Under the Community Charter, Section 224, Council may choose to grant 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.
The application process begins in May and the bylaw is passed by October 31 every year, if required. The organizations approved for exemption by Council will receive an exemption for ten years and must reapply every ten years. Applications for Permissive Tax Exemptions for the 10-year period, 2018-2027 are due this year and must be submitted to the District of Sooke Financial Services Department, by August 31, 2017. The District’s Permissive Tax Exemption Bylaw and Application Form are below. An application must be submitted for each property.
Buildings of worship do not need to reapply, as these exemptions may exceed a period of more than 10 years in accordance with the Community Charter, which the District of Sooke has implemented in their bylaw. If a place of worship is not included in this bylaw, please also apply by August 31, 2017.
The District of Sooke recently adopted a new Policy regarding Permissive Tax Exemptions as part of the application process. This policy has been amended to reflect that if any changes to the information, including use of the property, contained in the application or bylaw are required, the organization is responsible to notify the District’s Financial Services Department, in writing, as soon as the change(s) is implemented. If any changes are required at this time, please notify the District office before August 31, 2017.