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
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.