A lot grading, development, building and all subtrade (electrical, plumbing and gas) permits are required to construct a garage suite.
A legal garage suite is a self-contained accessory dwelling unit located in the same building as a detached garage. It has an entrance separate from the vehicle entrance, either from a common indoor landing or directly from the exterior of the structure. A garage suite can only be located on the same site as a single detached dwelling.
Step 1: Apply
Complete a Residential Development Application. This package allows you to submit one application when applying for all the required permits. There is no requirement to apply for all at one time, however to minimize wait time, we do suggest applying for all permits at once.
Step 2: Approval
Once a complete application is received, all permits will be issued within 25 business days.
Garage Suites are a Discretionary Use in the Land Use Bylaw.
If a variance is required, timelines may extend up to 25 days.
Step 3: Construction
You may begin construction once you have received all required permits. Below is the contact information you may need for groundwork and utilities.
Each site is required to have an approved Fire Safety Plan posted on-site during construction.
Step 4: Inspections
The conditions issued with your permits will outline what inspections are required.