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TAX STRUCTURE

TOWN OF WITLESS BAY 2020 TAX STRUCTURE, RATES & FEES

 

Property Tax:

 

Residential property 5 mills

Commercial property 8 mills

Minimum property $550.00

Vacant Land $200.00 (Minimum per parcel)

 

Business Tax:

 

Autobody/Service Stations 13 mills

B & B/Efficiency Units 5 mills

Bank/Financial Institutions 40 mills

Fish Plants 18 mills

General Commercial 12 mills

Heavy Equipment/Construction 50 mills

Personal Care/Retirement Homes 6 mills

No fixed address 5% of Gross Revenue

Utilities 2.5% of Gross Revenue

Minimum Business Tax $300.00

 

Permits – Residential:

 

New home construction $150.00

General Development (includes excavation) $100.00

Accessory bldgs. extensions/fences & demolition $ 50.00

Res. Renovations (siding, windows, shingles, etc.) Application fee only ($25)

 

Permits – Commercial:

New Buildings & Extensions 40 cents per sq. ft. per floor, min. $250.00

Renovations $150.00

Permit to Operate Business $150.00

Permit to Operate Home-based Business $100.00

Roadside Vendor $ 50.00 (annually)

 

Other Fees

Application fee $25.00

NSF fee $40.00

Permit extension $50.00

Discretionary Use/Advertisement $250.00 (minimum)

Tax Certificate – Residential $250.00

Tax Certificate – Commercial $400.00

Cut in paved town road (application required) $2000.00 (deposit up front)

Fire Protection Fee $90.00 per household + 911 Response Fee

Water Fee (Fish Plant) $17,500.00 per year

Subdivision Development Fee:

Per Lot $300.00 to be paid by developer prior to issuance of permit

 

 

Cost Recovery related to Amendments to the Town Plan and building developments

 

All costs incurred through a request to amend the Town Plan and through the processing of development applications, including referrals to engineers, legal, planners, surveyors, public advertisements or any legitimate cost, will be the responsibility of the interested party. The Town will provide a written estimate to the interested party, with the full cost recovery amount being paid in advance as a deposit.

 

Discounts – Applicable to property tax only:

 

8% on current property tax, applicable only if payment of all outstanding debts (current and prior taxes or otherwise) are paid in full by May 31, 2020.  Please NOTE there will be no additional discounts besides the listed 8%.

 

Interest:

 

All taxes are due and payable by May 31, 2020. Taxes not paid by May 31, 2020, or without payment arrangements being made will be charged a rate of 18% per annum, compounded monthly, retroactive from January.

 

Payment Arrangements:

 

Acceptable payment options: Visa, MasterCard, Debit, and pre-authorized payments. If acceptable arrangements are made with the Town before May 31, 2020 to have accounts paid in full by November 30, 2020, no interest will be applied to the account.