Property Taxes

Learn more about how to pay your property tax and how your tax dollars are distributed

Property taxes are one of the ways the City of Burnaby collects revenue to pay for City services. The amount you pay is based on your property assessment, taxes set by Burnaby City Council and taxes we collect for services provided by other taxing authorities such as the Province of BC.

 On this page you'll find the information you need to:

  • Pay your property tax through My Property Portal and other payment methods
  • Understand your property tax notice
  • Understand how your taxes are calculated
  • Claim your home owner grant
  • Understand how the funds collected are distributed

Important dates for 2021

August 1: Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD) plan deductions start for next year's taxes. Scroll down to see how you can register for PAD.

September 2: The last day to pay the balance owing on your 2021 property tax and claim your home owner grant in order to avoid a second 5% penalty. The first 5% payment penalty was applied July 6.

September 27: Annual property Tax Sale

Home owner grant

The provincial home owner grant reduces the amount of property tax you pay for your principal residence. As it is considered a form of payment, if it’s not claimed by the due date, it becomes outstanding current taxes, subjected to penalties.

Apply to the Government of BC for the home owner grant. Please note: there's been a change to the application process. 

  • Home owner grant applications are now processed by the Province of BC.
  • Eligibility requirements remain the same.
  • If you're eligible, you must claim the home owner grant by the property tax due date to a avoid late payment penalty.

Visit www.gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant to apply for your home owner grant.

Understanding your property tax notice

The amount of property tax you pay is based on your annual property assessment. We send you your property tax notice in early May, for payment at the beginning of July.

Your property tax notice is made up of taxes set by Burnaby City Council, including general city taxes, Local Area Service Levy, sewer parcel and Business Improvement Area Bylaw.

Provincial legislation requires Burnaby to collect taxes for services provided by other taxing authorities, such as the Province of BC, TransLink, Metro Vancouver, BC Assessment Authority and Municipal Finance Authority.

Additional information

Your assessed value is multiplied by the tax rate for your assessment class and divided by 1,000. The tax rate (or mill rate) is comprised of the rates levied by each taxing authority.

Taxing Authority Residential Mill Rate
City 1.70070
School – Province 1.11470
TransLink (GVTA) 0.2586
Metro Vancouver (GVRD) 0.0537
BC Assessment 0.04110
Municipal Finance Authority 0.0002
Total 3.16900
Example
Assessed Value X Mill Rate / 1000 = Gross taxes before an eligible home owner grant is applied
$1,176,300   3.169   $3,727.69

 

Burnaby keeps 54 cents of each property tax dollar

The City passes on 46 cents of each dollar to the Province and other authorities. Only 54 cents of each dollar collected is used for City services.

How the City’s portion of taxes is spent

The City’s portion of property taxes collected funds public services–the majority going toward protective services; parks, recreation and cultural services; and engineering services–including maintenance of roads and infrastructure.

The current year's Annual Financial Plan is available in May each year.

Table shows per $1,000 of assessed value:

Property Class City Council School - Prov Industrial Tax Credit - Prov School (net of Industrial Tax Credit) Translink Metro Vancouver BC Assessment Municipal Finance Authority Total
Residential  1.70070 1.11470 0.00000 1.11470 0.2586 0.0537 0.04110 0.0002 3.1690
Utilities   18.57990 12.86000 0.00000 12.86000 2.36290 0.18795 0.4731 0.0007 34.4646
Supportive Housing   1.70070 0.10000 0.00000 0.10000 0.00000 0.0537 0.00000 0.0002 1.8546
Major Industry 23.83730 3.86000 -2.31600 1.54400 1.52540 0.18258 0.4731 0.0007 27.5631
Light Industry  5.15020 3.86000 0.00000 3.86000 0.9393 0.18258 0.1137 0.0007 10.2465
Business Other  5.68700 3.86000 0.00000 3.86000 0.869 0.13157 0.1137 0.0005 10.6618
Managed Forest Land  0.00000 1.90000 0.00000 1.90000 0.00000 0.1611 0.2314 0.0006 2.2931
Recreation Non-Profit  0.6701 2.33000 0.00000 2.33000 0.1888 0.0537 0.0411 0.0002 3.2839
Farm  5.48290 6.91000 -3.45500 3.45500 0.3563 0.0537 0.0411 0.0002 9.3892

View Historical Tax Rates section in additional information.

Homeowners who qualify for the basic home owner grant of $570 must pay a minimum tax of $350 plus water and sewer use charges.

Home owners qualifying for the basic and additional home owner grants that total $845 must pay a minimum tax of $100 plus water and sewer use charges.

Change of address

It's important to keep your address current for property assessment and taxation purposes.

If the mailing address on your property tax bill is incorrect, please complete and submit the Change of Address Area 10, Jurisdiction 301 form directly to BC Assessment. Please note, this information will only update your property tax and your annual utility notice information.

Please note: It may take a couple of weeks for the City to receive your updated information from BC Assessment.

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Tax Office

Contact Us

Phone
604-294-7350
Fax
604-294-7153
Email
[email protected]

Address:

4949 Canada Way
Burnaby BC Canada
V5G 1M2

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Hours:

Monday - Friday: 8:00 am-4:45 pm

Holiday Hours:

Closed Labour Day (September 6, 2021)

About the Tax Office

The Tax Office is responsible for the billing and collection of utilities, garbage disposal fees, and property taxes. We also collect taxes for other authorities including Provincial Schools, TransLink, Metro Vancouver, Municipal Finance Authority and BC Assessment. The office also provides central revenue receipting services for the City.

The Tax Office is part of the Revenue Services division in the Finance department.

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