What is a Secondary Suite?
A secondary suite is a dwelling unit that is accessory to a single detached dwelling. It is comprised of one or more habitable rooms and intended for use as a separate and independent residence. Since July 6, 1998, the City has allowed owners of single detached dwellings in areas zoned for single detached or duplex dwellings to create one secondary suite (or authorize one existing suite) per property.
What Does A Secondary Suite Contain?
A secondary suite contains sleeping facilities, a bathroom and cooking facilities that are for the exclusive use of the occupant(s) of the suite.
Why Secondary Suites?
Authorized secondary suites provide affordable ground-oriented housing that increases density but still allows the preservation of single detached dwelling neighbourhood character. The City's design standards ensure that authorized secondary suites provide safe, healthy and good quality rental housing.
CREATING OR LEGALIZING SUITES
Before planning to create a legal suite in an existing or new home, or legalizing an illegal suite, you may want to read some of the following handouts:
Guide: Secondary Suites