Property taxes make up the largest percentage of the City's revenue and are used to fund operations and capital projects. Property Tax Notices are mailed each May and are due at the beginning of July.
Speculation and Vacancy Tax (Provincial Tax)
Information from the Province of BC: www.gov.bc.ca/spectax
Property Tax Deferral
Defer Your Property Taxes through the Province. Click here for more information from the Province.
There are two deferral programs available, visit the Province's website to start the deferral process.
Tax notices will be in the mail at the end of May. If you are living at your property and are eligible, ensure you complete your home owner grant application before the tax due date. The home owner grant is a Provincial Government program which offsets the school taxes on your tax notice. By signing the home owner grant on the bottom of your tax notice, you are reducing your tax bill by $570 or $845 if you are over 65 years old at any point in the current tax year.
The City has adopted a user pay philosophy as it relates to water consumption. Virtually all properties in the City have water meters. The 2019 rates are $1.31 per cubic meter in addition to a $75 fee. Residential water meters are read annually in March and are billed on your tax notice which you should receive at the end of May.
High-Volume water users are billed every two months and receive a 10% discount if the bill is paid within 30 days. Commercial water rates (after allowing for the discount) are the same as residential rates.
Sewer charges are based on 80% of the water consumption charged at $1.19 per cubic meter in addition to a $75 fee.
The 2019 single-family solid waste charge is $198.
Water saving techniques and altering your water consumption habits can save you money! Showering for five minutes takes approximately 114 litres or 25 gallons. A high efficiency shower head cuts that volume in half. The same is true for a faucet aerator and low flow toilets. If you leave the tap running when brushing your teeth you will use about 90 litres or 20 gallons a day. Turning off the tap while brushing cuts consumption down to 2.25 litres or half a gallon.
The City's tax prepayment plan which allows you to make 11 easy monthly instalments towards your next year's property taxes. Over 27% of the City's property owners are now taking advantage of this plan. Starting in July we estimate what the following year's taxes will be and take a property tax installment directly from your bank account on the 15 of each month. By the time the property taxes are billed the following May you will have a prepayment balance which will be used to offset the property tax billing. If you overpay we deposit your refund back into your bank account shortly after the July due date. If our estimate was a little off you can forward to us the balance owing along with your home owner grant application by the due date. The plan is convenient in that you don't have to worry about paying one lump sum on the tax due date, a good investment as we pay you interest on your prepayment balance, and easy to start.
We recognize that there are property owner's in the City that do not reside at their property. Please remember to let BC Assessment know if you are moving and changing your mailing address. Each year we have a number of property tax notices returned by Canada Post. You are still required to make the property tax payment by the due date regardless if you receive the notice.
Roll Number: Located on your Tax Notice
Home Owner Grant
See explanatory notes on the back of your tax notice for qualifications. If eligible, complete the application in full, each and every year. You may claim the grant without making a payment. To avoid penalties on the grant amount application must be received by the Finance Department on or before the due date. To avoid loss of the grant eligibility, the application must be received no later than December 31. Click here for more information about homeowner grants.
Additional Grant Requirements (Column C) - If you:
- will be 65 in the current year or older, complete your date of birth on the grant application
- are receiving the War Veteran's Allowance, or Merchant Navy or Civilian War Allowance, send the stub from your most recent DVA cheque with your grant application.
- are receiving an allowance under the "Disability Benefits Program Act" obtain a letter confirming your status from your Department of Human Resources caseworker, and send it to us with your grant application.
- are a person with a permanent physical disability and are likely to require physical assistance or costly environmental modifications to your home in order to manage normal daily functioning in your home, call the Finance Department at 604-514-2800 to obtain a medical certificate to be completed by your physician.
Payment of Taxes (Authorized Collection Agencies)
Full or partial payment may be made by the due date at the City Hall (corner of Douglas Crescent and 204th Street) or at most branches of your local Canadian bank or Credit Union.
If making a payment on the due date, please check your bank stamp to ensure the correct date. All payments dates after the due date will be subject penalties. Payments made at external agencies may be subject to a service charge.
Taxes paid by mortgage companies
You must still apply for the Home Owners Grant if eligible, by the due date to avoid penalties. Contact your mortgage company for instructions on whether to send the completed grant application to your mortgage company or directly to the City of Langley.
A 5% penalty will be added to the outstanding current taxes remaining unpaid after the due date, and a further 5% will be added after August 2nd. These penalties are also applicable to the Home Owner Grant portion of your taxes if you do not apply by the due date.
Interest on unpaid taxes from prior years
Interest is charged at the prevailing rate from January 1st of this year to the date payment is received. For convenience, the interest shown on the tax notice has been calculated to the due date. The interest rate is set by the Province on the 1st day of January, May and September. At April 1, 2019, the rate was 6.95%
At 10 a.m. on the last Monday in September, at the council chambers, the collector must conduct the annual tax sale by offering for sale by public auction each parcel of real property on which taxes are delinquent. If taxes are delinquent, a property will be sold for taxes unless the delinquent taxes plus interest are sooner paid.
To reduce civic expenses, please accept your cancelled cheque as your receipt. Detach and enclose the remittance stub (grant application) with your payment. However, if you require a receipted tax statement, send the entire tax notice with a note attached requesting a receipt. The receipt is void if the cheque is dishonoured.
If you no longer own this property, please forward this tax notice to the new owners or return it to the City of Langley advising us of the new owner's name and address.
If your name does not appear on the tax notice as the registered owner and you are eligible for the Home Owners Grant, you may apply for the grant but you must enclose a copy of the Transfer of Fee Simple or other document conveying the property to you showing the registration and the date of registration at the Land Titles Office.
For further information
Please telephone the Finance Department at 604.514.2800.
Bi-Monthly Utility Automatic Payment Plan
The City's automatic payment plan for bi-monthly utility billing allows the City to automatically withdraw the outstanding amount on the due date. This ensures you take advantage of the discount each billing cycle.