Please use ONLY for annual charge payments for your property.

We do not accept payments for Membership, School Age Services, Camps, etc., through this portal.

CA is a nonprofit community services corporation created to enhance the quality of life here in Columbia, providing services and amenities for the benefit of everyone in our community.

The annual charge has been part of the CA financial structure since Columbia was established. If your property is protected by CA covenants, your deed requires you to pay an annual charge.

Your annual charge allows CA to manage and maintain all of the programs and facilities we enjoy in Columbia, including nearly 3,600 acres of open space, 95 miles of pathways, lakes, ponds, tot lots and athletic courts, not to mention free entertainment, wellness programming and multicultural events throughout the year. This is all part of providing the high quality of life that has seen Columbia frequently ranked among the top places to live in America.

US Mail

Mail checks/money orders to:

Columbia Association, Inc.
℅ Truist
PO Box 79998
Baltimore, MD 21279

Note: Please include your parcel/account number or address on your check.



CA accepts online payments by ACH (bank draft) and credit/debit payments via Discover, Mastercard or American Express.

Click here to pay online.

Note: A service fee to third-party payment processing company will apply.

If you received a property tax credit from Howard County, you are eligible to receive a proportionate credit on your annual charge bill. You must notify CA in writing of this credit each year. Please email a copy of the county credit to, or send via US Mail to the address below:

Columbia Association, Inc.
℅ Annual Charge Division
6310 Hillside Court
Columbia MD 21046


  • We will review and process tax credits in the order they are received. You will receive a revised bill if there is still a balance due on your account. If the tax credit results in a credit balance on your account, a refund will be processed.
  • Please be advised that state and county homestead credits are not eligible for this CA credit.

The annual charge rate for FY2024 is 68 cents per $100 of valuation, assessed on 50% of the fair market value as determined by the state of Maryland for property tax purposes. That is almost 10% less than the allowable maximum of 75 cents per $100 of valuation. CA’s Board of Directors has approved the annual charge cap at 3.5%, which is approximately one-third of the amount allowed by law.

CA applies the same methodology used by Howard County with respect to their cap on property taxes, and they don’t apply those caps in calculating taxes due on a property in the year following the purchase. Learn more about how CA’s annual charge is assessed — and why — as well as what the annual charge cap is.

Residents contribute approximately 66% of the annual charge revenue, and the business community contributes 34%.

For information about your annual charge, email or call the Annual Charge Voicemail Line at 410-715-3137. Calls are returned in the order they are received.

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