Incentive Programs and Rebates

The City of Rossland offers incentive programs and rebates from time to time to encourage energy efficiency and/or new investment in the community.

Current initiatives are:

  • Energy Efficient Building Incentive Program
  • Revitalisation Tax Exemption Program

ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Rossland Council has adopted the new Energy Efficient Building Incentive Policy.  Council has resolved to adopt Step One of the Energy Code by December 15, 2019 so the goal of this policy is to incentivize and familiarize builders/designers with the BC Energy Step Code and this new model of measuring efficiency.  These incentives, together with the rebates offered by Fortis BC, offer homeowners  significant savings towards improving the energy efficiency of their homes which will also save on costs long term.

Incentive #1 – Aligning with Step 1

A maximum of $500 provided to new home and renovation construction that complies with the BC Building Code via performance pathway (Step 1 of the BC Energy Step Code). To achieve Step 1, builders need to use a whole-building energy model to calculate the energy use of the building and conduct an airtightness test, but the performance of the building only needs to be as good as the base BC Building Code requirements for energy efficiency.  The City will offer a $500 toward Community Energy Advisor fees as a limited, one-year offer for performance pathway compliance subject to the completion of pre-construction EnerGuide Evaluation Report based on the submitted building plans.

Incentive #2 – Aiming for higher steps

Incremental building permit fee rebate for energy performance aligned with BC Energy Step Code tiers and Energuide ratings.

 

BC Energy Step

Code Level

OR

EnerGuide Rating v15 (based on

post construction assessment)

Energy

Advisor Grant

Rebate Amount

(% of BP Fee)

Step 1

 

 

$500

-

Step 2

or

10% or better than ref. house

$500

20%

Step 3

or

20% or better than ref. house

$500

40%

Step 4

or

40% or better than ref. house

$500

60%

Step 5

or

50% or better than ref. house

$500

80%

If you have any questions on the Step Code or this policy you can contact the Building Inspector building.inspector@rossland.ca or look at the website below.

https://energystepcode.ca/

Energy Advisors serving the Kootenays can be located here.

http://www.cacea.ca/kootenay-region/

ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDING INCENTIVE POLICY and APPLICATION

REVITALISATION TAX EXEMPTION PROGRAM

The program provides an incentive, in the form of relief from municipal portion of property tax, to encourage investment in the development or redevelopment of commercial, recreational, or industrial properties.

The objectives of the Revitalization Tax Exemption are:

(a) to encourage and generate overall economic activity in the commercial, industrial and recreational zones;

(b) to require Owners to utilize a minimum of two objectives outlined below.

Economic- Investment and local employment

Conservation of Heritage Property in Property Class 4,5, 6 and 8

Installation of “green” building technology

Conservation of water used in the Land and Improvement

Conservation of Energy

Building Renovations to improve general aesthetics, amenities and the surrounding environment including any landscaping, planting of trees and reduction in GHG gases

 (c) to encourage Owners to improve the general aesthetics and surrounding environment of the Land and Improvements;

(d) to encourage and sustain investment and employment to retain and create jobs and services; 

 

There is established a Revitalization Tax Exemption program which includes the following: 
(1) Tax exemption prescribed by this bylaw with respect to: 
(a) a new construction of Land and Improvements with an Assessed Value or the Building Permit Value whichever is lesser of the two and is in excess of $10,000; or 
(b) an alteration or improvement of an existing Land and Improvements where the Assessed Value or the Building Permit Value whichever is the lesser of the two and is in excess of $10,000. 
(2) With respect to Parcels located within the Revitalization Area shown on Schedule “A”. 
(3) The maximum Tax exemption under this bylaw must not exceed the increase in the Assessed Value of Land and Improvements on the Parcel between: 
(a) the Calendar Year before the construction or alteration of Land and Improvements began, and 
(b) the Calendar Year in which the Tax exemption Certificate under this bylaw is issued. 
The maximum term of a Revitalization Tax Exemption is: 
(a) 5 Years
(1) The Tax exemptions provided under this bylaw are such that the Tax payable is: 
(a) in respect of the Revitalization Area shown in Schedule “A”: 
(i) Year 1:  
Base Amount 
(ii) Year 2: 
Base Amount plus 20% of the difference between Base Amount and Full Assessment;  
(iii) Year 3:   
Base Amount plus 40% of the difference between Base Amount and Full Assessment; 
(iv) Year 4:  
Base Amount plus 60% of the difference between Base Amount and Full Assessment; 
(v) Year 5: plus 80% of the difference between Base Amount and Full Assessment; 
(vi) Year 6: Full Assessment

Program

 

(a) new construction of Land and Improvements with an Assessed Value or the Building Permit Value whichever is lesser of the two and is in excess of $10,000; or 
(b) an alteration or improvement of an existing Land and Improvements where the Assessed Value or the Building Permit Value whichever is the lesser of the two and is in excess of $10,000. 

The maximum term of a Revitalization Tax Exemption is 5 Years.

The Tax exemptions provided under the bylaw are such that the Tax payable is:

(i) Year 1:  Base Amount 

(ii) Year 2: Base Amount plus 20% of the difference between Base Amount and Full Assessment;  

(iii) Year 3:   Base Amount plus 40% of the difference between Base Amount and Full Assessment; 

(iv) Year 4:  Base Amount plus 60% of the difference between Base Amount and Full Assessment; 

(v) Year 5: plus 80% of the difference between Base Amount and Full Assessment; (vi) Year 6: Full Assessment

REVITALISATION TAX EXEMPTION BYLAW and APPLICATION