Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation (COPTER)

Property Tax Exemption Applications for Non-Profit Community Groups  

Any registered non-profit organizations in the Town of High River are invited to apply for a property tax exemption under the “Community Organization Property Tax Exemption Regulation” (COPTER). The application deadline is September 30, 2021.   

Please note: Community organizations currently exempt must complete a Renewal Form. 

The Guideline and Forms for COPTER applications are available at the Town Office and can also be viewed below. 

Note: After a review of the Guideline, use the form that best suits your organization 

For further information for a property tax exemption or assistance in completing the application forms, please contact: 

Stewart Dalrymple
Appointed Assessor
Town of High River
Phone:  403.603.3430 

All property is subject to local assessment and taxation, however, exemptions can include property owned or used by organizations providing services related to government, education, charity, religion, culture, and historic preservation.

The Municipal Government Act provides some tax exemptions to qualifying properties that reflect social values, accessibility and that benefit the public with their use. Government, churches, hospitals, schools may be eligible for property tax exemption.

Please review the guidelines in “quick links and forms” to determine if your organization qualifies, and then fill out and submit the associated application form to the Town before September 30, 2019.


2021 Property Taxes and Assessment Information

2020 Assessment Roll for 2021 Taxes

Other useful information: 
Please check back as this information will be updated shortly. 

Property Assessment

The Town of High River Assessment department assesses residential, commercial and industrial properties to determine the estimated market value. This value is then used in the calculation of property taxes.

Assessors conduct property inspections throughout the year. While not all properties are inspected, you may see an assessor in your neighbourhood.

Annual assessment notices are mailed to property owners in Mid-March. By sending property assessment notices in advance of the property tax notices, owners have the opportunity to review their assessments and raise any concerns they may have about their assessed value before taxes are calculated.

Determining Market Value

The Town of High River bases the current year’s property assessment on the real estate market condition as of the July 1 of the previous year.

Assessors evaluate properties based on several variables including:

  • Age
  • Lot & home size
  • Building features & finishes
  • Construction quality
  • Property location

Assessors consider many of the same factors that a homeowner would when they choose to purchase a home.

The purpose of the assessment is not to reflect a single sale price, but to assess all properties at typical market value on the same valuation date.

Key Assessment Dates

This information will be updated as dates are confirmed. Please check back.

Assessment Dates Description
February 26 Assessment Notices mailed
March 8 Notice of Assessment/Appeal Period Begins
May 7 60 Day Review Period ends/ Assessment complaint due date
May 25 (tentative) City Council sets tax rates
June Property tax notices mailed
To be determined Property taxes due