Utility Fees

Utility Account Information

Change your Mailing Address
All mailing address changes are handled by BC Assessment.

To update your mailing address, complete the Change of Address Notification form on the BC Assessment website, or you can also visit the City of Richmond Tax Department and complete the Change of Address Notification form in person. The City will then forward the form to BC Assessment to update your mailing address.

This will change your mailing address for your property assessment notice, property tax notice, and your utility bills. Only the registered property owner is allowed to change the mailing address.

For commercial tenants wishing to change the mailing address of a utility bill, please contact the City of Richmond Tax Department at 604-276-4145 or TaxDept@richmond.ca

Note: Please allow 6 to 8 weeks for processing. For more information please contact BC Assessment at 1-866-825-8322 or www.bcassessment.ca

Change the Name on Land Titles
To change the name on your land title, or to register any changes to the ownership of a parcel of land, contact the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC at www.ltsa.ca

Property Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAWS) Option
The Property Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAWS) plan is designed to help Richmond residents pay for next year’s property taxes and flat rate (annual) utilities. The PAWS program is a 10 month prepayment program from August 1st to May 1st. For residents with a water meter installed, there is also a PAWS meter option that provides residents with a convenient way to pay their metered utilities through automatic withdrawals.

Note: The PAWS plan cannot be used for paying overdue or outstanding taxes.

Enrolment in PAWS after August will require you to either:
  • Increase monthly prepayments
  • Pay the remaining balance due on your property tax due date, or
  • Remit the missed payments (from August to the time of your application)

PAWS Program
Two PAWS Payment Options 
To Apply for PAWS 
PAWS Changes or Cancellations 

Two PAWS Payment Options:
Option 1: Property Taxes AND Flat Rate (Annual) Utilities
10 monthly pre-payments (August 1st to May 1st) are automatically deducted from your bank account on the first of each month. The prepayments will be applied to the annual Flat Rate utility bill (due March 31st, 2016) and the balance applied to the property taxes (due July 2, 2016). Any outstanding property tax balance will be withdrawn on the tax due date from the owner’s bank to avoid late payment penalties. If there remains a final balance on your Flat Rate utility account, it is the owner’s responsibility to pay independently.

OR

Option 2: Metered (Quarterly) Utilities
Four automatic withdrawals will be made from your bank account on the meter due date, for the amount indicated on your bill.

To Apply for PAWS:
All current or overdue taxes and utilities need to be paid in full
Complete the PAWS application form PDF Document Property Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAWS) form
Send your PAWS application form with a void cheque by:

Mail:
City of Richmond Tax Department
6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC
V6Y 2C1

Email: TaxDept@richmond.ca

Fax: 604-276-4128

In Person at:
City of Richmond
6911 No. 3 Road
Richmond, BC
V6Y 2C1

Please contact the City of Richmond Tax Department at 604-276-4145 for further information on this plan.

PAWS Changes or Cancellations:
PAWS customers need to notify the City of Richmond, in writing, two weeks prior to the next withdrawal for any changes or cancellation to the PAWS tax account, and six weeks prior for any changes or cancellation to the Meter PAWS account.

Please complete the Request for Change PAWS form
PDF Document Property Pre-Authorized Withdrawal (PAWS) form and email, fax, drop off or mail to the City of Richmond Tax Department.

When to Notify the City:
  • If you change your banking information - please include a VOID cheque for the new bank account
  • If you are selling your property - cancel plan immediately
  • If you wish to change the monthly installment amount
  • If your Home Owner Grant eligibility has changed