Having a secondary suite to help offset a mortgage or as a way of keeping family close is becoming more and more appealing to homeowners. A secondary suite is designed to be a self-contained living unit, whether built into an existing dwelling or as a separate building. As such, suites have unique requirements to ensure the safety of all residents.
Secondary suites are only allowed in the following single-family residential zones:
Go to our online map to find out what zone you are in.
As part of the process to authorize a pre-existing suite, a review for basic safety compliance with the provisions of the Building Bylaw would need to be performed, including (but not limited to):
In order for a suite to be considered a legal suite, all suite construction must comply with the Zoning Bylaw and the BC Building Code. A building permit is required to ensure that the secondary suite is legal.