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Can I have a Secondary Suite?

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Can I have a Secondary Suite?

Secondary suites are permitted in most residential and rural zones throughout the RDN Electoral Areas A, C, E, F, G, and H. To determine if a secondary suite is permitted on your property, please visit www.rdnmap.ca or call RDN staff for assistance.

Please note, if your property is located in an unserviced area, the Province requires an approved means of on-site sewage disposal with sufficient capacity to accommodate both the principal dwelling unit and secondary suite.

Secondary suites located within or attached to a principal dwelling unit are allowed on any appropriately zoned parcel regardless of property size. However, detached suites are only permitted on properties which are at least 800 m2 in area when serviced with community water and community sewer, and 8,000 m2 for all other lots.

Please refer to the zoning regulations summary provided on page 5 of this brochure for more information. Also please note, compliance with current zoning regulations and a building permit are not required for Unrecognized suites unless a complaint related to health and safety is received by the RDN or when a property owner wishes to have an Unrecognized secondary suite Recognized.

Zoning Regulations Summary

The following provides a summary of the zoning regulations that apply to secondary suites within the RDN. This information is provided for convenience only, please refer to the applicable Zoning Bylaw for full details on all the zoning and land use regulations that apply to secondary suites. RDN Strategic and Community Development staff can help you determine if a secondary suite is permitted on your property.
Last Modified:  Jun 3, 2014
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