Vancouver (B.C.). Assessment Division

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Vancouver (B.C.). Assessment Division

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  • Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the Assessment Commissioner

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The Assessment Division was created by Council as the Office of the Assessment Commissioner in 1886. The Department was responsible for overseeing the real property assessment function within the city. The primary responsibility of the Commissioner was to estimate the value of each parcel of real property in the city and to prepare an annual real property assessment roll for general property tax and school tax purposes. Assessments were subject to appeal to the Court of Revision, as requested by property owners.

In the early years of the City's history, the Commissioner was additionally responsible for the management of city owned properties, promotion of industrial development, providing assistance to the City Solicitor and handling the tax sale of properties in addition to preparing assessment rolls. In 1947 (by-law no. 3047) the Assessment Commissioner also became responsible for a business premises rental value assessment roll, for business tax purposes. The assessment function was located within the Financial Department primarily because of its direct connection to the department's tax related functions. As the City grew, many of these functions were passed to specialized divisions within the department.The Director of Finance and his predecessors had general control and supervision over the arrangement of the Division, but did not exercise any direction or control in the performance of the Assessment Commissioner's statutory duties.

In 1966, the Assessment Division was established, with the Commissioner as its head.

In 1975, the establishment of the British Columbia Assessment Authority resulted in the transfer of this responsibility to the provincial government in 1977.


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Vancouver (B.C.). Corporate Services ()

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Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the Assessment Commissioner, is subordinate to: Vancouver (B.C.). Corporate Services

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Revised to correct header to final version of name 2018-08-23, SLW




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