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Burn season begins October 16

Open burning season on Bowen Island will begin on October 16, 2017.

The backyard and industrial burning season is from October 16 to April 15 each year. Burn permits are required for yard cleanup and machine burns during this period. Permits can be purchased at Municipal Hall. The Fire Chief will make a site visit if necessary.

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Keep all plastics out of your organics bin

Please do not use bags labelled “compostable” or “biodegradable” to collect kitchen scraps. Plastics, including those marked biodegradable, do not belong in the organics as they do not break down properly during processing. Paper bags and newsprint can be used to line your kitchen container.

Keep plastics and plastic bags (even those marked biodegradable) out of the green bin.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Public Open House- Detached Secondary Suites


4:00-7:00PM on Wednesday October 5th, 2016
In Council Chambers
Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island

Detached Secondary Suites on Bowen Island


Bowen Island Council is considering changes to the Official Community Plan (OCP) and the Land Use Bylaw with to allow owners of residential properties to construct a detached secondary suite.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Public Open House - Transit Review

4:00 -7:00 PM on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016
in Council Chambers
Municipal Hall, 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island

On-Island Transit Review
Service Recommendations to TransLink

​More information

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

NAPTEP on Bowen

Want to protect the natural features on your land while saving money?

The Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP) is an incentive program to protect land and reduce taxes for Islands Trust area landowners. Protecting land with a NAPTEP conservation covenant gives you the opportunity to receive a 65% exemption on your property taxes each year.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Ombudsperson investigation closed


August 25, 2016

Ombudsperson investigation of Bowen Island Municipality closed

I am pleased to report that the Municipality has received notice from the Office of the Ombudsperson that a complaint filed under the Ombudsperson Act in 2014 has been closed.

The complaint stated concerns with the process the Municipality followed with respect to applications for the construction of private docks along the shoreline at Cape Roger Curtis, particularly with respect to meetings that were closed to the public.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fall and Winter Recreation Guide

Check your mailbox for the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 Recreation guide. Start planning your activities for Fall to keep your family healthy and engaged in our vibrant community.

Registration for all Fall and Winter programs opens on August 26, 2016. The recreation guide is also available online. If you have not received a  guide in your mail, hard copies are also available at the Recreation Office at BICS.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Housing on Bowen

Municipal Council has placed a high priority on a series of initiatives to create more housing options. As a small municipality, Bowen doesn’t have the kind of money required to provide subsidized housing. What we can do is enact policies to facilitate more appropriate construction. Today these initiatives are beginning to bear fruit. They range from seniors’ housing to diverse uses for the Community Lands (including affordable housing) to strata apartments to detached secondary suites.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sandy beach boat rack

As part of the Mannion Bay Revitalization Strategy, a rack for small self-propelled water craft has been installed at Sandy Beach for community use.

Pursuant to Bowen Island Municipality Bylaw No. 418, 2016, all self-propelled water craft, such as kayaks & canoes, must be stored in the storage racks and labelled with the owner’s name and telephone number.

Effective October 1, 2016, any self-propelled water craft left on the beach or in the racks unlabelled will be removed at the owner’s expense.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


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