What Happens After a Decision

I have received the Board's decision on my appeal. What can happen next?

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Will my appeal expenses be reimbursed?

Can the Board change or reconsider its decision?

How can I appeal the Board’s decision?
 

Will my appeal expenses be reimbursed?

The quick answer is “no”. The Assessment Act – the key legislation which governs the appeal system – does not allow for your expenses to be reimbursed. At the same time, if you lose your appeal, you are not exposed to paying the expenses of BC Assessment or any other parties.

The appeal system has been set up to have a very low appeal fee ($30.00), such that the majority of the Board’s time and expenses are covered by the general taxpayers. Your personal expenses will depend on whether there is travel involved and whether or not you hire professionals to assist you. Over the last 5 years, the Board has implemented new methods to reduce the cost of appeals – especially to residential homeowners:

  • Efforts are focused on trying to resolve your appeal through mutual agreement. If successful, this avoids the more costly stages of formally presenting your case to the Board for a decision.
     
  • For residential appeals that are not resolved, most are decided through the written submission method. This method avoids the cost of you having to travel to an in-person hearing and take time off of work to attend.

 

Can the Board change or reconsider its decision?

Once the Board issues a written decision, it cannot change or re-consider the decision except in very limited situations. The Board can correct typographical or mathematical errors.

In addition, there may be some rare situations when the panel may not have considered all of the evidence provided by the parties (e.g. the Board mistakenly did not send materials to the panel). The Board can then decide whether it should re-open the appeal and reconsider its decision.

The Board, however, has no ability to reconsider if a party wants to enter new evidence or re-argue the appeal. The party’s only option is to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court (see how can I appeal the Board’s decision).

 

How can I appeal the Board’s decision?

If you disagree with the Board’s decision, you may appeal to the Supreme Court of British Columbia. You can only appeal on a question of law. The Court proceedings are not a complete re-hearing of the appeal. The Board will send to the Court the evidence that was presented to it. There will be no opportunity to present new evidence to the Court and you can only make submissions on whether the Board made an error of law.

You can use the Board’s form to list the questions in law that you want to the Court to answer.

The deadline to send in your request to appeal (called a “Stated Case”), along with your questions in law, is 21 days from when you received the Board’s decision. Refer to Information Sheet #13 – Stated Cases for more information.

The Court may charge a filing fee which must be paid by the party requesting the Stated Case. The Supreme Court has jurisdiction to order that the unsuccessful party pay the costs of the successful party.

The Board strongly suggests that you obtain legal advice if you are considering an appeal to the Supreme Court.

Help With Your Appeal

We are the second level of appeal for property assessments in BC. 
We will first help you try and settle your concerns with BC Assessment.  If agreement is not reached, we will decide if your assessment is correct or should change.

This website will help you understand and prepare for the steps in your appeal.

Help With Your Appeal
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Submit An Appeal
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What's Next
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Ways to Reach Agreement
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How to Prepare a Case
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