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Innovation Driving Through Fort St. John

Innovation Driving Through Fort St. John

FORT ST. JOHN – Digital cameras mounted inside a clearly-marked vehicle are currently on the residential streets of Fort St. John for the second phase of BC Assessment's innovative photo update initiative for property assessment purposes.

"BC Assessment began this process last year but due to unfavorable weather conditions, we temporarily suspended the program," said Darin Johnson, Manager of Property Data Accuracy Program with BC Assessment, "We take pride in finding innovative ways to provide more timely, accurate, equitable and fair assessments to all property owners. As the Crown corporation responsible for accurately valuing all properties in B.C., this initiative helps us work towards achieving that goal."

The residential photo update initiative is currently taking street front digital photos of approximately 3000 single family homes in Fort St. John.

This technology was used successfully in several communities across B.C. last year, including Fort St. John, and will continue to be used in other communities throughout the summer.

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 names of the people living at the property, and any other type of signage that may relate to the identity of a person. This also includes vehicle license plates
  • The interior of a residents (i.e.: 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)

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