Bylaw Services Department
Bylaws regulate activities on Bowen Island such as parking on the street, dog control, noise and land use. Bylaw Services provides education and enforces the Municipality's bylaws using a fair, respectful and consistent approach.
Education before enforcement
Bylaw Services responds to requests. Most issues are resolved through voluntary compliance, however, when this does not happen, the appropriate enforcement action is taken according to the Bylaw Services Investigation Policy.
If your request is of an urgent nature please call the RCMP non-emergency number at 604-947-0516. Please be aware that the RCMP may not be on shift when you call, so be prepared for a delay in response. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911.
How to pay a Parking Ticket or Violation Notice
Bylaw Services may issue a warning Violation Notice for an initial bylaw contravention. If you have received a warning, please contact Bylaw Services. We welcome the opportunity to discuss the matter.
Violation Notices can be paid in person by cash, cheque or debit card. Please bring the Violation Notice with you.
You can also mail a cheque to:
Bowen Island Municipality
981 Artisan Lane
Bowen Island V0N 1G2
Please write the Violation Notice number on the cheque.
If you choose to dispute a Violation Notice please fill in the back of the notice and submit it in person or by mail to the address above. It must be received within two weeks of the date of issue.
What to do if you find a dog on Bowen Island
Please call Bylaw Services if you find a dog during regular business hours at 604-328-5499. The Bylaw Services Officer will ask you the following:
- Do you recognize the dog? Can you take the dog to its home? Or call its owner?
- Look for tags on the collar, (sometimes a name and number are written directly on the collar) and call the number. It may take some time for the owners to respond.
- Ask some neighbours – they may have a visitor that owns the dog.
If you find a dog after hours or on the weekend, please follow steps 1-3 and the following:
- Try posting on the Bowen Island Phorum – you need to be able to log in, so you may need to ask a friend to help.
- There are multiple Facebook pages that you can post to including: Bowen Island Everything Else, Bowen Doggies (and other pets) and Missing Pets in BC. They may require permission to post.
- If you are unable to keep the dog in the interim please ask a friend or neighbour to help. In our experience, 90% of dogs are returned to their owner within one hour.
- If all else fails please call after-hours Bylaw Services at 604-202-6499 or RCMP non-emergency at 604-947-0516 for assistance.
Barking dogs and other noise issues
What to do if you own a barking dog
- Ensure that the dog is getting sufficient mental and physical stimulation (i.e. walks, sports. tricks, doggy daycare, dog sitters and walkers)
- Bring the dog indoors, move the run or pen to an enclosed area (e.g. basement) where the dog can’t see or hear whatever stimulates the barking (e.g. children, pets, traffic etc.)
- Crate train your dog and crate your dog while you are away. Dogs are den animals and are content to be in a confined space with enough room to stand or lay down comfortably. Ask a local trainer for more information.
- Turn on a radio or other device that will cover up noises that induce barking. Human voices will keep a dog company.
- Boredom Barkers: distract with bones or chew toys. Try a stuffed, frozen, fillable dog toy.
- Sonic devices that emit high-pitched sound heard only by the dog when it detects barking may have positive results.
- Citronella spray collars help with some dogs and are not harmful.
- Try calling one of Bowen’s dog obedience trainers for assistance.
- You may need to continue trying new ideas, what works for your neighbor's dog may not work for yours. Don't give up.
What to do if you are disturbed by a barking dog
- Often dog owners are unaware that their dog barks when they are not home. If the barking that disturbs you occurs when the dog is left alone, and you feel comfortable doing so, approach the owner and tactfully discuss the problem with them. Many dog owner react well to a friendly approach. Be prepared with ideas or suggestions. Most people are open to rational negotiations to resolve a problem.
- If you are not comfortable approaching your neighbor, or no results come from your friendly visit, call Bowen Bylaw Services at 604-328-5499. Bylaw Services will speak with the suspected dog owner and inform them that there has been a complaint, we will also discuss the same ideas and suggestions as in the "Barking Dog" Section. Please let us know if the disturbance continues.
- If excessive barking continues, Bylaw Services will ask you to fill in a "barking log". We may visit the neighborhood a few times to listen for the barking. We will ask you to canvass the area and ask other neighbors if they are also disturbed by bothersome, incessant pet noise. As "disturbs the quiet, rest, or enjoyment of the neighborhood" is very subjective, a noise complaint is much stronger if more than one person has the same complaint. If Bylaw Services evaluates the complaint as valid, and the alleged offender has made no attempts to lessen the disruption, fining will occur.
Noise Control Bylaw and Exemptions
How to Apply for an Exemption of the Noise Bylaw
Complete an application form and submit it to Municipal Hall at least four (4) weeks prior to the proposed event.
Commercial Filming on Bowen Island
Filming is permitted in accordance with the Commercial Filming Policy.