Property Taxes are due on July 2, 2020.
First, claim your Homeowner Grant if you are eligible. The homeowner grant must be claimed online; paper grant forms will not be accepted in 2020. (Read more about the homeowner grant.)
Then, pay your taxes using one of the methods below. Property taxes are due July 2, 2020. If your payment is late a ten percent (10%) penalty is applied to the unpaid amount, including unclaimed Home Owner Grants.
- To avoid penalty, your payment and Home Owner Grant application must be received by the Property Tax Payment Due Date.
- If eligible, the Home Owner Grant must be applied for each year and must be claimed online.
City Hall is open BY APPOINTMENT ONLY due to COVID-19. Please pay online or by mail if possible.
1) Pay through online banking
We’d love for you to visit us at City Hall, but with concerns about COVID-19 the preferred method for payment is through your online banking system. To set Colwood up as a payee on your online banking system, search for “Colwood” and select the City account. (Check this list of Colwood payee names each bank uses.)
You will need to enter the folio number (without the decimal) from your property tax notice to ensure that the payment is applied to your tax account. We encourage you to arrange payment early to avoid penalty.
2) 24 Hour mail slot at City Hall
There is a mail slot located at the entrance to City Hall. Feel free to drop your payment off at any time. Your payment must be dropped off by the property tax due date to avoid penalty.
3) Pay through your bank
You can pay your property taxes through most financial institutions. Payments will be accepted as on time if paid at the bank by July 2, 2020.
4) Pay by mail
Mailed payments must be received by City Hall on or before the property tax deadline of July 2, 2020 to avoid penalty. Make cheques payable to the CITY OF COLWOOD.
Send your payment to:
City of Colwood Finance Department
3300 Wishart Rd
Victoria, BC V9C 1R1
You may choose to pre-pay your taxes by providing the City with monthly cheques post-dated for the 1st or the 15th of each month or by pre-authorized debit payments. No interest is paid on these payments. The monthly pre-payment program includes 10 fixed amount withdrawals on the first business day of each month beginning August 1. Fixed amounts are based on current gross tax amount divided by 10. There is no withdrawal in the month of June and the balance owing will be drawn on the first business day in July. Please submit a copy of this Pre-authorized Debit Payment enrollment form, along with a void cheque, directly to City Hall in person, by mail, or in the 24 hour mail slot located at the entrance to City Hall. Don't hesitate to contact us for additional information at 250-294-8150 or at email@example.com.
6) With your mortgage payment
Your financial institution can pay your taxes on your behalf if you have made such an arrangement through your mortgage agreement. Contact your mortgage company for further information. Make sure to submit your completed Home Owner Grant directly to the City of Colwood. Your mortgage company will not complete your Home Owner Grant on your behalf.
7) Tax Deferment
If you are 55 or older, a surviving spouse or a person with a disability, you may be eligible for the Province of BC Property Tax Deferment program. The Province of BC also offers a Families with Children deferment program for taxpayers who meet specific criteria. For detailed information on the programs, visit the Property Tax Deferment program website or contact the Province at 1-888-355-2700 or TaxDeferment@gov.bc.ca.
8) By appointment only in person at City Hall
City Hall is open by appointment only; the front doors are locked. Call 250-478-5999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book an appointment. Acceptable payment methods include:
- Personal cheques - payable to City of Colwood
- Post dated personal cheques. Please note that dishonoured cheques constitute non-payment of taxes and will be subject to penalty, interest and a returned cheque fee.
- Money orders
- Bank drafts
- CASH will not be accepted during the COVID-19 pandemic
- CREDIT CARDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED FOR PAYMENT OF PROPERTY TAXES, however cash advance cheques (provided by credit card companies) are accepted.