Under the Community Charter, Section 224, Council may choose to grant a property tax exemption to non-profit organizations who require financial assistance. Qualified organizations must provide a service that results in an improvement to the quality of life within the District of Sooke. Council is guided by Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 5.3, 2017. The District’s current tax exemption bylaw is Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 684, 2017. The Permissive Tax Exemption application intake is currently open to non-profit organizations not already included in Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 684, 2017. Organizations approved by Council will receive an exemption for the remainder of the 5-year period and must reapply every five years. Applications for the Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw Amendment for the current 5-year period, 2018-2022, must be submitted to the District of Sooke Financial Services Department by August 31, 2018.

First Time Applications – Permissive Tax Exemption Application Form

For those currently included in Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw No. 684, 2017, an annual renewal confirmation form must be completed to confirm ownership and property use have not changed. If you received a permissive exemption for the current year (Bylaw No, 684, 2017), a letter and form will be mailed to your organization. The form must be completed and returned to the District of Sooke-Financial Services Department, to confirm the exemption is still valid. These must be submitted by August 31, 2018.

Annual Confirmation – Permissive Tax Exemption Annual Confirmation

Organizations are responsible for notifying the District’s Financial Services Department, in writing, as soon as any change(s) to property ownership and/or land use occur.

Note: The District of Sooke will only process complete applications. Late applications will not be accepted.

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