Municipal Tax Sale
Find the date of the annual Tax Sale and how to pay your overdue property taxes.
Your property will be sold at a tax sale if you are in delinquent balance, which reflects 3 years of unpaid taxes. The tax sale is held annually, according to the Province of British Columbia's Local Government Act.
The annual tax sale takes place at 10am on the last Monday in September at the Council Chambers. Properties which may be included in the annual tax sale will be listed in the local newspaper the week preceding the tax sale. If the delinquent taxes are paid before 10:00am on the tax sale day, they will be removed from the list of properties.
Avoid Tax Sale of Your Property
- Pay your property taxes and claim your home owner grant (if eligible) by the due date.
- Pay your delinquent taxes by September 2 to avoid your property from being listed in the newspaper.
- Pay your delinquent taxes, including interest, by mid-September to stop your property from going to tax sale.
Pay Delinquent Taxes
Payment for delinquent taxes will be accepted in the following forms:
- Certified cheque or money order
- Bank draft
- Lawyer’s trust cheque
- Interac (at City Hall)
- Telephone or internet banking (allow 3 to 4 business days to process)
- Cash (at City Hall)
Register for the Tax Sale
PLEASE NOTE CHANGES DUE TO COVID-19
Based on current Provincial health regulations the tax sale will be limited to 44 pre-registered participants. After the first 44 participants are successfully registered, additional registrations will be placed on a waiting list. No participants will be able to register at City Hall or over the phone on the day of tax sale.
All individuals who intend to bid on properties in the 2020 tax sale MUST pre-register by phone only, starting September 21, 2020 at 8:30 A.M. Registrations will be made on a first come, first served basis by calling 604-591-4584. You will be required to leave a voice message with your name and phone number. Participants must answer COVID-19 screening questions to be eligible to attend.
On September 28, participants will be required to check in at the Property & Payment Services counter at City Hall, between 8:35 – 9:00 A.M. All visitors to City Hall must answer COVID-19 screening questions. If registered participants have not checked in by the 9:00 A.M. deadline, registration will be given to the wait listed participants.
Registered participants must be the age of majority, 19 or older, to register and will be required to show photo ID and a document showing their legal name and their Social Insurance Number (SIN) when checking in. No registrations will be permitted after 9:59 A.M.
Due to Provincial health regulations, only registered participants will be permitted in Council Chambers. The City of Surrey encourages all participants to wear a face mask.
The current owner has 1 year after the property is sold at Tax Sale to pay all taxes, interest, and charges to retain ownership of their property. This is called the redemption period.
Registered charge holders have full right to redeem the property. To redeem the property, the charge holder must remit the full upset price, plus interest on the purchase price at a rate set by the Province, within 1 year of the Tax Sale.
As soon as the property is redeemed, the Collector will refund to the Tax Sale purchaser the purchase price, plus interest to the date of redemption.
Property Not Redeemed
If the property is not redeemed during the 1-year period, the Collector registers the new owner at the Land Title Office, thus cancelling all previous charges, except for those matters set out in Section 276(1)(c) to (g) of the Land Title Act, and any lien of the Crown, an improvement district, or local district.
This page intended to provide a general outline of the tax sale process. For complete information, prospective purchasers should consult the Local Government Act, in particular (but not limited to), Sections 645 to 672.