Local Assent Voting

Assent voting is voting on a bylaw or another matter for which a local government is required to obtain voters’ permission to spend money on a project. Assent voting is sometimes referred to as a “referendum” and can be held with a local election or on its own. Non-election assent voting is when the assent voting is held on its own.

Elections BC oversees election advertising rules for local elections and assent voting in B.C., including registering advertising sponsors. Local governments administer all other aspects of the vote.

For more information about the rules, read the Guide for Local Non-election Assent Voting Advertising Sponsors in B.C. (PDF) or visit our Local Elections FAQs.

Current non-election assent voting dates and information


NEW 2020 Bowen Island Community Centre Non-election Assent Voting – September 12, 2020

For information not related to advertising, such as what the assent voting question is or how to vote, please contact the Municipality of Bowen Island. This non-election assent voting takes place on Bowen Island.

Key Dates Deadlines
August 15 – September 12 Assent voting proceedings period
Saturday, September 12, 2020 General Voting Day
Friday, December 11, 2020 Financing disclosure statement filing deadline
Monday, January 11, 2021 Financing disclosure statement late filing deadline with $500 late filing fee