Note: For property tax & finance related forms, go to our Forms, Applications, Permits page.

2023 Tax Installment Due Dates

Installment due dates are the 1st Monday of March, May and October, and the 1st Tuesday of August:

  • March 6, 2023
  • May 1, 2023
  • August 1, 2023
  • October 2, 2023

If you are moving, or have changed your mailing address, 
please contact us immediately. 

The Tax Collector has no authority to waive or alter penalty and/or interest for any reason, including not receiving a tax notice.

 Property Tax Notices

Annual taxes are calculated by multiplying the assessed value of your property by the Municipality's current consolidated tax rate. The consolidated tax rate is made up of a Township portion and a County portion (influenced by the respective budget requirements) and an Education portion which is set by the Province of Ontario. Through sound financial management, Selwyn boasts the lowest municipal property tax rate in the County of Peterborough. 

Interim Tax Notices are based on approximately 1/2 of the previous year's total tax levy. Interim Tax Notices are sent at the end of January, and Final Tax Notices are sent at the end of June.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation determines the assessed value of each property. 

Included with all new owner tax notices: 
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Included with your 2023 tax notices: 

Interim: 2023 Interim Tax Insert and landfill site pass. Final: 2023 Final Tax Insert

Reading Your Tax Notice - Assessment Class Codes

Under Assessment Class on your tax notice, the first 2 characters indicate the Tax Class (these codes are also used in the Consolidated Tax Rates section):

CodeTax Class
C7 Commercial small on-farm
CT Commercial
CU Commercial Excess Land
CX Commercial Vacant Land
FT Farmland
IT Industrial
IU Industrial Excess Land
IX Industrial Vacant Land
MT Multi Residential
NT New Multi Residential
PT Pipeline
RT Residential
ST Shopping Centre
SU Shopping Centre Excess Land
TT Managed Forest

The last character(s) identify school support:

CodeSchool Support
EP English Speaking Public School
ES English Speaking Separate School
FP French Speaking Public School
FS French Speaking Separate School
N No Directed Support

For information on changing your school support see Property Tax School Support page


Minimum Bill Adjustment

In June 2022 the total annual minimum increased from $10.00 to $25.00. The $10.00 minimum had been in place for many years, but was no longer offsetting costs.

To determine whether a minimum bill adjustment applies, we calculate the annual levy (multiply the assessment and the applicable tax rate) and if the total is less than $25.00, it is adjusted up to $25.00.


Property Tax Calculation

Want to determine what the annual taxes will be on a property? Simply multiply the assessment value and the tax rate. If the property is located in Woodland Acres, you will also need to add on the annual charges for water and wastewater. 

Don't know the assessment value? Use our Property Search through Virtual Town Hall (VTH)


2023 residential assessment of 314,173 located in Ward 1, 2 or 4: 314,173 x 0.857781% (or 0.00857781) = $2,694.92

2023 residential assessment of 314,173 located in Ward 3: 314,173 x 0.944718% (or 0.00944718)  = $2,968.05

Property Tax Reminder Notices

For the remainder of 2023 and all of 2024, Property Tax Reminder Notices for outstanding balances will only be sent after an installment due date and at the end of the year. Staff will be investing the existing resources into property specific discussions, rather than monthly mailings to all eligible properties. This collection process will be reviewed later in 2024 with respect to cost savings and effectiveness.


Penalty and/or interest is fixed at a rate of 1.25% per month and will continue to be added to unpaid taxes after the due date and the beginning of each month after. Reminder notices will be sent for accounts with an outstanding balance over $10.00 at the beginning of March, May, August, October, and December.


Balances can be viewed 24/7 through your Virtual Town Hall (VTH) account or can be requested by contacting the office by phone: 705-292-9507 or by emailing the finance department

 Penalty & Interest

Penalty and/or interest is fixed at a rate of 1.25% per month and will be added to unpaid taxes after the due date and the beginning of each month after. 

Reminder notices are sent 5 times a year for accounts with an outstanding balance over $10.00. 

Payment Options
Property taxes can be paid by pre-authorized payment plan, online/telephone banking, cash, debit or cheque. For details, please see our Payment Options and Information page.
 Payment Apply Sequence
As required by the Municipal Act, 2001 s 347(1) all payments are applied in the following order:
  1. NSF fees or other charges that may be collected through the tax roll (if applicable)
  2. Penalty/interest (if applicable, oldest to newest)
  3. Taxes (oldest to newest) 
Current Municipal Tax Rates

Not sure whether your property taxes are based on the rural or village tax rate?

  • Wards 1, 2 and 4 are rural and ward 3 is village. The rate difference for the village ward is due to the cost of police services (Peterborough Police vs. OPP).

Not sure what ward you are?

2023 Consolidated Tax Rates
Assessment Class CodeDescriptionRuralVillage
RT/NT Residential/New Multi Res 0.857781% 0.944718%
FT/TT Farmland/Managed Forest 0.214445% 0.236179%
CT/XT/ST Commercial/Shopping Centre 1.654273% 1.749782%
C7 Commercial small on-farm 0.994273% 1.089782%
CU/CX/SU Comm./Shopping Vacant/Excess 1.421991% 1.488847%
IT Industrial/New Industrial 1.967620% 2.101781%
IU/IX Industrial/New Industrial Vacant/Excess 1.586953% 1.674157%
MT Multi Residential 1.132717% 1.253568%
PT Pipeline 1.541508% 1.623107%
 Tax Rate By-law and Schedules
 Water & Wastewater

Properties located in the Village of Lakefield and Woodland Acres (including the new Summer Lane subdivision) are serviced by municipal water and wastewater.

The Village of Lakefield is billed directly by Peterborough Utilities, and Woodland Acres is billed by the Township on the final tax notice each year.

For current rates, please visit the Water, Wastewater & Utilities page.

Distribution of 2023 tax dollar based on average residential assessed value

2023 tax dollar distribution

For a breakdown of the County dollar, visit the Peterborough County website

Relationship between total residential assessment and residential tax rate

Note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ontario government has postponed the 2020 Assessment Update. They have indicated that property assessments for the 2022 and 2023 property tax years will continue to be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values. For more information, visit MPAC's website

Residential assessment vs. tax rate Rural Ward for 2013-2023

Residential assessment vs. tax rate Village Ward for 2013-2023


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