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Property taxes collected from residential and non-residential properties are one of the various revenue sources available to the City of Edmonton to pay for municipal services.

The City of Edmonton distributes property tax notices in late May every year and asks property owners to pay their taxes in full by the due date of June 30 to avoid late-payment penalties.

Ways to Pay

Payment Options

In-person payments at the Edmonton Service Centre are not available at this time.

places-city-hall City's Payment Plan (Monthly)

The City of Edmonton’s Property Tax Monthly Payment Plan allows you to pay your property taxes by pre-authorized automatic bank withdrawal and spread your property tax payments over the year.

Request your application form today. 

Mortgage (Monthly)

You may be able to add your property taxes to your mortgage payments. The mortgage lender through which you pay your mortgage can add your tax payments to your mortgage payment and submit payment to the City on your behalf. Many lenders offer this service to their mortgage customers.

The City sends you the original property tax notice for your records. The name of the mortgage lender being billed appears on your tax notice. Contact your financial institution to confirm that the payment is being made on your behalf.

Mortgage lenders submit payments by June 30. However, it can take up to 15 business days for the payment to show on your tax account. After the third week of July, check your property's transaction history or account balance report on MyProperty, our secure site for property owners.  

Bank (Annually)

You can pay taxes in full through your mortgage company. 

In person at your financial institution

Before making a payment in person at your bank, confirm that your bank accepts "in-person paper payments" using the remittance portion of your property tax notice. 

Some financial institutions will process payments at a teller only if their clients have been set up for online banking.

If paying at an ATM, keep your receipt as proof of the date and time of payment.

Online banking

When making your payment online, consult with your financial institution to ensure you are set up for online banking. Each bank has its own payment code for the City of Edmonton taxes.

Link this payment code to the account number indicated on your property tax notice, particularly if you have purchased a new home. 

If you own multiple properties, submit a separate payment to each account number indicated on your property tax notices. 

Be aware of your financial institution's policy on the effective date and time of online payments to avoid late-payment penalties.

Online Payment by Credit Card (Annually)

The City of Edmonton does not accept credit cards directly as a method of paying property taxes.

​S​everal third-party online payment service providers offer a credit card payment option for the payment of property taxes. You may be able to use this option to pay property taxes to the City of Edmonton. 

Note that these companies will charge you a transaction fee for this service. The City of Edmonton does not ​receive​ any ​of the transaction ​fee when this method of payment is used.

If you choose to pay property taxes through a third-party payment service provider, ensure you are fully aware of its policy on the effective date of payment. In some cases, it may take several business days for the transaction to reach the City.

You are responsible for making sure the City of Edmonton receives your payment by the due date. If your payment arrives past the due date for payment, you will be subject to late-payment penalties.

Mail (Annually)

If you wish to pay taxes by mail, send a cheque or money order and the remittance portion of your tax notice to the following address:

City of Edmonton
PO Box 1982
Edmonton, AB T5J 3X5

When sending your payment by mail, allow ample time for the payment to arrive prior to the deadline. The envelope must be post-marked by Canada Post by the due date to avoid late-payment penalties. The City is not responsible if payments are not received.

The payment deadline is June 30, but this year late payment penalties on unpaid taxes will not be charged until September 1, 2020.

Points to Remember

  1. Include the remittance portion of your tax notice with all in-person or mailed payments.
  2. Make cheques payable to the City of Edmonton.
  3. If paying by debit card, ensure the amount of your taxes does not exceed your daily limit. Note: The Edmonton Service Centre is currently closed.
  4. The City of Edmonton does not accept credit cards, credit card cheques, e-transfers or wire payments directly as a method of paying property taxes.

When paying by cheque, ensure it is signed, dated and completed accurately (body and figures match). The City is not responsible for errors and omissions.

If the City cannot process your payment due to an error on the cheque or insufficient funds, late-payment penalties and service charges may apply to your account.

Payment FAQ

How do I confirm my property tax account balance?

We encourage you to sign in to MyProperty.edmonton.ca. This secure service offers a lot of property tax information, including the latest property tax notice, the latest tax account balance, a two-year transaction history and a five-year property tax history of your property.

How do I access a copy of my property tax notice?

Once you create a profile on MyProperty.edmonton.ca and attach your property, you will have access to your current and future property tax notices for as long as you own your property. You can view the notices in the My Mail section of the MyProperty website.

I mailed my cheque more than 10 business days ago and it still hasn’t been cashed. Why?

If it’s been more than 10 business days and your cheque is still not cashed, you may wish to place a stop payment on this cheque through your bank. You will have to send the City a replacement cheque to cover the missing payment.

To view your current property tax account balance and transaction history,  sign into MyProperty.edmonton.ca

I made some payments in May. Why aren’t they reflected on my property tax notice?

Information about payments received after May 1 does not meet our internal printing deadline date, and will not be reflected in the balance shown on your tax notice. We apologize for this inconvenience.

If you want to see your current tax account balance, sign in to MyProperty.edmonton.ca or call 311. 

I pay my property taxes through my mortgage lender, how do I know the payment has been applied to my tax account?

Mortgage lenders submit their tax payments by the June 30 deadline. It can take up to 15 business days for their payment to show up on your tax account.

Contact your lender to confirm the payment is being made on your behalf, call 311 after the third week of July to confirm the payment has been applied to your account or sign into MyProperty.edmonton.ca to view your current property tax account balance and transaction history.

What will happen if I do not pay property taxes on time?
If the City does not receive full payment on time, you will be subject to late-payment penalties.

Forms: Property Account, Assessment and Taxes

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Your Tax Notice

As a property owner in Edmonton, you receive a property tax notice every May. It indicates your share of municipal and education property taxes and the due date for payment.

Your Notice Explained

The City believes it is important for you, as a property owner, to fully understand the information shown on your tax notice. This interactive tax notice explains the information categories in your notice. To access descriptions, click on the sections that are of interest to you.

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Tax Rates

2020 Tax Rates

  Municipal Education Education Requisition Allowance Total Rate 
Residential/Farmland 0.0068168 0.0024276 0.0000813 0.0093257
Other Residential (multi) 0.0078393 0.0024276 0.0000813 0.0103482
Non-Residential 0.0185037 0.0036602 0.0000535 0.0222174

 

2021 Tax Rates

2021 tax rates will be known by mid to late April 2021, when the 2021 property tax bylaw is approved and the provincial education tax amount is known.

Property Assessment and Tax Process

Each year, the City reviews how much money it needs to pay for municipal programs and services that are necessary to maintain and enhance Edmonton’s high standard of living.

The budget process allows City Council and Edmontonians to identify where the money is needed most and helps determine the budget to meet those needs. As part of this process, the City considers where the money to cover municipal programs and services comes from. One of the revenue sources for any municipality in Canada is property taxes.

To ensure that all Edmonton property owners pay their fair share of property taxes, the City follows the guidelines established by the provincial government and uses a property assessment process.

By legislation, the City collects only enough taxes to support its programs and services—it cannot collect more and it cannot collect less.

Your property taxes are broken down into 2 major elements—municipal and education property taxes—and may also include local improvement charges and community revitalization levy allocation, if applicable.

Ultimately, by paying your share of property taxes, you contribute to the financial stability of our community and support the quality of life for which Edmonton has become known.

2020 Key Dates

January 2, 2020
Property assessment notices mailed to all Edmonton property owners.

2020 property assessment review period:

January 2, 2020 – March 10, 2020

Remember you can file a formal complaint about your property's assessed value, but you cannot file a formal complaint against your property tax bill.

March 10
Deadline for filing formal property assessment complaints.

March/April
The Government of Alberta establishes its budget to fund the provincial education system. The City of Edmonton must collect provincial education property taxes from Edmonton property owners on behalf of the provincial government.

May 
Property tax notices mailed to all property owners.

June 30
Deadline for payment of property taxes.

What Assessors Look For

Property characteristics

City assessors use similar criteria that property appraisers and real estate agents use when pricing a home for sale. For example:

  • Style of home (for examples, bungalow or bi-level)
  • Size of lot
  • Size of home
  • Year built
  • Basement or lower level finish
  • Garage (for example, size, detached or attached)
  • Building condition
  • Type of roof
  • Fireplaces, air conditioning or other special features
  • Neighbourhood
  • Locational factors (for example: proximity to golf courses, lakes, parks, river valley, commercial development and high traffic routes)
  • Swimming pools and associated buildings

Information resources used by the City include

  • Property sales
  • Alberta Land Title office records
  • City records (for example, permit and construction information)

Your current property assessment notice indicates the City’s estimate of your property’s market value—the amount it would have sold for in the open market—on July 1 of the previous year. And, it is adjusted for any changes in physical condition recorded by December 31. Provincial legislation establishes these dates and requires that property assessed values be estimated every year.

If your property was only partially complete as of December 31, your assessment notice will reflect the value of the land plus the value of the building, based on its completion percentage. The City will issue a supplementary assessment notice that will reflect the value of newly completed construction.

To ensure assessed values are fair and accurate, they are reviewed at 3 levels:

  • The City's internal checks and balances
  • The Alberta government's annual assessment audit process
  • Individual property owners' review of their notice
Assessment to Tax Relationship

The City uses the assessed value of your property to calculate the amount of provincial education and municipal property taxes you pay in proportion to the value of the real estate you own.

A change in assessed values affects property taxes in the following manner:

Average assessed value change
=
Average municipal tax increase

If your property’s value change is similar to the average, city-wide assessed value change, you will see a tax increase that is similar to the average municipal tax increase.

Higher than average assessed value change
=
Higher than average municipal tax increase

If your property’s assessed value changed by more than the average assessed value change, you will see a greater than the average municipal tax increase.

Lower than average assessed value change
=
Lower than average municipal tax increase

If your property’s assessed value changed by less than the average assessed value change, you will see a tax increase that is less than the average municipal tax increase.

To determine if your tax increase will be more or less than the average, review our assessment change reports to compare the percentage change in the assessed value of your property with the average assessment change for all residential properties in Edmonton. Also, take advantage of our tax estimator.

Remember your tax bill that arrives in May also includes a provincial education tax amount. The City is required to collect that tax on behalf of the Government of Alberta.

Customer Review Period

When you receive your property assessment notice in January, take the time to fully review it. You have until the review period deadline to correct the information stated on your notice. 

In 2020, the customer review period is open from January 2 to March 10. 

We encourage you to review your property’s new assessed value, check MyProperty for details specific to your property and get in touch with us by calling 311 (780-442-5311, if outside Edmonton). Our property assessment experts can answer most assessment-related questions—with no formal complaint fees required.

Amended Property Assessment

If the City or a property owner discovers an error, omission or incorrect description in any of the information shown on the property assessment notice, the City may issue an amended assessment notice.

Property owners have 60 days from the time of the mailing to review the notice.

If you’ve come across an error or disagree with information stated on your amended assessment notice, review your property's information through MyProperty and get in touch with us by calling 311 (780-442-5311, if outside Edmonton).

Our property assessment experts can answer most assessment-related questions—with no formal complaint fees required.

 

FAQ

Changes / Requests FAQ

How can I change my mailing address?

You must request any mailing address changes in writing. To do so, fill out the Change of Mailing Address Request available in the Forms section.

We recommend you also change your mailing address at Land Titles - Service Alberta.

What should I do if I do not receive my property tax notice? Or if I need another copy?

The City mails annual tax notices to property owners in late May, with the payment due June 30. If you have not received your notice by June 1, call 311, request a copy online or download one from MyProperty.edmonton.ca

The City provides copies of the current and previous year's notices to property owners for free. Copies of older notices are available for a fee of $17.75 per notice.

I bought my property in the beginning of May, when will I receive a tax notice?

If a title transfer occurs in May or early June, the City will mail a tax notice to the new owner at the end of May or middle of June. If this notice has not arrived by June 21, call 311.

I just bought a property. How can I find the current status of its tax account?

If the title transfer has been registered at an Alberta Land Titles Office, you can request account information through the City’s online service: Property Tax Notice: Request for a Copy. Account balance information is also available through 311.

How do I obtain tax account information for a property I do not own?

If you require tax information on a property you do not own, use the City’s online Property Tax Search and Certificate Service

Taxes and Assessment FAQ

I have filed a formal assessment complaint. Do I still have to pay the property tax amount that shows on my notice?

If you have filed a formal complaint against your assessment, you still must pay the property taxes by the due date to avoid late-payment penalties.

If a decision on your complaint results in a lower tax amount, the City will credit your account and send you a statement.

More Assessment and Taxation Information

For More Information

Property Taxes

City of Edmonton
PO Box 1982
Edmonton, AB T5J 3X5

Telephone

In Edmonton: 311
Outside Edmonton: 780-442-5311

TTY 780-944-5555
Email taxes@edmonton.ca

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