Development Cost Charges

Development Cost Charges (DCC’s) are fees levied on new development to help finance the cost of upgrading or providing infrastructure services, and the cost of acquiring or developing parkland to support the new development.

Bowen Island Municipality has been collecting DCCs for acquisition of park lands. These DCC’s must be paid by Subdivision applicants if their proposed subdivision is within certain zones on Bowen Island. Please see Community Parks Acquisition Development Cost Charge Bylaw No. 905, 1998 for more info.

New in 2020: Regional Transportation DCC

As of January 15, 2020, Bowen Island Municipality, on behalf of Translink, is required to collect the Regional Transportation DCC for all building permits issued and subdivisions approved on Bowen Island. This means that an additional fee on top of the BIM building permit and/or subdivision fees must be paid, per the fee structure below:

Type of Development Rates* Effective
   Jan 15, 2020  January 1, 2021
 Single family dwelling  $2,100/unit  $2,975/unit
 Duplex  $1,900/unit  $2,470/unit
 Townhouse Dwelling Unit  $1,900/unit  $2,470/unit
 Apartment Dwelling Unit  $1,200/unit  $1,545/unit
 Retail/Service  $1.25/ft2  $1.25/ft2
 Office  $1.00/ft2  $1.00/ft2
 Institutional  $0.50/ft2  $0.50/ft2
 Industrial  $0.30/ft2  $0.30/ft2

*Rates are presented per Dwelling Unit or per sq.ft. of Floor Area, as defined in the Regional Transportation DCC Bylaw.

Are there any exceptions?

There are a number of exemptions, waivers and reductions that may apply. Please see for a complete list.

How does this benefit Bowen?

Bowen Island is within Translink’s Transportation Service Region. This DCC contributes to the regional share of funding for paying for growth related expansion and upgrade projects in Translink’s 10-Year Vision. These projects will benefit many Bowen Island residents and commuters who travel to the Lower Mainland, helping create greater transit capacity that will attract greater transit ridership, which in turn will also assist in lowering traffic congestion throughout the region. That means more transit, better roads, safer cycling and pedestrian access for everyone.



Last Updated on 2020-07-22 at 1:27 PM