Property Taxes and Utilities

Property taxes are calculated based on the assessed value of your property (information coming from BC Assessment). Tax rates are set every year by the City Council in terms of general municipal taxes, sewer parcel and Business Improvement Areas Bylaw. Provincial legislation requires the City to collect taxes for services provided by other taxing authorities, such as the Province of BC, Translink, Metro Vancouver, BC Assessment Authority & Municipal Finance Authority.  The City collects property taxes from residents and commercial/industrial companies  in order to have revenue to provide City services each year.

DUE DATE & PENALTIES

The due date for this year’s property taxes is July 2, 2021. A 5% penalty will be charged to current taxes remaining (including unclaimed Home Owner Grant) after July 2, 2021. A second penalty of 5% will be applied to any unpaid balance after September 1, 2021.These penalties are a requirement of the Community Charter. The City has no authority to either waive or modify these penalty amounts. A payment that is one day late is subject to the full amount of the penalty.

If you have not received your property tax notice, please contact the Property Tax Department at City Hall at 604-527-4550. It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay property taxes, by the due date in order to avoid penalty, whether or not a bill is received. New owners who have not received a property tax notice are advised to contact the Property Tax Department.

Property tax notices and reminder notices

Property tax notice - sent end of May - due date July 2, 2021

1st reminder notice - sent late July - due date September 1, 2021

2nd reminder notice - sent late October - due date December 31, 2021

  • Tax Mill Rates [PDF] - 38KB

  • Please pay your bill online via one of the following options:

    • Online banking, telephone banking and ATMs Contact your financial institution for further information. From your financial institution’s website, search for 'New Westminster City' and select payee with “property taxes”. Use the 8-digit folio number on the front of your tax notice as the account number.
      Ensure your payment is received on time, allowing for at least 3 business days prior to the due date.
    • In person at your financial institution
      Ensure your payment is received by the due date. 
    • Cheques and bank drafts payable to the City of New Westminster
      Cheques and bank drafts may be postdated to the tax due date. An administration fee will be charged for returned or dishonoured payments per municipal bylaw.
    • In-person at City Hall
      Available Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

    Sign up for e-billing.

    For electronic payments, allow at least three business days prior to the due date.

  • 2021 Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste Rates

    The annual flat rate utilities consists of water, sewer and solid waste charges. Utility statement is mailed on late February. To be eligible for the discounted amount, all fees must be paid in full on or before Friday, May 7, 2021, whether or not you have received a bill. Payments received after this date will not be eligible for the discounted amount.

    Some homeowners may be qualified for a discounted amount. If you’re a registered owner, 65 years of age or over and living alone (one person only in the single family residence) during the calendar year you are eligible for a Senior waiver discount. The waiver amount will be equal to 25% of the annual water, sewer and solid waste charges for the current year. The amount will be applied to your current flat rate utilities account upon approval of the application.

    Single Family Dwelling Gross Discount 5% 2021 Net 2020 (net) 2019 (net) % Change
    Water $680.25 $34.01 $646.24 $603.96 $564.45 7%
    Sewer $959.79 $47.99 $911.80 $852.15 $796.40 7%
    Solid Waste - 120L $292.80 $14.64 $278.16 $248.36 $221.75

    12%

    Subtotal $1932.84 $96.64 $1836.20 $1704.47 $1582.60  
    Single Family Dwelling - Senior Waivers (25%) Gross Senior Discount 25% 2021 Net 2020 (net) 2019 (net)  
    Water $680.25 $170.06 $510.19 $25.51 $484.68  
    Sewer $959.79 $239.95 $719.84 $35.99 $683.85  
    Solid Waste - 120 L $292.80 73.20 $219.60 $10.98 $208.62  
    Subtotal $1932.84 $483.21 $1449.63 $72.48 $1377.15  
    Single Family Dwelling - Secondary Suite Gross Discount 5% 2021 Net 2020 (net)    
    Water - Single Family $680.25 34.01 $646.24 603.96    
    Water - Secondary Suite $340.10 $17.00 $323.10 $301.96    
    Sewer- Single Family $959.79 $47.99 $911.80 852.15    
    Sewer - Secondary Suite $479.90 $24.00 $455.90 $426.07    
    Solid Waste - 240L $452.38 $22.62 $429.76 $383.71    
    Subtotal $2912.42 $145.61 $2766.79 2567.85    
    Multi-Family Per Living Unit Gross Discount 5% 2021 Net 2020 (net)    
    Water - Metered - Cubic Feet            
    Min Charge $56.15   $56.15 $52.48    
    1-10,000 $5.62   $5.62 $5.25    
    Next 20,000 $4.08   $4.08 $3.81    
    Next 20,000 $3.22   $3.22 $3.01    
    over 50,000 $2.43   $2.43 $2.27    
                 
    Sewer - Apartment Unit $539.78 $26.99 $512.79 $479.25 447.90  
    Townhouse Unit $749.79 $37.49 $712.30 $665.70 622.15  
                 
    Solid Waste Commercial Rate      
    Food Scraps/Apartment $28.54 - $28.54      
    Tag-a-Bag/Bag $4.00 - $4.00      
    Replacement of lost or damaged 120 L container     $75.00      
    Replacement of lost or damaged 240 L container     $100.00      
    To upsize from a 120 L to 240 L container     $25.00      
    To recover a missed collection for a late set out, wrong collection container or incorrectly placed collection container     $25.00      


    Download waiver form.

     

  • The Home Owner Grant Program is a Provincial Government program designed to help homeowners with their Property Taxes. The Home Owner Grant reduces the amount of Property Taxes home owners pay on their principal residence. 

    Starting January 1, 2021 municipalities will no longer accept retroactive or current year Home Owner Grant applications. For more information please visit the Provincial Government Home Owner Grant Administration website, or contact their office at 1-888-355-2700. 

    *Please use your folio number listed on your statement in the required roll number field. 

  • Starting January 1, 2021 municipalities will no longer accept retroactive or current year Home Owner Grant applications. For more information please visit the Provincial Government Home Owner Grant Administration website, or contact their office at 1-888-355-2700.  

  • The Province’s Property Tax Deferment program provides low-interest loans for qualifying BC homeowners to defer their property taxes until they sell or transfer ownership of their home. 

    The Province has taken over the administration of this program and municipalities will no longer be collecting any information or application. 

    Deferment applications are no longer submitted through your municipal office. The Province has developed a new online application process. All applications will now be submitted directly to the Province.  For full details, and to ensure you qualify, please refer to the Province's website, or contact their office at 1-888-355-2700.

  • Any property with delinquent taxes will be sold at the City’s annual tax sale unless the delinquent taxes, with interest, are sooner paid. The City is obliged to hold the annual tax sale each year on the last Monday of September. It is held at 10:00 am at City Hall located at 511 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC. Taxes become delinquent on January 1st of the second year following the year in which the taxes were billed.
    The list of properties that may be available for sale will be published in the local newspapers on two separate dates, the last publication being not less than three days or more than ten days before the date of the tax sale. A final list of the properties still available for sale will be distributed at the time of the tax sale.
    The sale is a public auction with the successful bid being the highest bid above the upset price. The upset price is the total of all outstanding taxes plus penalties, interest and costs.
    Research properties before you bid. The City is not responsible for the condition or quality of the properties being offered for sale.
    All Provincial Health Officer orders for public indoor settings will be applied during the tax sale process. Based on current Provincial health regulation, the tax sale will be limited to 24 participants. Due to social distancing requirements and the need to limit the number of attendees, all bidders must pre-register between 8:35am to 9:55am at City Hall. No registrations will be permitted after 9:55am. Only registered bidder will be allowed into Council Chambers for the tax sale process. Friends or family of registered bidders are prohibited.
    Registered participants must be the age of majority, 19 or older, to register and will be required to show photo ID showing their legal name and their Social Insurance Number (SIN) when registering. Registered bidders must have in their possession certified funds of the upset price at the time of registration.
    The minimum bid is the amount of the Upset price. If no bidding takes place within three calls by the Collector (auctioneer), the City is declared the purchaser at the Upset price.
    The highest bidder at or above the upset price shall be declared the purchaser. The purchaser must pay by certified cheque or bank draft. Bidders will be given until 2pm on September 27, 2021 to secure funds for the balance of the bid price. Upset price to be paid at time of tax sale.
    The owner of the property, or any registered charge holder, will be notified of the sale of the property for taxes. They have a period of 12 months to redeem the property by paying the outstanding taxes. Only at the end of the redemption period, if the property has not been redeemed will title pass to the successful bidder. If the property is redeemed, all of the amounts paid to the City by the successful bidder will be returned with interest at the rate prescribed under section 11(3) of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act.
    The successful bidder has only limited legal rights to the property during the redemption period. The registered owner continues to have use and enjoyment of the property.
    The successful purchaser of tax sale property that results in transfer of title at the end of the redemption period will be required to pay any property purchase taxes and goods and services taxes which may apply to the sale.
  • By mail or in person at:
    511 Royal Avenue
    New Westminster, B.C.
    V3L 1H9

    Phone: 604-527-4550
    Email: 


    City Hall hours of operation:

    Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm (excluding holidays)