out specific tax rates, please visit the Province of BC Local Government Tax Rates website.
Current year’s Tax Rates Bylaws can be found here
Property Tax Links
How do assessments impact taxes?
BC Assessment establishes property values and issues notices in January.
The Town of Oliver sets tax rates and issues notices in May.
These are two separate processes, but one does have an impact on the other.
How do I appeal my assessment?
You cannot appeal your property taxes; however, you can appeal your assessment by contacting the BC Assessment Authority:
- Call 1-866-825-8322
- Visit BC Assessment online
Who do I call if I have more questions?
For inquiries or concerns regarding your assessment notice please contact the BC Assessment Authority or by phone 1-866-825-8322.
For inquiries or concerns about your property tax notice, please contact the Town of Oliver by email or phone 250-485-6200.
The Town office mailing address is Box 638, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
You will need to add the Town of Oliver as a “payee” as follows:
- Search for OLIVER (ensure it is Oliver, BC), then choose from the drop down for utilities or property taxes.
- For Utilities enter the 13 digit account number (without spaces) shown on the top left hand corner of your utility bill located under the Town of Oliver phone and fax numbers.
- For Property Taxes, enter the 11 digit roll/folio number (without spaces) shown on top right corner of your property tax notice. This will begin with 555, if it isn't 555 then it does not get paid to the Town of Oliver.
If you have recently moved, you MUST update your bank payee with new property tax and utility account numbers. Otherwise, your payments will go to your previous property.
Please insure that you are paying the correct account (Utilities versus Property Taxes) and the correct account number.
Misallocated payments will only be corrected on a one-time basis. Subsequent payment adjustments will be subject to a $25.00 administration fee.
The Town does not consider a postmark or a teller stamp as proof of payment.
Cash, cheques and debit cards are accepted.
**NEW** Online Credit Card Payments are now accepted with a 2.5% service fee
Please click here to make your payment
E-TRANSFERS ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTED DUE TO INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION
Prepayments for the 2022 property taxes will commence in August of 2022. Pre-authorized payments for outstanding utility bills are also available. For additional information on setting up your account, visit the Pre-authorized Payments page.
The purpose of the Town’s tax exemption bylaws are to exempt properties specified in the bylaw from paying all or a portion of the municipal portion of property taxes. Properties owned by the municipality or other levels of government and used for public purposes are 100% exempted under the Community Charter.
Other properties are generally exempted only for buildings and the land directly beneath the footprint of the building. It has been Council’s practice to also provide permissive tax exemptions to all of the land surrounding these types of properties.
In order for a property to be considered for exemption from taxes the property must be included in the Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw. Council of the Town of Oliver has adopted a Permissive Tax Exemption Policy which outlines criteria and decisive factors for review of granting tax exemptions that will consistently be applied to all applications. The current tax exemption bylaw is in effect for the year 2023.
New applications or changes to existing exemptions for the 2024 taxation year are now being accepted. Application deadline of July 31, 2023.
Council has established a revitalization tax exemption program to provide relief from certain municipal property taxes for eligible development projects.
2023 Tax Sale
There are no properties on the Town of Oliver Tax Sale List.
2023 Tax Sale has been cancelled.
For further information, please contact Deputy Finance Officer at 250-485-6208 or by email.
Tax Sale Auction Information
- The Town is required by the Local Government Act to sell at Tax Sale all properties whose taxes have not been paid for 3 years.
- Tax sales in BC are conducted on the last Monday in September at 10:00 am for any properties with delinquent taxes outstanding.
- The Local Government Act requires the Town to advertise tax sale properties in two issues of a local newspaper.
- All property sales are “as is” without warranty or guarantee by the Town of Oliver.
- The Local Government Act gives the Collector authority to sell a property. The minimum bid is the amount of the Upset Price which consists of:
- all outstanding taxes plus
- penalties plus
- interest + 5% tax sale costs + Land Title Act fees.
- If no bidding takes place within three calls by the Collector (auctioneer), the Town is declared the purchaser at the upset price.
- In order to buy back your property after it’s been sold in a tax sale, you have one year from the date of tax sale to do so. You’ll need to pay:
- The upset price (see breakdown above)
- All costs for maintenance of the property
- Taxes advanced by the purchaser
- Interest, on the purchase price, from the tax sale date to the date of redemption
- When property is sold at an annual tax sale under the Local Government Act, all rights held by persons who, at the time of the tax sale, were an owner of the property or the registered owner of a registered charge on the property, immediately cease to exist, except as follows:
- The right of redemption
- The right to bring an action to set aside the Tax Sale
- The right to possession
- During the redemption period, the registered owner at the time of the tax sale retains the right to possession, and may reside at the property for up to one year from the date of the tax sale. The purchaser has the right to enter the property only to maintain it in a proper condition and to prevent waste during this period.
Property Not Redeemed
If a property sold at tax sale is not redeemed, the Collector registers the purchaser as the new owner with the Land Titles office. This cancels all previous registered charges, except for those set out in the Land Title Act.