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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 

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).


November 26, 2019 | SSI LTC Regular Meeting Highlights

The SSI LTC approved issuance of SS-DP-2019.8 (110-150 Fulford-Ganges Road) and SS-TUP-2019.6 (151 Lower Ganges Road). The SSI LTC accepted a water treatment covenant for SS-SUB-2018.2 (347 Bridgman Road) and provided a response for SS-LCB-2019.4 (SS Legion) to the Liquor and Cannabis Regulation Branch (LCRB). Bylaw No. 515 (amended 3rd Reading) and Bylaw No. 517 (Housing Agreement – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Reading) (Meadowlane Seniors Complex) were forwarded to Executive Committee. The SSI LTC endorse the proposed amendments to the SSIWPA Steering Committee Terms of Reference and requested staff present an amended report regarding the SSIWPA Special Tax Requisition. Bylaw No. 471 received amended 2nd reading and is referred for comment. The SSI LTC adopted a standing resolution regarding Reconciliation. The SSI LTC will request the LPC to consider reduced application fees for TUPs for Residential uses that increase the availability of affordable housing. The SSI LTC amend the OCP update charter project as follows: Clarify the purpose to include recognizing the work of the groups updating the Climate Action Plan, the Area Farm Plan and the Housing Council; Limit the initial consultation to groups updating the Climate Action Plan, the Area Farm Plan and the Housing Council, Correct the scope to say “Identify the OCP policies that support the Strategic Priorities but require implementation or LUB amendments; Consider the Strategic Priority of “Village Planning” as its own project. 


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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