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With Alert Bowie 2.0, City officials can send important information of your choosing to the devices you register. We also have the ability to pinpoint a particular area or street on the map when we need to send a specific message to those residents, such as in the case of a water main break or a dangerous situation.
If you are new to Bowie’s alert system, you will find that it’s a great way to stay informed and receive emergency alerts, public safety notices, and Bowie E-News updates. You choose the types of messages you receive and how you will receive them.
Automated weather alerts are sent based on geographic locations you provide. The City will also continue to send out its own weather alerts to subscribers when there is specific information to share about what’s going on in Bowie.
Similar systems are in place throughout the National Capital Region. If you live and/or work outside of Bowie, and want to receive traffic or crime alerts for other cities or counties in the area, you're encouraged to sign-up for that respective jurisdiction's alerting system. You can find links to all of the alerting systems in the National Capital Region at capitalert.gov.
You choose which alerts you receive (tornado, severe thunderstorm, blizzard, hurricane, high wind warning, etc.) and the time of day you wish to receive them.
To receive these alerts, sign up for the alert category entitled “Severe Weather.”
Here's what you need to apply for a City of Bowie Building Permit:
Please view the Prince George's County, Department of Permitting, Inspections and Enforcement website for additional information.
Building permit applications can be submitted online.
You will need the following information to complete the de it in the City of Bowie Online Building Permit Application
Application fees accepted by credit card only for electronic submissions. Fees must be paid prior to application processing.
For more information, call 301-809-3008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The combined (state, county, and city) property tax rate for a Bowie resident is $1.6960 per $100 of assessed value for fiscal year 2024. This is up from the 2023 rate of $1.6860. While the Bowie property tax rate has been stable for the last thirteen years, residents may have seen their tax bills increase due to higher property assessments and the fact that Prince George’s County raised its property tax rate by $.04 in fiscal year 2016. Property assessments are developed by the State of Maryland and are based on market rates.
The City's fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30.
The budget process begins in December and the budget is adopted in May.
Bowie gets its income from general property taxes, state shared revenue, licenses, permits, fees, fines, service charges, and funds from other agencies.
Correspond with the City Manager, and/or elected Councilmembers any time during the year. Attend one of the public City Council meetings (usually on Monday nights) and make comments to City Council during the Citizen Participation or Public Hearing portion of the meeting.
Learn more about City Council meetings.
Bowie uses its funds for general government expenses, economic development, public safety, social services, public works, parks, culture, and recreation.
Sixty percent of the fees from speed cameras goes to the City general fund and helps offset the cost of the Police Department and 40% is used for administration and maintenance of the cameras.
Bowie has two budgets: the operating budget and the capital budget. Both funds are covered by regular sources of income and are allocated by City Council each year depending on the planned improvements. At times, the City might issue a bond for a major capital expense.
No. The local water system covers only some of the neighborhoods in Bowie. All costs for the operation of the Water Plant and capital improvements are covered by the billings that go out to the users of the Bowie Water System.
The State of Maryland has increased the Bay Restoration Fee that appears on your water bill and these funds are sent to the State.
Bowie is on a "pay as you go" model, meaning that the City does not spend funds that it does not have or were not budgeted. There are specific debt policies which guide the City Council. Bowie enjoys a AAA credit rating.
Bowie maintains a reserve fund to provide a cushion in the event of unanticipated expenditures such as snow removal. These reserve funds may be used to balance the budget. If necessary, the tax rate may be increased.
Bowie continues to implement programs that reduce energy consumption or that enhance the environment.
In the past, Prince George’s County provided police coverage for Bowie. This changed when Bowie voted to start its own police force in 2005. The City Police Department is fully funded by the City’s general fund. However, the department receives State and County funding to offset some of its expenditures. The department continues to work in partnership with the Prince George’s County Police Department. This partnership includes sharing training opportunities, joint initiatives, and information sharing.
The City does not pay for the Fire Department. This responsibility is handled by Prince George's County and paid with County taxes. The City provides an annual contribution of $167,000 to the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department (BVFD) for various operational expenses. In addition, the City has $165,000 in reserves for the purpose of purchasing fire equipment for BVFD.
Fees are charged to participants, but in order to keep the fees low, the City provides additional funding out of the general fund to cover the cost of the Gymnasium and Ice Arena.
You may call the Code Compliance Office at 301-809-3008, send an email to email@example.com or enter a Service Request from this website at the link below.
Generally, an inoperative vehicle is a vehicle that cannot be driven on a City street. An inoperative vehicle may have flat tire(s), dead battery, is not displaying valid registration plates, is dismantled or wrecked, cannot be driven under its own power, or has broken or missing parts, etc.
Generally, the generation of loud noise should not occur before 7:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m. on weekdays (Monday thru Friday) and on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) there should be no generation of loud noise before 9:00 a.m. or after 9:00 p.m.
Shoot for one gallon, per person, per day. Add extra for pets.
Yes, the City has several different past and current grant programs for individual city residents. Current city grant opportunities include:
For more information on current city grant opportunities for individuals, please visit the Grants page.
Litter is a constant problem throughout the city. It comes from a variety of sources. It blows out of vehicles, it can be dropped from cars or by pedestrians, wildlife can disturb trash, it falls out during trash collection, and sometimes people deliberately dump trash on our roadways.
The most common litter complaints we receive are about trash on major thoroughfares around the city, such as Crain Highway (US 301), Collington Road (MD 197), Annapolis Road (MD 450), Central Avenue (MD 214), Hall Road, Race Track Road and around commercial areas. For the most part, these areas are maintained by the Maryland State Highway Administration or Prince George’s County. While the city regularly reports these problems to the appropriate parties, and works with the agencies to keep them responsive, we can’t direct when the problems are addressed. We can, however, work with residents to keep city owned streets looking good. We do this by cleaning up areas where dumping has occurred on our streets, by having our street sweeper pass through every neighborhood in the spring, summer, and fall, and sometimes by citing property owners for litter on private property or improper storage of trash.
Keeping our city clean and looking good is a partnership between all of us who live and work here. Never litter; keep a bag in your vehicle to dispose of trash, report litter problems whenever you see them, secure your trash in cans with tight fitting lids, and pick up litter near your home whenever you can.
Be part of the litter solution by reporting litter to the appropriate agency whenever you can!
Report problems on these roads to the Maryland Highway Administration:
Report problems on these roads to CountyClick 311 (dial 3-1-1) or complete the online form.
Report specific properties to the City of Bowie Code Compliance Office at 301-809-3008 or to your local homeowners association, if applicable.
Have questions about litter or don’t know who to report the problem to, please call the City of Bowie Public Works Department at 301-809-2344.
For emergency calls for service, please dial 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls for service, call 240-544-5700. In both cases a Bowie Officer will be dispatched. If you have a question, a suggestion, or concern about police services in Bowie, you can also call 240-544-5700 to reach the Administrative Offices of the Bowie Police Department. Call takers are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week to take your calls. Non urgent inquiries can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please call the Public Works Department at 301-809-2344 to report water pollution or other problems with a local stream, pond, or storm drain. Or you may use our Service Request System to report the problem
You must be a City of Bowie resident, which means that your address falls within the boundaries on this map: www.cityofbowie.org/addresscheck and interested in gaining new job skills. There are no other requirements.
Bowie residents will have access to both training portals for one year, until April of 2023.To ensure as many residents as possible have a chance to access the program, if a participant has not made progress on any courses within three months of enrolling, their license may be revoked for use by another resident.
There are a limited number of licenses available for this program. If all licenses are currently assigned to residents, there may be a waiting period until you can access the program. City staff will notify you if a slot opens up for you.
The City of Bowie has partnered with Employ Prince George’s to identify which industries and jobs are most in-demand in the DMV region. Based on that information, we have recommended a select curation of courses for participants to consider. Participants have access to the entire library of Coursera certifications; you are encouraged to search for the courses and certifications that are most relevant to you.
The Google Certificates are five professional certifications designed by Google staff, in IT Support, Data Analytics, UX Design or Project Management. The Coursera program is a larger library of training courses and professional certifications in a wide variety of fields, including healthcare, program administration, software coding, Microsoft Office, and many others.
Yes, you can access both training tracks.
All the online training courses are provided by Coursera. Please direct inquiries related to technical issues or other questions related to the courses to Coursera staff. Coursera will host a weekly office hours on Zoom Wednesdays at 4 pm for the first six weeks of the program, from April 20 until May 25, and bi-weekly thereafter to address questions and technical issues. They can also be reached at email@example.com, with copies to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Please contact City staff at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions related to the program administration or requirements.
Please direct all technical questions regarding accessing the Coursera library to Coursera staff at email@example.com, with copies to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com or attend the Zoom office hours on Wednesdays at 4 pm to have your question answered in real time.
The distance around Allen Pond Park is .67 miles.
The Bowie Police Department is located on the lowest level of City Hall at 15901 Fred Robinson Way.
The Records Office is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m.
Visit the Bowie Police Station during business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.) and bring your ID for verification. It can take up to 72 hours after an accident for the report to be ready.
To obtain a vehicle release, bring in proof of ownership for your vehicle (current registration or title), and current identification during Police Department business hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
A variety of factors are used to determine the automated speed enforcement deployment locations, including:
When a resident receives a citation, he/she must respond within 30 calendar days (including weekends) of the date on the citation. If the citation is not paid in full within 60 days of issuance, the Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) will be notified to flag the vehicle license plate (Maryland plates only).
If the citation is not paid in full within 90 days of issuance, the City of Bowie will begin collection efforts.
Payment processing time is included within the 30-day period. The day after the issuance (mail) date on the citation counts as day one.
The entire speed camera system undergoes a thorough self-check prior to and at the end of each deployment. The results of the testing are captured in the computer and are recorded. The cameras will only operate if all the components are working properly and will automatically shut down in the event an error is detected. The equipment must then be re-tested and manually re-started before recording additional images.
Yes, you can request that the operator of the camera be present at court. Send your request in writing to: City of Bowie Safe Speed Program P.O. Box 889 Bowie, MD 20718
Tires are a special pickup item. Please visit our Service Request System to schedule a pickup or call 301-809-2344.
Plastic bags cannot be recycled with curbside recycling. Please take bags to a local store for recycling.
CFL bulbs contain mercury and should not be put in trash or recycling. Instead bring them to Home Depot or other CFL collection site.