Property taxes are due and payable on the first business day in July each year.
A penalty of 10 per cent is applied to any unpaid current year taxes, including unclaimed home owner grants, at the close of business on the due date.
Nine ways to pay your property taxes
1. By online or telephone banking
Pay your property tax bill at your bank or credit union using the following information:
Account number: use your folio number (numbers only, do not include the decimals)
Bill payee name: Esquimalt – TAX
Note: This may vary among financial institutions, ie "Esquimalt (Township) – Property Taxes" or "Esquimalt Prop Tax.
You may make prepayments of $10 or more at any time from January 1 through to April 30.
If you prepay your taxes in full or in part between January 1 and April 30, your account will be credited with interest from the prepayment date through to the due date. The maximum prepayment amount allowed is the net taxes paid from the previous year.
You can only prepay your taxes if you have no unpaid taxes from previous years. Contact the Property Tax Department with any questions.
3. Pre-authorized payment plan
Planning ahead for next year's taxes, the Property Tax Pre-Authorized Payment Plan is an optional payment plan which allows you to make ten (10) equal payments for property taxes between August and May inclusive. The program is a prepayment program towards next year's taxes. Any balance outstanding for current year taxes will be subject to penalty after the July due date. There are no monthly withdrawals taken in June or July. Please read your tax notice carefully to see if there is a further balance due. You are still required to apply for your Home Owner Grant each year if you are eligible, even if there is a credit balance owing on your account.
4. Pay in person
Bring your tax notice and payment to the Property Tax Department on the 2nd floor of the Municipal Hall at 1229 Esquimalt Rd. We are open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Acceptable payment methods include:
- Personal cheques – payable to Township of Esquimalt *
- Post-dated personal cheques *
- Money orders
- Bank drafts
- Cheques issued by your credit card provider
- Interac – please ensure your debit card daily transaction limit is sufficient before presenting the card for use
* Dishonoured cheques constitute non-payment of taxes and will be subject to penalty and interest.
Credit cards are not accepted for payment of property taxes.
5. 24-hour mail slot
There is a secure Mail Slot located at the entrance to the Municipal Hall that is accessible seven days a week.
6. By mail
Mailed payments must be received no later than the penalty date printed on the tax notice to avoid the late penalty charges. Remember to include your completed Home Owner Grant application, or apply online. Post dated cheques are acceptable.
Send your payment to:
Township of Esquimalt
1229 Esquimalt Rd
Victoria BC V9A 3P1
7. With your mortgage payment
Your financial institution can pay your taxes on your behalf if you have made such an arrangement through your mortgage agreement. Contact your mortgage company for further information. Remember to submit your completed home owner grant application directly to the Esquimalt Tax Office.
8. At your bank
You can pay your property taxes at most financial institutions. For your payment to be considered on time, you must have a receipt from your bank with a date stamped on or before the tax due date. If making a payment on the due date, please check your bank stamp to ensure the correct date is shown. Receipts date stamped after the penalty date will be subject to a 10 per cent penalty. Please check with your financial institution regarding bank local transaction cut off times to avoid penalty. Remember to complete and sign your home owner grant application and submit it to the Township of Esquimalt. Do not claim your grant at your financial institution.
9. Tax deferment
You may be eligible to defer your current property taxes. The British Columbia Tax Deferment Program is a loan program that allows you to defer your annual property taxes on your home if you meet certain criteria. Only current year taxes are eligible for deferment. You will still be responsible to submit your Home Owner Grant to the Township of Esquimalt Tax Department by the due date to avoid a 10% penalty. Applications received after the property tax due date will be subject to a 10% penalty as will any denied deferment applications. For detailed information on this program visit the Deferment Office Website, or contact the Township of Esquimalt Property Tax Department at 250-414-7107.