FAQs

General

Where is the Town of Smithers office located?
1027 Aldous Street.

What are the Town of Smithers office hours?
Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm
Closed statutory holidays.

What is the Town of Smithers contact info?
Phone: 250-847-1600
Fax:     250-847-1601
Email: general@smithers.ca
Mailing Address: Box 879 Smithers, BC V0J 2N0

Recreation

Do you have a pool?
Bulkley Valley Regional Pool 250-847-4244.

What is your skating schedule?
For a complete listing of our skating schedule visit our Civic Centre Arena page.

What is your refund / cancellation policy?
No refunds will be granted once a program commences unless a class is cancelled or in exceptional cases involving sickness or relocation. In these cases refunds will be pro rated. Contact the Recreation, Parks and Culture Department if you require more information on our refund policy.

Do you know the phone number for local sports groups?
Many local club phone numbers can be found on our Community Recreation Directory.

Taxes

Can I pay taxes online?
Yes. You may pay through online banking services through the Bulkley Valley Credit Union, RBC, CIBC, and Scotiabank.

What are delinquent taxes?
On December 31st of each year - taxes, interest and penalties unpaid for the current year are transferred to arrears taxes. The previous years' taxes plus interest and penalties are transferred to delinquent taxes. Taxes accrued and to accrue on land and its improvements, are a special charge on the land and improvements, and have priority over any claim, lien, privilege or encumbrance of any person except the Crown, and do not require registration to preserve it.

What interest rate is charged on arrears and delinquent taxes?
Arrears and delinquent taxes bear interest as prescribed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council (Province of British Columbia) pursuant to Section 11(3) of the Taxation (Rural Area) Act until paid or recovered.

How will I be advised if my property is subject to Tax Sale?
Property owners and registered charge holders will be advised by registered mail in August of each year that their property is subject to the tax sale proceedings. The registered letter will outline the outstanding taxes and interest to date and amount required to avoid tax sale. This amount must be paid in full prior to the last Monday of September in each year. Any payment made within fifteen (15) days of the tax sale date must be either cash, money order, bank draft or by debit card.

Offical Community Plan (OCP)

When is a rezoning and OCP amendment necessary?
Rezoning is a process of changing one zone to another. When a development is proposed, including constructing new buildings or changing the types of activities that occur on a property, the owner must check the existing zoning regulations for that property. If the existing zone does not permit the proposed development then it is necessary to apply for a rezoning. A rezoning cannot be approved contrary to the OCP.

An OCP amendment is the process of changing a property's OCP designation. When a development is proposed, including the construction of new buildings or changing the types of activities that occur on a property, the owner must check the existing OCP and zoning regulations for that property. If the existing OCP designation and/or zoning do not permit the proposed development then it is necessary to apply to the Town of Smithers for an OCP amendment at the same time as the application for rezoning. The rezoning and OCP amendment occur together as one process.

How long will it take & who makes the decision?
The average processing time for a rezoning and OCP amendment application is 4 months, provided that all necessary information is submitted and there are no complications. Applications involving a complicated review process may take longer. Town Staff prepare recommendations for Council, and Council makes the decision.

Elections

When will the Election be held?
General Local Elections are held every four years on the third Saturday of November. The next General Local Election will be held in November 2018.

News & Notices

Public Notice: Advisory Planning Commission Member Vacancy

posted 22 Nov 2017

All applications must be received no later than 4:30 pm on Friday, December 15, 2017.

Snow Clearing

posted 17 Nov 2017

2017 Toys for Tickets Campaign

posted 15 Nov 2017

Municipal Campground Attendant

posted 14 Nov 2017

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