Taxes

Tax Sale

The Annual Tax Sale will be on September 25, 2017 at 10:00AM in Council Chambers.

Here is a list of properties as of: September 25, 2017

Property Taxes: 

The tax rate will be passed by Council in April 2017 when assessment figures are complete and requisitions from other authorities are received.

Property Tax Payment Options

Property tax payments can be done at City Hall located at 10631 100 Street, Fort St John.  We accept cheques, cash and debit at the front counter.  You can also pay your taxes online by setting us up as a payee on your online banking portal.  Search the word "Fort" in the payee field, and look for Fort St John City Taxes, or Fort St John City Property Taxes. Once you have located us in the list, add the roll # located at the top of your tax notice, into the account number field.  Enter all the digits except for the period. If you have more than one property, you will need to setup an account for each property.

Homeowner grant applications if eligible, once signed can be sent to us by mail to 10631 100 St, Fort St John, BC  V1J 3Z5, faxed to 250.787.8191, or emailed to tax@fortstjohn.ca

Property Tax Searches/Certificates

Do your require a tax search/certificate for a property within City of Fort St John boundaries?  Fax your requests to: 250.787.8191 or email tax@fortstjohn.ca.

Tax searches/certificates are $35.00 per search.

Payment can be made by submitting a credit card authorization form:  Authorization Form, to the fax number/email address listed above. If payment is not received you will be invoiced accordingly.

Tax Exemptions

New tax exemptions are considered by City Council after August of each year.
There are two types of exemptions - general statutory and permissive. General Statutory exemptions are mandatory and legislated in the Community Charter. Council does not have control over the types of exemptions within this category which includes: churches, land and improvements vested and held by the Provincial Government, hospitals and schools.

Permissive tax exemptions are those exemptions granted by Council in accordance with Section 224 of the Community Charter:

(2) Tax exemptions may be provided under this section for the following:

(a) land or improvements that
(i) owned or held by a charitable, philanthropic or other not for profit corporation, and
(ii) the Council considers are used for a purpose that is directly related to the purposes of the corporation,

(b) land or improvements that
(i) are owned or held by a municipality, regional district or other local authority, and
(ii) the Council considers are used for a purpose of the local authority,

(c) land or improvements that the Council considers would otherwise qualify for exemption under section 220 (general statutory exemptions) were it not for a secondary use.

(d) the interest of a public authority, local authority or any other corporation or organization in land or improvements that are used or occupied by the corporation or organization if:
(i) the land or improvements are owned by a public authority or local authority, and
(ii) the land or improvements are used by the corporation or organization for a purpose in relation to which an exemption under this Division or Division 6 of this Part would apply or could be provided if the land or improvements were owned by that corporation or organization,

(e) the interest of a public authority, local authority or any other corporation or organization in land or improvements that are used or occupied by the corporation or organization if:
(i) the land or improvements are owned by a person who is providing a municipal service under a partnering agreement
(ii) an exemption under section 225 (partnering and other special tax exemption authority) would be available for the land or improvements in relation to the partnering agreement if they were used in relation to the service,
(iii) the partnering agreement expressly contemplates that the Council may provide an exemption under this provision, and
(iv) the land or improvements are used by the corporation or organization for a purpose in relation to which an exemption under this Division or Division 6 of this Part would apply or could be provided if the land or improvements were owned by that corporation or organization,

(f) in relation to property that is exempt under section 220 (1)(h) (buildings for public worship),
(i) an area of land surrounding the exempt building,
(ii) a hall that the Council considers is necessary to the exempt building and the land on which the hall stands, and
(iii) an area of land surrounding a hall that is exempt under subparagraph (ii)

(g) land or improvements used or occupied by a religious organization, as tenant or licensee, for the purpose of public worship or for the purposes of a hall that the Council considers is necessary to land or improvements so used or occupied,

(h) in relation to property that is exempt under section 220 (1)(i) (seniors' homes) (j) (hospitals) or (l) (private schools), any area of land surrounding the exempt building,

(i) land or improvements owned or held by an athletic or service club or association and used as a public part or recreation ground or for public athletic or recreational purposes,

(j) land or improvements owned or held by a person or organization and operated as a licensed community care facility or registered assisted living residence under the Community Care and Assisted Living Act,

(k) land or improvements for which a grant has been made, after March 31, 1974, under the Housing Construction (Elderly Citizens) Act before its repeal.

Please be advised that permissive tax exemptions are at Council's discretion.

Council adopted Permissive Property Tax Exemption Council Policy No. 21/14 to provide guidelines for tax exemption applications. Applications are available at City Hall or on the website.

Applications must be submitted to the Legislative and Administrative Services Department on or before June 15th  of each year for Council's consideration for the following year's property taxes.

 

Questions or Comments?

Contact: Finance
Phone: 250.787.8150
Fax: 250-787-8191