The City of Port Coquitlam collects utility levies each year to pay for water, sewer and solid waste (garbage/green cart) services. These levies are flat annual fees based on the services provided to the property.
Multi-family homes have lower water and sewer rates due to lower usage, and only pay solid waste levies if they have opted in to City waste collection services.
Water and sewer utility bills are mailed out each year in mid-February. Solid waste levies are included in the annual property tax bill.
2021 Utility Bills
Property owners who do not receive their utility bill by the last week of February – particularly new owners – should contact the Tax Office immediately.
Property owners are responsible for making the payment by the due date regardless of whether or not they received a bill, problems with postal service, inclement weather or other circumstances.
Late payment penalties:
- A 5% penalty will be added to 2021 current utility levies outstanding after March 31, 2021
- A further 5% penalty will be applied after May 31, 2021
The City has no authority to waive or modify these penalty amounts, which are required by the Local Government Act.
Utility Bill Discounts
Utility bill discounts are available for seniors and people with disabilities on a limited income who meet certain criteria. Applications must be submitted each year before the due date to avoid penalty.
Secondary Suite Exemptions
For easy, predictable property tax or utility payments, sign up for the City’s Prepayment Plan.
When Taxes are Paid by a Financial Institution
Water and sewer levies are the homeowner’s responsibility. Your financial institution is advised of property taxes only.
Secondary Suite Utility Charges
Homes with secondary suites in Port Coquitlam receive utility billings for both the main dwelling and the suite, to reflect the property’s actual consumption of those services (water, sewer, garbage and recycling).
However, property owners may apply for a secondary suite exemption on the additional utility billings, under certain conditions. Applications must be submitted each year before the due date to avoid penalty.
Prepayment or Tax Credits
Tax credits due to either prepayment plans or overpayments are transferred to the property’s utility accounts to cover annual water and sewer charges. These amounts are shown on the notices as “transfer from taxes.” Your notice will show either $0.00 or a balance owing as the “Amount Now Due.”
Change of Address or Owner Name
The City cannot change your mailing address. To change your mailing address, contact the BC Assessment Authority at 1-866-825-8322 or complete this change of address form.
You may also request a change in writing: include the roll number of the property, the previous mailing address, the new mailing address, your printed name and your signature. Send the letter to:
BC ASSESSMENT – North Fraser Region
420-2700 Production Way
Burnaby, BC V5A 4X1
The City’s system will show the new address in about 6-8 weeks.
Change of owner or name
Any changes to the ownership of a parcel, including name changes, should be filed at:
Lower Mainland Land Title Office
88-6th Street, New Westminster BC V3L 5B3
Location and Mailing Address
City Hall, First Floor
2580 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 2A8
Business Hours: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)