For more information, please contact your local
assessment office here.
NOTE: The 2017 Assessment
Roll was finalized December 31, 2016 and Assessment Notices mailed in
early January. For the 2017 Assessment Roll only, please note the following:
- The deadline to file a complaint (appeal) was Tuesday, January 31,
2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
- Property Assessment Review Panel hearings take place on select dates
between February 1 and March 15, 2017.
- A 2017 Property Assessment represents the assessed value as of July 1,
- The Appeal Guide found below is generic and some examples may not reflect
how assessed values were determined for 2017.
Step 1 – Review your Property
When you receive your Property Assessment
Notice, please check all the details on the front page carefully:
- Is the information on the Notice correct?
- Is the actual (market) value correct?
The Notice shows the market value of the land
and improvements as of July 1 of the previous year. It also lists the
property classification, as well as any exemptions that may apply.
e-valueBC - Compare Assessments Online is a convenient way to
compare your property with other properties in your area. e-valueBC is a free
service that enables property owners to check the fairness of their assessed
value with similar properties in their neighbourhood. Property owners can also
compare their assessed value with the selling price of properties with similar
Step 2 – Discuss your concerns
If you believe information on your Notice is
incorrect, please contact your local BC Assessment office and discuss your
concerns or questions. You can do this by phone or in person, or by using
the online form found here.
The contact information for your local office is listed on the front of your
Property Assessment Notice.
An appraiser will be pleased to:
- discuss your property file;
- explain how the market value was determined; and
- refer you to sales of similar properties in your neighbourhood.
If you and the appraiser agree there is an
error, the assessment can be corrected without an independent review.
Step 3 – Request a review
If your concerns are not satisfied, you may
request an independent review by the Property Assessment Review Panel (i.e.,
you may file an appeal). To request a review, you must submit your written
request to your local BC Assessment office no later than January 31. A request
for a review is referred to as a Notice of Complaint.
Your complaint must include:
- your reason for requesting a review;
- the Property Assessment Roll number as stated on the Assessment Notice;
- the property description (address and/or legal description) as stated on your Notice;
- your full name, mailing address and a contact phone number where you can be reached during the day;
- a statement indicating whether or not you own the property in question; and
- if you appoint an agent, the agent’s full name and business phone number.
Property Assessment Review Panels have the
authority to investigate and adjudicate property assessments. Their purpose is
to ensure that property assessments reflect actual (market) value. They also
ensure that assessments are applied consistently within a municipality or rural
Once you have filed your complaint to request a
review, you will receive a Notice of Hearing to advise you of the date and
place to appear before the Panel. You will then need to phone your local BC Assessment
office to arrange a specific hearing time. The phone number is
listed on the front of your Property Assessment Notice, or on your Notice of
Hearing. Please note that your Notice of Hearing may not arrive until five
days prior to your hearing date. You are encouraged to begin preparing for
your hearing early.
Step 4 – Prepare for your
You are encouraged to begin preparing for your
hearing as early as possible. Do not wait until you receive your Notice of
Hearing. You will need to gather and organize information to support your
position, as the burden of proof rests with the complainant. In other words,
you must prove the Property Assessment Notice is inaccurate.
It is important for you to present the best
evidence you can in a concise and organized manner. Please bring five copies of
any materials you wish to present to the Panel: three for the panel members,
one for the BC Assessment representative and one for yourself.
If you cannot attend in person, you may send a
written submission or appoint someone to appear on your behalf.
Hearings will occur on select dates between
February 1 and March 15. If you plan to be away or unavailable during this
time, you should contact BC Assessment to minimize any scheduling conflicts.
For more information on how to prepare for your
hearing, please visit the Ministry PARP
website. A video on “Telling your Property Assessment Story through
Evidence”, is also available on the Ministry YouTube
Step 5 – Appear at your
The length of a hearing is usually 30 minutes.
Please be on time, as many hearings may be scheduled in a day. Sometimes,
however, a hearing may run over the allotted time and the Panel appreciates
your patience. You will be provided with 5-8 minutes to make your presentation,
so you are encouraged to be concise and focus on the important information you
wish the Panel to consider. A PARP hearing breakdown is available on the Ministry PARP
Please Note: if you file after the January 31st deadline or if your complaint contains a substantive error, the Panel
may declare it invalid and refuse to hear your complaint.
You likely will be asked to present your case
first, and then BC Assessment will present its case. The Panel is not given any
details regarding your complaint prior to your hearing. This will be the
Panel’s first opportunity to hear your concerns and examine your evidence. You
and the BC Assessment representative will have the opportunity to ask each
other questions. The Panel may also ask questions of both parties.
In regard to valuation, the Panel will consider
market value only. The fact that you do not intend to sell your property is not
relevant for assessment purposes.
Hearings are open to the public.
Step 6 – Panel Decisions
After hearing from both parties and asking
questions, the Panel may retire to a separate room or area to deliberate.
Although the Panel usually provides its
decision to the Parties at the end of the hearing, it may defer its
decision. All decisions must be rendered before March 16. In either case, you
will receive a formal Decision Notice which BC Assessment is required to mail
to you by April 7.
The Panel may confirm the assessment for lack of
evidence, change the assessment or the information contained on the Property
Assessment Notice, or decide no change is required. The Panel is not required
to provide a written rationale for its decision.
Step 7 – Appeal a Panel
If you are not satisfied with the Panel’s
decision, you can file an appeal with the Property Assessment Appeal
Board (PAAB). The deadline to file your appeal with the Board is April 30.
Note for 2017, the deadline to appeal to PAAB is Monday, May 1st , as April 30th falls on a
Information about filing an appeal to PAAB can
be found online at www.assessmentappeal.bc.ca,
by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by calling 604-775-1740 in metro Vancouver, or 1-888-775-1740 toll-free from
anywhere in British Columbia.
BC Assessment also has the right to appeal Panel