Residential Suites Update


City staff reviewed engagement feedback and provided a draft a summary report, which was shared with Council and the public on April 2, 2019. Staff received direction and will return to Council with a report with Zoning Bylaw amendment recommendations to be brought to a subsequent regular meeting of Council. The summary report and appendices documents can be viewed in the 'Reference Documents' section on the right menu on this page.

The City is considering changing the Zoning Bylaw to allow suites in more residential areas of the city. Suites can provide a form of affordable rental housing for tenants,


City staff reviewed engagement feedback and provided a draft a summary report, which was shared with Council and the public on April 2, 2019. Staff received direction and will return to Council with a report with Zoning Bylaw amendment recommendations to be brought to a subsequent regular meeting of Council. The summary report and appendices documents can be viewed in the 'Reference Documents' section on the right menu on this page.

The City is considering changing the Zoning Bylaw to allow suites in more residential areas of the city. Suites can provide a form of affordable rental housing for tenants, and act as a mortgage helper for homeowners. Suites help the City increase density in an efficient way by making use of existing services and infrastructure while offering a form of sensitive infill that retains the character of residential neighbourhoods.

Challenges can arise when suites are not constructed under a valid Building Permit or in accordance with zoning regulations. Suites built to BC Building Code standards help protect tenants’ health and safety, and off-street parking requirements in the Zoning Bylaw can help alleviate on-street parking issues in neighbourhoods.

Secondary suites (second dwelling units located within a principal building) are currently permitted in certain zones in urban areas of the city. The City is considering allowing secondary suites as a permitted use on lots with single-family dwellings in all urban neighbourhoods, subject to zoning regulations. Urban neighbourhoods include: Aberdeen, Batchelor Heights, Brocklehurst, Campbell Creek, Dallas, Downtown, Dufferin, Juniper Ridge, Lower Sahali, North Kamloops, Pineview, Sagebrush, Upper Sahali, Valleyview, West End, and Westsyde.

Garden suites (one-storey accessory residential dwellings) and carriage suites (two-storey accessory residential dwellings) are only permitted on lots with single-family dwellings in the RS-1S zone (Single Family Residential - Suite). The City is considering allowing garden suites as a permitted use on lots with a single-family dwelling in more urban residential areas of the city. Carriage suites have the potential to have a more significant impact on neighbourhood character than garden suites and will continue to require a rezoning and Development Permit process.