Tax Assessment Records

Housing in Downtown Hamilton
Housing in Downtown Hamilton

Tax assessment records help in accurately dating the construction of a building as well as disclosing the original owner and a list of occupants.

Land assessment and tax assessment records combined will allow you to determine the original owner and occupant of the property as well as the date at which the structure is built. Please note that not all buildings are tax assessed. Public and institutional buildings such as churches and schools may not be found on tax assessment records. If they are used for a purpose other than their original use, such as a school that has been converted into a house, it will be assessed only from the time it was converted. Prior to the construction of a building, the vacant lot is listed by lot number.

The following is a list of former municipalities in Hamilton and the available assessment rolls. Note: Since the amalgamation the records of the new City of Hamilton are administered by the Hamilton City Clerk’s Office. There may be gaps in some records. 

Contact Hamilton City Clerk's Office.

Ancaster: contact the Hamilton City Clerk’s department

Barton Township: not available
After the dates of annexation see Hamilton assessment rolls

Beverly Township: 1837-1954 on microfilm in Local History & Archives 
For 1955 onwards contact the Hamilton City Clerk’s Office

Binbrook: 1854-1970 on microfilm in Local History & Archives
For 1971 onwards contact the Hamilton City Clerk’s Office

Dundas: 1835-1942 on microfilm in Local History & Archives
For 1943 onwards contact the Hamilton City Clerk’s Office

East Flamborough: 1840-1960 on microfilm in Local History & Archives
For 1961 onwards contact the Hamilton City Clerk’s Office

Flamborough: amalgamation of East & West Flamborough and Beverly 1973
Contact the Hamilton City Clerk's Office

Glanbrook: amalgamation of Glanford & Binbrook 1973
Contact the Hamilton City Clerk's Office

Glanford: 1840-1957 on microfilm in Local History & Archives
For 1958 onwards contact the Hamilton City Clerk’s Office

Hamilton: 1834-1899 on microfilm in Local History & Archives [with some gaps]
For 1900 onwards contact the Hamilton City Clerk’s Office
These records are organized by ward (name or number). For a listing of historic wards see the “City of Hamilton Ward Boundary Maps, 1813-1985” (R346.713045 KIN) to determine the ward where your property can be found. 

Stoney Creek: for records from 1973 onwards contact the Hamilton City Clerk's Office
Older records are at the Archives of Ontario in Toronto

Waterdown: 1880-1959 on microfilm in Local History & Archives
For 1960 onwards contact the Hamilton City Clerk’s Office

West Flamborough: 1861-1960 on microfilm in Local History & Archives
For 1961 onwards contact the Hamilton City Clerk’s Office

Note: Several areas in Hamilton have previously belonged to other jurisdictions. West Hamilton was originally part of Ancaster Township and east Hamilton and the mountain were originally part of Barton Township.

 

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