The Town of Gibsons has re-opened Town Hall, and has implemented a COVID-19 Site Safety Plan to help protect our staff and the public when they interact.
However, as in-person service is limited and in order to further reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, we encourage citizens to engage with us by phone at 604.886.2274 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Utility bills and property taxes may be paid through your financial institution’s online or telephone banking services, by PayTM Canada or by mailing a cheque to: 474 South Fletcher Road, Gibsons, BC V0N 1V0.
Under our safety plan, some employees are working from home, or on staggered shifts. As a result, we are asking the public to please be patient if there is a delayed response to an enquiry.
We are offering limited in-person municipal services and ICBC services at Town Hall, with the following operational changes implemented in recognition of COVID-19:
- There are now two separate entrances to Town Hall, one for ICBC services (on the left) and one for Town Hall municipal business (on the right);
- Access to counter services at Town Hall is limited to 1 person per side;
- The parking lot has been temporarily closed to enable physically distanced line-ups (street parking is available);
- Directional signs for line-ups are painted on the parking lot and information signs are provided at the entrances;
- Plexiglas shields have been installed along the front service counter; and
- Hours of service have been changed to 9:00am to 4:00pm, and in the case of ICBC, the counter will be closed periodically, including from 12:30pm to 1pm, to provide an opportunity for staff breaks.
Additionally, we ask that you self-isolate and call your physician if any of the following conditions apply to you:
- Respiratory Illness or Difficulty Breathing
- Fever greater than 38 Degrees C or 100.4 Degrees F
- Dry cough
- Travelled outside Canada within last 14 days
- Been in close contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
To ensure the public can continue to participate in all Council and committee meetings, as well as Public Hearings, these sessions are now being held online. To access all the details, including the links required to join each meeting, please visit our dedicated webpage.
- Municipal water and sewer services are continuing as usual.
- Garbage and organic pick up are continuing as usual on regularly scheduled days. Click here, or download the Gibsons’ Waste Management App (available at iTunes or Google Play) to see your schedule.
- To arrange to purchase extra garbage collection tags or organic bins, please call 604.886.2274.
- Public water fountains and the water dispenser beside the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives have been shut off until further notice.
- Tennis courts are open. The Town encourages citizens to use its parks, trails and beaches, while remembering to keep at least 2 metres apart from others.
Public Washrooms and Shower Facilities
- The following public washrooms are open: Armours Beach (8am to 10pm), Winegarden Park (8am to 4pm) and Dougall Park (8am to 4pm). They are being cleaned twice a day to conform with guidelines provided by Vancouver Coastal Health and all three washrooms have sinks with soap for hand washing. Toilet paper, soap and hand towels are replenished regularly.
- Follow the links to find maps of public washroom locations operated by the Town of Gibsons, District of Sechelt and the Sunshine Coast Regional District.
- Washrooms at the Gibsons Aquatic Centre and the Sechelt Community Centre are open from 7am to 7pm, seven days/week.
- Showers are available at the Gibsons Aquatic Centre on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 7am to 7pm.
- Showers are available at the Sechelt Community Centre on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 7am to 7pm.
Planning and Development
We are continuing to provide planning building, and bylaw enforcement services by phone, email and in-person, when necessary. For information on how to contact each department, please see below:
- Please direct planning inquiries to email@example.com
- Please direct business licence and bylaw enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Please direct building enquiries to email@example.com
- Development applications, building permits and business license applications should be submitted digitally or by mail with payment made by check with your application. Please call ahead if you plan to drop off a building permit / development application: 604-886-2274
- On-site building inspections are continuing with 2 m distancing measures in place. Building Officials will only enter a building with one other person (such as the general contractor). Please exercise optimal hygiene with Town staff on your work site.
- Our Bylaw Enforcement Officer is continuing to respond to calls, while always maintaining 2 m distancing measures.
- Completed permits and licenses will be returned to applicants digitally or by mail.
Town of Gibsons Public Spaces
The Gibson Recycling Depot is open as usual, with guidelines to allow for social distancing and prevention of the spread of COVID-19. Please pre-sort your recyclables prior to arrival at the depot to help reduce wait times. For further updates, please visit the GRD website.
The Gibsons Public Art Gallery (GPAG) is now open daily, from 11am to 4pm. For updates, please visit the GPAG website.
The Gibsons Public Market is currently operating under these conditions.
The Gibsons and District Public Library (GDPL) is now open and is also providing some online/takeout services. For more information, please visit the GDPL website.
The Nicholas Sonntag Marine Education Centre is open. For updates on operating conditions, please visit the Nicholas Sonntag MEC website.
The Gibsons Visitor Information Centre is now open daily from 10am to 4pm. For more information, please click here.
Sea Cavalcade has been officially cancelled for 2020. An alternate community celebration may be planned when social distancing restrictions have been lifted.
Gibsons Landing Sunday Market has been cancelled until further notice, due to COVID-19.
Music in the Landing, in its traditional form, has been cancelled. However, organizers are working to provide alternate musical performances. For more details, please visit the group’s Facebook page.