BIA Frequently Asked Questions

Tax and Assessment

When do I get my BIA notice?

Tax notices are prepared and mailed mid May of every year.

How can I pay?
  • At City Hall - 4914 48 Avenue Red Deer, AB. Business owners may drop off a cheque and the detachable portion of the tax notice in the drop box at City Hall.
  • By mail – must be postmarked by September 30.
  • Through your financial institution – check processing times as payment must be received by The City by September 30. The BIA roll number starts with “35” and is eleven digits in length.
When are BIA taxes due and what if I don't pay by the due date?

Payment is due in full on September 30.

City Council has approved in principle an amended penalty of 7 percent which would apply to any outstanding balance on October 1, 2020. 

How can I monitor my account?

To view account balances, transaction history and obtain copies of bills for free, please use your BIA tax roll number and access code from your BIA Tax Notice to sign up for MyCity access.

Copies of tax documents may be requested from our office for a fee, which must be pre-paid prior to processing.

What if I paid the wrong account?
  • As per the fees and charges bylaw, a transfer fee will apply.
  • Please contact Tax and Assessment at 403-342-8126 or email with all the information regarding the payment. Include the department/account the money was paid to, the date, and the amount paid.
How do I apply for a refund?

Please complete the Property Tax Refund Form by January 31 of the following year. A $15 refund fee will be deducted from all approved refunds. Taxes will not be pro-rated below the minimum BIA tax amount, and will only be processed if there is a credit on the account.

Who is responsible to pay the taxes?

Anyone who operates the business is responsible to pay the BIA taxes.

How are BIA assessments determined and how are businesses taxed?
  • Assessments are based on the space a business occupies and is calculated on Net Rental Value which is the square footage multiplied by the rental rates from the prior year.
  • The amount of tax to be collected is based on the BIA’s annual budget.
What is a minimum tax?

A minimum tax is a baseline amount set annually that all members pay to fund services provided regardless of the size of the business.

Who gets taxed? Can I opt out?

All businesses operating within the BIA are subject to tax. You cannot opt out of paying BIA taxes as it is legislated through BIA regulations and bylaw.

What happens if I moved in part way through the year?

You will need to notify Revenue and Assessment.

  • You may receive a Supplementary tax notice if you moved in before September 30.
What if I have questions about my assessment?

Contact Revenue and Assessment at 403-342-8126 to speak to an assessor.

General Inquiries

What is a Business Improvement Area (BIA)?

A Business Improvement Area (BIA) is an area established to focus on beautification, parking and promoting business within that area. An annual tax is levied on the businesses to fund these programs and services.

How many BIA’s are established in Red Deer?

The City of Red Deer currently has one BIA, the Downtown Business Association (DBA). The DBA focuses on promoting the Downtown by providing an experience via special events as well as arts and culture, and increasing the beautification of the area.

Downtown Business Association

Who do I contact with questions?

Contact the Tax Department at 403-342-8126 or for your Tax or Assessment related questions.

Contact the Downtown Business Association for questions related to services offered at 403-340-8696 or

Who is part of the BIA?
Where can I get more information about Business Improvement Area legislation?

You can get more information from the Service Alberta website and type in Business Improvement Area Regulation in the search field on the top right corner of the page.

What is the City of Red Deer Assessment and Tax’s role regarding a BIA?

The City of Red Deer is responsible to assess, levy and collect tax from the applicable businesses within a BIA. The tax notices are mailed in May, with a payment due date of September 30.

Call The City if you have questions on your assessment or tax notice.

What is the Association’s role regarding a BIA?

The Association that is created for the Business Improvement Area is responsible for:

  • All programs and services administered by the BIA.
  • Preparing an annual budget for the funding of programs and services, which are administered by the BIA.

Contact the BIA if you have questions regarding the budget or services provided.

What is City Council’s role regarding a BIA?

City Council: 

  • Approves the proposed budget prepared/presented by the BIA board.
  • Approves the tax rate and minimum tax value.
  • Council members may sit on the board of a BIA.
What do my BIA taxes pay for?

The taxes collected fund programs and services within a BIA.

News & Notices

Mayor Veer responds to 2020/2021 IIHF...

September 17, 2020

Today, the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and Hockey Canada announced the status of the 2020/2021 World Junior Hockey Championship, which was scheduled to take place in Red Deer and Edmonton this year.

Lane closures on Ross Street

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Red Deer drivers can expect traffic disruptions downtown on Ross Street and 48 Avenue between September 21 and 25 due to construction in the area.

Transit full service starts

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October 4 is the day: the new transit system will shift to full service capacity. On August 23, Red Deer Transit launched its new routes and schedules at a reduced level of service in response to COVID-19.