Missing Middle Housing Initiative

The Missing Middle Housing Initiative aims to create diverse housing options in Victoria. The regulations allow multi-unit buildings in traditional residential areas. This means up to six homes can be built on an average residential lot. The initiative adds more diverse housing options, without removing existing zoning.

Building Missing Middle Housing

There are three forms of Missing Middle Housing allowed by the new regulations:

  • houseplexes
  • corner townhouses
  • heritage conserving infill

Building applications for this housing must meet all requirements in Schedule P of the Zoning Regulation Bylaw. To ensure compliance with the Missing Middle Design Guidelines, development permits are required.

Schedule P of the Zoning Regulation Bylaw [PDF/208KB]

Summary of Land Uses [PDF/115KB]

If you want to build Missing Middle Housing, the steps below can help you get started:

  1. Confirm Missing Middle Regulations Schedule P applies to your lot. Use VicMap to help determine your properties zoning. If you are unsure, contact Development Services.

    Schedule P Criteria (Summary of Land Uses) [PDF/115KB]

  2. Review your project for compliance with all applicable regulations and guidelines.
    1. Missing Middle Regulations [PDF/208KB]
    2. Missing Middle Design Guidelines [PDF/15.3MB]
    3. Affordable Housing Standards Bylaw
    4. Tree Protection Bylaw
  3. Contact Development Services to discuss your plans and the requirements for your application
  4. Fill out the Development Permit Application for Missing Middle [PDF/319KB]. The application form lists all the documents required for your application. The delegated development permit process allows staff to approve applications. These applications must be consistent with zoning and design guidelines.
  5. Submit your application and all the supporting documentation to zoning@victoria.ca. Staff will contact you to arrange payment and advise of any missing information.
  6. City staff will review the application for compliance with the relevant bylaws and guidelines. If needed, they will advise on necessary revisions. Site visits of the property may be required.
  7. Once your Development Permit is approved, contact Permits and Inspections. They can help you obtain the necessary permit to allow for construction.
  8. You are ready to build when you receive your permit.

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