How to make a payment

1. In person 

 We accept cash, cheque and Debit/Interac payments at Town Hall between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday to Friday at 5319 50 Avenue | Fort Nelson

2. By mail

Mail your cheque with the payment stub to:

Northern Rockies Regional Municipality | Bag Service 399 | Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0

NOTE: Payments must be received at Town Hall on or before the due date printed on the notice/bill. Postmarks are NOT accepted as proof of payment.

3. Online banking

  1. Log into online banking with your financial institution's website. If you do not have online banking, contact your bank to set it up.
  2. Add Northern Rockies Regional Municipality as a payee.
  3. Add the account number located on your bill or invoice in the account number field.
  4. Make a payment as you would normally.
Type of accountAccount numberFormat
*Most systems do not require you to enter any decimal in the account number
Taxes Use your tax roll number 9 digits
Utilities Use your utility account number 11 digits
Accounts Receivable (Bulk water, Landfill) Use you Customer ID 4-9 alphanumeric characters

NOTE: Banks can take two to three business days to process your online payment. Please keep this is mind if you are making a payment near the due date, especially for property tax and utility payments. If payments are received after the due date for taxes and utilities, penalties and interest will apply.

4.  NRRM Finance eServices

Manage all of your accounts in one place with NRRM Finance eServices.

View and pay your property taxes, utility billing and invoices online.

Payment by credit card only.

NOTE: 1% transaction fee for Recovery of Credit Card Fees will be added at the time of your payment.  This fee is used to offset credit card processing fees incurred.

Overdue Accounts

Payments must be received on or before the due date printed on the tax notice or utility bill.  Late payments are subject to 10% penalty.

Utility accounts with outstanding amounts at December 31 will have balances transferred to corresponding property tax account.  The amounts are then subject to provincially-determined rates for arrears.

 


Property taxation

Property owners within the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality pay taxes directly to the municipality. The tax due date is July 2nd.  When July 2nd falls on the weekend, taxes are due on the following Monday.

Each year after the adoption of the financial plan but before May 15th Council must impose property value taxes for the year by establishing rates for:

  • The municipal revenue proposed to be raised for the year from property value taxes as provided in the financial plan; and
  • The amounts to be collected for the year by means of rates established by the municipality to meet its taxing obligations in relation to another local government or other public bodies (ie. School/Police, BC Assessment, Municipal Finance Authority and Northern Rockies Regional Hospital District).

Property value taxes are based on the assessed value of land and improvements, other than land and improvements exempt by statute. Separate rates are established for each property class. Property value taxes are deemed to be imposed on January 1st of the year in which the Tax Rate Bylaw is adopted.

Regional Municipality Tax Levies

Before the amalgamation of the Town of Fort Nelson and the Regional District there were 8 taxation zones plus 26 regional district local service areas, covering a variety of overlapping services and geographic areas.

In 2009 the Regional Municipality was established and it took on full responsibility for all local government services and replaced the Province as the property taxation entity.  Taxation rates for the new Regional Municipality revealed a more fair distribution of taxation across the region which provides funding to meet the longer term infrastructure requirements for the broader community.

Industrial tax base:  The Minister of Community Development established a tax limitation for industrial properties with a 'fixed industrial ratio' of 3.3 of the residential tax rate.

Residential tax base:  There were tax limits established for two areas formerly known as Electoral Area A (65%) and Electoral Area B (35%) for residential and commercial classes to ensure a fair allocation of levies for the existing services. 

In addition, two local services areas were created for the collection of the Fire Protection Service Levy and the Town Capital Levy.

For residential and business classes the following tax rates are applicable:

Area B - Designated Area B tax rate

Area A (outside of the Fire Area) - Designated Area A tax rate

Area A (inside Fire Area) - Designated Area A tax rate and Fire Protection Services tax rate

Town - General Municipal tax rate, Fire Protection Services tax rate, and Town Capital tax rate

NRRM Electoral Area Map

Tax Levies Imposed by other Authorities

Your annual tax notice includes ALL property taxes – those imposed by the municipality and those imposed by other governing jurisdictions. The municipality collects taxes on behalf of others as follows:

  1. School/Police Taxes: These are remitted to the Province of BC
  2. Assessor: These are the BC Assessment Authority taxes
  3. MFA: These are the Municipal Finance Authority taxes
  4. Northern Rockies Regional Hospital District

Property Tax Rates

Municipal property taxes are based on the tax revenue needs set out in the annual budget (financial plan).  Property taxes are calculated by applying a set tax rate against the assessed value of a property.  

Municipal tax rates are annually set by the Regional Council, and the assessed values are set independently by BC Assessment.  

 Property tax rates by year

Property Tax 101 

Click on the link button to see an explanation of property taxation:

Property Tax 101

Property Assessment

Each year, BC Assessment produces independent property assessments for all property owners in the province.  In December each year BC Assessment mails to each property owner a Property Assessment Notice which shows the property's market value and other important information. Questions regarding property assessments should be directed to BC Assessment.

Provincial and local governments use property assessments to calculate the tax rate required to raise the revenue needed to pay for public services. Tax authorities set tax rates that are applied to the taxable assessment of properties, which is subsequently shown on your tax notice.

BC Assessment Authority

Tax Exemptions

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality has the authority to exempt eligible properties from property taxation for a specified period of time.  

 Permissive Tax Exemption

 Industrial Revitalization Property Tax Exemption

Home Owner Grant Centralization

All property owners can now claim their current year home owner grant by submitting their application to the Province. Municipalities are no longer accepting Home Owner Grant applications. Learn more at http://www.gov.bc.ca/Homeownergrant or phone 1.888.355.2700 to speak to an agent. In order to avoid penalties and interest, you must apply before the tax due date each year.

Province of BC Home Owner Grant Administration

Property Tax Deferment 

Tax Deferment is a low-interest provincial loan program that helps qualified BC homeowners pay their annual property taxes on their principal residence. There are certain situations where property taxes can't be deferred. If your tax deferment application is approved, the Province of BC will pay your property taxes on your behalf and place a restrictive lien on your property.

It can take several months to process applications so you may not get a response until after the property tax due date. If your application is received by your property tax office before the property tax due date but is approved after the due date, you will not be charged a late payment penalty. However is the Province of BC Deferment Program finds that you are not eligible for deferment and it's past the property tax due date your property tax office will charge you a late penalty. To find out more about the tax deferment program, visit the Province of BC “Defer Your Taxes” Page

Tax Sale Procedures

The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality tax sale takes place annually on the last Monday of September at 10:00 am. Each parcel of real property that has delinquent taxes will be offered for sale by public auction. The tax sale is a public auction of properties within the municipality that have outstanding property taxes from 2 years prior to the current year.

Advertising

  • Notice of the time and place of the tax sale and the description and street address of each property must be published in at least 2 consecutive issues of a newspaper.
  • The last publication of the tax sale must be at least 3 days and not more than 10 days before the date of the tax sale.

Purchase

  • The minimum upset price is the lowest amount for which the property will be offered for sale, which includes all delinquent and arrears taxes plus interest, current taxes, registry and administration fees.
  • The highest bidder above the upset price or, if there is not a bid above the upset price the bidder at the upset price, will be declared the purchaser.
  • If there is no bid or no bid equal to the upset price the municipality must be declared the purchaser. 
  • When all properties have been sold the tax sale will temporarily adjourn to a time determined by the Tax Collector, at which time any properties that haven't been paid for will be resold.
  • The successful purchaser must pay the collector the amount of the purchase price with cash, money order of certified cheque by 12:00pm on the day of the sale.

Redemption

  • The collector will provide a signed certificate to the purchaser describing the parcel sold, the sale price and will state that an indefeasible title will be applied for on the purchaser's behalf at the end of the one year from the date of sale unless the property is redeemed.
  • Within 3 months of the tax sale, the collector must give written notice of the tax sale including the day the redemption period ends either, to the owner(s) of the property by serving the notice or by registered mail.
  • The property owner has one year to redeem their property. A redemption is made by paying the collector the upset price, all costs of which the collector has had notice that have been incurred by the purchaser in maintenance of the real property and in prevention of waste, taxes advanced by the purchaser, interest to the date of redemption on the total amount expended by the purchaser.
  • During the period of redemption, the owner retains the right to possession of the tax sale property.
  • The purchaser ONLY has the right to enter on the tax sale property to maintain it in proper condition and to prevent waste, but otherwise has no right of access.
  • On redemption of a parcel, the purchaser is entitled to receive from the Municipality all amounts paid by the purchaser, together with interest to the date of redemption at the rate prescribed by the Provincial Government.

Request a Tax Certificate

Generally, Tax Certificates are purchased by law firms, banks and mortgage companies in association with property sales or when a mortgage is being approved for a property. A Tax Certificate may also be required for refinancing purposes.

The fee for a tax certificate will be $35.00. This fee covers the cost of providing the certificate which shows information on the property tax roll including current owner, assessment information (assessed value of land and improvements) levy information and any outstanding balances. We accept Visa and Mastercard payments. Tax certificates will typically be issued within 24 hours of receiving your Tax Certificate Request form. Please ensure your request form is completed accurately as refunds cannot be provided.

 If you wish to cancel a tax certificate request, the cancellation request must be placed before 4:30 pm on the same day as the original request. Please email the cancellation request to finance@northernrockies.ca

 

For inquiries about this service, please send an email to finance@northernrockies.ca.  Tax Certificate Request Forms can be emailed, faxed to 250-774-2507 or mailed to NRRM, Bag Service 399, Fort Nelson, BC V0C 1R0

Please Note: The NRRM is a REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY and is governed by the Local Government Act, the Community Charter and associated regulations. The NRRM is not a Regional District, and is not considered to be part of a Regional District.  Properties within Regional Districts pay their taxes directly to the Province of BC, whereas properties within Municipalities pay their taxes directly to the Municipality (as is the case in the NRRM).  Further, the Province of BC allows for differing due dates for property taxes between Regional Districts and Municipalities.