Taxes & Utilities

The Town of Prescott issues tax bills twice a year. The interim bill, issued in early February is based on 50% of the total taxes of the previous year. After Council approves the annual budget, tax rates are set and final tax bills are issued. 

Interim tax bills are issued the first week in February and due the beginning of April in one installment.
Final tax bills are issued the first week of July and half is due the end of August, with the remaining due at the end of October.

If you have not received your tax bill a week before the due date, please call the Finance Department. 

The fee to obtain a Tax Certificate is $50.00. Please contact the Taxation Department if you require a certificate at 613-925-2812 ext. 6211

Taxation Information

How to Pay your Property Taxes

Did you know there are multiple ways you can pay your taxes? 

1. Online Banking (add payee) - Set up “Town of Prescott” (this may display as "Prescott (Town) Taxes," "Prescott (Corp of Twn)-Taxes" or a similar form) as a payee with your online banking provider, using your "short" property roll number as your account number. 

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2. At your banking institution. 

3. By mailing a cheque to: 360 Dibble Street West, P.O. Box 160, Prescott, ON K0E 1T0

4. In-person at the Municipal Office (Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this option may not be available, please call ahead 613-925-2812 x 6200.)

Please notify the tax office in writing if you have recently purchased a property or if your mailing address is changed. If you have sold your property, please forward the tax bill to the new owner or return it to the tax office. Failure to receive a tax bill will not invalidate penalty and interest charges.

Mortgage companies: Only ONE tax bill is issued per billing. If a mortgage company or agent pays the tax bill on your behalf, it is your responsibility to forward it to them. The Town mails receipts to the owner after payment by the mortgage company.

Late payment penalty: A penalty of 1.25% for late payment is added the day following the due date and the first day of each month thereafter.

Payment methods available: Payments will be received by mail or in person at the Town Hall, 360 Dibble St. West. Payment type accepted: cash, interac, cheque or money order. Payment by credit card is not accepted. Please bring the entire tax bill and your payment will be receipted. Payment can also be made in person at most financial institutions on or before the due date, subject to any applicable fees of the financial institution. Internet or telephone bank payments are accepted. Input the 8-digit tax account number on your tax bill.

Your taxes are calculated by multiplying the municipal tax rate by your assessed value plus the school tax rate by your assessed value. Other factors such as capping and rebates are part of the calculation for many commercial and industrial properties.
For a more complete explanation of your specific taxes, please call our Taxation Department.

For information on how the value of your property is assessed, you can find information at the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation website or call them at 1-866-296-6722.

Property owners may apply to adjust taxes to reflect a significant change in their property.  Under certain conditions, Town Council has the authority to accept applications for cancellation, reduction or a refund of property taxes, as per Sections 357 and 358 of the Municipal Act RSO 2001, C 25. Examples of eligible criteria are:

  • Repairs or renovations that prevent the normal use of the land for a minimum of 3 months.
  • Tax classification changes.
  • Lands that have become Exempt
  • Structures razed or damaged by fire or demolitions.
  • Removal of a mobile home.
  • If the property has become vacant land or excess land since the return of the last assessment roll.
  • If the ratepayer has experienced sickness or extreme poverty they may apply to have their appeal heard by the Assessment Review Board.
  • Gross or manifest errors.

Tax Adjustment Applications can be picked up at the Town Hall or can be completed by printing off the online form. 

Tax Rates

Tax Class Municipal Education Rate Total 
Residential 0.01469939 0.00153000 0.01622939
New Multi-residential 0.01616933 0.00153000 0.01769933
Multi Residential 0.02211901 0.00153000 0.02364901
Commercial Occupied 0.02784303 0.00880000 0.03664303
Commercial Excess Land  0.01949011 0.00880000 0.02829011
Commercial Vacant Land 0.01949011 0.00880000 0.02829011
Industrial Occupied 0.03865940 0.00880000 0.04745940
Industrial Excess Land 0.02512861 0.00880000 0.03392861
Industrial Vacant Land 0.02512861 0.00880000 0.03392861
Pipelines 0.02024371 0.00880000 0.02904371
Farms 0.00367485 0.00038250 0.00405735
Managed Forests 0.00367485 0.00038250 0.00405735


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Tax Class Municipal Education Total 
Residential 0.01378478 0.00153000 0.01531478
Multi-Residential 0.02074274 0.00153000 0.02227274
Commercial Occupied 0.02611061 0.00880000 0.03491061
Commercial Vacant/Excess Land 0.01827742 0.00880000 0.02707742
Industrial Occupied 0.03625397 0.00880000 0.04505397
Industrial Vacant/Excess Land 0.02356508 0.00880000 0.03236508
Pipelines 0.01898412 0.00880000 0.02778412
Farmlands 0.00344620 0.00038250 0.00382870
Managed Forests 0.00344620 0.00038250 0.00382870
Multi-Res New Construction      
Commercial New Construction      
Industrial New Construction      
Tax Class Municipal Education Total 
Residential 0.01361460 0.00153000 0.01514460
Multi-Residential 0.02048666 0.00153000 0.02201666
Commercial Occupied 0.02578826 0.01250000 0.03828826
Commercial Vacant/Excess Land 0.01805178 0.01250000 0.03055178
Industrial Occupied 0.03580640 0.01250000 0.04830640
Industrial Vacant/Excess Land 0.02327416 0.01250000 0.03577416
Pipelines 0.01874975 0.00980000 0.02854975
Farmlands 0.00340365 0.00038250 0.00378615
Managed Forests 0.00340365 0.00038250 0.00378615
Multi-Res New Construction 0.01497606 0.00153000 0.01650606
Commercial New Construction 0.02578826 0.00980000 0.03558826
Industrial New Construction 0.03580640 0.00980000 0.04560640
Tax Class Municipal Education Total 
Residential 0.01334041 0.00161000 0.01495041
Multi-Residential 0.02085325 0.00161000 0.02246325
Commercial Occupied 0.02545584 0.01290000 0.03835584
Commercial Excess Land 0.01781909 0.01096500 0.02878409
Commercial Vacant Land 0.01781909 0.01096500 0.02878409
Industrial Occupied  0.03508528 0.01290000 0.04798528
Industrial Excess Land  0.02280543 0.01064250 0.03344793
Industrial Vacant Land 0.02280543 0.01064250 0.03344793
Pipelines 0.01859437 0.01030000 0.02889437
Farmlands 0.00333510  0.00040250 0.00373760
Managed Forests 0.00333510 0.00040250 0.00373760

Sale of Land by Public Tender

All listings of Sale of Land by Public Tender will be listed here. 

Local Utilities

Public Works Department:

613-925-2812 X 6219 (daytime)

1-855-229-5764 (after hours)

Water & Sewer Department:

Have you recently moved? Your electricity and water distribution accounts must be setup through Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities. See Electricity Services drop-down.

613-925-2812 X 6219 (daytime)

1-855-229-5764 (after hours)

Optional Service Line Protection 

Image of water pip bursting


Town of Prescott residents should   expect to see mail correspondence   from Service Line Warranties of   Canada (SLWC). The information will   include the Town of Prescott's name and logo, endorsing this third party optional service.

SLWC offers protection to homeowners for the water and sewer service lines that connect their homes to the municipal infrastructure. The SLWC program is recognized as a trusted source of utility line service plans by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO).

This program is voluntary and not a scam.

For more information, call 1-866-922-9004 or visit

Enbridge Gas (formerly known as Union Gas) - Customer Inquiries


Smell Gas? Call Enbridge Gas immediately from outside your home or building at 1-866-763-5427 or 911. 

The Town of Prescott's electricity services are distributed by:

Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc.
985 Industrial Road
P.O. Box 699
Prescott, Ontario
K0E 1T0


After Hours Emergency: 1-866-276-1400

You can register for electronic billing for both electric and water accounts on the RSL My Utility Portal:

Have you recently moved? Your electricity and water distribution accounts must be setup through Rideau St. Lawrence Utilities.

Bell Canada - Customer Service

Cogeco - Customer Service


Xplore Inc.



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