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Property Taxes

Property taxes are one of the ways the City of Powell River collects revenue to pay for municipal services like police, fire fighting, recreation, parks, and programs to build a healthier and thriving coastal community. The amount you pay is based on the funds the City needs to provide municipal services each year, and your property assessment.

Property tax rates, together with assessed value and property use, determine the taxation amount for each property. BC Assessment determines the assessed value and the City sets the municipal tax rates annually based on the funds required to support local services. Your property tax notice contains levies from other taxing authorities, including the Regional Hospital District, qathet Regional District, School Tax, BC Assessment and Municipal Finance Authority. The City collects these levies on behalf of the other agencies and has no control or input over the amounts levied.

Residential property tax notices also include annual utility charges (water, garbage and sewer), while commercial property tax notices include only sewer charges and receive a separate annual billing for water.

Ways to Pay Your Taxes

1. Online banking:

Add the City of Powell River Property Tax as a payee (exact wording varies between financial institutions) and enter your folio number (RBC requires 12 digits, so add 0's in front of folio number). If eligible, the home owner grant can be claimed online by clicking the Provincial HOG link at: www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant . You will need your folio number and jurisdiction found on your tax notice. You will also need to provide your SIN and date of birth.

2. By mail:

City of Powell River
6910 Duncan St.
Powell River, BC
V8A 1V4

Payment must be received at City Hall by the due date regardless of the mailing date.

3. 24-Hour Drop Box - cheques made payable to the City of Powell River can be placed in the drop box which is located on the left hand side of the front entrance to City Hall.

4. In person - at your bank or City Hall is open between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays) to accept property tax payments.

A 10% penalty will be applied on any balance owing, including unclaimed home owner grants on July 3, 2024.

If you have any questions please contact our office at 604-485-8620 or email us at financecontact@powellriver.ca.

More Information

2024 Property Tax Insert
More information on property taxes.

Claim Your Home Owner Grant Online
Home owner grant information and application.

The Property Tax Deferment Program
Loan program that allows you to defer your annual property taxes on your home if you meet certain criteria.

Home Owner Grant Information
Homeowner Grant eligibility guidelines and application process.

Address Change
This BC Assessment address change form will also result in an address change for City of Powell River tax notices. You will be asked your Area and Jurisdiction. Powell River is, Area 6 and Jurisdiction 330.

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