How to submit your Empty Homes Tax declaration
Each year, every owner of residential property in Vancouver is required to submit a property status declaration to determine if their property is subject to the Empty Homes Tax.
Failure to declare by February 4, 2019, will result in your property being deemed vacant and subject to a tax of 1% of its assessed taxable value.
There will be no extended declaration submission deadline in 2019.
- Jan 1, 2018
Start of tax year
- Dec 31, 2018
End of tax year
- Feb 4, 2019
The information you provide on your declaration will determine if your property is subject to the Empty Homes Tax for this period.
Your declaration should take approximately five minutes to complete.
You may give permission for someone to submit your declaration on your behalf.
What you will need:
- Your folio number and access code [these can be found on your property tax notices (204 KB)]
- Additional information, such as tenant names, court order number, permit number, etc.
Ensure you fulfill the requirements of your property status at the time you declare.
Property status declarations will be subject to an audit process, in line with best practices for provincial and federal tax programs. If your property is selected for an audit, you will be asked to provide evidence in support of your declaration.
False declarations will result in fines of up to $10,000 per day of the continuing offense, in addition to payment of the tax.
Need assistance with your online declaration?
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Get assistance when making your online property status declaration
City staff will be available to assist you at City Hall during opening hours.
Vancouver City Hall
453 West 12th Avenue
Monday to Friday (except holidays)
8:30 am – 5pm
Line-ups may be long.
Staff at Vancouver Public Library locations will also be available to assist you with technical and information support.
You will need a library card to access the computers at the library. If you don't have one, you can use a temporary internet card instead, which you can get by presenting your ID to the service desk at your local library.
Still have questions?
(Outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000)