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Small Business Property Tax Sub-Class

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On December 10, 2019, Clearwater County passed second and third reading of Bylaw 1082/19, Small Business Sub-Class, which would enable Clearwater County to create an assessment sub-class for rural non-residential small businesses, allowing small businesses to be taxed at a rate of up to 25 per cent less than other non-residential properties. Each year in the spring, Council sets the property tax rates for the coming year to maintain service levels. 

The information collected from small businesses will help Clearwater County establish a database to better identify the needs in the region to support and advance rural economic development. Properties that are eligible will be taxed at a reduced rate compared to rural non-residential municipal tax rate.

Applications are currently being accepted, if received by the middle of February 2020 the changes will take effect for the 2020 property tax year. Click here to download an application form. Please send completed forms to or mail/drop off at the County office (4340 - 47 Avenue, Rocky Mountain House, AB T4T 1A4).
2020 Property Tax & Assessment Notices will be mailed in May. If you believe your property qualifies for the rural non-residential small business tax class, you must complete an application and submit it for review. Regardless of the status of your application, taxes are due September 14, 2020. 

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions (coming soon) or contact the Assessment department at 403-845-4444.