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.

Regional Transportation DCC

Since 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.

TransLink is increasing its Regional Transportation Development Cost Charges (DCCs). The proposed increase reflects an annual inflationary adjustment to TransLink’s DCC rates.

The 2022 rate applies to all permit applications submitted before December 6, 2023.

From December 7, 2023 the following rates apply:

Type of DevelopmentRate per20222024
Single Family Dwellingunit$2,993$3,194
Townhouse Dwelling Unitunit$2,485$2,652
Apartment Dwelling Unitunit$1,554$1,658
Retail/Serviceft2 $1.26$1.34
Officeft2 $1.01$1.08
Institutionalft2 $0.50$0.53
Industrialft2 $0.30$0.32

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.