How to submit your Empty Homes Tax declaration Vancouver

How to submit your Empty Homes Tax declaration


 The City's Empty Homes Tax is separate from the provincial government’s Speculation and Vacancy Tax. If you have an enquiry about the Province's tax, please refer to the Province's website External website, opens in new tab or call 1-833-554-2323.

Vancouver property owners must declare each year – even if you live in your home.

Only one property status declaration is required each year per property.

 Failure to declare by the deadline will result in your property being deemed vacant and subject to a tax of 1% of its assessed taxable value and a $250 penalty.

Empty Homes Tax due dates

Unpaid tax added to property tax bill: December 31, 2019

Declaration for 2019: February 4, 2020

Empty Homes Tax payment for 2019: April 16, 2020


Before you begin your declaration

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:

 Ensure you fulfill the requirements of your property status at the time you declare.

Submit declaration

  • Additional information that may be required when submitting declaration

    Please review and have all required information with you when you start your declaration.

    Depending on your property status, you may be required to submit additional information.

2018 tax year late declarations

Do you still need to make a late declaration for the 2018 tax year? Do so before December 31, 2019, to contest your tax levy by submitting a notice of complaint.


Audit process

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?

Learn more about the Empty Homes Tax

Chat with an online representative

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(Bottom right-hand corner of this page.)

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 External website, opens in new tab 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? Can't find an answer to your Empty Homes Tax question?

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(Outside Vancouver: 604-873-7000)

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