This information is provided for convenience. Please contact Planning Staff or refer to applicable zoning regulations.
A secondary suite can be located within a dwelling unit (i.e. basement suite) or detached as either a standalone building (garden suite or granny flat) or as part of an accessory building (carriage home).
A secondary suite is an accessory use on a property and must be maintained within the same legal title as the principal dwelling unit.
A Secondary Suite is an additional dwelling within a single family dwelling:
Under this definition a secondary suite may take on a number of different forms including:
Please refer to the diagrams below for a graphic illustration of each of the above.
Properties located within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR) are subject to the Agricultural Land Reserve Act and Regulations, and applicable orders of the Land Reserve Commission. Please contact the RDN Planning Department to discuss a specific inquiry.
On properties regulated by Zoning Bylaw No. 1285, the maximum permitted height for an accessory building containing a secondary suite is 10.0 m.
In cases where the principal dwelling unit and a detached suite are under construction at the same time, or within six months of each other, the owner will be required to provide a Section 219 Covenant to prohibit subdivision of the detached suite under the Strata Property Act. To see a template form for this covenant Click Here for areas covered by Bylaw 500 and Click Here for areas covered by Bylaw 1285.
In, Bylaw 500, where a secondary suite is located on a parcel less than 4,000 m² in area, the home based business must:
In Bylaw 1285, where a secondary suite is located on a lot less than 8,000 m² in area, the home based business must be contained in a building.
Please note a bed and breakfast is not permitted on a parcel that contains a secondary suite.
Within the RDN, secondary suites fall into one of three categories: Unrecognized, Recognized, and Fully-Compliant. The following provides a description of each of the secondary suite categories:
A registered owner or agent for the owner may apply for the building permit. Construction must commence within six months from date of issuance, and must be completed within two years. It is the responsibility of the owner or agent to call for the required inspections.
For building permit application requirements, please visit the RDN Building Inspection Services, or contact RDN Building Inspection Services. Staff are available to answer your questions and assist you with making a building permit application.
A Notice under Section 57 of the Community Charter may be registered on the title as a means of disclosure to future land owners that the suite was originally constructed without a building permit.
Please note, in order to have an unrecognized secondary suite recognized, secondary suite must be a permitted use in the applicable zone. In the case of a detached secondary suite, the parcel must also meet the minimum site area requirements for a detached secondary suite.
Bylaw 1285 does not support building strata subdivisions. However, where a building strata exists and secondary suites are a permitted use, each building strata unit is allowed one secondary suite to a maximum of two within the parent parcel. However, only one detached secondary suite is permitted on the parent parcel.
Approval from all strata owners is required in order to obtain a building permit for a detached secondary suite in relation to a building strata.
Please contact Planning Staff at (250) 390-6510 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you require any clarification on the above.