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2021 wildfires could impact 2022 property assessments

Those who’s property was affected by the 2021 wildfire season are encouraged to connect with BC Assessment to determine the “accurate status” of their property.

“We understand that 2021 has been a very difficult and stressful year for British Columbians who have had to deal with wildfires,” said BC Assessment Assessor Tracy Shymko in a media release Oct. 12. “BC Assessment is here to help with all your questions and concerns regarding any impacts to your property values.”

BC Assessment is encouraging homeowners to contact them to report physical damage or loss due to wildfires, which can affect 2022 property taxes. Those calling should do so before Oct. 31 as property assessments in B.C. are based on market values as of July 1, 2021, and their physical condition and actual use as of Oct. 31, 2021.

Self-reporting forms will be sent to identified property owners within wildfire regions, though it is recognized that many homeowners impacted by the 2021 wildfire season may not have access to their mailbox, and is urging those property owners to contact BC Assessment for assistance.

Those impacted can call BC Assessment at 1-866-825-8322 or visit online at bcassessment.ca. Regular office hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Homeowners can simply provide their address and state they would like to report their property’s condition and any damage resulting from wildfires.