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Understanding the Appeal Process

Understanding the Appeal Process

Deadline

The deadline to appeal your 2017 Property Assessment is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

Late appeals may still be filed with your local Assessment Office (by email, fax or letter), however, the panel may determine it to be invalid and decide not to hear your appeal.

Hearings

Property Assessment Review Panel (PARP) hearings take place between February 1 and March 15 each year.

PARP Members

PARP members are members of the public appointed by the Minister responsible for BC Assessment, currently the Minister of Community, Sport & Cultural Development. At this level, the appeal is called a review or complaint. Any person is entitled to file a complaint about their own or another assessment on the grounds set out in s. 32 of the Assessment Act and to have that assessment reviewed by a PARP.

Property Assessment Concerns

The review process provides options to have your property assessment concerns addressed. If you have concerns about your property assessment, you may discuss them with BC Assessment prior to filing a complaint.

 If there is an agreement to make an amendment through this informal process, a recommendation can be presented to the Panel on your behalf and your attendance at the hearing is not required.

More Information

More information can be found on the Property Assessment Review Panel website. Please note that appointment availability may be limited as not all panels sit throughout the six week hearing timeframe (February 1 – March 15).

Visit the Ministry PARP Website to view videos on the PARP hearing process and how to prepare for your hearing.

A Notice of Complaint (Appeal) must be filed with the assessor byTuesday, January 31, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. PST. For more information, refer to our Property Assessment Review Process and the links provided on the right.

First Nations

If you pay taxes to a First Nation taxing authority, please check your assessment notice for information regarding assessment appeals as the provincial assessment appeal system and deadlines may not apply. For appeal information specific to First Nations, please review the process on the Notice of Complaint (Appeal) - First Nations page.

Withdrawing your Appeal

Some First Nations appeal tribunals may allow for withdrawals beyond March 15. Please confirm with your local assessment office whether that is the case.

Withdrawal of Notice of Complaint (Appeal) Form

Property Assessment Appeal Board

The second level of appeal is to the Property Assessment Appeal Board ("PAAB" or the "Board"). Board members are appointed by Cabinet. The right of appeal is available to "any person" who is dissatisfied with a decision of the PARP.

 If you disagree with the PARP decision, you can file an appeal to the PAAB no later than April 30th. Note for 2017, since April 30th falls on a weekend, the deadline to appeal to PAAB will be Monday, May 1st.  For more information about the PAAB, visit their website at: www.assessmentappeal.bc.ca.

A person affected by a PAAB decision may appeal to the BC Supreme Court, but only on a question of law. Any further appeal to the BC Court of Appeal only rests on a question of law where the Court of Appeal grants leave.

The Appeal Guide refers to dates which apply to the appeal process.