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Land Use Application Guides & Forms

Before You Begin

Please review the following prior to submitting an application:

  • Before making an application, consider all your options.  These guides can help you with planning your project.  Environmentally Friendly Building Guide & Choosing a Building Site Fact Sheet
  • Please be sure your application form is complete prior to submission to avoid delays
  • Please read the application guide carefully before you submit an application form
  • Keep the application guide for your reference during the application process
  • If you require assistance please contact the planning team who is responsible for planning in your Local Trust Committee area
  • Mail or deliver the completed application form, plans, fee and supporting material to an Islands Trust office responsible for your island area
  • All fees are payable to the Islands Trust
  • Please note that fees may change annually, so please contact a staff person for the current fee prior to submitting your application

Land Use Application Forms 

Building Permits

Building permits are issued by Regional Districts. To find out more about building permit requirements for your Local Trust Area, click here.

Development Permit

The Local Trust Committee can designate areas of the Island as a Development Permit Area for certain specified reasons, and establish guidelines by which a landowner can obtain a permit to do work in the Development Permit Area. Development permits are commonly used to protect the natural environment, protect development from hazardous conditions or guide the form and character of commercial, industrial or multi-family development. All land that is designated as a Development Permit Area is shown on a map in the Island's Official Community Plan. 

Development Permit Application Guide

Development Permit Application Form

Denman Island Development Permit Application Guide

Galiano Island Development Permit Application, Resources, and Guides

North Pender Island Development Permit Application, Resources, and Guides

Development Variance Permits

Land Use regulations generally apply to large areas and a large variety of situations. There are times when a regulation might not make sense or seem overly restrictive. In these situations, a landowner can apply to the Local Trust Committee to vary any Land Use regulation that applies to their lot, except for use or density. Common uses of a development variance permit include varying the setback from a property lines or varying the height restrictions. All development variance permit applications are referred to land owners within a distance of the subject variance established by bylaw for comment before the Local Trust Committee makes a decision.

Applying for a Variance - Fact Sheet

Development Variance Permit Application Guide

Development Variance Permit Application Form

Board of Variance

The Board of Variance has the authority to permit minor variances from, or exceptions to, land use bylaw regulations in instances where it deems compliance with the bylaw would entail undue hardship; and also to permit alterations or additions to non-conforming uses. All Board of Variance applications are reffered to adjacent land owners for comment before the Board of Variance makes a decision.

Applying for a Variance - Fact Sheet

Board of Variance Application Guide

Board of Variance Application Form

Rezoning Applications

Rezoning property is the common term for making an application to change (by amendment) a Land Use Bylaw. A Land Use Bylaw is a written document that describes different permitted uses and densities of land and buildings. It also regulates the siting, size and dimensions of buildings and the standards required in creating parcels through subdivision, such as minimum parcel size. The bylaws are in effect over all land areas of an island, as well as the water surfaces of lakes and the surrounding sea.

Rezoning Application Guide

Rezoning Application Form

Siting and Use Permits (Hornby and Denman Islands)

Denman and Hornby Island Trust areas are the only two areas in the Islands Trust that do not have any building inspection services. In those island areas landowners must have a valid siting and use permit prior to beginning construction.   

Siting and Use Permit Application Guide (Denman and Hornby)

Siting and Use Permit Application Form (Denman and Hornby)

Soil Removal/Deposit Registration (Salt Spring Island)

Activity involving the removal or deposit of soil volumes between 40 cubic metres and 100 cubic metres on Salt Spring Island must be registered at the Islands Trust. There are some exemptions. Please select this link for a summary of the Soil Removal and Deposit Bylaw No. 418

A simple and free registration form is available on line. Registration forms can be submitted by email, by fax, or by hard copy to the Islands Trust. On-line registration forms are automatically sent to SSI Soil Management

Note that all registration forms must be accompanied by a site plan showing the location of the soil removal and deposit activity. Regardless of how the registration form is submitted, the site plan can be submitted as an attachment by email, by fax, or by hard copy to the Islands Trust Salt Spring office.

SSI Office Contact Information 

Please note: Prior to engaging in soil removal or deposit activity on Salt Spring Island, the following summary of regulations must be considered.

Soil Removal/Deposit Permits (Salt Spring Island) 

The removal or deposit of soil in volumes more than 100 cubic metres on Salt Spring Island requires a Soil Removal and Deposit Permit. These permits are issued by Islands Trust staff unless the proposed activity involves the removal or deposit of more than 5,000 cubic metres of soil. In that case, the decision to issue the permit is made by the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee. There are some exemptions. Please select this link for a summary of the Soil Removal and Deposit Bylaw No. 418

Select this link to access the Soil Removal/Deposit Permit Application Form 

Obtaining a permit does not grant authority to conduct processing of any kind. 

Please note: Prior to engaging in soil removal or deposit activity on Salt Spring Island, the referenced summary of regulations must be considered. 

Strata Conversion Application

A building strata conversion is the division of an existing building into strata lots. In these cases, the landowner must apply to the Local Trust Committee for a building strata conversion.

Strata Conversion Application Form

Temporary Use Permits

Temporary Use Permits can be issued by the Local Trust Committee to permit a use that otherwise would not be permitted by zoning. A temporary use permit is generally valid for three years and can be renewed once. All temporary use permits are advertised in the local newspaper prior to the Local Trust Committee making a decision.

Temporary Use Permit Application Guide

Temporary Use Permit Application Form

Temporary Use Permits for Vacation Rentals (Gabriola Island)

Gabriola Island Vacation Rental Supplemental Application Form

Gabriola Island Official Community Plan Bylaw Excerpt

Temporary Use Permits for Bulk Water Sales (Gabriola Island)

Gabriola Island Official Community Plan Bylaw Excerpt

Drinking Water Protection Regulations

Environment Operators Certificate Program Notice

Environment Operators Certificate Program Website

Temporary Use Permits for Vacation Rentals (North Pender Island)

North Pender Island Vacation Rental Development Approval Information Checklist

Executive Committee Application

Executive Committee Application Form

Page last updated: 19/10/17
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