Pre-authorized Payment Plan

The Municipality of Bluewater offers a pre-authorization payment plan (PAP) for property taxes. There are no service charges or fees for enrolling in the plan. In order to participate in the pre-authorized payment plan, all taxes must be fully paid to date. Please note that if you own more than one property, a separate authorization agreement is required for each property.

We offer two plans—one comes out on the due date (4 times per year) and the other one is the budget plan that comes out over 10 months of the year. The 10-month pre-authorized payment plan is calculated as follows:

  • Seven (7) equal installments will be withdrawn from your bank account on the last business day of each month from February to August. This amount is based on 50 percent of the previous year’s annualized taxes.
  • Three (3) equal installments will be withdrawn from your bank account on the last business day of each month from September to November. This amount is based on the final tax bill which is issued at the end of August (mailed first week of September).
  • There will be no withdrawals from your account in January and December.

To set up a pre-authorization payment plan, please fill out the application and submit online using the button at the top of this page.

Forms may also be submitted along with a copy of a void cheque or pre-authorized debits (PAD) form from your bank to the tax department via email or by mail/in-person at the municipal office: Municipality of Bluewater, Attn: Tax Department, 14 Mill Ave., Zurich ON N0M 2T0.

Cancel PAP

To cancel the payment plan or change/update banking details, please complete the form using the link at the top of this page. Please note that change or cancellation requests must be sent to the tax department before the 15th of that month.

Terminating the Plan

The privilege of continuing the plan may be cancelled if two payments fail to be honoured in the calendar year.

Upon cancellation, a NSF fee and penalty will be charged on any overdue balance.

Important program information

Please review this important information before enrolling in the plan.

  • All taxes must be in good standing to enroll in the PAP program.
  • The application date will be the date received if no other date is filled in.
  • Financial institution/banking information is not printed on property tax bills.
  • Line of credit accounts and credit card cheques cannot be used for pre-authorized payments.
  • The payment plan is not transferable to another account.
  • Supplementary/omitted tax bills and statements or other charges cannot be paid through this program.
  • If you authorize a third party (family member or organization) to make payment on your behalf, as the property owner you remain responsible for full payment of all property tax bills and all additional fees or amounts charged to your account. Your property tax account information cannot be released to a third party without your written authorization.

Personal information is collected and will be used to administer the pre-authorized payment (PAP) plan for tax payments program. Personal information, as defined by Section 2 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (MFIPPA), is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of MFIPPA. If you have questions about the collection, use or disclosure of this personal information, please call 519-236-4351 or email

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