Property Tax

To balance the operating budget Council must raise revenue from property taxes. The amount required is converted to a rate, which is applied to the taxable assessment of each property and determines the amount of the property taxes payable.


Payment methods are new for 2020. See the several options available to you on our payment page. More 

Home Owner Grant

Property owners who occupy a property as their principal residence may be eligible for a Provincial home owner grant. Learn more on the Government of B.C. website.

Property tax notices

Property tax notices for the current year are mailed to property owners during the third week of May. Property taxes are normally due and payable on the first business day in July each year.  This year the penalty deadline has been extended to September 30, 2020 although early payment is encouraged. You are responsible for the taxes on your property, even if you have not received a tax notice.

Outstanding Taxes and Penalties

A penalty of 10% is applied to outstanding current year taxes at the close of business on the due date. Ensure that you claim your home owner grant by the property tax due date to avoid a 10% penalty on this outstanding amount. More

Property Assessment

Property assessment in British Columbia is the responsibility of the British Columbia Assessment Authority. Any questions about the assessment of property in Esquimalt should be directed to BC Assessment. More