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Welcome to the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area

The largest of the southern Gulf Islands, Salt Spring is home to over 10,000 people and is one of Canada's top tourism and retirement destinations. The Salt Spring Island trust area enjoys one of the warmest year-round climates in Canada, and is popular for its easy-going lifestyle, rich culture and serene beauty. Encompassing nearly 20,000 hectares and including numerous islets, the Local Trust Area is located 11 kilometres north of the Swartz Bay ferry terminal on Vancouver Island. The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area is home to some of the rarest ecosystems in the world. To learn about the conservation status of the Salt spring Island Local Trust Area, view the island profile.

Important Information: North Salt Spring Waterworks District Water Supply Statement

 For Building Permits for Salt Spring Island (within the jurisdiction of the Capital Regional District) please submit a Building Permit Review Form and required documents electronically.



Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee News 

January 21, 2020 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights

At their January 21, 2020 meeting, the SSI LTC:

  • added “Improving Islands Trust and Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee Communications” to the Projects List and included “Mine permits for aggregate pits and quarries.”
  • requested staff to provide a report regarding how the Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance (SSIWPA) unspent reserve funds can be allocated.
  • requested staff to forward correspondence items 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4 and 9.5 to the Housing Working Group for consideration.
  • approved issuance of SS-TUP-2019.4 (189 Jones Road) for up to 2 years.
  • approved issuance of SS-DVP-2019.6 (445 Blackburn Road)
  • approved issuance of SS-DP-2019.2 (600 Isabella Point Road)
  • approved issuance of SS-DP-2019.12 (121 Upper Ganges Road)
  • Proposed Bylaw No. 519 (127 Lower Ganges Road), as amended, received 2nd and 3rd reading and was forwarded to the Secretary of the Islands Trust for approval by the Executive Committee.

December 17, 2019 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights

At their December 17, 2019 meeting, the SSI LTC:

  • directed staff to work with Trustee Patrick to establish a Salt Spring Housing Working Group.
  • removed “Update the OCP through incremental steps in consideration of the strategic priorities” from the Top Priorities List and add “Protection of Coastal Douglas-fir and Associated Ecosystems”.
  • expressed an interest in supporting the Gabriola Local Trust Committee in pursuit of a Union of British Columbia Municipalities grant for a Poverty Reduction Strategy.
  • approved a new Standing Resolution regarding referrals to the Agricultural Advisory Planning Commission.
  • directed staff to refer SS-DP-2019.4 (154 Kings Lane) to the SSI Advisory Planning Commission (APC) for comment.
  • referred SS-DVP-2018.17 (Vortex) to First Nations for information, as well as approved issuance, as amended.
  • requested the applicant of SS-TUP-2018.3 (170 Jones Road) apply to the ALC for a non-farm use application for exiting/proposed uses outside of the Ministry of Energy and Mines permit area within one month of the date of resolution.
  • requested staff proceed to prepare a draft bylaw for SS-RZ-2017.3 (2188 North End Road); requested the applicant provide a new pump test; enter into a cost recovery agreement regarding the Housing Agreement; and, proceed with the discharge of the current covenant on the property.
  • denied application SS-TUP-2019.3 (262 Roland Road). 

July 8, 2019 | Planner Enquiry Hours

Salt Spring Island Office Planner Enquiry Hours Will Be Held: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Monday - Friday (excluding Statutory Holidays).
To make an appointment please call: 250-537-9144 or email:


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