Annual Property Tax Sale

The Local Government Act requires the District to sell at tax sale all properties whose taxes are in a delinquent balance; in other words, properties with outstanding property taxes of three years. The Act also requires us to publish tax sale information in at least two newspaper issues with the last advertisement at least three, but no more than 10, days before the sale. The ads must include the civic address and legal description of any properties up for sale.

Properties with three years of unpaid taxes as of the last Monday in September will be offered for public auction with the starting bid being the upset price. All properties subject to the tax sale must be advertised in the newspaper before the public auction occurs. You do not have to pay all three years’ worth of taxes to keep your property from being sold, but the delinquent taxes (the oldest) must be cleared up before the property tax sale.

Delinquent properties

Pursuant to section 645-672 of the Local Government Act, The District of West Vancouver is required to publish the time and place of the tax sale and the description and street address, if any, of properties subject to tax sale.

The 2021 Tax Sale will be held in the Council Chambers of The District of West Vancouver, 750 17th Street, West Vancouver BC at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021.

For more information, please call 604-925-7032

How to prevent your property from being sold

In order to prevent your property from being sold at the property tax sale, the delinquent (oldest) taxes, including interest, must be paid prior to 10 a.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021.

However, if you don’t pay your delinquent taxes before September 17, 2021, your civic address and a legal description of your property will be published in the newspaper, along with the time and date of the sale. The Local Government Act requires us to publish this information in at least two issues with the last advertisement at least three, but no more than 10, days before the sale.

How the tax sale works

The tax sale listing is subject to change up to the time of, and during, the tax sale auction.

Auction Process

  • the Local Government Act requires that the tax sale for each municipality begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 27, 2021, in the Council Chambers
  • properties will be sold in roll number order as they appeared in the newspaper. If a property is not offered, it is because the taxpayer has since paid the delinquent taxes
  • bidders are required to provide their name, address and social insurance number for income tax purposes. The District will issue T-5s to those who earn interest income
  • the minimum bid is the UPSET PRICE, which is the total outstanding taxes, interest and penalties, a 5% administrative fee on the outstanding amount and land title fees. Bid increases will be a minimum of $1,000
  • the highest bidder above the upset price, or if there is no bid above the upset price, the bidder at the upset price, shall be declared the purchaser. Only one person will be identified as the purchaser
  • the purchaser must pay the full purchase price, including any applicable taxes, by cash, debit card, certified cheque or money order made payable to the District of West Vancouver to the Municipal Collector within 90 minutes after the tax sale has ended. If the payment is not received, the property will promptly be offered for sale again


  • all property sales are "as is" without warrant or guarantee by the District of West Vancouver
  • the auctioneer will read the legal description, the property address and the upset price for each property
  • where there is no bid, the District shall be declared the purchaser.
  • purchasers WILL NOT have the right to receive title possession until one year following the date of the tax sale. During this period, the registered owner or his/her agent or any registered charge holder has the right to redeem the property from the tax sale, thus cancelling the tax sale
Redeeming the property

The current owner has one year after the property is sold at tax sale to pay all taxes, interest and charges to retain ownership of their property. This is called the redemption period.

Registered charge holders have full right to redeem the property. To redeem the property, the charge holder must remit the full upset price, plus interest, on the purchase price at a rate set by the Province, within one year of the tax sale.

Once the property is redeemed, the Collector will refund to the tax sale purchaser the purchase price, plus interest, to the date of redemption. Please note, it may take two to three weeks before a refund cheque is issued to the tax sale purchaser. Interest on the purchase price is only paid up to the date of redemption.

Property not redeemed

If the property is not redeemed during the one-year period, the Collector registers the new owner at the Land Title Office in New Westminster, thus cancelling all previous charges, except for those matters set out in Section 276(1)(c) to (g) of the Land Title Act and any lien of the Crown, an improvement district, or local district. 


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