Do I have to pay to use the CRT?

Yes. The CRT charges fees. But we’ll give you a discount if you submit your application online.

If you can’t afford the fees, you can apply to have them waived.

CRT Fees

The CRT’s fees are set under section 62(2)(m) of the Civil Resolution Tribunal Act and CRT Rules 11 to 14.

  • Strata Property Disputes
    Application fee to make a strata property claim against someone. Facilitated dispute resolution by CRT staff is included.

    Want a discount? Apply online.

    $150

    Discount if applying online: -$25

    Application fee to add a counterclaim or third party claim to a strata dispute.

    Want a discount? Apply online.  

    $150

    Discount if applying online: -$25

    Fee for a final decision by an independent CRT member.

    You won’t have to pay this fee if your dispute is resolved by agreement during facilitation.

    $100
  • Small Claims Disputes of $3,000 or less
    Application fee for a small claims dispute of  $3,000 or less (excluding court order interest, fees and expenses). Facilitated dispute resolution by CRT staff is included.

    Want a discount? Apply online.

    $100

    Discount if applying online: -$25

    Application fee to add a counterclaim or third party claim of $3,000 or less to a small claims dispute.

    Want a discount? Apply online.  

    $100

    Discount if applying online: -$25

    Fee for a final decision by an independent CRT member.

    You won’t have to pay this fee if your dispute is resolved by agreement during facilitation.

    $50
    Fee to file a Notice of Objection if you don’t agree with a CRT decision in a small claims dispute. $200
  • Small Claims Disputes between $3,000 and $5,000
    Application fee for a small claims dispute between $3,000 and $5,000 (excluding court order interest, fees and expenses). Facilitated dispute resolution by CRT staff is included.

    Want a discount? Apply online.

    $150

    Discount if applying online: -$25

    Applicant fee to add a counterclaim or third party claim between  $3,000 and $5,000 to a small claims dispute.

    Want a discount? Apply online.

    $150

    Discount if applying online: -$25

    Fee for a final decision by an independent CRT member.

    You won’t have to pay this fee if your dispute is resolved by agreement during facilitation.

    $50
    Fee to file a Notice of Objection if you don’t agree with a CRT decision in a small claims dispute. $200

     

  • Other Fees – All Dispute Types
    Fee to respond to a dispute made against you. You only need to pay this fee once.

    Want a discount? Respond online.

    $25

    Discount if applying online: -$25

    Fee to request a Default Order in your dispute if the respondent doesn’t respond by the deadline.

    Want a discount? Request it online.

    $30

    Discount if requesting online: -$5

    Fee to request a Consent Resolution Order for an agreement you reached during facilitation to be turned into an enforceable order. $25
    Fee to request to cancel a Default or Non-compliance Order if the tribunal made a final decision and order against you. $50
    Fee for a party to request printed records of their dispute case. This includes dispute information and evidence. $10 per request

    $1 per printed page

    Fee for a non-party to request printed records of a dispute case. This may include dispute information and evidence.

    Read the CRT’s Information and Privacy Policy for details.

    $25 per request

    $1 per printed page

    Fee to validate a copy of a CRT decision, order, or other record.

    Other fees may apply for searching and copying the record.

    $30
    Fee for dishonoured payments. Until the person responsible for the dishonoured payment pays this fee, they might not be allowed to continue participating in the CRT process. $30

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does the CRT have fees?

    It’s common for courts and tribunals to charge fees. Fees are used to offset part of the CRT’s costs to provide its dispute resolution services.  The fees also help to make sure that people don’t abuse the CRT process by bringing baseless claims only meant to inconvenience or annoy someone else.

  • How can I pay CRT fees?

    You can pay CRT fees securely online by VISA, Mastercard, or American Express.

    You can also mail a cheque. But if you pay by cheque, the CRT will wait for the cheque to clear before starting or continuing the dispute resolution process. This may take up to 14 days.

    Please do not send cash by mail. If you want to pay in cash, you can do so at any ServiceBC location.

  • What if I can't afford CRT fees?

    If you have low income, you can ask the CRT to waive your fees. This is called a “fee waiver”.

    Our application form will guide you through the process of asking for a fee waiver.

    If you are a respondent or there are multiple applicants in your dispute, fill out our paper Fee Waiver Request Form and return it to us.

    You’ll have to provide information to support your request.

    You might also be asked to provide documents showing your financial situation. The CRT will apply its Fee Waiver Policy to decide whether your household income and assets qualify you for a fee waiver.

    A fee waiver only applies to CRT fees. It doesn’t apply to an amount a party has to pay to another party under an agreement or under an order made as part of a CRT final decision.

  • Who qualifies for a fee waiver?

    Fee waivers are meant to help people who can’t afford to pay the CRT fees. Usually, people who can’t afford the fees are on low income.

    The CRT will decide if you qualify for a fee waiver based on the financial information you provide with your request.

    Generally, you will qualify for a fee waiver if you receive income from one of:

    • BC Income Assistance
    • BC Income and Disability Assistance
    • Canada Guaranteed Income Supplement

    The CRT may also look at:

    • The number of people living in your household. This includes any family members you support financially.
    • Your total yearly income, before deductions, from all sources of income from everyone living in your household.
    • The net value of real estate you own. This is the assessed value, minus the outstanding balance on any mortgages. It includes all real estate you own, including houses, vacation properties and income properties.
  • What if I don’t qualify for a fee waiver?

    If you don’t qualify for a fee waiver, you will have to decide whether to continue in the process.

    Remember that if you’re a respondent in a dispute and don’t participate, a default decision and order may be made against you.

  • How do I apply for a fee waiver?

    To apply for a fee waiver:

    • Applicants: Our application form will guide you through the process of asking for a fee waiver. If there are multiple applicants in your dispute, fill out our Fee Waiver Request Form and return it to us.
    • Respondents: Fill out our Fee Waiver Request Form and return it to us.

    The CRT might ask you to clarify information. It might also ask you to provide proof of income or other documents.

    If the CRT grants you a fee waiver, our staff will give you instructions on dealing with fees once you’ve started the CRT process.

  • When can I ask for a fee waiver?

    You can ask for a fee waiver at any time in the CRT process. You can also ask during the application process. Our application form will guide you through it.

    Make your request as soon as possible. Some steps in the CRT process might have short deadlines and/or associated fees.

  • Can the CRT take away a fee waiver?

    The CRT can revoke a fee waiver at any time during the dispute resolution process.

    The CRT can revoke the waiver if we learn your financial information wasn’t correct. Your financial situation might also change during the process.

    If the CRT revokes your fee waiver, we can require you to pay the fees that were waived.

  • What if there are multiple parties who need a fee waiver?

    Every party who needs a fee waiver must request it.

    The only time that more than one applicant can qualify for the same fee waiver is when they live in the same household.

    If there is more than one applicant making the same claim, each applicant must ask for a fee waiver. If at least one applicant doesn’t receive a fee waiver, that party will have to pay the application fee.

  • Can I get my fees back if my dispute is successful?

    If an independent CRT member makes a final decision about your dispute, they may order an unsuccessful party to pay the successful party’s CRT fees and other reasonable expenses.

    But the CRT won’t usually order an unsuccessful party to reimburse fees paid by the successful party to a lawyer or other representative.

  • Can I get my fees back if the other party doesn’t participate?

    If you apply for CRT dispute resolution and follow all the steps to provide notice to a respondent who doesn’t respond by the deadline, you might be able to request a Default Order. The CRT may decide the dispute without the non-responding party’s participation.

    A Default Order might include an order for the defaulting party to pay your CRT fees and other reasonable expenses.