Homes Destroyed by Fire

If your principal residence has been destroyed or partially destroyed by fire, this program offers property tax relief until such time as the next annual assessment is done and takes effect.

Am I eligible for this property tax exemption?

You may be eligible if your principal place of residence is within Halifax Regional Municipality and if you experienced a major fire.

Properties that may be eligible include owner-occupied homes such as:

  • a single-family home
  • the portion of multi-family home occupied by the homeowner(s)
  • a mobile home, if the homeowner owns the land on which the home is located

Eligibility is determined as per Administrative Order 10 [PDF] section 5, 7.2, and 7.3 and By-law T-700 [PDF] section 2.1 e and 3.6 a.

How do I apply?

To apply for the residential property tax exemption for homes destroyed by fire, download and complete the application form [PDF] and return it to:

Halifax Regional Municipality
Taxation Department
PO Box 1749
Halifax B3J 3A5 NS

Applications take 2–8 weeks to process, depending on whether a reassessment has already taken place. The timing of the fire will also affect the timing of the final calculations. All rebates are calculated based on the final (October) tax bill.