HOW TO FILE A PROPERTY ASSESSMENT APPEAL
DEADLINE FOR FILING IS MAY 2, 2022
The Property Assessment Appeal Board is the second level of appeal in which you can dispute the decision of the Property Assessment Review Panel.
According to the Assessment Act, you may appeal to the Board on one or more of the following grounds:
The Board only has jurisdiction to decide whether your assessment is correct. It does not have jurisdiction to consider the amount of property taxes charged, or the level of services provided by your local government, or any other issue you may have with the taxing jurisdiction.
How to Submit an Appeal
You must file your appeal to the Board by May 2, 2022 following your appeal to the Property Assessment Review Panel.
There are three ways you can file your appeal:
Note: If your appeal is sent by mail, it must be postmarked by Canada Post no later than May 2, 2022. If you send it by courier or deliver it personally, the appeal must be received at the Board’s office no later than 4:30 p.m., May 2, 2022. It is not sufficient to send your appeal to BC Assessment or to the Property Assessment Review Panel – that method does not meet the requirements of the Assessment Act.
See the Board's Information Sheet 3 – Appeal Jurisdiction, for more details on the requirements to have a valid appeal.
Payment of Appeal Fees
An appeal filing fee of $30.00 for each assessment roll must be paid when you submit your appeal. If you e-file your appeal (option 1, above), you can pay electronically by credit card or mail a cheque (payable to "Minister of Finance"). For the other options you must mail a cheque to the Board office.
The Board cannot refund the appeal fees, even if, you win the appeal or it is withdrawn or settled.
If your notice of appeal does not contain all of the necessary information or the required fee, the Board will send you a notice requiring you to provide the necessary information or fee by a certain date. If you do not comply, the Board may dismiss your appeal.
The Board is independent of your municipality, who assess and collect property taxes. We highly recommend you pay your taxes as invoiced by your municipality to avoid late fees. Even if you settle your appeal early (i.e.: April) it is highly unlikely the change will be communicated and in effect prior to July or August. If you are successful with your appeal, please contact your municipality about a refund or credit.
Before you appeal, you should be aware that much of the appeal process is public. If your appeal requires a formal decision, hearings are open to the public and many documents and evidence are not confidential. Basic appeal information and formal decisions are posted on the Board’s website. Please contact the Board if you would like to discuss any privacy concerns.