Tax Sales

Property Tax Sale Process

If property taxes remain unpaid for a specific period of time, Ontario's Municipal Act provides for the sale of the property. 

Prior to a tax sale, the Town of Penetanguishene aims to work with the property owner to develop a schedule to repay all monies owing. We see a tax sale as a last resort - and we will only initiate a tax sale if the property owner refuses or is unable to pay the amount owing in whole or through a payment schedule.

We can register a tax arrears certificate if taxes remain unpaid on vacant land or improved lands for three years prior to Jan. 1 of any year. These timelines apply to all classes of property.

A tax arrears certificate indicates the property will be sold if taxes, penalties, interest and reasonable costs incurred by the town are not paid within one year of the certificate's registration. 

Once a tax arrears certificate has been registered against the lands, partial payments cannot be accepted, unless Council approves a Tax Extension Agreement.

If the monies owing have not been paid within the one-year period, we will advertise the sale of the property for non-payment of taxes. Advertisements are published for four consecutive weeks.

For more information, please contact the Tax Collector/Utility Billing.