The City of Hamilton offers five convenient ways to pay your property taxes:
1. Pre-authorized debit payment plans
There are five pre-authorized debit payment plans (PAD) options. Benefits include:
- Smaller, more manageable monthly payments.
- Avoids penalty and interest charges due to missed or late payments.
- No administrative fees or extra charges to join.
Your property taxes must be up to date to join (with the exception of the arrears plan).
Pre-authorized payment plans take effect for upcoming property tax instalments. You may enroll at any time, as long as your property tax instalments are not past due. Once enrolled in a pre-authorized payment plan, you will remain on the plan automatically every year until such time as you advise the City that you wish to cancel.
The pre-authorized payment arrangement is tied to the property. As such, you are required to cancel and reapply if you sell and purchase a new property. The City requires 2 weeks’ written notice to cancel.
Details of each plan
12-month plan: withdrawals on the 1st of the month
- Monthly withdrawals on or after the first day of the month from January to December.
12-month plan: withdrawals on the 15th of the month
- Monthly withdrawals on or after the fifteenth day of the month from January to December.
10-month plan: withdrawals on the 1st of the month
- Monthly withdrawals on or after the first day of the month from February to November.
Installment plan: withdrawals on instalment due dates
- Taxes are withdrawn on the instalment due dates, typically being last business day in February, April, June and September.
12-month arrears plan: withdrawals on the last business of the month
- Monthly withdrawals on the last business day of each month from January to December.
- This plan is for property tax accounts in arrears, and is an option, upon approval, when a lien is registered.
- Applicable penalty and interest charges of 1.25% per month (15% per annum) will continue to be charged until the outstanding taxes are paid in full.
Apply for a pre-authorized debit plan
The online form will take you through the various plans and options available to you depending on when you are applying.
The online form is for new applications only. If you are already on a pre-authorized debit plan and wish to cancel, change your plan or change your banking information, please do not use the online form and instead see below under “Changes to your pre-authorized debit plan”.
Changes to your pre-authorized debit plan
To make changes to your pre-authorized debit plan:
- Cancellations - requests for cancellation from the PAD must be submitted in writing, either in the form of a letter or completion of the Cancellation of Pre-Authorized Payment Plan form (PDF, 79 KB). This documentation must be received by the Taxation Division at least two weeks prior to the next scheduled withdrawal date.
- Changing bank accounts – – you must submit a new void cheque or a pre-authorized payment form from your bank, clearly identifying your banking information, at least two weeks before the next withdrawal date to allow for the change to be made. Include your name, property address, mailing address (if different from property address) and phone number/email with your submission.
Changing payment plans – you must submit request at least two weeks before the next withdrawal date to allow for the change to be made. Include your name, property address, mailing address (if different from property address) and phone number/email with your submission.
Please submit cancellations or changes to banking information or payment plan via one of the following:
Email: [email protected]
Mail: City of Hamilton
Corporate Services Department, Tax Section
71 Main Street West, 1st Floor
PO Box 2040, STN LCD 1
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 0A3
2. At a bank
You can pay your taxes at chartered bank or financial institutions. Check with your bank to see if they offer this service. You may have to pay a service charge to the financial institution.
3. By mail
Mail your cheque to:
City of Hamilton
Corporate Services, Taxation Division
71 Main Street West
PO Box 2040 STN LCD 1
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 0A3
Make your cheque payable to the City of Hamilton. Include the roll number on the front of the cheque and include the relevant stub(s) with your cheque. If you need a receipt, include a stamped self-addressed envelope with your payment. You are responsible if your payment arrives after the due date to this office. You will be charged a penalty if your payment is late.
4. By telephone or online banking
Register with your bank for telephone or computer payment of your property taxes. When adding a payee for online payment, select HAMILTON (CITY) – TAXES. When prompted to input the account number, key in the first 11 digits of the Roll # located in the top left corner of your tax bill.
When you sell your home or relocate to a new property address in Hamilton, you need to update your 11-digit property roll number with your bank.
Guidelines to set up online banking:
- Registering for Online Payments with Credit Unions (PDF, 558 KB)
- Registering for Online Payments with Banks (PDF, 317 KB)
5. In person
Bring tax stubs with your payment to avoid processing delays when you are paying in person. You can either:
- Include the first stub with your payment for the 1st instalment due date and retain the second stub to include with your payment for the 2nd instalment.
- Include both stubs when paying the bill in full by the 1st instalment due date and submit cheques post-dated for the two instalment due dates.
- Payments made on or after date of record have not been deducted from arrears.
- Acceptable methods of in person payments include: cash, cheque and debit. Credit card payments will not be accepted.
You can pay in person Monday to Friday, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, at the following locations:
- City Hall, Citizen Service Centre, 71 Main Street West, Hamilton
- Municipal Service Centres:
Ancaster - 300 Wilson Street East
Glanbrook - 4280 Binbrook Road
Stoney Creek - 777 Highway No. 8
You can pay in person Monday to Thursday, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, at the following locations:
Drop box Locations
Leave cheques and payment stubs only.
- City Hall (rear door)
- Ancaster Municipal Service Centre (parking lot entrance)
- Dundas Municipal Service Centre
- Glanbrook Municipal Service Centre (front entrance)
- Stoney Creek Municipal Service Centre (front entrance)
Have you recently bought and sold a home?
Please make sure that you or your financial institution update your 11 digit property roll number when you sell and relocate to a new property address in Hamilton. Property roll numbers are assigned to the property and not the home owner. Failure to make this change will result in the payment being applied to your former property. To correct the applied payment, a fee will be charged to the new property roll number.
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