Bylaw Services Department
Bylaws regulate things such as parking on the street, the condition of yards, derelict vehicles, the keeping of animals, lawn watering, signs, noise and land use.
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Bylaw Services provides education and enforces the Municipality's bylaws in an efficient and timely manner, using a fair, respectful and consistent approach. Officers endeavor to take into account the viewpoint of all parties as well as the broad effect on the community as a whole.
Officers respond to complaints as well as enforce observed infractions. Most problems are resolved through voluntary compliance, however, where this does not happen, the appropriate enforcement action is taken according to the Municipality's Complaint and Bylaw Enforcement Policy. This could include fines, a prosecution, a court order, or taking direct action.
“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, be prepared for a delay in response. If you are experiencing an emergency please call 911”
How to pay a violation notice (parking or other)
Parking violations can be paid in person by cash, cheque or debit card. Please have the violation notice with you. Alternately you can mail a cheque to Bowen Island Municipality, 981 Artisan Lane, Bowen Island V0N 1G2, please quote 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 to the Municipality within 2 weeks of issue.
What to do if you find a dog on Bowen Island
Please call Bylaw Services if you find a dog Monday to Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 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 1 – 3 and the following:
- Try posting on the Phorum – you need to be able to log in, so you may need to ask a friend to help. http://bowen-island-bc.com/forum/list.php?1
- Try posting on Missing Pets in BC Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/MissingPetsInBc
- If you are unable to keep the dog in the interim please ask friend or neighbour to help. In our experience 90% of dogs are returned to owner within one hour.
- If all else fails please call the RCMP non-emergency phone at 604-947-0516 or after-hours Bylaw Services at 604-202-6499 for assistance.
Noise Control Bylaw and Exemptions:
Applications for an exemption to the Noise Control Bylaw can be made by completing the application below. Completed applications are to be mailed or dropped off in person at the Bowen Island Municipal Hall (see above for address). Please note: applications must be provided to Bylaw Services at least four (4) weeks prior to the proposed event.
- What to do if you have 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. There is lots of information about crate training or ask a local trainer.
- 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 visit the neighborhood a few times to listen for the barking. We 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 feels the complaint is valid, and the alleged offender has made no attempts to lessen the disruption fining will occur. Fines are $50.00 for a first offense, $200 for a second and $500 for a third.