What is a secondary suite?

A secondary suite is a self-contained residential unit within a home. They can be located in a basement of a dwelling or attached at ground level to the dwelling. The CVRD zoning bylaws for each electoral area regulates the maximum size of the secondary suite and do vary by electoral area. Always consider the specific zone, general regulations and definitions when determining eligibility for a secondary suite. To find out if your zoning allows a secondary suite on your property, first check the specific zone in the zoning bylaw, then confirm the size of your property meets the minimum parcel size required depending on its level of servicing. Not sure what your zoning is? Check out our Web Map!

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1. When do I need a building permit to do work in the Regional District?
2. How do I get a building permit?
3. How much does a permit cost?
4. How can I pay for my building permit?
5. How long does it take to process a building permit?
6. Can I get the permit process started before I have a complete application?
7. How long is a building permit valid?
8. How and when can I request building inspections?
9. What building inspections are required in the CVRD?
10. What time will my Building Official come to do the inspection?
11. Where can I get a copy of the BC Building Code?
12. Do I need a permit for a deck or garden shed?
13. Do you release copies of building inspection records?
14. Where can I find information on my septic system / well?
15. Do I require a building permit for a farm building?
16. I have a general question, who should I talk to?
17. Can I use lumber cut from timber on my property to construct my house or accessory building?
18. What Climate Zone is my property in?
19. What is my Seismic Sa(0.2) value?
20. What is zoning?
21. What is a Riparian Area?
22. What is the Web Map and how do I use it?
23. What is an accessory dwelling unit?
24. Can I have an accessory dwelling unit?
25. What is a secondary suite?
26. Can I have a secondary suite in my home?
27. What are Development Permit Areas (DPAs)?
28. What is a Development Permit?
29. How do I know if I need a Development Permit?
30. What is a Development Variance Permit?
31. Can I have an Air B&B?
32. Can I cut down a tree (or trees), and do I need a permit?
33. Can I have a 'tiny home'?
34. Does CVRD enforce or require compliance with the BC Energy Step Code?
35. What are my Snow Loads?
36. Are there requirements for fence construction?
37. How can I get information on a building file?
38. Do I need a building permit for a pool?