Pay Property Taxes

Property Taxes during COVID-19

Oak Bay Council and District staff recognize the challenges experienced during these unprecedented times and the resulting uncertainties. In response to COVID-19, at the special meeting held April 23, 2020, Oak Bay Council endorsed an Alternative Tax Collection Scheme Bylaw that changes both the due date for property taxes and the late payment penalties for homeowners.

Property Tax Due Date

The property tax due date has been changed from July 2, 2020 to August 4, 2020

Home Owner Grants

We would like to remind homeowners that in order to avoid penalty, your payment and Home Owner Grant application must be received by August 4, 2020. The Home Owner Grant must be applied for each year and new for 2020, Home Owner Grants must be claimed online. If you need assistance claiming your Home Owner Grant, please contact the property tax department by phone at 250-598-3311 or by email at propertytax@oakbay.ca.

Apply for the Home Owner Grant

Property Tax Penalties

In addition to the property tax due date being extended, this alternate tax collection scheme modifies how penalties will be applied to unpaid property taxes. Penalties will be applied as follows:

Residential Class Properties

  • After August 4, 2020: There will be a 5% tax penalty on unpaid current property taxes.
  • October 2, 2020: There will be a further 5% tax penalty for all unpaid current property taxes after October 1, 2020.

Business & Recreation Class Properties:

  • October 2, 2020: There will be a 5% tax penalty for all unpaid current property taxes.

Paying your Property Taxes

Oak Bay Municipal Hall is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19.  Residents requiring assistance to pay their property taxes need to make an appointment to visit the Municipal Hall in-person.  Appointments can be made by calling 250-598-3311. The District strongly encourages residents to pay their property taxes online or by using another contactless method where possible.

Paying through Online Banking

  • Log onto online banking with your financial institution.
  • If you do not have online banking, contact your bank to set it up.
  • Add the District of Oak Bay as a payee.

Financial Institution

Payee Title

CIBC

Oak Bay District Property Tax

Coast Capital Savings

Oak Bay District

HSBC

Oak Bay Taxes, District of

Royal Bank

Oak Bay (District) Taxes

Scotiabank

Oak Bay Taxes

TD Canada Trust

Oak Bay (District of) Taxes

  • Use the eight digit folio (roll) number (numbers only) shown on your tax notice as your account number.

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  • Enter the appropriate payment amount.
  • Record your transaction number as proof of payment to keep with your payment information.

Paying by Dropbox

A secure drop box is located at the front entrance doors at Municipal Hall. The locked drop box is emptied and processed daily. Please do not put cash in the drop box. Ensure cheques are signed, dated, and the body and figures match. Cheques must in Canadian Dollars. 

Paying by Mail

Mail remittances to 2167 Oak Bay Ave, Victoria, BC, V8R 1G2. Payment must be received at the Oak Bay Municipal Hall by the tax due date or, if mailed within Canada, with a legible postmark dated prior to the date shown on the back of the tax notice, to avoid penalty. Please note if this option is chosen, mail lost by the Post Office will be subject to penalties

Paying through Financial Institution

Most Canadian financial institutions permit payment in person (check COVID-19 protocols at your bank before arriving), by phone or internet banking and at most Automated Teller Machines (ATMs).

Please note that If you pay after your financial institution’s local cut off time on the due date, your payment may be processed with a “payment date” equal to the next business day.

Pre-Authorized Withdrawal Plan

The Property Tax Pre-Authorized Withdrawal Plan is an optional payment plan that allows taxpayers to make up to 10 equal monthly payments between August and May inclusive by authorizing automatic withdrawals from their chequing account. Withdrawals will occur on the 1st of every month with the exception of August which will occur on August 7, 2020.

The amount of pre-payment may be up to 95% of the previous year’s net property taxes, after any applicable Home Owner Grant is deducted. This plan also offers interest from January 1 through to the annual tax due date.

The plan can be started at any time by completing and submitting an application form and a void cheque or a pre-authorized payment form from your financial institution.