Secondary Suites

The City legalized secondary suites in all single-family dwellings in 1993 to increase rental options in lower-density neighbourhoods.

  • Secondary suites are self-contained accessory dwelling units that are part of a principal dwelling.
  • Secondary suites must comply with the Zoning Bylaw and are only permitted if the owner resides at the same property.
  • One secondary suite is permitted on a single-family property and may be combined with an accessory coach house.

By taking a moment to review the proper procedures associated with secondary suites, you will pre-empt any safety concerns or legal issues.

Secondary suites being installed in new dwelling units is included in the main dwellings building permit application.

Secondary suites in existing buildings will require the documentation below. 

Contact Info

Planning Division
Tel: 604-982-WORK (9675)

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