CRANBROOK — Digital cameras mounted inside a clearly-marked van will soon be on the residential streets of Castlegar as BC Assessment continues to use innovation to update photos used for property assessment purposes.
The residential photo update initiative will take street front digital photos of approximately 2,755 single family homes throughout Castlegar during mid-July. This technology has already been successfully used in several communities throughout British Columbia.
"As the Crown corporation responsible for accurately valuing all properties in B.C. and continually serving as a leading source of the province’s property information, we are always looking for innovative ways to provide more timely, accurate, equitable and fair assessments to all property owners," said Rod Ravenstein, Deputy-Assessor for the Kootenay-Columbia region.
BC Assessment will photograph only the public street front of a home including the civic (street) address number.
BC Assessment will not retain any personal information related to:
- Any images of people on the property.
- Visible signage on a residence (excluding street address), including business signs, signs with the names of the people living at that property and any other type of signage that may relate to the identity of a person. This includes vehicle license plates.
- The interior of a residence (e.g., images that show the inside of a home through a window or open doorway, or the interior of an enclosed vehicle shelter such as a garage).
Visit www.bcassessment.ca for further information about BC Assessment. Visit our YouTube channel to view a video demonstration of the photo update initiative. Follow BC Assessment on Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Rod Ravenstein, Deputy Assessor
BC Assessment, Kootenay-Columbia Region
Tel. 1.866.825.8322 Ext. 22228 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org