District of Squamish Utilities (Water, Sewer, and Solid Waste) are billed annually. Utilities and property taxes are combined into one invoice for residential property owners (single homes or strata units). Secondary suites will receive a separate utilities invoice.

Both utilities and property taxes are subject to a late payment penalty if not paid on or before July 3, 2018.

A 5% late payment penalty will be applied to outstanding balances on property taxes and utilities on July 4, 2018. A second 5% penalty will be applied to any outstanding balances on August 1, 2018.

Paying your property tax and utilities by the July 3, 2018 deadline will ensure that you do not incur a penalty on any outstanding balance.


5 steps to paying it right

Confused by two bills on one invoice? Here are five steps to paying both bills on time:

  1. Look for your combined Property Tax Notice /Utility bill in your mailbox in May.
  2. Make note of your property tax amount owing.
  3. Make note of your Utility amount owing.
  4. Apply for your homeowner grant to offset your property taxes.
  5. Pay BOTH payments on or before July 3 (each requires a separate payment to two different account numbers). 

Utility Rates bylaws


Payment options

  • Property taxes can be incorporated into a mortgage payment, but financial institutions DO NOT pay utility fees, only property taxes. Taxpayers must pay their own utility fees to avoid paying a penalty.
  • To avoid a large one-time payment, monthly instalment payments can be made to the District of Squamish Property Tax and Utility Accounts, up to July 3, 2018 for the current year's taxes to avoid penalty. Monthly payments after July 3 would be applied to the upcoming year's taxes and utilities (2019).
  • Alternatively, consider setting up your own monthly savings plan through a separate savings account and then transfer a lump sum to the District by the deadline.
  • Pay using telephone or Internet banking services provided by banks and credit unions (does not include over-the-counter payments at the bank or automated teller machines - please check with your banking service). If paying by this process, ensure there is enough time for the bank to post the payment to the District of Squamish before the deadline.
  • In-person at Municipal Hall, 37955 Second Avenue, Squamish.
  • Mail or deliver a cheque to Municipal Hall early enough to be received before the deadline (post-dated cheque is acceptable).
  • Deposit payment in the after hours drop box at Municipal Hall on or before the deadline.

Quick utilities facts

  • 2018 Utility fees:
    • Water: $424 (residential unit)
    • Sewer: $558 (residential unit)
    • Solid Waste (curbside collection): $195 (small garbage tote size), $270 (medium), $415 (large).
  • The Water Utility fee has increased two per cent in 2018 to continue to fund the replacement and upgrading of aging infrastructure that is critical to maintaining adequate levels of service and increasing fire flows in some areas. The increase also aims to stabilize rates in order to be ready for future capital project impacts.
  • The Solid Waste Utility fee has increased 2.7% (for a medium-sized tote) to reflect the investment required to expand the near-full landfill. 

 


Frequently asked questions

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions for more information, or contact us at 604.815.5010 or by email.