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Smile! BC Assessment van will cruise Port Coquitlam to photograph homes

A camera-equipped van will soon be cruising the streets of Port Coquitlam on behalf of BC Assessment.

The provincial body's residential photo update initiative will take street-front photos of approximately 11,100 single-family homes in PoCo, something it has already done throughout much of Metro Vancouver — including Coquitlam — the Okanagan, the Interior and Vancouver Island.

“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,” Zina Weston, deputy assessor for BC Assessment's North Fraser region, said in a press release.

BC Assessment will only retain photos of the public street-front of a home, including the address number, according to the release, which states 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 licence 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);

For more information, visit www.bcassessment.ca. For a video demonstration of the photo update initiative, visit BC Assessment's YouTube channel.

 

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