What is a secondary suite?

A secondary suite is a separate living area contained within a single-family dwelling and functions as a self-contained living unit complete with a kitchen, bathroom and at least one bedroom. It may share common space on the same floor with the primary residence, for example, a laundry room. The suite must also have at least one access door leading directly outside the dwelling.

A secondary suite is not a separate housing unit with its own Certificate of Title, nor can it be stratified similar to a duplex or townhouse unit. A suite will not be assigned a separate address by the City or be eligible for separate services, such as garbage and recycling.

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1. What is a secondary suite?
2. Can my home contain a secondary suite and what makes it legal?
3. What are the benefits of legalizing my secondary suite?
4. What should I consider when designing my suite?
5. How will a secondary suite affect my utility bill?
6. What City services are available to me?
7. Which documents are required for a Secondary Suite Permit Application?
8. How can you remove a secondary suite?