What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a collective term used for various types of suites that have their own entrance, kitchen, sleeping and bathroom facilities, including:
Why Would I Want an ADU?
Mortgage helper: With rising housing costs, purchasing a house with an ADU or adding an ADU can make it easier to facilitate the ownership of entry-level housing.
Aging in place: Owners on a limited income can remain in their own homes longer by renting an ADU. Also, having someone close by can help to provide a sense of security.
Deductible expenses: There are a number of expenses that can be deducted against rental income, including advertising, insurance, interest, repairs and maintenance, and utilities.
Allowing families to stay together: An accessory suite may provide a home for an adult child, elderly parents, or a disabled relative.
How Do I Know if ADUs are Allowed in my Area?
The Land Use Bylaw allows for accessory dwelling units within all residential land use districts with the exception of:
- R3 Residential Comprehensive Multiple Unit District
- R5 Residential Apartment District
- MHP Residential Manufacted Home Park District
- EHD Employee Housing District
This pdf map (1.50 MB) shows locations where ADUs can potentially exist.
As an incentive to encourage the development of ADUs in these districts, Detached Dwellings with an ADU are now listed as a permitted use. As a result, if a Detached Dwelling with an ADU is capable of meeting all the requirements of the Land Use Bylaw, a Development Permit will not be required and can therefore be approved through the Building Permit process.
One on-site parking stall must be provided per ADU.