The City of Coquitlam relies on property tax revenue to provide needed services such as police protection, fire/rescue response, road maintenance, recreation and cultural services, programs and events, parks and trails, and more. For information regarding the 2022 Financial Plan and a summary of what we heard as part of the 2022 Citizen Budget Survey, please visit coquitlam.ca/financialplan.
On your Property Tax Bill, approximately 40% of a typical residential property tax bill is collected on behalf of other agencies that are outside the City’s budget control:
These taxing authorities determine the amounts payable and the City collects on their behalf.
Approximately 40% of a typical residential property tax bill is collected on behalf of other agencies that are outside the City’s budget control.
The 2022 assessed value for residential properties in Coquitlam went up by approximately 20% on average. While your property value may have increased, this does not necessarily mean you will pay more taxes in 2022.
How the value of your property changes in comparison to the average for other residential properties in Coquitlam impacts the amount of tax you will pay on your property.
The British Columbia Assessment Authority (BCAA) is an independent organization that determines the value of all properties in British Columbia. When establishing the market value of a property, BCAA considers many factors including size, layout, age, condition, location, neighbourhood and the value of recent sales of similar properties. All owners receive a Property Assessment Notice by December 31 each year.
It is important to check all details on the Property Assessment Notice. If you have questions about your property assessment, please call BCAA to speak with an appraiser. If you still disagree with your assessment after talking with an appraiser, you can file a formal Notice of Complaint (Appeal).
The deadline to file a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) is January 31. Send your Notice to:
BCAA, North Fraser Region
BC Assessment Greater Vancouver Office
Suite 200 - 2925 Virtual Way
Vancouver BC V5M 4X5
The assessed value of your property as determined by the BCAA is used to calculate how much property tax you will pay. With the BCAA Notice of Complaint (Appeal) deadline being January 31, once you have received your Tax Bill in May, it will be too late to make any changes to the assessed value of your property.
City Council determines the budget it needs to provide services to residents and businesses. Each year in May, a Municipal Property Tax Rate is set to collect the necessary taxes to pay for the many important services provided.
Rates are per $1,000. Multiply the taxable value (found on your property assessment notice) by the municipal tax rate for the applicable assessment class(es).
Section 224 of the Community Charter provides Council with the authority to grant Permissive Tax Exemptions for certain land and/or improvements from municipal property taxes. Council will consider requests for Permissive Tax Exemptions for certain categories of land or improvements, such as those owned and used by non-profit organizations, which provide public benefit to the residents of Coquitlam subject to the conditions of our Permissive Property Tax Exemption Policy.
For further information on the policy, please contact the Revenue Services Department at 604-927-3920.
Deferment applications are no longer submitted through your municipal office.
The Province has developed a new online application process. All applications will now be submitted directly to the Province. Information on the new program is available on British Columbia’s Property Tax Deferment page.
Each year, if required, the City of Coquitlam holds a municipal tax sale on the last Monday of September in Council Chamber at 3000 Guildford Way. A tax sale is a public auction of all properties that have not paid their taxes for three years.
If your property has delinquent taxes owing, contact us immediately by email or call 604-927-3050. To avoid your property being published in the newspaper, your delinquent taxes must be paid by August 31 by cash, debit or certified cheque.
For complete information, prospective purchasers should consult the Local Government Act (Division 7 of Part 16)