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By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all individuals, places of work and businesses in B.C. must significantly reduce their level of social interactions and travel to prevent the spread of COVID-19, effective now and until December 7, 2020. Please see the BC COVID-19 Resources page for full details.

Property & Development

Planning inquiries and applications are now online

Municipal Hall is closed to the public due to current health advisories, so we have moved our Planning & Development department online. Most planning functions will be completed online and digitally.

Paper inquiries and applications will continue to be accepted via the drop box located on the porch door of Municipal Hall. But, please note that processing times for paper submissions will be extended as most staff are working remotely.

Read more about online inquries, online applications and fee payments


Are you a Bowen Island property owner, prospective buyer, or developer?  What are the steps to maintain and develop property here?

Property Basics

As a property owner you are responsible for paying annual property taxes, which help to fund services like road maintenance and garbage collection.  You are also responsible for maintaining your driveway culverts and ensuring drainage from your property does not negatively impact neighbours.

The Development Process

Development may include subdivision, site preparation, building, or even tree removal.  If you want to develop your property, check the following flowchart to make sure you consider all the main steps of the process. Also, consider incorporating Active Design in your proposal whenever possible!

Additional Considerations

If your property is considered a heritage site, your development may need to follow certain guidelines and the proposal may be referred to the Heritage Commission.

Property information that may be helpful in the planning of your development proposal, such as zoning, may be found on the interactive online map, BowMap.

Zoning regulates land uses and what you can build (size, height, setbacks, etc).  Zoning regulations are found in the Land Use Bylaw

Last Updated on 2020-10-02 at 3:51 PM