Learn how to pay your property taxes. See a sample notice. Pay on time to avoid late penalties.
If you haven't paid your 2020 property taxes, the last day for payment without penalty is September 30, 2020. A 10% penalty will be levied to all accounts with outstanding balances on October 1, 2020. The penalty also applies to the homeowner grant portion of your taxes.
COVID-19 and Property Tax Payment Options
As City Hall is currently open by appointment only, and the cashier station at the Operations Centre is closed at this time, we encourage you to pay your taxes and utilities online or via telephone banking.
Our customer service team is happy to assist you over the phone or via email if you have any questions. For property tax and utility information, call 604-591-4181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail your payment to City Hall or call to make an appointment to pay in person.
Property Tax Billing Schedule
|Notice||Due Date||Notice Sent|
|Property Tax Notice||July 2*||End of May|
|1st Reminder Notice||Sept 30||Eng of August|
|2nd Reminder Notice||Dec 31||Beginning of November|
|*Property taxes are due July 2. Although the due date will remain July 2, our abovementioned change in late penalty dates allows until September 30 to pay taxes without penalties, after which time a 10% penalty will be assessed on accounts with outstanding balances.|
Property Tax Amount
Find out how much to pay from your property tax notice, or from your online property account.
Sign up with the folio number and access code from a previous bill and view your tax notices, current balances, and home owner grant information.
Notices are sent out 30 days prior to the due date. If you haven’t received your notice 10 days before the due date, contact Property & Payment Services at 604-591-4181 to request a duplicate bill.
Property Tax Payment Options
The easiest and fastest way to pay your property taxes is with online banking, or setting up a pre-authorized payment plan with the City of Surrey. Credit card payments are currently not accepted.
Get your property tax information electronically and avoid lineups. Log in to MyPropertyAccounts and change your bill delivery method to email by May 1st of the year to get your bill online.
Pay by Online Banking
Pay your property taxes online through your bank's website. When you pay online, we suggest you pay 3 days before the property tax due date. With most banks, you can schedule your payment ahead of time so you don't forget.
Contact your financial institution directly if you require assistance or have questions about payment services
How to Pay Your Surrey Property Taxes Online
- Set up City of Surrey as the payee. Some banks may have the payee name Surrey Property Tax or City of Surrey Taxes. Check with your financial institution if you're unclear of the payee naming.
- Use your 10-digit folio number as the account number. If your folio number ends in an "X", replace it with a "9."
- Make sure your folio number on your tax notice is the same as the account number set up with your bank. Update your banking records with the correct folio number if you've recently purchased or sold a property.
- Check your account balance by July 2, to make sure the payment was successful. If your payment takes longer than 3 days, or is not out of your account by July 2, check with your bank.
Pay by Pre-Authorized Pre-Payment Plan
Put money towards next year's Annual Utilities and Property Taxes with a monthly withdrawal from your financial institution with the Pre-Authorized Pre-Payment Plan (PAPP). With PAPP, you'll start paying your taxes for 2019.
The pre-payment plan will accumulate 10 monthly withdrawals from your bank account, interest prescribed by the Province, and apply the funds towards your:
- annual utilities balance in February, due April 2 (if applicable), and
- property taxes balance in May.
Be sure to get familiar with the payment withdrawal dates and details to avoid penalties. In particular, mark the July manual payment date in your calendar.
Metered utilities are not covered by PAPP. See your metered utilities payment options, or learn about the auto-debit payment plan.
Payment withdrawal dates
With PAPP, we collect payments over 10 months, August 1 to May 1. Your payment will come out on the first day of each month. We don't take payments for June and July.
Every year, you must make the final payment manually by the property tax due date - this payment will not come out of your account with the PAPP. Check the balance on your tax statement for this final payment amount to avoid a penalty.You must pay any difference and claim your Home Owner Grant, if eligible, by July 2 every year.
Monthly payment calculation
We calculate your monthly payment by estimating next year's property taxes and annual utilities amount, and dividing that total by 11, or by an amount we agree upon with you.
Signing up for PAPP
Register for this free plan today as a new applicant, and start saving for next year's property tax and annual utilities.
First, get familiar with the Property Tax and Annual Utilities PAPP Terms and Conditions.
Then, apply with the Property Taxes and Annual Utilities PAPP Application Form. Send us your complete Application Form and enclose a cheque marked "VOID."
Making a change to your PAPP
- Make a change on your existing account on the PAPP Request for Change Form
- Alert us to any changes that might affect your monthly payment amount. If you convert to metered utilities or become eligible for the additional Home Owner Grant, you should change your PAPP account.
- Notify us if you've sold your property. You can't transfer the PAPP to your new property — the authorization form you signed to join the plan is only valid for that property. So, you must submit another authorization form and a new cheque marked "VOID" for your new property.
Cancel your PAPP in writing. Refunds not available with PAPP
We do not refund credits under the plan. If you're selling your property, adjustments must be made through your conveyancer.
You must notify us of any changes in property ownership and provide written cancellation of your plan.
Deferring next year's taxes on your PAPP
Cancel your PAPP in writing, if you're planning to defer next year's taxes. You can't use the plan to pre-pay your annual utilities only. If you're considering property tax deferment, first make sure you meet the criteria.
Pay Through Your Bank or by Mortgage Company
Paying Through Your Mortgage Company
If you're paying your property taxes through your mortgage company, claim your Home Owner Grant (if eligible) online by the due date, to avoid late penalty fees.
You are responsible for communicating with your mortgage company and managing this service to ensure the balance owing is paid by the due date to avoid late penalty charges.
Paying At Your Bank
Save time by paying your tax notice at your local financial institution (service charges may apply).
Some financial institution do not forward the remittance stub that contains the Home Owner Grant application to the City. If this is the case, claim the home owner grant online (if eligible) or complete the application form and submit it to City of Surrey.
Paying By Telephone Banking
Pay by phone through your bank's telephone banking service. Contact your bank's customer service line to set up telephone banking if you don't already have it.
If your folio number ends with an "X," use "9."
Contact your financial institution directly if you require assistance with this process.
Paying at the Automatic Banking Machine (ABM)
Pay through the ABM at your bank. Keep your receipt for your payment records.
Pay by Mail
Mail your cheque or money order payment and remittance stub with Home Owner Grant application completed, if eligible.
Make cheques payable to City of Surrey and include your folio number on the cheque. Post-dated cheques are accepted. Make sure the cheque is dated on or before the property tax due date.
Send in your payment a minimum of 3 days before the property tax due date. We must receive your payment by or before the July 2 due date. If your mail is lost or delayed, and does not arrive by the due date, you may receive a penalty charge.
If your payment cannot be processed due to an error on a cheque, insufficient bank funds or a returned item you will be charged a late payment penalty.
Property and Payment Services
City of Surrey
P.O. Box 9640 STN Terminal
Vancouver, B.C. V6B 4G3
Pay at City Hall
24-hr Drop-Off Box
Get to City Hall and drop your payment, in an envelope, in the mail slot at the south entrance of City Hall (Plaza area). You can drop off your payment 24 hours a day - but if you pay after midnight on the due date, you may receive a late penalty charge.
By appointment only, please call 604-591-4181.
Late Property Tax Penalties
You will be charged a 10% penalty if you do not pay your property taxes by midnight September 30, 2020.
If your payment cannot be processed due to an error on a cheque, insufficient bank funds or a returned item you will be charged a late payment penalty. Your mail must be postmarked by Canada Post no later than the due date to avoid penalty.
A reminder notice will be mailed if there is an outstanding balance on your account after the due date.
As a property owner, you are responsible for payment, whether or not you receive a notice. If your mailing address is not correct in our system, you must update your information.
If you have taxes owing for 3 years (the current year plus two previous years), your property will be listed in the municipal tax sale, according to provincial legislation.
Contact us at email@example.com or reach us by phone at 604-591-4181 for questions about property taxes and utilities in Surrey.