BC Assessment uses mobile digital cameras to document properties

Digital cameras mounted on a van are new tools for BC Assessment to update property assessment files.

  • Jul. 25, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Digital cameras mounted on a clearly-marked van will soon be on the residential streets throughout the Cariboo region as BC Assessment uses innovation to update photos used for property assessment purposes.

The residential photo update initiative will take street front digital photos of approximately 4,000 single family homes in the Quesnel area, 3,300 in the Williams Lake area and 475 in 100 Mile House starting in late July and running through early August.

This technology has already been successfully used throughout much of Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, the Okanagan, Kamloops, Prince George and Nanaimo.

“As the Crown corporation responsible for accurately valuing all properties in B.C., we are always looking for innovative ways to provide more timely, accurate, equitable and fair assessments to all property owners,” said Darin Johnson, deputy-assessor for the Cariboo region.

“We have already completed this innovative project in many parts of the province and we are now focusing on the Cariboo for inclusion.”

BC Assessment will only retain photographs of the public street front of a home including the civic (street) address number.

BC Assessment will not retain any personal information related to:

Any images of people on the property.

Visible signage on a residence (excluding street address), including business signs, signs with the names of the people living at that property and any other type of signage that may relate to the identity of a person. This includes vehicle license plates.

The interior of a residence (e.g., images that show the inside of a home through a window or open doorway, or the interior of an enclosed vehicle shelter such as a garage).

Visit our YouTube channel to view a video demonstration of the photo update initiative.

Visit www.bcassessment.ca for further information about BC Assessment.