NELSON — In the next few days, owners of more than 143,000 properties throughout the Kootenay Columbia region can expect to receive their 2017 assessment notices which reflect market value as of July 1, 2016.
"The majority of residential home owners within the region can expect an increase, compared to last year's assessment," says Ramaish Shah, Deputy Assessor for the Kootenay Columbia region. "There are some markets that have moved more than others. Nelson, for instance, has seen strong demand for housing over the past year. Some areas have seen a decrease in demand as well, and this is reflected in the current assessed values."
As B.C.'s trusted provider of property assessment information, BC Assessment collects, monitors and analyzes property data throughout the year. The table below indicates the Kootenay Columbia region's estimated typical percentage changes to 2017 assessment values by property type compared to July, 2016 (note that property assessments may vary by individual jurisdiction/municipality within the region).
Kootenay Columbia Region 2017 Assessment
Typical % Changes in Value
(as of July 1, 2016)
Residential Single Detached Homes
-5% to +10%
Residential Strata Units (e.g. condominiums)
-10% to +10%
-5% to +10%
-5% to +10%
Overall, the Kootenay Columbia region's total assessments increased from $37.89 billion in 2016 to $38.60 billion this year. This value reflects a change due to market movement as well as $491 million in growth due to subdivisions, rezoning and new construction. The Kootenay Columbia region covers the southeast portion of province from Fernie to Grand Forks and from Revelstoke to Cranbrook.
The summary below provides estimates of typical 2016 versus 2017 assessed values of residential homes throughout the region. These examples demonstrate market trends for single family residential properties by geographic area:
2016 Assessment Roll
of July 1, 2015)
2017 Assessment Roll
of July 1, 2016)
|City of Castlegar||$264,000||$270,000|
|City of Cranbrook||$269,000||$270,000|
|City of Fernie||$448,000||$451,000|
|City of Grand Forks||$194,000||$205,000|
|City of Greenwood||$125,000||$123,000|
|City of Kimberley||$228,000||$228,000|
|City of Nelson||$333,000||$363,000|
|City of Revelstoke||$325,000||$352,000|
|City of Rossland||$255,000||$257,000|
|City of Trail||$155,000||$159,000|
|District of Elkford||$266,000||$272,000|
|District of Invermere||$371,000||$380,000|
|District of Sparwood||$310,000||$283,000|
|Town of Creston||$225,000||$220,000|
|Town of Golden||$281,000||$296,000|
|Village of Canal Flats||$176,000||$151,000|
|Village of Fruitvale||$216,000||$215,000|
|Village of Kaslo||$197,000||$219,000|
|Village of Midway||$176,000||$172,000|
|Village of Montrose||$233,000||$231,000|
|Village of Nakusp||$192,000||$209,000|
|Village of New Denver||$194,000||$184,000|
|Village of Radium Hot Springs||$328,000||$305,000|
|Village of Salmo||$170,000||$172,000|
|Village of Silverton||$232,000||$216,000|
|Village of Slocan||$152,000||$168,000|
|Village of Warfield||$193,000||$191,000|
BC Assessment's website at bcassessment.ca includes more details about 2017 assessments, property information and trends such as lists of 2017's top valued residential properties across the province. The website also provides self-service access to the free online e-valueBC service that allows anyone to search, check and compare 2017 property assessments anywhere in the province.
"Property owners can find a lot of information on our website including answers to many assessment-related questions, but those who feel that their property assessment does not reflect market value as of July 1, 2016 or see incorrect information on their notice, should contact BC Assessment as indicated on their notice as soon as possible in January," says Shah.
"If a property owner is still concerned about their assessment after speaking to one of our appraisers, they may submit a Notice of Complaint (Appeal) by January 31st, for an independent review by a Property Assessment Review Panel," adds Shah.
The Property Assessment Review Panels, independent of BC Assessment, are appointed annually by the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development, and typically meet between February 1 and March 15 to hear formal complaints.
The Kootenay Columbia Region Assessment offices are located at:
Nelson Office - 176 – 333 Victoria St., Nelson V1L 4K3
Cranbrook Office - 200 – 117 Cranbrook St. N, Cranbrook V1C 3P8
During the month of January, office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Property owners can contact BC Assessment toll-free at 1-866-valueBC (1-866-825-8322) or online at bcasssessment.ca
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Ramaish Shah, Deputy Assessor, BC Assessment Kootenay Columbia Region
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January 3, 2017
Facts on B.C. Property Assessments and the 2017 Assessment Roll
- Total number of properties on the 2017 roll is 2,017,364, an approximate 1% increase from 2016.
- Total value of real estate on the 2017 roll is $1,667,918,048,627 ($1.67 trillion), an increase of over 25% from 2016.
- Total amount of 'non-market change', including new construction, rezonings and subdivisions is approximately $25.2 billion, an increase of almost 24% from the 2016 roll of $20.4 billion.
- In B.C., approximately 88% of all properties are classified with some residential (Class 1) component. This equates to $1,298,409,769,982 of the value on the total provincial roll.
- Over 98% of property owners typically accept their property assessment without proceeding to a formal, independent review of their assessment.
- Assessments are the estimate of a property's market value as of July 1, 2016 and physical condition as of October 31, 2016. This common valuation date ensures there is an equitable property assessment base for property taxation.
- Changes in property assessments reflect movement in the local real estate market and can vary greatly from property to property. When estimating a property's market value, BC Assessment's professional appraisers analyze current sales in the area, as well as considering other characteristics such as size, age, quality, condition, view and location.
- Real estate sales determine a property's value which is reported annually by BC Assessment. Local governments and other taxing authorities are responsible for property taxation and, after determining their own budget needs this spring, will calculate property tax rates based on the assessment roll for their jurisdiction.
- BC Assessment's assessment roll provides the foundation for local and provincial taxing authorities to raise over $7 billion in property taxes each year. This revenue funds the many community services provided by local governments around the province as well as the K-12 education system.
- BC Assessment's website provides a listing of property assessments and sales to help property owners understand their property's market value and provide comparable sales information. Go to bcassessment.ca and click on the e-valueBC link. For more information on the 2017 Assessment Roll and regional and province-wide real estate market trends including lists of the province's top valued residential properties, please visit www.bcassessment.ca and click on the "Property Information & Trends" link.