Secondary Suites

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Important Notice

Due to the BC Building Code changes in December 2019, the information on this page and Secondary Suite Program Brochure are undergoing revisions. No representation is given as to the accuracy or completeness of any information provided. Please contact Building Permits at 604-927-3441 or by email at for up-to-date information.

Secondary Suites

Like all housing, secondary suites must be regulated. Secondary Suite requirements ​in the Building and Zoning Bylaw and Building Code are designed to balance the needs of the homeowner with the health and safety requirements that apply to all housing. Neighbourhoods must also be protected from potential negative impacts that unregulated suites may cause such as parking congestion, noise and unsightly premises.

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  • What is a secondary suite?

  • Can my home contain a secondary suite and what makes it legal?

  • What are the benefits of legalizing my secondary suite?

  • What should I consider when designing my suite?

  • How will a secondary suite affect my utility bill?

  • What City services are available to me?

  • Which documents are required for a Secondary Suite Permit Application?

  • How can you remove a secondary suite?

For More Information

Building Permits Division

Phone: 604-927-3441 

Building Inspections: 604-927-3980;

Zoning Matters Development Planning Division: 604-927-3430

Utility Bill, Tax Assessment Finance Division: 604-927-3050