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Role of BC Assessment

Role of BC Assessment


Under contract, BC Assessment will prepare the Assessment Roll and act as assessor, as set out in the agreement for assessment services.

BC Assessment may also provide some or all of the following additional services:

  • Set-up initial jurisdiction coding, identification and program modifications;
  • Assist in developing property and ownership records;
  • Upgrade the integrity of existing records in cooperation with First Nation clients; 
  • Review and suggest modifications of bylaws/laws, upon First Nation's request given that these bylaws/laws may not exactly match the Assessment Act
  • Inform First Nations of changes to provincial legislation affecting the assessment process; 
  • Defend assessments through the review process, in accordance with the terms of the contract of services; 
  • Handle additional inquiries when Tax Notices are issued; 
  • Provide other professional assessment services not covered under the ISGEA*.

As a general rule, the cost of assessment services is the BC Assessment levy amount, plus a one-time setup fee. If the First Nation wishes BC Assessment to provide other types of services, then a different fee structure may apply.

BC Assessment will complete the assessment roll as of December 31 prior to the taxation year. After the appeal period (or reconsideration period, for FMA laws), BC Assessment will create a revised roll (perhaps called an authenticated roll in some First Nations bylaws), which it provides to First Nations clients. The First Nation uses the revised (authenticated) roll to set tax rates for various classes of property and to send tax notices to each taxable property occupier.

The First Nation (or a contractor hired by the First Nation for this purpose) prepares its tax notices based on the assessment roll. Typically, the tax notices are sent out in late spring/early summer.

Updated 9 August -2013


Disclaimer: Where information presented is different from legislation, legislation shall prevail.

*ISGEA = the Indian Self Government Enabling Act


Rodney Ravenstein
Director, Local Government and First Nations Customers
Phone: 1-866-valueBC or 1-866-825-8322 (local 22228)

Bill Dawson
Manager, First Nations Customers
Phone: 1-866-valueBC or 1-866-825-8322 (local 04251)