Secondary Suites

Secondary Suites

On March 10, 2014, Council approved a new Zoning Bylaw permitting one secondary suite in a single family, residential, detached dwelling subject to specific conditions.  

'Secondary Suite' means a dwelling unit that is an accessory to a single detached dwelling and is comprised of one or more habitable rooms, intended for use as a separate and independent residence. A secondary suite contains sleeping facilities, a bathroom, and cooking facilities that are for the exclusive use of the occupant(s) of the suite.  

Your Secondary Suite:  

  • May not exceed  90m2 in total floor area or 40% of the habitable floor space of the building, whichever is less
  • Must be fully contained within the principal residence
  • Each dwelling with a suite is required to provide an additional off-street parking space.  Two parking spaces are required for the principal dwelling, plus one additional space for the suite for a total of three off-street parking spaces.
  • Is only permitted in an owner-occupied single family dwelling.  Secondary Suites are not permitted in multi-family dwellings, duplexes, mobile homes, or commercial/industrial buildings.
  • Must have a civic address assigned by the City Building Inspector or Manager of Planning.
For more information, please contact
Rob Gaudreault
Acting Building Inspector

4850 Argyle Street
Port Alberni BC V9Y 1V8