Property Assessment

Potential Postal Disruption

In the event of a postal disruption, you are still responsible to ensure your property tax payments are received by the due date. Penalty and interest charges will apply for payments received or postmarked after the due date.

There are several convenient payment options available:

  • At most banks or financial institutions in person, at the automated teller machine (ATM), or through their internet or telephone banking. Retain your receipt.
    Note: Property roll numbers are assigned to the property, not the property owner. Please ensure that the bank and online banking information reflects your correct 11-digit roll number to avoid payments being applied to the incorrect property. You will be charged a fee to correct a misapplied payment.
     
  • By mail. Please make cheques payable to the City of Hamilton and mail your payment to:
    • City of Hamilton
      Corporate Services Department, Taxation Section
      71 Main St. West
      PO Box 2040 STN LCD 1
      Hamilton, ON
      L8N 0A3
  • In person at Hamilton City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at your local Municipal Service Centres in Ancaster, Dundas (closed Fridays), Flamborough (closed Fridays), Glanbrook and Stoney Creek from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. After hours drop boxes are available at these locations.
     
  • Joining one of our five convenient pre-authorized payment plans, for which there is no fee to join.

Please visit www.hamilton.ca/tax for more detailed information.

Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve taxpayers of their obligation. If you have any questions about your property tax bill, or if you did not receive your tax bill, please call 905-546-2489 (if calling from Campbellville 905-634-2971) or email taxsupport@hamilton.ca

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, or MPAC, analyzes real estate market information from similar properties in your area to establish your property’s value. Any one of three methods may be used for this analysis:

  • the selling price of a property (residential)
  • the rental income a property generates (office building)
  • the cost to replace a property (industrial)

Each method considers:

  • the location of a property
  • the size and quality of any buildings
  • features which might add to or take away from a property’s value

Appeal your property assessment

If you feel that the assessed value of your property is more than the actual value of your property, you have the right to complete a Request for Reconsideration with MPAC. The deadline to file is March 31 of the tax year. You can only appeal the assessment, not the taxes billed.

If you were successful in appealing your assessment and received a Notice of Decision letter, note that it will take some time for the tax department to receive this information from MPAC.  Pay the current tax bill and once your new assessment is received by the City, your tax account will be updated and a letter mailed to you with your account status.