Laneway and Carriage Houses
New Westminster’s Laneway and Carriage House program began in 2017 after the building form was permitted through the updated Official Community Plan. The City of New Westminster now permits the development of laneway and carriage houses on many single detached dwelling properties.
Laneway and carriage houses are small, detached, ground-oriented dwellings located in backyards. Laneway houses are located on properties that have access to a lane. Carriage houses are located on properties without a lane.
These new housing forms will contribute to the amount and diversity of rental housing available in the city. Laneway and carriage houses can be used for family or as rental units, but cannot be strata-titled, sold or used for short-term rentals (e.g. for a bed and breakfast). Laneway and carriage houses offer more privacy and independence than secondary suites.
- Guide: Laneway or Carriage Houses
- Map showing eligible properties
- Laneway and carriage house development permit guidelines
- Accessible Laneway and Carriage Houses: Supplemental Guidelines
- Zoning Bylaw
- Legal survey requirements
- Letter of Authorization
On Monday, February 25, Council adopted changes to improve the design of laneway and carriage houses. This update forms part of the Infill Housing Phase One Monitoring Program.
The changes include:
- Larger permitted garage spaces for fully accessible units (24.8 square meters / 267 square feet),
- Additional permitted area for covered front entry landings (3 square meters / 32 square feet),
- Additional permitted area for un-covered upper-level decks (7 square meters / 75.3 square feet),
- Additional permitted area for externally-accessed bicycle storage (3 square meters / 32 square feet).
This amendment also removes the area exclusion for a garage attached to a main house in the RS-1 zone. Attached garages are still permitted, but are now included in the maximum permitted floor area, similar to the existing regulations in the NR-1 zone. This change becomes effective for new houses approved after June 1, 2019.
Further review and revisions to the infill housing program will be ongoing. To keep up to date on any future consultation activities, please see our Infill Housing Phase One Monitoring Program.