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Permissive Tax Exemption

Permissive Tax Exemptions

A permissive tax exemption is a means for Council to support eligible organizations within the community that align with Council’s strategic goals and objectives.

Extent of exemptions approved each year is dependent on the City’s annual budget. Council, at its discretion, may reject or cancel any or all applicants in a given year. 

Interested organizations are encouraged to review Council Policy C008-05, Permissive Property Tax Exemption prior to applying to ensure all eligibility criteria are met.

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Eligible Organizations

To be eligible for a permissive tax exemption, an organization must qualify under Section 224 of the Community Charter and comply with the City’s policies, plans, bylaws and regulations. 

Organizations must contribute to the Abbotsford community and be a registered charity or society under one of the following categories: 

  • Place of worship
  • Independent school
  • Charitable, philanthropic or other non-profit organization
  • Athletic or service club or association

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Application Deadline

Deadline for applications is June 30 of each year.  

Applications, using the prescribed forms below, may be submitted by email at, or by mail to: 

Collections Division
Abbotsford City Hall
32315 South Fraser Way
Abbotsford, BC  V2T 1W7 

The City will only process complete applications.  Late applications will not be accepted.

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Application Forms 

Applications are required annually from all eligible organizations.  For organizations currently receiving a permissive tax exemption, a renewal application is necessary to confirm ownership and property use has not changed. 

The City will confirm receipt of applications by sending an email reply.  If you do not receive a confirmation from the City within 5 business days of submitting your application, please contact the Property Tax Department at

Application Cycle

Charity or non-profit organizations and athletic or service clubs must complete a Comprehensive Exemption Application every four (4) years, and may complete a Renewal Application in the interim years.

List of Organizations Required to Submit Comprehensive Exemption Application for 2021

Places of worship and independent schools must complete a Comprehensive Exemption Application every ten (10) years, and may complete a Renewal Application in the interim years.

Comprehensive Exemption Applications

Important Note:  The City is currently reviewing Council Policy C008-05, Permissive Property Tax Exemption as it relates to non-profit organizations providing housing services in the community.

If you are a first-time permissive exemption applicant providing housing services, please contact us at for more information.

First-time applicants must complete one of the below forms: 

Renewal Applications

Applicants that received a permissive exemption in the current year must complete the below form, to be considered for an exemption in the upcoming tax year:

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More Information

Property Tax and Utility Department
Tel: 604-864-5522

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