Property Taxes

Paying Your Property Taxes

Property Taxes for 2017 were due on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 by 4:30 pm. A 5% Late Payment Penalty was applied to any unpaid 2017 taxes, including unclaimed Home Owner Grant amounts after the due date. An additional 5% Penalty was applied to all unpaid 2017 taxes on August 4, 2017.

Methods of Payment include:
Mail your Cheque – to Municipal Hall 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island, BC V0N 1G2
Pay in Person – at Municipal Hall Monday to Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, closed for statutory holidays. We accept cash, cheque or debit.
After Hours Drop Off - please use the mail slot located in the door on the porch at Municipal Hall
Online banking – available at most major Canadian financial institutions

Third party service provider PLASTIQ offers credit card payment processing of Bowen Island Municipality Property Tax and Utility Payments.  Please see important information below regarding the use of third party service providers.

To make a payment by credit card, you may visit PLASTIQ on line at Ensure you have your property tax folio number or your utility account number.

Please Note:
Important Information regarding the use of Plastiq, or other Third Party Service Providers:

  • Bowen Island Municipality neither endorses, nor has an established business relationship with Plastiq or any other third party payment providers.  This information  is being provided for the convenience of those property owners who wish to use a credit card to pay for property taxes and utility charges only. 
  • You will be charged a fee by Plastiq, or other third-party payment service providers should you choose to use the service. 
  • Additional cash advance or other fees may be charged by your credit card company.  The transaction may not be eligible for air miles or other rewards.  Please contact your credit card provider to confirm reward eligibility or if additional fees apply.
  • You will be required to create an account with the third party payment processor, and agree to the third party’s terms and conditions to use the service.  
  • The transaction is not instantaneous. The transfer will typically take up to 7 days but could be longer.  You are responsible to ensure that your payment is received by the due date; otherwise, Bowen Island Municipality will charge a late payment penalty of 5% on unpaid taxes.
  • Eligible property owners must still apply for their homeowner grant.  Drop your application off at Municipal Hall , or claim ONLINE before the due date to avoid late payment penalty.

Questions about your BIM Tax Notice? Please contact us.

Home Owner Grants

To apply for your Home Owner Grant online, you will need your eHog Password, located on your tax notice:

The purpose of the Home Owner Grant Program is to reduce the burden of residential property taxes on registered owners who occupy eligible residences.

The Home Owner Grant is a provincial subsidy program. Property owners must meet the eligibility requirements and complete an application each year. Any application that is incomplete, unclaimed or late will result in penalty charges (see above for details). Grants that are not paid are considered equivalent to unpaid taxes and subject to penalty charges.

If you have an arrangement with your mortgage company to pay your taxes on your behalf, you are still responsible for claiming your Home Owner Grant.

2017 Home Owner Grant - Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Home Owner Grant? 

The home owner grant reduces the amount of property taxes you pay for your principal residence.  It is available to homeowners in British Columbia (BC) who pay their property taxes to a municipality or to the province if they live in a rural area.

Who qualifies for the home owner grant?

To qualify for the grant you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • be the registered owner of the residence, or the spouse or relative of the deceased owner and at the date the owner passed away you both occupied the residence as your principal residence,
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
  • live in BC, and
  • occupy the residence as your principal residence.

What is considered to be my principal residence?

Your principal residence is the usual place that you make your home.  It is where you live and conduct your daily affairs, like paying bills and receiving mail, and it is generally the residence used in your government records for things like your income tax, medical services plan, driver's licence and vehicle registration.

You can have only one principal residence.  If you own more than one home, you cannot designate which one is your principal residence.

I forgot to apply for the home owner grant.  Can I apply for a previous year?

You can apply for last year’s grant retroactively if you qualified for the grant on December 31st of last year (see above) and you are still the registered owner.  If the property taxes for last year have been paid, you must have paid those taxes.

My financial institution pays my mortgage, do I have to fill out the grant application?

Your financial institution may send in payment for your property taxes but they do not apply for the home owner grant on your behalf.

What is the home owner grant threshold, and why does it change?

The home owner grant threshold is currently $1.6 million.  If the residential value or partitioned value of a property is over the threshold, the grant amount is reduced by $5 for each $1,000 of value over the threshold.  The threshold is reviewed each year as part of the provincial budget process.

Do I qualify for the higher (additional) grant amount?

You may qualify for the higher grant amount, if you are one of the following.

  • A senior aged 65 or older in this calendar year
  • Receiving provincial disability assistance, hardship assistance or a supplement under the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act
  • A person with disabilities or you are living with a spouse or relative with disabilities
  • The surviving spouse of a veteran who received a War Veterans Allowance
  • A spouse or relative of a deceased owner who passed away this year and the owner would have been eligible as a senior or a person with disabilities

More Information

Do we all have to sign the application if more than one of us owns the property?

Only one qualifying owner can claim a grant for a residence each year.  The owner who qualifies for the higher grant amount should be the one to apply.

Can another person apply for the home owner grant on my behalf?

You can give someone (e.g. a family member) verbal or written permission to apply for the grant on your behalf. 

Why do I need to complete the home owner grant application every year?

If you qualify for the home owner grant, you must apply each year to receive it. Your circumstance may change (e.g. you may move but still own the residence) so last year’s information cannot be relied on for this year’s grant.

Why am I charged a penalty for submitting a late home owner grant application?

The payment of your property taxes must be received by the due date stated on your property tax notice.  The home owner grant is a form of payment towards your property taxes.  Therefore, if you apply late, it is the same as making a late payment.

Home Owner Grant Administration

Toll-free:  1 888 355-2700

This information is provided for your convenience and guidance and is not a replacement for the legislation.

Deadlines and penalties


What's due?

 July 4

  • Your property tax payment: Last day to avoid 5% late penalty
  • Your home owner grant application
  • Property tax deferment application

 July 5

A 5% penalty applied to unpaid taxes

 August 3 

Last day to pay for 2017 property tax to avoid second 5% penalty

 September 25

Tax sale date

How to avoid paying penalties, interest, or fees

Late tax payments are subject to penalties and interest. To avoid these, be sure that, by the due date, you:

  • Pay your taxes
  • Claim your home owner grant (if eligible)
  • Submit your completed new or renewal tax deferment applications along with any outstanding prior year utilities payment to Municipal Hall

Types of penalties, interest, and fees

Penalties on unpaid tax balances

If you miss the payment deadline, you will be charged:

  • A 5% penalty — applied to unpaid balances on July 5
  • An additional 5% penalty — applied to unpaid balances on August 4

Fees for returned cheques

Cheques rejected by your financial institution for any reason are considered non-payment of taxes and are subject to applicable penalties and interest charges. In addition, the Municipality will charge an administrative fee for each rejected payment.

Interest charges

Current year property taxes that remain unpaid at December 31 become tax arrears on January 1, and will be charged daily interest until paid.

Delinquent taxes

Any taxes in arrears remaining unpaid on December 31 in the year following the year in which they became taxes in arrears are delinquent on that date, and charged daily interest until paid.

Properties with three years of outstanding taxes are subject to our annual tax sale

You property will be sold at a tax sale if you are in delinquent balance, which reflects 3 years of unpaid taxes. The tax sale is held annually, according to the Province of British Columbia's Local Government Act.

The annual tax sale takes place at 10:00 am on the last Monday in September at the Council Chambers. Properties which may be included in the annual tax sale will be listed in the local newspaper the week preceding the tax sale. If the delinquent taxes are paid before 10:00am on the tax sale day, they will be removed from the list of properties.

Avoid Tax Sale of Your Property

  • Pay your property taxes and claim your home owner grant (if eligible) by the due date.
  • Pay your delinquent taxes by September 1 to avoid your property from being listed in the newspaper.
  • Pay your delinquent taxes, including interest, by mid-September to stop your property from going to tax sale.

Pay Delinquent Taxes

Payment for delinquent taxes will be accepted in the following forms:

  • Certified cheque or money order
  • Bank draft
  • Lawyer’s trust cheque
  • Interac (at Municipal Hall)
  • Telephone or internet banking (allow 3 to 4 business days to process)
  • Cash (at Municipal Hall)


The current owner has 1 year after the property is sold at Tax Sale to pay all taxes, interest, and charges to retain ownership of their property. This is called the redemption period.

Registered charge holders have full right to redeem the property. To redeem the property, the charge holder must remit the full upset price, plus interest on the purchase price at a rate set by the Province, within 1 year of the Tax Sale.

As soon as the property is redeemed, the Collector will refund to the Tax Sale purchaser the purchase price, plus interest to the date of redemption.

Property Not Redeemed

If the property is not redeemed during the 1-year period, the Collector registers the new owner at the Land Title Office, thus cancelling all previous charges, except for those matters set out in Section 276(1)(c) to (g) of the Land Title Act, and any lien of the Crown, an improvement district, or local district.


This page intended to provide a general outline of the tax sale process. For complete information, prospective purchasers should consult the Local Government Act, in particular (but not limited to), Sections 645 to 672.

Average Residential Property Value

This year BC Assessment reports an average increase of 20-25% for most properties on Bowen Island. There are 1,740 single family dwellings on Bowen, each with an average value of $960,000. This roll value is preliminary however, and may change based on the outcome of potential appeals launched by property owners. Page 5 of 9 2017-2021 Progress Report on Development of 2017 Financial Plan January 23, 2017 Regular Council Meeting Impact to the Average Homeowner: The tax impact to the average homeowner based on the preliminary roll value, and the proposed effective tax increase of 2.5% is illustrated by the following table:

Amounts Collected for other Taxation Authorities

The other taxing authorities, Translink, Islands Trust, Provincial School and Police taxes will be added to tax bills. It is too early to estimate the added costs of those additional taxes, the final budgets for these organizations are currently in the process of adoption, and requisitions sent to the Municipality in March or April.

How your Taxes are calculated

Municipal Property taxes are calculated by dividing the assessment value for your property by 1,000 and multiplying that figure by the tax rate established for your property class.

There are a number of factors that affect your property taxes on a particular property:

  • Changes in assessed value
  • Changes in the Municipality's property tax rate
  • Changes in other taxing authorities' tax rate

Why does the Municipality collect taxes for other agencies?

The Municipality is required by the Province to collect taxes on behalf of other taxing authorities and in turn remits these taxes directly. These agencies include the Municipal Finance Authority, BC Assessment, Islands Trust, Metro Vancouver, Translink and the Province of BC for School taxes. The Municipality has no control over the amounts levied as the agencies determine their own rates based on their own budgetary requirements.

Why did my taxes go up more than the approved property tax increase?
If the changes in your property value are higher than the average change in your property class your taxes payable may be higher than the approved property tax increase. Similarly, if the changes to your property value are lower relative to the average change in your class, you may see a reduction in your taxes payable.

Deferring Your Property Taxes

Some Bowen Island Residents may be eligible to defer their property taxes for the current tax year. Please visit the the Province of BC webpage for further information. Please note that a Late Payment Penalty (see above) will be applied to any unpaid current taxes that are not approved by the Province's deferral program.

How your property is assessed

BC Assessment is an independent provincial crown corporation that determines the values of all properties in British Columbia. When establishing the market value of a property, BCA considers factors including real estate market, location, size, age and condition of buildings. Your assessment is based on the valuation of your property as of July 1st of the previous year and all owners are mailed their Property Assessment Notice by December 31st of each year.

Please visit BC Assessment for further information about your property assessment.

BC Lands & Title

Please visit BC Lands & Title for further information about you property Lands & Title information.

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