Pay Your Property Tax

The City of Hamilton offers five convenient ways to pay your property taxes:

There are five pre-authorized debit payment plans, or PAD, options. There are no administration fee’s or extra charges to taxpayers to join any of these plans. Details of each plan are outlined below.

12-month plan you pay on the 1st of the month

  • Taxes must be current
  • Your monthly tax payment is withdrawn on or after the first day of the month from January 1 to December 1

12-month plan you pay on the 15th of the month

  • Taxes must be current
  • Your monthly tax payment is be withdrawn on or after the fifteenth day of the month from January 15 to December 15

10-month plan

  • Taxes must be current
  • Your monthly tax payment is withdrawn on or after the first day of the month from February 1 to November 1

Installment plan

  • Taxes must be current
  • Taxes are withdrawn on the last working day in February, April, June and September

12-month arrears plan

  • This plan is for tax accounts in arrears, but not tax registration
  • Penalties and interest on taxes in arrears is 1.25% per month (15% per year), charged on the first day of default and on the first day of each calendar month thereafter while the taxes are still in default
  • Payments are withdrawn on the last working day of each month from January to December 

Here are the steps to take to apply for one of the pre-authorized debit plans outlined above:

  1. Complete the Pre-authorized Plan Application form (PDF, 158 KB)
  2. Submit the completed application form and a void cheque:
  • By fax: 905-546-2449
  • By mail to:
    City of Hamilton
    Corporate Services Department, Tax Section
    71 Main Street West, 1st Floor
    PO Box 2040, STN LCD 1
    Hamilton, Ontario L8N 0A3

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 accounts – you must submit a new void check 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 on the void cheque.

Submit changes to your pre-authorized debit plan:

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.

Mail your cheque for property tax payment 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.

Register with your bank for telephone or computer payment of your property taxes. You need to use your 11-digit tax account number, located on 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.

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

You can pay in person Monday to Friday, between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm, at the following locations:

After hour mail slots are available at all locations. The after hours mail slot at City Hall is by the rear doors on the 1st floor. Leave cheques and pay stubs only.

Payments made on or after date of record have not been deducted from arrears.

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 of $32.30 will be charged to the new property roll number.