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Paying Your Property Taxes & Applying For Your Home Owner Grant

This page was last reviewed on April 25, 2017.

Property Tax Payment Deadline

Property taxes are due on the first business day of July each year and must be paid to the Village of Cumberland at the Village Office.

Failure to pay or claim your home owner grant, if eligible, by this deadline will result in a 10% penalty.

You are responsible to ensure your taxes are paid in full by the deadline regardless if a third party, such as your mortgage institute, is paying on your behalf.

Property Tax Notices

Property tax notices are mailed to property owners in late May or early June to the address on file with BC Assessment.

It is the responsibility of the property owner to pay property taxes by the due date in order to avoid a penalty whether or not a notice was received. Please contact the Village office at 250-336-2291 if you have not received a tax notice.

Update Your Contact Information

BC legislation requires that municipalities send tax notices to the address on file with BC Assessment. Non-receipt of a tax notice does not exempt the taxpayer from late penalty fees.

Contact BC Assessment to update your your contact information. You may also drop into the Village office and our staff can assist you update your address.

How You Can Pay Your Property Taxes

1. Payments through your financial institution – either online or in person

When paying through your financial institution, it is recommended that you allow at least five business days for processing. You must apply for your homeowner grant through the Village office. Property owners are responsible for ensuring payment is received by the Village by the payment deadline.

Participating financial institutions include:

  • First Credit Union
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Scotiabank
  • National Bank
  • Credit Unions (Please check with your credit union to confirm if it offers this service.)
  • TD Bank
  • Bank of Montreal

Please inquire with your financial institution if it does not appear on this list.

Online payments

For online payments, to set up as a new payee search the word “Cumberland” then choose Village of Cumberland Property Taxes or Cumberland (Village of) Property Taxes.

Your account number is located at the top right hand corner of your Tax Notice, next to the heading Folio No. Your property tax account number is eight digits long. Please enter the full eight digits excluding the decimal.

Please note, account numbers are associated with the property, not owners. If you sell your property and purchase another property within Cumberland, please delete the payee associated your previous address and add a new payee with your new account number.

2. Credit Card payments now accepted through Plastiq.com

Plastiq.com is a third party website that allows you to pay using most major credit cards for a fee.

Go to www.villageofcumberland.plastiq.com (Third party charges will apply).

Your account number is located at the top right corner of your tax notice, next to the heading “Folio No”. Your property tax account number is eight digits long. Please enter the full eight digits without the decimal. It is recommended that you allow at least five business days for processing to ensure your payment is received by the Village by the payment deadline.

The option to pay by credit card is not available in person at the Village Office.

You must apply for your homeowner grant at the Village office.

3. In person at the Village office

The Village office is located at 2673 Dunsmuir Avenue and is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.

When the office is closed, you may drop off a cheque through the mail slot.

The Village accepts cash, cheque or debit. If using your debit card, your payment may be restricted by your daily limit. The Village does not accept credit cards for property tax payments.

4. By mail

Box 340, Cumberland, BC V0S 1R0

If you mail your payment to the Village, the date of payment is the date payment is received by the Village and not the date of postmark.

5. By Courier

To 2673 Dunsmuir Avenue, Cumberland, BC V0R 1S0.

Home Owner Grant Application

Home Owner Grant applications must be submitted each year. View information on the 2017 homeowner grant from the BC Ministry of Finance.

To apply for the home owner grant and the additional seniors home owner grant (for those 65 years and older) you must complete the application on the back of the tax form and submit it to the Village Office by the tax deadline date. Please submit your application regardless of whether you are able to pay your taxes in order to reduce the 10% penalty that is assessed on the balance of taxes owing after the deadline.

You can make retroactive home owner grant application and download the home owner grant application under Forms on the Ministry of Finance Home Owner Grant page and submit to the Village Office. You can also drop into the Village Office during regular office hours to make these applications.

Your mortgage company cannot apply on your behalf, so please submit your application regardless if a third party is paying your taxes.

Tax Deferment Programs

You may be eligible for the Provincial Tax Deferment Program or the Families With Children Property Tax Deferment Program.

For more information on these programs read more on the Ministry of Finance’s web site or drop into the Village Officer where staff can assist you.

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