Where are secondary suites allowed?
Secondary suites are allowed on a discretionary basis in single family homes located in a R1, R1A, R2, R3 and C1 residential district. Secondary suites may be allowed as a permitted use subject to some location criteria, if the Neighbourhood Area Structure Plan was adopted after January 1, 2010. Each neighborhood is only allowed 15 per cent of the total number of detached dwelling units to have secondary suites. You can use Web Map to ensure the neighborhood your suite is in has not reached this maximum. Refer to Using Web Map to determine secondary suites Instruction Manual (pdf) to learn how.
Regulations for secondary suites
- One suite per detached dwelling.
- Suites must have a separate entrance door or a single entry door providing access to an enclosed shared landing area.
- If the suite has two or less bedrooms, one additional parking space in addition to the parking requirements for the main dwelling must be provided. Tandem parking is allowed.
- If the suite has more than two bedrooms, two additional parking spaces in addition to the parking requirements for the main dwelling must be provided.
Who can apply?
A homeowner, contractor or anyone authorized to do so on behalf of the owner of the property can apply. If you are not the owner of the property, you will need a Letter of Authorization (pdf) .
How do I apply?
Fill out a Development Permit - Secondary Suite (pdf) and submit your application and the required documents listed on page 2 of the application by visiting Inspections & Licensing on the third floor of City Hall (4914 - 48 Avenue) between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
When your application has been received, you will get an email directing you to your MyCity account for payment.
What else should I know?
Development approval can take up to six weeks to process. You may submit other permit applications at the same time.
If your application is denied, you may appeal the decision or its conditions to the Subdivision and Development Appeal Board (SDAB) within 21 days.