"You must ensure that new and existing secondary suites meet all applicable safety standards and off-street parking requirements."
"Like all housing, secondary suites must be regulated. The city adopted a Secondary Suite program in 1999 and it is designed to balance the needs of the homeowner with the health and safety requirements that apply to all housing. Neighbourhoods must also be protected from potential negative impacts that unregulated suites may cause such as parking congestion, noise and unsightly premises. There are a number of advantages to legalizing a secondary suite in your home and most of them relate to the protection of your financial investment and, most importantly, the safety of your home’s occupants – both your family and your tenants."
Harrison Hot Springs
- Secondary Suites Letter to Residents
- Secondary Suites Brochure
- Secondary Suites Building Permit Application Guide
"Maple Ridge's Official Community Plan identifies garden suites as a possible option for modest density infill in urban, suburban and rural residential neighbourhoods. In the 2006 Planning Department Business Plan, Council authorized the Planning Department to undertake this study. Based on this direction, a discussion paper has been prepared that highlights the regulatory and technical issues that should be considered if pursuing Bylaws to allow Detached Garden Suites in Maple Ridge."
"An owner of property where a dwelling unit contains a lawful non-conforming use consisting of a secondary suite (dwelling unit) shall be billed for utilities based on two dwelling units."
"A secondary suite is a dwelling unit that is accessory to a single detached dwelling and is comprised of one or more habitable rooms and intended for use as a separate and independent residence. A secondary suite contains sleeping facilities, a bathroom and cooking facilities that are for the exclusive use of the occupant(s) of the suite. 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. 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."
WHAT IS A SECONDARY SUITE?
"A secondary suite is a self-contained area within a single family dwelling containing cooking facilities, a living/sleeping area and a bathroom. A secondary suite can include common areas with the rest of the house such as a laundry room."
"Whether you are looking to add to the value of your home or simply require more space to accommodate a growing family, you may choose to install a Secondary Suite for your single family home. If you are considering such a project, you must ensure that new and existing suites meet all applicable safety standards and off-street parking requirements.
By taking a moment to review the proper procedures associated with Secondary Suites, you will pre-empt any legal issues or safety concerns."
A GUIDE TO SECONDARY SUITES
"The City of Port Moody has adopted a Secondary Suite Program to authorize secondary suites throughout the city. Existing secondary suite owners are required to apply for a business licence. Secondary suites are also subject to annual utility charges. Suites not registered by February 1 may be subject to fines up to $100 per day."
"Please be advised that the City of Richmond has adopted amendments to the Zoning Bylaw that allows a single secondary suite within a single-family detached home. However, for a secondary suite to be legal, it must be inspected and upgraded to ensure compliance with the BC Building Code requirements for secondary suites and all applicable City bylaws."
"Secondary suites are an important part of the District’s affordable housing offering. A secondary suite is a second, self-contained dwelling unit with private access and its own kitchen and bath.
Development Services is in the process of developing a comprehensive information package for secondary suites – stay tuned! This resource will be posted here once complete. In the meantime, please contact Development Services staff – we are pleased to help and guide you in building, renovating or decommissioning your secondary suite."
SECONDARY SUITE & FEE PROGRAM
"Secondary suites are widely permitted in single family homes in Surrey."
BUILD AND LEGALIZE YOUR BASEMENT OR SECONDARY SUITE
"Building more rental suites is an excellent way to reduce our carbon footprint, and expand affordable housing choices. To accommodate this, the City now permits suites in every detached single-family home in Vancouver within the RS, RM, and RT zones."
"Having a suite in your home can provide many benefits. Multi-generational families can enjoy close proximity and maintain privacy, or you may want to rent it out, providing more housing options within our community and generating income for you."