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Notice of Complaint (Appeal) Process 

The deadline to appeal your 2015 Property Assessment is Monday, February 2, 2015.

If you feel your assessment is incorrect, contact BC Assessment to discuss your assessment, we may be able to resolve your concerns.

If the issues are not resolved, the first level of appeal of a property assessment is to the Property Assessment Review Panel ("PARP"). The deadline to file a notice of complaint (appeal) to the Property Assessment review Panel is Monday, February 2nd at 11:59 p.m. PST. (For 2015 only, the deadline has been extended to February 2, 2015, as January 31 falls on a weekend).

The Online Notice of Complaint (Appeal) Form can be used to submit your appeal, alternatively, you can also submit a complaint by email, letter or fax to the Assessment Office responsible for the property using the contact information found here.

PARP hearings take place between February 1 and March 15 each year. PARP members are members of the public appointed by the Minister responsible for BC Assessment, currently the Minister of Community, Sport and 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. 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. For more information on Property Assessment Review Panels, click here. 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 by February 2, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PST. For more information, refer to our Property Assessment Review Process Fact Sheet and the links provided on the right.

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

Withdrawals of complaints to the 2015 Property Assessment Review Panel will be accepted until March 15, 2015. An application to withdraw an appeal (also known as a complaint or request for review) made to a Property Assessment Review Panel must be filed in writing (letter, fax, online withdrawal of appeal form or email) with the assessor by March 15, 2015. Please be advised that by the panel accepting a withdrawal and dismissing your complaint, you have no further ability to appeal to the Property Assessment Appeal Board.

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

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. 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 2015 appeal process.

 Related Links

  Agent Appeals to PARP Spreadsheet
  Appeal Guide
  Contact Us
  FAQs
  Notice of Complaint (Appeal) Form
  Property Assessment Appeal Board
  Property Assessment Complaint Process - Step-By-Step Guide
  Property Assessment Review Panels
  Withdrawal of Notice of Complaint (Appeal) Form