Why Make Your Secondary Suite Legal Now?
The city’s current bylaws were put in place in 2014 but the new 2019 bylaws will come into effect as of June 2020. When you apply before May 31, 2020, your suite will need to meet the 2014 bylaws to be approved as an existing suite, after which it will need to meet the 2019 updates to be approved as a new suite.
As of June 2020, any new unit will also need to include a separate heat source, like a furnace, and comply with new exterior stair specifications. To find all of the new requirements see the New Secondary Suite PDF.
The process for having your basement suite registered as a legal suite has never been easier, thanks to the approved amendments to the process.
Interested in building or registering your secondary suite? Here is everything you need to know to ensure your basement suite is legal!