What is a Secondary Suite?
A secondary suite is generally defined as any self-contained dwelling unit that is located within a primary dwelling unit, where both dwelling units are registered under the same land title. A dwelling unit means a self-contained building or a portion of a building usually containing cooking, eating, living, sleeping and sanitary facilities and used as a permanent residence by a household.
Secondary suites are allowed on a discretionary basis in single family homes located in residential districts. 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.
- Only one suite per detached dwelling.
- If the suite has two or less bedrooms, a total of three parking stalls are required on the site.
- If the suite has more than two bedrooms, a total of four parking stalls are required on the site.
- A hard surfaced walkway is required from the secondary suite parking area to the entrance.
- Acceptable parking stalls include a driveway, attached garage, detached garage, or gravel parking area.
- The minimum size of a parking stall is 2.7m wide by 5.5m deep.