Taxes & Utilities
IMPORTANT CHANGEs to your property tax and utilities billing
Utility bills and Property Tax Notices will now be combined into one invoice for residential property owners (single homes).
Utility bills and Property Tax Notices will now be combined into one invoice for residential property owners (single homes). Please expect to find your Utilities amount on the Property Tax Notice for 2015. This move will help to streamline operations, increase efficiencies and reduce administrative costs at the District of Squamish.
Utility accounts for suites, duplexes, multi-family units, business, commercial and mobile homes will continue to be invoiced separately (no change from previous years). These invoices will be mailed by the end of May.
The new combined Property Tax Notice and Utilities bill will itemize the Water, Sewer and Garbage Utilities fees for 2015.
Property Taxes remain due on July 2, 2015. Utilities are due upon receipt, and must be paid by December 31 to avoid interest.
Please have a look at a sample of the new combined "2015 Property Tax & Utility Invoice" notice. If you have any questions or would like further information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions or contact us at 604.815.5010 or by email.
Stay tuned also for exciting new enhancements to our services in the coming months. The Finance Department has been listening closely to your feedback and is working on ways to deliver more services online. Expect to see an announcement later in the year.
As in all municipalities, property taxes and utilities are the primary source of funding for the District of Squamish. Under the Community Charter, municipalities may recover part or all of the cost of providing services by levying taxes against properties. District staff and Council work diligently to ensure core services are maintained while supporting other important initiatives and service improvements the community wants and needs. It is of primary importance to us that residents receive good value for their tax dollar. Learn more about the 2014 budget.
- 2015 Tax Rate Bylaw
- Permissive Tax Exemptions Bylaw 2292, 2013 BCLSCD
- Permissive Tax Exemptions Bylaw 2292, 2013 ad
- Property Tax Deferment
- Permissive Tax Exemption Policy and Application Form
Permissive Tax Exemptions for 2016
Permissive Tax Exemptions are a method that the District of Squamish, supported by Council, may support voluntary non-profit organizations by exempting land or improvements or both, from taxation under section 224 of the Community Charter. The District of Squamish is now accepting applications for Permissive Tax Exemptions. Previous successful applicants of Permissive Tax Exemptions will be receiving applications to reapply.
Section 224 of the Community Charter and the requirements of the District of Squamish Permissive Tax Exemption policy apply.
If your organization can demonstrate eligibility you are welcome to apply for an exemption.
The application and policy is on the DOS website. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2015 for exemptions beginning for the 2016 taxation year.