Northern Rockies Regional Municipality

Property Tax Notices, Municipal Office Reopens June 1

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Municipal Office Hours

The municipal office is scheduled to reopen on Monday, June 1, 2020 with regular hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm. The first hour of each day (8:30am-9:30am) will be limited to patrons that are over 55 or immunocompromised.

In order to accommodate physical distancing guidelines, staff are able to accept home owner grants and other tax-related correspondence via several methods:

  • In Person: at 5319 50 Avenue South, Fort Nelson, BC
  • Mail or Drop Off (there is a drop box): home owner grant applications and payments (no cash) to Northern Rockies Regional Municipality, 5319—50 Ave S, Bag Service 399, Fort Nelson, BC   V0C 1R0.
  • Fax: your completed home owner grant form to 250.774.2507
  • Email: home owner grant applications to Finance@NorthernRockies.ca (legible photos may be accepted).

NRRM Property Tax Notices

Staff are currently printing municipal property tax notices and these will be mailed as soon as possible. The due date for residential property taxes is Thursday, July 2, 2020—please contact us if you haven’t received your tax notice before that date.

Reduced School Tax Rates for Businesses

School tax rates for several property rate classes are reduced for the 2020 tax year, including Class 4-Major Industry, Class 5-Light Industry, Class 6-Business and Other, Class 7-Managed Forest Land and Class 8-Recreational Property/Non-Profit Organizations.

Defer Your Property Taxes

(Please Read—2020 has major changes)

BC residential property owners may be able to apply for a low interest loan to pay current year property taxes on their principal residence under the Regular Tax Deferment Program or the Families with Children Tax Deferment Program

Starting April 2020 the Municipality will no longer be responsible for accepting applications - BC residential property owner can apply for property tax deferment on their principal residence online, quickly and easily. And for the first time, owners may choose to auto renew their application.

For more information on the deferment programs and to apply online visit BC Government Property Tax Deferment Website.

Home Owner Grant

The home owner grant is designed to help homeowners with their property taxes. To determine eligibility, please refer to the home owner grant information on the back of your property tax notice or on the province of BC home owner grant webpage.

There are two categories of grants which may reduce your property taxes payable. Depending on your home's assessed value and your age, you may qualify for one of the following:

  • Basic Grant: up to $770
    • Additional Grant: for those 65 and older of up to $1045

Homeowners eligible for the basic grant must pay a minimum property tax of $350. Homeowners eligible for the additional grant must pay a minimum property tax of $100.  The Home Owner Grant must be claimed by the tax due date to avoid penalty. You will not receive the grant if you fail to complete the application form.

Claim your Home Owner Grant

 To apply you need to complete and sign the form on your property tax notice (or you can  fill out and print the BC Ministry of Finance Application for Home Owner Grant (FIN 78). The home owner grant form  MUST be submitted to the NRRM municipal office. To avoid penalties, your application must be received by the due date. Unclaimed grants constitute unpaid current taxes and are subject to penalties. You may claim the grant without making a payment and the grant must be claimed each year that you are eligible.

Retroactive Home Owner Grant Application

The home owner grant may be available retroactively if you qualified last year and didn’t apply. Your application must be received by December 31st of the current year to claim last year's home owner grant.  To apply you need to complete a Retroactive Home Owner Grant Application (FIN 92) and submit it the NRRM municipal office. You may be required to submit additional documentation to establish your eligibility.

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You can reach out to us in all of the usual ways indicated at the bottom of this notice.

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