Notice of Complaint (Appeal) Process
The deadline to appeal your 2016 Property Assessment was Monday, February 1, 2016.
The deadline for filing a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) to the Property Assessment Review Panel has now passed.
Section 33(2) of the Assessment Act requires that appeals be filed with the assessor no later than January 31. Because January 31 falls on a weekend, the deadline is extended to February 1.
Late appeals may still be filed with your local Assessment Office (by email, fax or letter), however the panel may still determine it to be invalid and decide not to hear your appeal.
Property Assessment Review Panels
Property Assessment Review Panel (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.
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.
Property Assessment Appeal Board
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 2016, this deadline is extended to May2 as April 30 falls on a weekend. 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.