Secondary Suites

Secondary suites can be a mortgage helper and also increase the amount of safe, affordable housing in Victoria.

Secondary Suites

Secondary suites are permitted in single-family homes. Duplexes or homes that already contain a garden suite are not eligible for a secondary suite.

I want to build a Secondary Suite. What do I need to do?

  1. Check to see if your property is eligible for a secondary suite. Review the rules of your zone by consulting the Zoning Regulation Bylaw. If you’re unsure of your zone, look up your address on VicMap. The City's Development Services staff can assist you in determining your home's eligibility.
  2. Review the Secondary Suite Design Guidelines [PDF - 302 KB] Victoria's Zoning Regulation Bylaw and the British Columbia Building Code will also apply.
  3. Once you have confirmed that your property is eligible, you then apply for a Building Permit at Victoria City Hall. To learn more about the process, contact Permits and Inspections at 250.361.0342 or permits@victoria.ca. A Building Permit requires that a homeowner comply with the secondary suites standards in the BC Building Code.
  4. When all permits are in hand, you are ready to build

When is a suite considered legal?

A suite is considered legal when all the required building, plumbing and electrical permits have been applied for and approved and where all work has been completed, inspected and a final Occupancy Permit has been issued by the City of Victoria.